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 its surrounding areas in depth. We eventually settled in a small town on the 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 Park, Sun City and even as far as Madikwe Game Reserve. African countries remain my passion and I have been fortunate enough to visit Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius and for the past 10 years have explored Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and its surrounding islands from top to bottom.
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, Mafia National Parks plus Pemba Island. This was wild Africa at its best - 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 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.
Some 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, visit all its hot spots and experience its staggering natural beauty first hand. The islands of the Seychelles are second on my list!