Amanda Lawrence - Welcome to my page!
I am a Cape Town girl through and through, born and raised. I went on to study Microbiology at the University of Cape Town, but I found something was missing. After I finished my degree I went in search of that something in Thailand. I ended up teaching English there for 2 and a half years and travelled the country from top to bottom. I still didn't quite catch on that travelling was becoming a passion, but after returning home I soon found myself wanting to take on another adventure. I taught in Japan next and spent the year that I was there visiting shrines, temples, volcanoes and climbing mountains. I started to see a trend of thoroughly enjoying travelling, whether it was in countries so vastly different to my own or even just taking a day trip out to the winelands in my own vibrant city of Cape Town.
I am a very active person and love being outdoors. On a typical day when I am not working making other people's travel dreams come true, you might find me out running on the mountain or perhaps walking my dog along the beach. I also love to indulge in a good wine tasting experience with a group of close friends.
My passion for travel has led me to the other side of the world and back and when I returned home to South Africa I was ashamed at how little I had seen of my own continent. My next travel project became Africa. I started with my own country and worked my way up. All I can say is that once you start, there's no stopping. The diversity of nature and cultural experiences that this continent has to offer is like no other I have ever experienced before.
Where have I travelled?
I have enjoyed acting the tourist in my own city and experiencing a great deal of what Cape Town has to offer including many day trips to the Winelands. I have driven along the Garden Route on one of my road trips, as well as all the way up to Durban. I have visited Sun City and the Pilanesberg National Park many times throughout my life and very recently I have finally gotten the opportunity to experience the famous Kruger National Park and Madikwe Private Game Reserve.
The other countries in Africa that I have travelled to are Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.
Internationally I have been to America (New York and Florida), England, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Japan.
My favourite travel moment
I would have to say that out of everything I have experienced so far it was when I was in Botswana quad biking on the Makgadikgadi salt pan. We were motoring along over this pan and the guide stopped in the middle of nowhere and nothing. Once all of the engines were switched off there was not a sound to be heard. The quiet was not just in the surrounding desert but in my mind too. The view was 360 degrees of uninterrupted flat desert plain. I cannot properly explain how moving that is and how it makes you feel, but the impact it leaves is unforgettable.
What I love about Africa
Africa is like nowhere else in the world, it is truly unique. Only here can you experience African animals in the natural habitat that they were made for, living, eating and breeding the same way they have done for hundreds of years. The feeling you get when you are in Africa is also something special, it's different for everyone, but to me it feels like the place where everything began, it feels authentic. I think it's important to share Africa and to preserve it for future generations.
Some African travel advice
Wear a smile in Africa, it transcends all language barriers. Practise patience, we work on African time here. Be open to unexpected twists and turns in your adventure, you never know what unforgettable experience may come your way.
Where I'd love to go next
I absolutely must go and see the gorillas in Rwanda. I am also excited to visit Namibia, I simply must climb those dunes!