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Award-Winning Travel Writer Gets A Taste For South Africa

March 5, 2014 Tourist Boards No Comments Email Email

On winning the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW)’s prestigious Travel Writer of the Year award in 2012 (an award she has since won again, in 2013), Louise Southerden was thrilled to learn she’d won a trip for two to South Africa, a country she had yet to visit, despite having been a travel writer for almost 20 years. 

Louise Southerden at Broken Bath BeachLouise recently returned from the trip, which was sponsored by South Africa Tourism, and says she and her travelling companion, her father, were blown away by the Rainbow Nation’s natural beauty, particularly after seeing the Big Five, spending a few days in Cape Town and driving the spectacularly scenic coast to the Cape of Good Hope and beyond.

A highlight of the trip, she says, was their four-night luxury safari experience and twice-daily game drives at Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands.

“I hadn’t expected to be able to get so close to such big, wild animals – elephants, rhino, leopards, lions; it was definitely among the top wildlife experiences I’ve had. And travelling with Dad made the trip even more special; to be able to share such memorable experiences with him was a real treat and something neither of us will ever forget. I can’t wait to go back and explore more of this incredible country.”

Louise with her dad on safari in South AfricaLalie Ngozi, South African Tourism General Manager Australasia, understands Louise’s passion for discovering more about the country.

““That it should make such an impact on even the most seasoned traveller writer, says a lot about South Africa. In fact with its adventure, luxury, unsurpassable wildlife encounters and cultural experiences, our country really has something for every traveller,” says Ms Ngozi.

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