My Recent Travels
Most recently I made way to the Kruger Private Reserves, getting to see the Kapama, Timbavati, Umbambat and Sabi Sands (western and southern sectors) Reserves. A definite highlight was getting to see a leopard den site in amongst a riverine rocky area where the cubs played without a care in the world, while mom stood as an ever-watchful sentinel.
I have two further trips planned for the year – one self-drive trip up along the Garden Route with stops in the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn, De Hoop Nature Reserve close to Cape Agulhas (the true southern-most point of Africa), the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay areas and concluding with an Eastern Cape safari at an exclusive game reserve.
The second trip will see me combining a stay at Victoria Falls with a trip to the Chobe region of Botswana. I shall be starting off at a bigger hotel on the Zimbabwe side of the Falls, taking some of the adrenaline activities on offer head on, and then taking in lodges on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the Falls and further up the Zambezi River, before making my way across to Botswana.
Born and raised in Cape Town, I have lived in the city and surrounds for most of my life. As a result, I am passionately proud of the fact that it is mentioned on virtually every list of places to go from across the world!
I am big on hiking and trail-running and try to make sure to get into the mountains at least once a week, to try and maintain work-life balance. This is another reason I love Cape Town: not 10 minutes from the City Bowl you can be starting a journey to one of the three summits – Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak.
I value my ability to put myself in others’ shoes and to convey my own experiences in a relatable way. My love of Africa encompasses all aspects of it, as I have a deep interest in not only the incredible flora and fauna it has to offer, but also its many-hued and diverse cultures and particularly the life philosophies that underpin them.
Africa is not a country, and ‘Ubuntu’ - loosely translated to mean ‘A person is a person through other people’ - is more than just a concept… It’s a way of life and one that I try to embrace.
Where have I travelled
I will always be grateful to my parents for our family road trips growing up, as it meant that I got to cover Mzansi (South Africa) far and wide, which allowed me to explore it from the far-flung solitude of the West Coast through to the sub-tropical beauty of kwaZulu-Natal.
Last year I went on a journey through South Africa that saw me starting off in the city of Johannesburg, moving on to the peaceful and uncrowded reserves of the Waterberg Plateau, and then on to Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City and finally the Madikwe Game Reserve, noted for its excellent Big 5 and African Wild Dog sightings.
I’ve also been privileged in having the opportunity to spend a good deal of time in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in Southern Africa. A memory that has stuck with me is staying at my uncle’s lodge on Lake Kariba as a kid, and ‘fishing’ all day for tigerfish – I don’t think there was even bait on the hook! My love for the peaceful solitude afforded by being in nature was very much alive, even back then.
Beyond Africa, I sailed to South America in a 40-foot mono-hull yacht – when young and crazy – and backpacked around Brazil and Argentina. I nearly settled down with a girl from Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro but the travel bug kept rustling and I made my way north to the US and spent several months road-tripping New England. Spending a week in a log cabin in the forests of Vermont was a highlight.
What I love about Africa
To be in Africa is to be in the ancient. There is something uncomplicated and raw that you can experience whenever you wish, if only you take a moment to. It is a place of humility, of great divides but of even greater bridges spanning them. There is a majesty to Africa that is inexplicable and needs to be felt to be understood.
Some African Travel advice
Africa is a place of feeling. While it is important to capture memories as reminders, do not allow technology to stand between you and the precious moments you have in it. Being present offers rewards unimagined.
Where I’d love to go next
It has been a lifelong dream to go gorilla trekking and see both the highland and lowland gorillas. Accordingly, Congo, Uganda and Rwanda are all on my bucket list.