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After school I studied a years diploma in Travel and Tourism, before beginning my varied career in tourism. I worked at Groot Constantia Wine Estate, and then managed some guest houses, before spending time in the US. When I returned in 1997, I started working for a leading groups and incentives tour operator, before moving with my MD who started the first internet-based African travel company in 1999.
In 2005 my husband and I relocated to London with a plan to work and travel through Europe. I joined Expert Africa and it was here that my knowledge for Southern Africa began to grow. It wasn’t long until I was sent to Botswana to explore the Okavango Delta. This lead to numerous trips through northern Botswana visiting camps in Chobe, the Kwando-Linyanti, Central Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
I then moved on to research Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, Seychelles and Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, North Luangwa, Lower Zambezi National Park, Livingstone and Kafue.
My most recent trip was to Zambia's remote Liuwa Plain National park, and prior to that Botswana's Okavango Delta. Two completely different areas, but both equally as fascinating.
I’ve been privileged throughout my 20-odd years in travel to experience some incredible destinations, but the sunny shores of Cape Town have now enticed me back home, and it’s where I plan to stay. I operate a satellite office for Expert Africa in Kommetjie, and feel I have the best of both worlds - living in Cape Town, and still connected, daily, to the UK.
Lucy's most recent Africa trips
Zambia, Malawi, South Africa
My first safari post the pandemic, and it was fantastic! A treat to be back in the bush, and see how genuinely pleased the camps were to host us. Getting through airports was easy - even with Covid protocols in place, and cross-border PCR testing, arranged by the camps, was hassle free. I started my ‘Green Safari’ on Malawi’s Likomo Island, with barefoot luxury at Kaya Mawa - sipping cocktails on the beach, snorkelling with colourful cichlids, and cycling around the island on an e-bike. Then flew to Zambia – a one hour flight, and spent two nights in South Luangwa at Shawa, followed by two nights in Kafue at Ila. Both camps undertake game drives in silent, solar-powered safari vehicles – their commitment to conservation and sustainability. I ended in Livingstone, at Tongabezi, on the banks of the Zambezi River. A beautiful time of year to travel with dramatic cloud build up and a few heavy thunder showers, fresh grass and leaves sprouting, lots of baby animals and magnificent birding.
After a very busy year in the travel industry - with Covid-19 playing havoc, my husband and I decided to escape to the Cape's winelands. We spent two days exploring Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and had the most relaxing overnight stay at La Petite Ferme - with a fabulous dinner overlooking their vineyard and the Franschhoek valley below. We were thoroughly impressed by the great efforts which La Petite Ferme - and in fact all the wine estates, shops and restaurants, have gone to, to introduce more social distancing and tighter protocols on infection transmission. We have since been back a number of times with our kids, and just love exploring this beautiful part of the world.
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I hadn’t seen the Victoria Falls since June 2017 so it was wonderful to be back, and witness them at a completely different time of year – from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of the falls. This was my first visit to Zambia’s remote Liuwa Plain National Park – and it was incredible. The landscapes, summer lightning storms, wildebeest migration and calving, and the sheer isolation. It reinforced my love for Zambia, and just how unique and diverse each of their national parks is. Liuwa is well worth the visit - and King Lewanika Lodge is marvellous too.