Lauren Johansson - Welcome to my profile!

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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.

About Me

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 reserved for cooking and enjoying it with those I love, as well as exploring the gorgeous beaches and mountains nearby. I also like heading off for a quiet weekend at Struisbaai, near the most southern tip of Africa. Fishing? Yes, I love it! 

Having worked for Go2Africa now for over five 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!?

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've done my fair share of travelling too - Kenya, Tanzania, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, BotswanaZambiaMauritius and Malawi 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.

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

Next up I'd love to visit northern Mozambique, closely followed by the Maldives and the Republic of Congo.

Read real traveller reviews about my service as an Africa Safari Expert, or be inspired by my recommended trips, lodges and hotels around Africa. 

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Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

Africa is undoubtedly the most magnetic place to visit - the question will always be: when will I return?

Read what our Travellers have to say

Our family just got back from Tanzania and thanks to Lauren Johansson of Go2Africa we had the most incredible experience. Lauren was very knowledgable and put together an outstanding itinerary for us. She arranged for local tour operator Tanzania DMC to take us on tours of Tarangire National Park; Lake Manyara; Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Lauren also picked the most beautiful locations for us to stay at - Maramboi Tented Lodge in Tarangire; Kati Kati Tented Camp in the Serengeti; and the Serena Hotel in Ngorongoro. Best of all was the African Amini Maasai Lodge on Mombella Rd, near Moshi. We are very grateful to her for making such great arrangements for us. Lauren made sure that everything when smoothly, and all we had left to do was enjoy our trip. You can really trust her recommendations, you won't be disappointed.

Lauren also demonstrated superb professionalism - when we wanted to change one of the activities at the very last minute, she was flexible and incredibly responsive. She will respond to your emails very promptly. We highly recommend using Go2Africa and Lauren Johansson as tour agents.

Deidre Murphy - June 2015 View more reviews