Lady in Stellenbosch

I’ve never eaten dinner with a hammer before. Nor have I walked past a blazing fire pit with two ostriches grilling inside. But this is South Africa, and they take their food seriously here. As a guest at a special dinner Stellenbosch, I want to fit in, so I pick up a hammer and decide to see where the evening takes me.

Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa


Lady in Mozambican Paradise

“Cows on the runway,” the pilot says. I look out onto the airstrip. Sure enough, a mother cow and her calf are trotting across the dirt. I have to smile. You wouldn’t see this at Heathrow. And that’s probably because this tiny island in the Indian Ocean is as distant from London as I can get. When the runway clears, the bush plane takes off and I look down onto the Quirimbas Archipelago, excited to get to my final destination: Medjumbe Private Island in Mozambique.

Indian Ocean in Mozambique


Lady in the Okavango Delta

I am terrified of bush planes. When I visited Namibia, I nearly had a heart attack on a four-seater flight to what ended up being my favorite hotel in the world. But to travel to Botswana’s Okavango Delta from Kasane, where my friend and I drove after our dream-like stay on the Zambezi River, it’s pretty much the only option. I take a deep breath, buckle my seatbelt, and hope for the best.

River in Botswana's Okavango Delta


Lady on the Islands of Siankaba

The only way to get to my bungalow is via a series of raised rope bridges. Like everything on these islands in the Zambezi River, it is on stilts. As I walk over the wooden planks and bounce lightly across the bridge, I feel like I’m in a scene straight out of Robinson Crusoe. On one side of this little archipelago is Zambia, on the other is Zimbabwe. On one side is a village, on the other a national park teeming with wildlife. I am on the Islands of Siankaba, and they are my own adventurous paradise.

Mokoro in the Zambezi River in Zambia