I was lucky enough to be raised in Dorset in the South of England spent my summers exploring the UK with my parents, living in a tent and sleeping under the stars installing a sense of adventure in me which I have been unable to quell.
While at school in the mid 1990’s I travelled throughout Europe including Russia, Poland and Germany, seeing first hand the transformation which was taking place in Eastern Europe. Once I finished studying law at University I was at a cross roads in my life, previously always sure of what I wanted to do. One day I picked up The Big Issue and was inspired by an advert in the back pages about overland trips to Africa. I loved Africa from the moment I set foot in Morocco and spent an amazing nine months over landing down to Cape Town.
The trip however was not without problems; after arriving in Nigeria the truck engines failed and the Angolan Embassy ran out of tourist visas. After spending two amazing weeks in Kaduna in Northern Nigeria waiting for the truck to be fixed, I was offered the option to fly to Egypt and head south through Sudan to Cape Town rather than try at the boarder in Angola for visas. Having wanted to visit Sudan since reading about the vast country the decision was easy and I headed for Egypt. Sudan did not disappoint and I have been lucky enough to return several times to the country which still fascinates me to this day.
My love for the African continent cemented and I decided to extend my trip and spent further time in Namibia and South Africa before working for a Children’s Disability charity in Livingstone, Zambia.
In 2009 I started working as an Expedition leader for a 4x4 self drive company based in Kenya leading trips from Cape Town to Nairobi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In 2010 I was part of the team which supported the Dutch Oranje Trophy from Sudan to Malawi on their journey from Amsterdam to Johannesburg for the World Cup. With 20 vehicles ranging from a BMW Dakar motorbike to a Beatle, a Opel Manta to a Unimog and over 40 people to support, it was an exhausting but rewarding time.
I finally decided to return to the UK and start my masters in Refugee Studies at the end of 2010 but have returned to Africa every year. There is some thing about this amazing, diverse and beautiful continent that has stolen my heart and I can not imagine my life without it.