After decades of travel, NWS Kate FINALLY embarks on her first ever African safari
I can’t recall when I first wanted to travel, but I do remember where. Africa. The whole continent. As a teenager I collected travel brochures for African overland trips, furtively hidden under my bed while I dreamt of adventures that would take me from Cairo to Cape Town (I still had these brochures when I moved in with my now husband, many of them at least 10 years old). It wasn’t until after university I finally got to scratch the travel itch and the easy well-trodden backpacker routes through Asia and Oceania beckoned, while an enduring interest in and growing home library of the Polar Regions blossomed. Dreams of Africa fell by the wayside, forgotten.
Having visited around 60-70 countries, I’ve never been on safari. My only foray into the enigmatic continent of Africa was a trip around Morocco. It wasn’t until I saw my flights were booked that I felt a bubble of excitement and recalled that initial draw of wanderlust that started with Africa and ultimately led me to a career in travel. My itinerary will take me to the jungles of Rwanda and Uganda, to the plains of Tanzania and alluring winelands of South Africa. This trip may well be 25 years overdue; now I’m on my way, I can’t wait.