Zandile Mnisi - Welcome to my page!
I was born in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga which is a few hours away from the Kruger National Park, a phenomenal place with breathtaking views of the mountains – a must-see is the Sudwala Caves. After spending a few months working in Pretoria I made one of the best decisions ever to relocate to Cape Town. Its people (and the four-season-in-a-day weather patterns) stole my heart from the first moment and ever since, the wonders of this city never ceases to amaze me.
Being raised in a home that believes in service and sharing my love for this continent with the rest of the world, I see my job as the perfect platform to do this. There is no better way to learn about other people's lifestyles, their food (and surprising home-brewed drinks), choice of music, etc., than to spend a few days in their homes.
Where have I travelled?
When I was a teenager I visited Swaziland for their annual Umhlanga Reed Dance and as my school was sent a special invitation, I was lucky to witness the entire procession and the dedication that is poured into this traditional ceremony. Locally I have visited the popular tourist attractions in Cape Town including the Cape Winelands and Whale Coast and our local version of Disney World, Sun City. Safari-wise, I have been to the three prominent safari locations, Madikwe, Pilanesberg and Kruger.
My latest trip was to three Southern Africa destinations namely Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
My favourite travel moment
This must be one of the hardest decision to make as there are so many - is it cycling along the Atlantic sea coast with my friends while on a lovely summer day, or seeing a big pack of wild dogs in the Sabi Sands... My absolute favourite was at Singita in Kruger where I had a one-one-one encounter with a leopard on foot, barely ten metres from each other. I've continued to make more unforgettable memories like quad-biking off into the sunset on the Makgadikgadi pans in Botswana's Kalahari desert.
What I love about Africa
The array of cultural diversity and the warmth of its people. There is no other place like Africa!
Some African travel advice
Travel with an open mindset because you will surely be surprised by the colourful characters you meet along the way – Africa is best told by its people.
Where I'd love to go next
I'm itching to set my feet on the white sandy beaches of Mozambique – top of my bucket list!