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Audley specialist Kerry


South Africa

I grew up in a small farm town in South Africa and always dreamed of big adventures. I was fortunate enough to see much of the country as a child and fell in love with the wilderness and wildlife. Every year, my mum and I would travel to different parts of the country, exploring beaches, caves, mountain ranges and of course, the bush.

After finishing high school, I moved to London and swapped the wilderness for the urban jungle. Over the next few years I travelled extensively across Southeast Asia, Central America, Australia and New Zealand.

Although my adventures have taken me far afield, I never forget my South Africa roots, and travel home as often as I can.

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Q&A with Kerry

A traditional South African braai

What's the best local dish you've tasted?

South Africa is well known for its braai — what the rest of the world calls a BBQ, only better! A staple that is always served alongside a braai, is mieliepap (or pap for short). White corn (maize) that is ground until a course meal is formed. I love pap because it’s so versatile. It can be enjoyed for dinner with a braai, and then again in the morning for breakfast with plenty of butter and condensed milk.

Hippo grazing by the Kazinga Channel

What's your most vivid travel moment?

I have been fortunate enough to see the Big Five many times on safari over the years, but the one animal I had never really seen — was a hippo. I had seen them a few times completely submerged in water, but really — to me, it was just a pair of ears protruding from the water. On my recent trip to South Africa, one of the lodges had a resident mother hippo and a baby that lived in the watering hole, just beyond the viewing platform. One morning, after our game drive, we arrived back at camp and the lodge staff told us to quickly run to the viewing platform. To my utter astonishment the mum and baby hippos were frolicking around, running in and out of the water. They played on land for a few minutes and I really got to appreciate these amazing creatures.

Lion, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Which book, film or artwork captures South Africa the most?

I am currently reading “Cry of the Kalahari”. It tells the story of Mark and Delia Owens, doing extraordinary research work in the remoteness of the Kalahari in the mid-1970s. With nothing but a third-hand Land Rover and a few hundred dollars, they drive deep into the Kalahari Desert, where they live for seven years. I love this book as it details the insights into the plight of wild animals. I really feel like I am with them in the remote bush.