Sasha Rawstone - Welcome to my profile!

My Recent Travels

I recently got the opportunity to travel to Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park and the Madikwe Game Reserve. I had been on one safari before in Namibia, but this one proved to be even more rewarding and incredibly insightful. My first safari experience was a self-drive one and, although exciting and memorable, an open-vehicle game drive with a knowledgeable guide informing you on everything, from healing and poisonous plants, to the animals, their tracks, spoors and eating habits, really takes it to the next level.

I also went to my home-away-from home recently, the exotic island of Mauritius. I’ve been going to this island once a year since I was two years old and it always proves to be exciting and memorable. We like to explore the different hotels around the island and one of my favourites to stay at is on the west coast at the luxurious LUX* at Le Morne. Surrounded by pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters, this exclusive retreat is far from the main shopping districts, which I enjoyed, and is situated along the lush gardens of the Le Morne peninsula, amidst the thick tree canopies of the Mauritian mountains. 

About me 

I grew up in Cape Town and was lucky enough to study at both Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. I relish adventure and have travelled extensively with my family and friends since I can remember. On all my adventures I’ve found that, although every country is beautiful and has its own magic, nothing compares to the beauty of Africa, and Cape Town is like no other city I have visited. Cape Town is the city for those who love the outdoors; for those who enjoy exploring lush mountains or long stretches of white, sandy beach; or exploring the beauty of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or the incredibly diverse culture and history in the Mother City.

Where have I travelled 

I love to travel and try get away as often as I can. I have lived in Johannesburg and Cape Town, been on a safari and river rafting in Namibia, and I have done family road trips to Durban as well as the Garden Route on numerous occasions. My family has always had a hunger to see the world, so I was exceptionally fortunate growing up to travel to most parts of Europe and America, see parts of Australia and Asia, and I return to Mauritius, my home away from home, at least once a year. I think travelling should be on everyone’s to-do list, even if it’s just an excuse to escape for a day.

What I love about Africa 

I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of diverse cultures, exquisite landscapes and meet people with exciting stories, but nothing quite compares to the beauty and diversity you can find in Africa. There is always something happening, something to explore or something magical to be found. I love the people, the cultures and the climate.

Some African Travel advice 

Patience is key, Africa has its own, exceptionally unique air about it, and sometimes you just need to go with the flow and see the fun, the story and the adventure in a situation.

Where I’d love to go next

In Africa I would love the chance to go to Congo and Rwanda for gorilla trekking as well as to Kenya. I feel like East Africa offers a lot of unspoilt adventures that are waiting to be explored.

Sasha Rawstone

Africa Safari Expert

"Patience is key, Africa has its own, exceptionally unique air about it, and sometimes you just need to go with the flow and see the fun, the story and the adventure in a situation."