Jessica Lassen - Welcome to my page!
Cape Town is my home: it always has been and it most probably always will be. The beauty of Cape Town is that there’s something to suit every person in every mood. Everything I could possibly want is at my fingertips so why would I want to live anywhere else? I live in an apartment on one of the most vibrant streets in the centre of town, and exploring this city and everything it has to offer is my favourite pastime.
My passion for travel started when I was rather young and mostly came from my parents – whether it was locally or internationally, we were always looking forward to and planning the next holiday.
Where I've travelled
Out of all my travels, the fondest memories I have happened right here on African soil. In Southern Africa I have been to Namibia; travelled around the Okavango Delta, Chobe, Linyanti and Savute in Botswana; been on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of Victoria Falls; experienced a few idyllic places in Mozambique; and have ventured to Mauritius, Madikwe Private Game Reserve, Sun City and, of course, the Kruger National Park.
East Africa has been my most recent venture as I spent a few weeks travelling around Kenya and Tanzania, seeing Nairobi, Amboseli, the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha and Zanzibar. East Africa really is the quintessential safari experience and something I would highly recommend to both a first-time and a repeat traveller to Africa.
I have also done a fair amount of travelling in Europe - from Paris, Belgium and Venice to London, Amsterdam and Sweden. Australia is another destination that I have visited quite a few times - I have a lot of family living in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and this, coupled with the similarities it has to South Africa, wins Australia a very special place in my heart.
My favourite travel moment
Every time you are in the bush, something interesting is bound to happen but the memory that comes to mind first is doing a hot-air balloon ride over the Masai Mara. It was an unforgettable experience from the get-go: the interaction they allow while inflating the balloon, followed by drifting silently a few metres from the ground with a pack of hyenas close by feeding on a giraffe, seeing lions, elephants and then floating up to what felt like the clouds to watch the sunrise. The champagne breakfast that followed was something to remember as well. All in all, it was a bucket-list experience and I loved every second of it.
What I love about Africa
I can’t think of anything better than going on a luxurious, fully inclusive safari – being woken up with hot chocolate in bed, fed delicious food several times a day, maybe a massage mid-afternoon after relaxing in your private plunge pool and then going out with an expert guide and admiring these incredible animals in their natural environments. I think this, the friendly people and the untouched, untainted and diverse experiences on offer is what makes Africa one of the top destinations in the world.
My best African travel advice
My advice for African travel would be, 'Do it! And do it properly’. Take advantage of the expert advice that we have and trust that we will always figure out how to fit the best and most into what you are comfortable spending. You will no doubt end up with an adventure that will surpass your expectations and keep you coming back for more. I would also suggest doing it in style: save up a little extra so that you can do something special like a hot-air balloon ride – you never know when you will be able to come back again.