2015 has been another enchanting year that I can add to my travel memory collection. From lazy beach walks at Clifton to the manic chaos of Delhi; from the wild and untamed bushveld of greater Kruger to the polished boardrooms in Munich, it was a year of contrasting cultures and experiences.
I picked figs straight from the orchards and ate so many of the heavenly fruit that that I got “cuts” on my mouth. I had amazing sunrises in desolate Anysberg and sleepy Stilbaai. There were intimate moments with lions, leopards, cheetah and elephants. I went on weekend getaways to hike in the Drakensberg and relax at Mt Sheba. I explored new reserves like Ithala and got spoilt at lodges in the Waterberg and at Manyeleti. And revisited old favourites like Kruger and baobab lands like Mapungubwe.
It was also a year to add many more stamps to my passport (and get very acquainted with the Emirates lounges). I visited four other countries, each very different to the the other – Germany, India, Spain and Morocco. The tea estates in Darjeeling were as pretty as I pictured, and Kashmir blessed with natural beauty. The Moorish legacy in Spain left me in amazement, and rekindled my love for Morocco, where I spent hours staring at the intricate patterns.
My passion for travel got me to launch Tailored Travel to bring the world of travel to others. There’s a lot more to happen on that front, but for now, here’s a small selection of the places and things that left an impression on me in 2015.