I was born in Italy but grew up in a little gold-mining village in the heart of South Africa called Welkom, which is situated in the Free State province. I did my schooling there then jetted off to Scotland with hopes and dreams of making it big in the hospitality industry. After five years I missed what I’d called ‘home’ for so long so I decided to return to South Africa and have now been living in Cape Town - where my love and passion for travel and tourism began – since 2004. My blood is Italian but my heart is African.
Where I have travelled
I have travelled extensively in South Africa (the Garden Route, Kruger private reserves, private concessions, fenced and unfenced reserves), Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West province (Pilanesberg, Madikwe, Waterberg), KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, West coast, as well as Southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe) and East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), Namibia (southern circuit).
My favourite travel moment
The ‘Flight of Angels’ helicopter flip over the magnificent Victoria Falls, meeting the Maasai people in Kenya, and nothing will ever compare to my very first game drive in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve following a leopard for over two hours… That’s where I caught the ‘safari bug’!
What I love about Africa
The diversity that this continent has to offer you as a traveller, from cosmopolitan cities, to beaches, deserts, mountains, rivers, the bush and so much more. There is no other place that I have visited that offers guests the feeling that they experience when in Africa. I have never met any traveller that has been to Africa and has not contracted Mal d’Africa… the nostalgia and yearning to return. That is what makes this continent great.
My best African travel advice
Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment on availability for your safari and always wear a sunhat and sunscreen!
My recent travels
I have recently come back from a 3-day MalaMala trip where I stayed at the newly renovated Sable Camp - it truly the best South African safari experience I have ever had. Its location within the Sabi Sands is top-notch as they are the first reserve that meets the invisible line between the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands South. By far one of my premier safari experiences in South Africa that lived up to every expectation that MalaMala is renowned for.