Today is a big day for Slow Travel Africa. This morning, I left Joburg for Maputo and with that my very first season as a tour operator started! I have been doing what I do (produce and guide tours) for a while, but this is the first time that everything has been done through my own business. So here’s to Slow Travel Africa (a toast in the local drink, of course!)
The tour that starts tomorrow, when my 17 Swedish clients arrive, is very close to my heart. It is the third consecutive year that I produce this 3-week hiking tour through southern Africa, and it was the first tour that I produced on my own. It was also by getting involved with my Swedish tour operator partner Världens Resor that I found the courage to go it on my own.
We will start off with a city hike to explore Maputo’s bustling street life and fascinating architecture. The next day, we’ll walk on the beach and in the village near our lodge to learn about nature, culture and day-to-day life. I’ve got some great, young and knowledgeable local guides that will lead the tours. This is a must in my opinion. Not only do they know their own area better than anyone else; I also think that it is my responsibility as a tour operator taking my clients here to ensure that I help creating local employment by using local guides and locally owned and operated hotels. I also ensure that my tours make a difference by donating R100 for every person that travels with Slow Travel Africa to the Bulungula Incubator: a fabulous NGO that creates opportunities for young people in a very remote area of South Africa through education, health and sustainable livelihoods.
From Mozambique, it’s on to Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa for many great hikes, as well as nature and culture experiences. I will try to update the blog as we go, and will post pics on Insta and Facebook so you can come along on our Slow Journey!