Lauren Johansson - Welcome to my profile!
Blog Posts & Recent Travels
I am a travel enthusiast and vist East Africa often. Read all about my combination Kenya & Tanzania safari, or read what I have to say about Kenya's Beaches. I also recently gave my feedback on why it's safe to travel to Kenya.
Having grown up in Africa I cannot imagine living anywhere else. Granted there's a vast world out there to explore and that I have done, but Africa is 'home'. And despite having been involved in the hospitality, travel and tourism throughout my entire career, it's always a thrill to hear that one of my travellers has had a truly memorable African experience!
I've worked as an assistant manager at a remote north Kenyan lodge, been a cabin crew member with a major airline, built up a villa rental department in St. Francis and organised weddings and events at a resort. In the Seychelles I worked on my tan for a year but even that got a bit much. I now live in Gordon's Bay which really is just a small village where everyone knows each other.
South Africa is about the lifestyle. Weekends are about getting out and about, exploring the beautiful mountains, beaches and countryside nearby with my fiancé and dog, Bandit. Living in the Western Cape is an absolute joy – so much to see and do and all within a stones throw of home from farmers markets to wine tasting, adventure activities or just finding that perfect beach to spend the day on.
Having worked for Go2Africa now for over ten years, I still adore what I do! Apart from planning trips, you get to enjoy Africa too - why would I want to do anything else!? The best part of all is that I get to visit new areas on a regular basis but also revisit old favourites – its super rewarding and always a great adventure.
Where have I travelled
I've been fortunate enough to live, work and holiday in some of the most incredible destinations. In Europe I have visited France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and a host of other regions. In Africa I have travelled to Kenya, Tanzania, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Mauritius, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique from the Quirimbas to the Kosi bay border plus of course South Africa.
Spending a year on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles was bliss while staying on the Comores was pure adventure, unchartered territory and completely off the beaten track. The other islands that are top of my list of best holiday would be Lamu, Mnemba and Zanzibar.
My favourite travel moment
How does one choose a favourite moment? Possibly my favourite day was at Mnemba Island swimming with the dolphins, snorkelling on the house reef, the sunset from the dhow and then the most delicious dinner on the beach under the African sky. Or my first ever encounter with wild dog, that was a magical moment for me as they are so rare.
What I love about Africa
The spirit of Africa. The smell of rain in the air before thunderstorms. The sound of joyous singing. Campfires at night. Skies that seem vaster than vast! The sound of a lion's roar. The sense of being alone in the wilderness. Waves crashing on remote African shores. The fact that Africa still surprises me and leaves me breatheless with its beauty.
Some African travel advice
Always keep your sense of humour. In East Africa they have a saying 'pole pole' (roughly translated as slowly, slowly) so take on the African attitude, take it easy, relax and most importantly enjoy every minute, it's all part of the adventure.
Where I'd love to go next
So many choices its too difficult to decide but high on the list are: sunshine, sea and adventure
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