Willa, South Africa Specialist
I took my first trip to Africa at age 18 when I volunteered in Ghana for three months. This experience sparked my decision to pursue a BA in International Relations at Wheaton College, where I focused on the Middle East and Africa. My studies took me to Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia for the better half of a year where, while studying the politics of the region, I began building itineraries for friends as a hobby.
After college I spent the next four years working at several charities both in DC and Kenya which involved frequent research in countries throughout Africa.
My most recent trips have been to South Africa, Malawi and Victoria Falls, where I spent time hiking, horse riding, kayaking, exploring the winelands and exploring South Africa's famous game reserves awestruck by the wildlife.
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We had such an incredible time in South Africa, a place whose riches are not found in money, but in the nature, culture, and memories that we created.
The Morales Family traveled to South Africa for 10 days in July 2018, organized by Willa S
My daughter and I are very enthusiastic photographers and for us this vacation was a fantastic opportunity to capture the beauty of South Africa. We talked to country specialist Willa about what we wanted and she made it happen. She figured out all of the logistics and recommended incredible places to eat and tours. We had such an incredible time in South Africa, a place whose riches are not found in money, but in the nature, culture, and memories that we created.
I'll never forget when…
Setting off on a walking safari into the bush from Marataba Trails Lodge our excitement and fear was palpable. We soon came across fresh rhino droppings and looked up just in the nick of time to find ourselves face to face with a giant rhino and her baby. We stood there staring at each other, not moving a muscle for what felt like hours. Finally, in one extremely abrupt movement they took off, crashing through the bush. I will never forgot that moment and the way it felt to stand in front of such powerful creatures, each of us blindly trusting that the other would do no harm.