I was born in the Mother City, Cape Town. I studied at both Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town, and was able to explore the Winelands region as well as experience the diversity and cultures of South Africa. I love my home city because of everything it has to offer – the white beaches and refreshing sea water that gives you a kickstart to your day, the unlimited hiking trails through the famous fynbos, and eating out at all the incredible restaurants Cape Town has to offer.
My Recent Travels
In addition to my African bush experiences, I have been fortunate to travel to the African islands of the Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar. Each of these destinations has something unique to offer and is a completely different experience to safari. I love the idea of combining the bush with one of these tropical places for a complete African holiday experience.
I am also fortunate enough to have visited Cape Town and its surrounding areas, as well as Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Private Game Reserve. The highlight of my trip was the off-road safari experience tracking animals through the bush in Madikwe. There is something special about being in the middle of the bush with nothing but the birds chirping while being at one with the animals.
Every year I go on a family holiday to the Kruger National Park. This is always my favorite time of year – spending quality time with my family on the open-vehicle game drive with a knowledgeable guide telling us about the different plants, birds, bugs and animals.
Where I have Travelled
I love to travel and I take every opportunity to travel not only around Africa but the rest of the world, too. I have been extremely fortunate to take road-trips along the Garden Route and specially to travel to parts of Europe and Asia. I found that travelling around Africa as well as other countries around the world has allowed me to experience different cultures and cuisines, increasing my love of travel.
My Favourite Travel Moment
On a family holiday in the Seychelles I will never forget hiring a bicycle on La Digue and exploring the vehicle-free island. Not knowing where the road would take us, we ended up on a beautiful white beach snorkelling in the clear blue waters with the colourful fish swimming around us. I have always loved the ocean and nature, and when in Mozambique I was able to bring them together when swimming with a whale shark.
Another unforgettable experience was in Kruger when elephants stampeded down to the waterhole. As if I was one of them, I could feel the vibration of the floor as these giant animals ran with baby elephants at their feet.
What I Love about Africa
Even though Africa is my home, I have never met and don’t believe I will every meet, somebody who doesn’t love it here. There are so many different cultures one can explore with people who speak one of the many African languages, who have interesting and exciting stories, and welcome you into their countries with open arms. Every country in Africa is different, which makes it that much more lovable and every place you travel to you will find something new and exciting.
Some African Travel Advice
When booking your holiday and travelling, do it with an open mind. This will allow you to experience something you may not have done normally but it may be unforgettable. You’re on holiday so let lose, take it slow and see what each amazing African country has to offer and what is unique and special about it.
Where I’d Love to Go Next
I have always wanted to go to Botswana, travel around in a 4x4 and sleep in a tent on the roof of the vehicle, as well as go gorilla trekking through the lush rainforest of Rwanda.