Bonita Cronje - Welcome to my profile!
I was born in Johannesburg, raised in Polokwane and George and am now privileged to be living in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I lived in London for two years and used this as a base to explore Europe and Asia.
I also lived in New Zealand for a short stint before returning to South Africa, which holds a special place in my heart and will always be home. I love travelling and this is one of the main reasons I studied Travel and Tourism. When travelling I really enjoy meeting different people and learning more about their cultures.
I really enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, curling up with a good book or spending time in the great outdoors.
Where have I travelled?
As I have lived in nine different places in South Africa and travelled every year with my family locally, I know South Africa like the back of my hand. Branching out to Africa I have also travelled to Mozambique, Zambia (which really holds something special for me), Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Internationally I have visited 20 countries including: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Andora, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.
My favourite travel moment
When I was travelling in Zambia on a work educational, we were bouncing from lodge to lodge with not much opportunity for game viewing. Every time we got to a lodge in the evening we were bombarded with tales from travellers how they had seen five to seven leopard sightings in one day - and after five days we'd seen none!
I decided positive thinking was in order and imagined exactly how I would see my leopard. On day two in South Luangwa, our game vehicle suddenly stopped and out of the bush stepped a leopard. He walked right in front of the vehicle, stopped, turned and looked directly at me before continuing on into the bush. It was exactly like I imagined and even although I did not get a photograph the image of that leopard will be etched in my memory for a lifetime.
What I love about Africa
Africa offers a little bit of something for everybody from the bush to the beach, mountain to canyons, first world cities to third world rural experiences. It is rich in flora and fauna and diverse in cultures. It teaches you to respect, tolerate and appreciated wildlife and different cultures. And there really is nothing like an African sunset.
Some African travel advice
Africa is full of surprises and we often work on African time! When in Africa you need to relax, expect the unexpected and just enjoy your surroundings...take a moment to really appreciate everything that it has to offer you will find that you will lose your heart to this amazing continent.
Where I'd love to go next
I would really love to travel to Kenya and Tanzania in order to gain first-hand experience of these destinations and witness one of the greatest migrations in the world.