I am a born-and-bred Capetonian full of joie de vivre. Having completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town, I took a gap year where I worked for a few months at the world-renowned Test Kitchen restaurant before joining the team at Beau Constantia Wine Estate as a wine-tasting and sales representative. It was here that I developed my passion for South African wine. Since then, I have finished my postgraduate degree in Media & Brand Management, which helped me to develop my skills for writing, event management and design.
I never thought that I would get to use these skills as much as I have since being at Go2Africa, but I find daily that my keen eye for detail and my ability to look at each piece of a puzzle with a unique view and perfectionist touch has helped me greatly in my job as an Africa Safari Expert.
Where have I travelled
As a child, my parents loved to take us on self-drive holidays all over South Africa. We have spent many a summer in the Cederberg mountains, traversing the Karoo, driving up the Garden Route for a beach holiday or exploring Addo Elephant National Park in search of the Big 5.
I also had the incredible opportunity to visit the Victoria Falls. I still get goose bumps when I remember the sound of the crashing water and the thrilling adventures we had during our stay. Travelling overseas has also been a big part of my life. I have visited New York City, been to the UK twice and done a whirlwind trip of western Europe, visiting seven countries in 10 days.
My Recent Travels
Since joining the Go2Africa team, I have been focusing on the South African saying, ‘Local is lekker!’, meaning ‘Local is cool!’ and taking the time to explore the many great destinations in my home country, South Africa. I’ve travelled from Johannesburg through Mpumalanga to visit the scenic outlook post called God’s Window and take in all the beauty of the Panorama Route. Adding to that experience is my recent journey to the Kruger National Park, which opened my eyes to a whole world of luxury safari and intimate bush experiences.
I’ve also had the opportunity to explore the Waterberg region, Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City resort and Madikwe Private Game Reserve. Since I live in Cape Town, I also try to make regular visits to the surrounding Winelands, travel up the West Coast and visit the town of Wilderness by road tripping up the Garden Route in summer.
What I love about Africa
One thing I’ve learnt through my travels in Africa, is that every day has the chance to be truly magical. Whether you’re exploring Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, or getting up at the crack of dawn for an exhilarating morning game drive in the chilly air, there is always a feeling of unexplored potential. It makes every day unique and exciting.
Some African Travel advice
If things don’t happen exactly as you expect them to – don’t panic! There are always friendly people to help you and Africa is full of wonderful surprises. Who knows, something unexpected may end up being the best travel story you could have ever imagined.
Where I’d love to go next
My eye is currently set on the prize of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. There is something so untamed and wild about that part of Africa that is calling me to come and explore.