My Recent Travels
I recently got the opportunity to travel to Pilanesberg National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park. I had been on one safari before in Namibia but these experiences proved to be even more exhilarating and memorable. My first safari experience was a self-drive one and although exciting, there is something about an open-vehicle game drive with a knowledgeable guide informing you about everything, from healing and poisonous plants, to the animals, their tracks, behaviour and eating habits, that really takes your safari experience to that next level.
I also frequent the exotic island of Mauritius every year, as my family originates from here. We like to explore the different hotels around the island and one of my favourites to stay is on the west coast at the luxurious LUX* Le Morne. Surrounded by pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters, this exclusive retreat is far from the main shopping districts, which I enjoyed, and is situated along the lush gardens of the Le Morne peninsula, amid the thick tree canopies of the Mauritian mountains.
I grew up in Cape Town and was lucky enough to study at both Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. I relish adventure and have travelled extensively with my family and friends since I can remember. On all my adventures I’ve found that although every country is beautiful and has its own magic, nothing compares to the beauty of Africa, and Cape Town is like no other city I have visited. Cape Town is the city for those who love a little bit of everything; for those who enjoy exploring lush mountains or long stretches of white, sandy beach; or exploring the beauty of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or the incredibly diverse culture and history in the Mother City.
Where have I travelled
I love to travel and try get away as often as I can, even if it’s just for a weekend up the Garden Route. I have lived in Johannesburg and Cape Town, been on a safari and river rafting in Namibia, and I have done family road trips to Durban as well as Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on numerous occasions. My family has always had a hunger to explore the world, so I was exceptionally fortunate growing up to travel to most parts of Europe, America, Australia and Asia. I think travelling should be on everyone’s to-do list, even if it’s just an excuse to escape for a weekend.
What I love about Africa
Africa is culturally rich and diverse, with exquisite landscapes from one place to the next. I’ve found the most beautiful part of my country to be the interaction with the people, who all have exciting stories, kind hearts and welcoming arms. There is always something happening, something to explore or something magical to be found. I love the people, the cultures and the climate – need I go on?
Some African Travel advice
Embrace the unexpected and see every misstep as a perfectly executed dance shuffle. Patience is key when traveling in Africa, as it has its own, unique air about it. Sometimes you just need to go with the flow and embrace the adventure and story to come in a situation.
Where I’d love to go next
My bucket-list African destinations are definitely Congo and Rwanda for gorilla trekking as well as the plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya.