We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing team of people behind African Impact, most who started as volunteers and have been on this journey since the beginning. This is our strength and what has allowed us, over the years, to go beyond volunteering, to focus on what it does best; provide an exchange of ideas and mindsets. We’ve learned that if a community has total buy-in and ownership of a project – and a volunteer is truly informed about their own role and contribution to this – volunteering has the power to transform both a community and a volunteer. That is a beautiful thing and what we witness every day on our projects.
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Favourite destination in Africa and why?
Best African travel memory?
Bucket list destination and experience?
Victoria Falls, Zambia. I was lucky enough to call it home in the early years of African Impact and every time I go back, not only do I get to see the falls and the incredible wildlife of the area, but I get to see 15 years of African impact we have made - school buildings, clinics and meeting people who now are in work because of the volunteer projects we run. I also get to meet old friends.
My gosh so many... When I was 18 I backpacked from Ethiopia to Cape Town. That trip not only allowed me to see some of the highlights of Africa; Serengeti, Gorillas, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Lake Kariba, to name a few, but it was the first time traveling on my own. I had to overcome Malaria, losing a passport and many vehicle breakdowns, but this trip was the catalyst to starting African Impact.
I really would like to visit Zakouma National Park in Chad. I’ve heard so much about it, it sounds like no place I have visited in Africa and a real success story of conservation. The other is to learn more about, and visit, the Hadza people of Tanzania.
Kwa-Zulu Natal as it encapsulates all that Africa has to offer: stunning wildlife experiences in the bush, beaches and surf to play in, a mountain range that takes the breath away, so much history and of course just wonderful people from many different backgrounds. The fact this was our home for 3 years, where our son was born and the start of our life in Africa is a big factor too!
The morning that Michelle & I sat on a deck, looking out over the wild African bush, watching Elephants strolling through the low trees. It was the time we decided that, after travelling around the Southern Hemisphere for 9 months, Africa was where we knew we should be. (Being the Beer Pong Champion in Livingstone comes second mind!)
o There are just too many! I am so pleased our two kids love to travel and see new things, I want to help them to find their true path through experiencing nature, travelling as much as possible and meeting new people. Oh and Antarctica to tick off the final Continent!
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Mozambique, after the war and majority of people abandoning the country, there are massive amounts of untouched beaches and very limited commercialisation of the remote areas such as Tofo Beach and Inhambane. A pure luxury for authentic and remote travel these days and very much still an unexplored travel destination for the youth market.
When I was younger my parents had a caravan and the African Bush was our home away from home, so every holiday we spent either in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve or the Kruger National Park. I have loved elephants ever since I was first able to recognise it myself from the story books my mum used to read to me. One day the unthinkable happened, it was close to the gate closing time in the northern part of HluHluwe and we were in a rush to get to the gate and ended up driving straight into the biggest herd of elephant the park had at the time, with a ravine on one side and cliff on the other, the elephants were using the road to make their way through the bush. We had to park the car, turn off the engine and pray that an elephant won’t find us as a tasty snack, we contacted the rangers to let them know we were stuck and couldn’t get out so we won’t make the gate closing time and the rangers response was “sorry sir, be careful, our elephants are in Musth” – wow, how comforting right? At the time, the park was suffering from some very young and aggressive elephants causing chaos and they were within this big herd facing us head on down this road. Long story short, after a few trunks sniffed our car and big grey legs slowly passed the car, we came out alive and live to tell the tale of how we faced the elephants head on! Literally!
Spending time conserving animals in Patagonia.
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Mozambique – you will understand when you are there.
I cannot possibly pick one. Each trip or experience has its golden moments.
Victoria Falls so I can Bungee Jump, Bridge Swing and Zipwire across the gorge all on the same day!
As much as everyone has heard that Zanzibar is a paradise full of beauty and history, It’s way more majestic when your feet touch the ground and your eyes experience it for yourself. From the architecture to the food, I couldn’t stop my curiosity from adventuring into one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. The people were super friendly and embracing, making me feel right at home from the get go. The island had so many things to see and do, I regret only staying for a short time. I’ll definitely return soon!
Although my favourite destination is Zanzibar, my favourite memory in Africa was visiting the deaf school in Moshi (Kilimanjaro), Tanzania. Growing up with my parents who are both deaf has given me a different perspective to life. When I was given the opportunity to spend the day with the deaf students in Moshi, I was beyond excited to see how life was for them and hopefully get to share some of my stories with them. Walking into the school brought warmth to my heart seeing the children, as you would in any school, playing and hanging out. The planned lesson topic for the day was ‘Menstruation’. I was very impressed to see how much they were able to retain from the previous lesson on the topic and was proud to see them converse with such maturity given that the age group was very young (9-12). The children were clearly excited when I showed them I was able to sign. We spent the last 30 minutes of the class comparing vocabulary and teaching each other new expressions. I would do that again in a heartbeat.
I would love to encounter the gorillas in the congo. Growing up, I frequented the Johannesburg Zoo where I found myself fascinated by Max the Gorilla. I would stare for ages as he would go about his daily routine. I would like to experience seeing a family of gorillas in their natural habitat.
Cape Town – It’s a cosmopolitan city that has something for everyone – a vibrant culture, rich marine life, stunning mountains with incredible hiking, unique wildlife (including penguins!) and gorgeous beaches (though the water’s a little chilly!).
Road-tripping around Namibia with a bunch of friends – the landscape is like no other and Etosha National Park was very impressive.
I would love to visit the Maasai Mara in Kenya to see the Wildebeest migration and to meet the local Maasai tribes. While in the area I would also like to hop over the border to Tanzania and climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Definitely have to choose Zanzibar. The locals are super friendly and welcoming. They have some of the best seafood I’ve ever tasted and an endless amount of beautiful beaches to choose from - plus the water is like being in a warm bath!
Visiting Kruger for the first time. Really can’t put it into words what it is like being able to witness the Big 5 roaming free in their natural habitat (especially after being raised in Chicago where we only see these beautiful creatures in zoos).
I’d absolutely love to visit Kenya during the great wildebeest migration.
My favourite destination is Livingstone, Zambia because the people are so friendly and welcoming, there are so many adventurous activities to do and it’s just so beautiful!
White water rafting down the Zambezi River! I was really nervous to do this after watching some videos online, but it turned out to be one of my best memories of Zambia and so much fun.
I’d love to go to East Africa, Kenya and Zanzibar to be exact.
Walvis Bay Dolphin Cruise and Bird-watching
Cape Town South Africa, the best experience was flying it was my first time getting into a plane and I had a lot of expectations that people told me the first time in the plane you have to vomit 😊 but I didn’t.
My favourite destination in Africa is the Transkei or Wild Coast. I love that it is so remote and untouched. The beaches stretch for miles and miles next to rolling green hills and rock cliffs.
A trip to the Transkei I did 2 years ago, surfing with dolphins, eating fresh fish and crayfish, and long trail runs along the beaches and headlands.
A year-long roadtrip in a van visiting as many African countries and cities as possible to experience all the different activities, cultures, food, animals and people that make up this diverse continent.
Tanzania – The people are so friendly and kind. I love their sense of community and welcoming nature.
Backpacking through the Kenyan desert on foot for 2 weeks, with a camel carrying my backpack, coming across nomad villages, and experiencing their unbelievable generosity and hospitality.
Madagascar with its unique landscapes and animals.
So far in my travels Zanzibar. Incredible people, culture, food, music, beaches, all round incredible place to be!
What comes to mind is swimming with whale sharks in Mozambique, breath-taking experience! Oh, and the prawns, mountains of delicious fresh prawns.
I want to drive from Cape Town to Scotland (my original home) with Stacey to see and experience as much of Africa as possible.
My favourite destination in Africa is Western Cape because it provides unique scenery and experiences across the province. It has Cape Town with two oceans, mountains, Robben Island, Stellenbosch vineyards and sightseeing that can compare with the most beautiful cities in the world. The rest of the province provides an opportunity for adventure and enjoying nature.
My favourite African trip is when I drive through the garden route to visit my family in the Eastern Cape. I have great memories with family members on the stops we make on our way and it also allows me to enjoy the village rural life in South Africa.
I would love to visit Victoria Falls and Bungee jump.