Although I was born in Cape Town, I was raised in Britstown in South Africa’s Northern Cape province and in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. I also spent a lot of my younger years in Worcester, which is on the longest wine route in the world, known as Route 62. I’m truly thankful for having spent my younger days in the beautiful Cape - it was a privilege!
I’ve also lived in Johannesburg; The City of Gold that is known as the ‘New York of South Africa’. This place holds a special place in my heart as it forged my personality and help me progress in my long-standing career in Travel and Tourism. I’ve met so many different people from all walks of life who all share the common purpose of making a success of living in the ‘concrete jungle’ of Johannesburg.
I really enjoy the outdoors with my family and friends or just simply having a glass of good wine and making a hearty meal.
Where I have travelled
In November 2018 I had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of visiting Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa. My highlight was a hot-air balloon flight over Serengeti National Park – truly a bucket-list must-do. The southern part of Tanzania - Ruaha and Selous - was an ultimate experience in my life’s safari journey: they are untouched, remote, real and honest. There are no better words than to say: these places are 'safari life goals'!
In May 2017 I had an incredible safari experience in Botswana Delta and Chobe region. It was a 10-day trip which gave me an insight to a typical fly-in safari experience where both land and water activities are the main highlight of the journey. My highlight was seeing two female lions followed by a male within mere footsteps away from my room in Xudum at the Okavango Delta. They were very focused on hunting for their breakfast meal and it was so thrilling for me to see. I felt so privileged to be able see nature at its best. A real authentic experience and an up close personal safari show. That’s the true signature of a Botswana safari!
In May 2016 I went on an amazing journey in South Africa that kicked off in cosmopolitan and vibrant Johannesburg and included a fun resort stay at Sun City before ending off with great safari experiences in the private reserves of Madikwe, Timbavati and the Sabi Sands. My highlights on this trip included cycling in Soweto, meeting the warm and friendly local people, and once-in-a-lifetime game viewing in Madikwe and the Greater Kruger region.
I also spent a weekend away in the Garden Route early September 2016. It was a roadtrip between Cape Town and Knysna and my highlights included interacting with local people during a Wandu’s township tour and a sea safari out over the famous Knysna Heads where we spotted a whalebreaching!
I have been to all nine provinces in South Africa and have had the privilege of living in four. Internationally, I have visited the United Kingdom for a career-related opportunity.
My favourite travel moment
When I was travelling in the Sabi Sands, I had overnight stay at Dulini River Lodge. The early morning game drive took us off-road to follow a pack of wild dogs chasing their prey. At first I was a bit frightened as we were ‘bundu bashing’ in an open vehicle but then I felt at one with nature as I looked around and said, ‘Yes, this is Africa!’ It was truly one of the most thrilling moments of my life and really made me feel alive!
What I love about Africa
My love for Africa stems from the natural splendour that its people are blessed with. We have such a diversity of animal life, are rich in flora and fauna, and are a true melting pot of different people with inspiring cultural backgrounds (and in South Africa, we have official 12 languages that we all humbly aspire to master!). This is the ability to co-exist as people with nature is the African spirit known as ‘ubuntu’.
My best African travel advice
Consider Africa your new ‘home away from home’: take your journey step by step and allow the little surprises here and there to make your holiday a worthwhile and awe-inspiring experience.