Diederik van den Hoeke - Welcome to my profile!
I was born in Belgium, but left at the age of four and spent most of my life in Central and East Africa - Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya. I worked for a local NGO in Tanzania and ran my own tourism business in Mombasa before guiding tours in Southern Africa and then joining Go2Africa - my first job between four walls.
Unable to resist the charms of my favourite part of Africa, I moved to back to Uganda! I am a genuine philanthropist with a keen interest in ecology and conservation and believe passionately in the value of intercultural exchange. I always seek to create authentic and meaningful experiences of the Africa I came to know and respect.
Where have I travelled
I have lived in Belgium, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, South Africa and Algeria and now live in Uganda. Besides those countries, I have also travelled to the DRC, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and parts of Europe.
My favourite travel moment
Being introduced to the world of safaris when I was seven or eight years old and travelling with the family on rough roads through the Democratic Republic of Congo.
What I love about Africa
I have a passion for this colourful continent, its people, its different cultures and its wildlife. I have had the privilege to live in different parts of Africa for over 15 years and feel absolutely at home here. I respect all sorts of different norms and values which does not necessarily mean I would make them my own. But one thing I am sure of is that we can learn many things from each other.
Some African travel advice
Travel with an open mind – we can all learn many things from each other.
Where I'd love to go next
Ethiopia – and a return visit to the DRC (after not having been there for 30 years!).