I was born in Johannesburg and grew up in South Africa before heading to Europe with my German parents to do my schooling in Germany. As a young child I toured South and Southern Africa with my family whenever we could and we were always on the road heading off to some remote place or into the bush! I do remember going to school occasionally (!) but what I remember most was the places we visited like driving through desert landscapes or watching wildlife.
Once I finished my tourism degree in Europe, my South African husband and I decided to tour Europe as well as the United States, so we took some time out and set off to enjoy a bit of the world. On our return we decided live in South Africa where I have stayed loyal to the tourism industry, which I joined in 1998. I enjoy my job and love working with different countries in Southern, East and South Africa.
Where have I travelled
I have travelled extensively to most countries within Southern Africa like Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and, of course, South Africa. In 2015, I went throughout East Africa to see Tanzania, Kenya and Zanzibar with my colleagues Ashley and Mary. In 2016, I had the privilege of experiencing Rwanda and doing an incredible gorilla trek. Adding to that, I trekked gorillas in 2017 in Uganda; another wonderful experience!
I also travelled extensively when I resided in Europe: I lived in Germany and France and travelled to Italy, Croatia, Turkey, the Canary Islands, Spain, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Holland, Sweden as well as Canada (loved the Rocky Mountains!) and the United States.
My favourite travel moment
The gorilla treks! Just spending time with these incredible and huge creatures is something you simply cannot explain to anyone! Both my treks were very special, and we got incredible close to them - it’s a great experience!
On my travel bucket list
I would love to go to Congo and not only visit the country but also to experience a lowland gorilla trek. It’s a fascinating destination, still very unexplored so not touristy at all but has much to offer in terms of wilderness and wildlife – and, of course, the gorillas!