I am a Cape Town girl through and through, born and raised. After school, I went on to study Microbiology at the University of Cape Town, and by the of that end I was ready to travel the world. I started by living in Thailand and taught English for nearly three years. After travelling throughout East Asia, I then moved to Japan where I taught high school English for another year. I have visited many shrines, temples and volcanoes, and have enjoyed climbing mountains, bungee jumping, quad biking (ATV) and white-water rafting. Once I had returned home to South Africa, I made it my mission to explore my own country and continent. I found myself taking road trips along the scenic Garden Route, going on my first safari in Kruger and relaxing at the Sun City resort to name a few. I discovered I loved the experiences that Africa has to offer and this sparked my passion to spread that love to travellers far and wide.
I am a very active person and love being outdoors. On a typical day when I am not making other people's safari dreams come true, you might find me out running on Table Mountain or perhaps walking my dog along the beach. I also love to indulge in a good wine-tasting experience with a group of close friends.
The diversity of wildlife and cultural experiences that Africa has to offer is like no other I have ever experienced before. All I can say is that once you start, there's no stopping.
Where have I travelled in Africa?
I have enjoyed being a tourist in my own country by hiking up Table Mountain, paragliding off Lion’s Head, going on a boat trip from the V&A Waterfront and much, much more. I have driven the Garden Route and ended with safari in the Eastern Cape. Growing up, I visited Sun City and the Pilanesberg National Park many times. I have been very fortunate to stay at a number of luxury lodges in the private reserves in the Kruger as well as the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve.
Most of all I have enjoyed visiting the magnificent Victoria Falls on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides, ending off my stay with a truly authentic safari circuit in Botswana.
My favourite travel moment
Definitely quad biking on the Makgadikgadi salt pan in Botswana. Once all the engines were switched off, there was not a sound to be heard. The view was 360 degrees of uninterrupted flat desert plain. I cannot properly explain how moving that was and how it made me feel but the impact it leaves is unforgettable.
What I love about Africa
Africa is like nowhere else in the world. Only here can you experience animals like lions, leopards and elephants in the natural habitat that they were made for - living, eating and breeding the same way they have done for thousands of years. The feeling you get when you are in Africa is also something special: it's different for everyone but to me it feels like the place where everything began, it feels authentic. I think it's important to share Africa and to preserve it for future generations. My best African travel advice is to wear a smile in Africa - it transcends all language barriers. Be open to unexpected twists and turns in your adventure because you never know what unforgettable experience may come your way.
Where I'd love to go next
I absolutely must go and see the gorillas in Rwanda. I am also excited to visit Namibia to climb to beautiful big orange dunes!