The Africa Diaries ~ South Africa (VLOG)
Check out my first official entry to The Africa Diaries – a new travel vlog series I’ll be co-creating with my fiancé/travel partner as we make our way through Africa on an epic conservation-inspired road trip!
When I met my fiancé, Zander (“Z”), in late 2016, it didn’t take long for us to bond over our shared passion for travel. Within our first month of dating, we took our first trip to Kauai, within 6 months we were getting engaged in Cuba, and for our one-year dating anniversary, we found ourselves in India — where, on a whim, we decided to get hitched. But for us, the ultimate destination was always Africa.
Born and raised in South Africa, Z grew up loving the African bush and its wildlife. And for me, as a storyteller and conservationist, there was always something that drew me to the Motherland.
Prior to meeting Z, I had traveled to South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya on my own, and was already dreaming of putting down roots somewhere on the continent. Meeting him made that dream a bit more realistic, and together we began planning.
Before we knew it we were on a 7-month, 7-country road trip through Southern and East Africa. On the surface, the plan was for him to develop his photography projects while I gathered new travel content in-between assignments for Project:Conservation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation storytelling that I founded in 2016. But deep down, we both knew that this adventure was actually a test run for the life we hope to live. A life filled with creativity, travel, conservation, and, of course, Africa.
This Africa Diaries episode is special for a couple of reasons. One, it’s my first ever ‘official’ vlog entry (for which I’m still figuring out the best format, so try not to judge this attempt too harshly). Two, it marks the the very beginning of what I hope will be many more wild adventures worth sharing.
In the following vlog you’ll get to see some of Z’s and my favorite highlights from our first month in South Africa, specifically, as we made our way from Cape Town to Kruger.