My Recent Travels
Among my African bush experiences, I returned to Mauritius for a 2-week adventure, as well as spent some time exploring the islands of Seychelles, namely Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. There are completely different experiences here to Mauritius, each with its own unique offer, and I absolutely love the idea of combining the bush and each for a really complete holiday experience!
In 2018 I explored the Greater Kruger, staying in areas such as the Timbavati, Thornybush and the famed Sabi Sand reserves. Prior to these adventures I had been on one safari in Namibia on a self-drive adventure but the Kruger trip proved to be even more exhilarating and memorable. 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.
In 2017 I was fortunate enough to travel to Pilanesberg National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve and parts of Cape Town that I was unaware of! The highlight was Madikwe following the morning rains – there is something quite magical about the red dust settling into the earth, against the lush green backdrop of the African bush. That, and watching elephants playing in the formed puddles really added to the experience.
Where I have 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 have done extensive family road trips to Durban as well as Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. I was exceptionally fortunate growing up to travel to most parts of Europe, America, Australia and Asia.
What I Love about Africa
What is there not to love? Africa is culturally rich and diverse, with exquisite landscapes that change from one region to the next. I’ve found the most beautiful part of my country to be the interaction with the people who have exciting stories, kind hearts and welcoming arms. There is always something happening, something to explore or something magical about to transpire - you just need to be open to finding it.
Some African Travel advice
Embrace the unexpected and see every step as a perfectly executed dance shuffle. Patience is key when travelling in Africa or the islands, as every location has its own, unique air about it, and time is sometimes used as a guideline (especially on the islands!). Sometimes you just need to go with the flow and embrace the adventure as it comes. Remember – you’re on holiday!
Where I’d Love to Go Next
My bucket-list African destinations are definitely Rwanda for gorilla trekking as well as the floodplains of the Okavango Delta and seeing the meerkats of the Makgadikgadi!