I live and breathe Cape Town and the African bush. I was fortunate to grow up in this great city and it’s surrounds, where I still have adventures. After school, I left South Africa to study for my Bachelor’s degree in International Business Management in Arkansas, US. I played sport there and was lucky enough to play for the collegiate All-American rugby side for a few years, allowing me to travel and represent the States in other countries such as New Zealand, Canada, England and even playing against South Africa in Cape Town in front of my home crowd.
During summer breaks I would come home and guide on the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia, my second home. After graduating, I moved between Livingstone and Cape Town to continue guiding river safaris on the Zambezi and connected with my childhood friends again. While doing this I studied for the GMAT exams to see if I could further my studies and get into my previous university’s MBA programme, in which I succeeded and so I went back to Arkansas. While completing my MBA I worked for a large logistics firm that concentrated on over-the-road freight around North America. It was a fun but taxing when balancing it with my MBA.
After graduating I moved to Missouri and assumed a grain-elevator manager and grain grader/ consultant role. I loved being out working with farmers in the US and enjoyed the agricultural industry and people I met. After two years, I longed to return home to Africa. I do, however, miss the people I came across and life-long friends made on that journey. I came home to Cape Town and found work in the agricultural industry as a crop consultant specializing in the use of agricultural drones to scout crops and spot issues before they became a problem.
In early 2017 a friend was looking for a job online and came across this opening at Go2Africa and recommended it to me as he said it would a great fit. I applied and the rest is history. I love it here and the people I work with daily and the industry as whole are so wonderful. Plus we get to go and see all these great destinations to give our clients hands-on advice when planning their trip of a lifetime.
In Cape Town I surf regularly and take my hound for hikes on Table Mountain or in the surrounding forests. On occasion I will leave my dog at home and take my bike up and down the mountain. My other less active hobbies include fishing and archery. In the evenings, I enjoy settling in for a wildlife documentary and glass of local wine.
I have travelled, lived and worked in a few places but believe I now do it in the most beautiful city in the world. There is such a diverse array of things to do and sights to see. It is also great being so close of South Africa’s neighbouring countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and my second home, Zambia. Africa will always be coursing through my veins and every time I leave it, I feel I leave a piece of me behind.
My favourite destinations
It goes without saying that it is Livingstone in Zambia. I love it there, from Victoria Falls to the river’s inhabitants and birdlife. You will also not find friendlier people in the world. I enjoy its neighbour on the other side of the Falls - Zimbabwe. South Africa’s game reserves, coastline, and wine routes offer so much diversity and beauty.
Where in Africa have I travelled?
I have travelled up the East and West coasts of South Africa in search of surf and fishing grounds; both offer their unique beauty and vast beaches and wildlife. The Garden Route and Whale Coast are particularly special. I have also travelled throughout South Africa’s reserves, from the Kruger, Sabi Sands, Pilanesberg and Waterberg to Madikwe, which are all truly special and unique. I have travelled to Botswana and experience Chobe National Park, with abundant wildlife. I have been to Livingstone, Zambia where I worked and lived for some time and its neighbour Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe.
Favourite travel moment
My favourite travel moment must be hanging out with the anti-poaching rangers of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone, Zambia. We were able to walk with wild rhinos through the park as they monitor them on a 24-hour basis, effectively living with them and successfully protecting them from any threat. Despite little funding they are very knowledgeable, professional and have a great sense of humour. I remember sitting in the bush no more than 15 feet from a white rhino, in hysterics with these guys. They are truly the change we would like to see in the world. I also enjoy white-water rafting and river safaris when I am in the area.
What I love about Africa
Time slows down. In Africa things move a little slower, the food tastes a little better and the air seems to be a little easier to breathe. Africa is evocative with its beautiful landscapes and people, and it always feels like you are going on the path less travelled. An adventure from dusk till dawn that will always be coursing through my veins.
Where to next
I would love to go visit East Africa and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia as both are very different but offer amazing sites, scenery and cultures.