Samantha Curgenven - Welcome to my page!
I have lived and travelled all over Southern Africa and have experienced everything from relaxing under millions of stars in a game vehicle in Zululand, to stalking rhinos to get the best close up picture I could possibly get. I have wake-boarded on the beautiful Umtamvuna River on the Wild Coast and dived the warm waters of Sodwana in kwaZulu-Natal. Knysna and Jeffreys Bay have been the true pinnacle of my travels on in the Eastern Cape. On the West coast I have indulged myself in scrumptious seafood in Lambert’s Bay and Langebaan and even travelled to Port Nolloth where you will find a little bit of unexpected history.
I have recently moved to Cape Town and I love visiting the coastal towns like Hout Bay, as well as the beautiful beaches. I have visited the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach and been hiking at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. In 2016 I went paragliding off Lion’s Head, which is a thrilling experience and where you will have the best view of Cape Town. I would recommend anyone coming to South Africa stay over a few nights in Cape Town to indulge in all the wonderful activities this amazing city has to offer.
Apart from South Africa, my travels have taken me to Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Namibia, Zambia and Victoria Falls. One of my favourite lodges in Southern Africa is Pamushana in beautiful, culture-rich Zimbabwe. I have done a self-drive 4x4 trip into Botswana which was exhilarating. With a rooftop tent and my Nikon camera I was ready to explore and capture everything that beautiful country has to offer. On my last trip to Victoria Falls we went white-water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River, which was on the top of my bucket list.
This is what drives my passion to travel, not just the experience, but the stories I get to tell afterwards. I have many special travel memories, from visiting the Pamukkale salt pans in Turkey to getting up close and personal with an elephant on a mokoro in the Okavango Delta.
My favourite travel moment
I have a bucketful of treasured travel moments and it is hard to choose my favourite one. It is always exhilarating for me travelling to new destinations. Not knowing what to expect is one of the best feelings in the world, which no words can adequately explain. If I have to choose my favourite travel experience then I would say it was the Walking with Elephants encounter at Sanctuary Stanley’s in the Delta. Not only is the Okavango one of the most beautiful destinations I have ever seen, but meeting the three orphaned elephants at Stanley’s just made my heart melt. You can check out my Facebook travel pictures here.
What I love about Africa
I love Africa because it is not just a continent; it is a culture, a lifestyle, a journey which you get to walk every day. I got to grow up living among wild animals; waking up to lions lying on my veranda when I wanted to go to school in the mornings. I get to have a different adventure every day and experience all the thrills of life in one continent.
My best African travel advice
I have simple travel advice I follow every time I travel: Talk to a local travel agent to assist you with their knowledge so you can have the best travel experience possible.
Always make time for a little bit of relaxation, so you don’t get exhausted within the first few days of your trip. Always pack one warm jacket and a pair of trousers, even if you are going on a beach holiday. My most important travel tip, however, is: always have a good bug repellent and sunscreen.
Where I’d love to go next
There are so many destinations that are still stacked at the top of my bucket list. A few dream destinations include Tanzania, Uganda and the Seychelles. To see the Wildebeest Migration is one of my biggest photography dreams.