Maureen Stover - Welcome to my profile!
Growing up, we constantly had to relocate to different towns within the Western Cape due to the nature of my dad's work. It gave me the opportunity to explore the Garden Route, the Winelands and Cape Town and their surrounding areas in depth. We eventually settled in a small town on the Western Cape coast and since then I have vowed to never relocate to anywhere where I do not have the ocean on my doorstep.
I wanted to explore more than just my own country and decided the best way to do this is to study Tourism. My first taste of international travel was going to Mauritius for my honeymoon. The excitement of jumping on a plane and exploring another country got under my skin and I had to get more! My other passions in life are shopping, pamper sessions at the spa, and a night out on the town with close friends.
Where have I travelled
I have travelled all over South Africa, visiting all the major cities, the Garden Route, kwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, the Kruger National Park, Sun City and even as far as Madikwe Private Game Reserve. African countries remain my passion and I have been fortunate enough to visit Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius and have explored Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and its surrounding islands – like Mnemba - from top to bottom. I have also recently had the pleasure of doing a Rovos Rail train trip through South Africa.
My favourite travel moment
My most memorable trip is when I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the extremely remote Mahale Mountains in western Tanzania combined with visits to Selous, Ruaha and Mafia National Parks plus Pemba Island. This was ‘wild Africa’ at its best – and one of Africa's best kept secrets!
The Mahale Mountains rank among the most beautiful and remote destinations that I have ever experienced - it was hard to leave! It's truly one of Africa's most extraordinary wilderness areas and definitely a place to put on your bucket list.
What I love about Africa
What I love about the continent I call ‘home’ is that many see it as their 'dream destination'. Once people visit, they are usually overwhelmed (in a good way!) and Africa often exceeds their expectations. It is a life-changing experience and most yearn to return. I count myself lucky to have such a wonderful part of the world at my doorstep.
My best African travel advice
Make sure you visit the right place at the right time: this can make or break a trip.
Where I'd love to go next
I would love to explore the vast open spaces of Namibia, to visit all its hotspots and experience its staggering natural beauty first-hand. The beautiful islands of the Seychelles are second on my list!