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Ruth, South Africa Specialist

Originally from Liverpool, Ruth's first long haul adventure was a work experience placement in southern India. With a medical career in mind she was determined to understand healthcare systems overseas. On returning to promote such trips among peers and graduating in Biomedical Sciences, she hung up her lab coat.

Letting her passion for travel take hold she undertook an operational internship in rural Tanzania. Working with locals immersed her in the vibrant culture and her love for Africa began. She was mesmerised by the balance of tribal and modern elements in African society. Joining Audley allowed her to further explore this stunning continent.

Growing up with David Attenborough documentaries as a Sunday night supplement, Ruth was lost for words at viewing extraordinary wildlife in their natural habitat, both on land and sea, during a month long tour of South Africa.

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I'll never forget when…

After a day of spectacular game viewing, including watching a pack of wild dog having a stand-off with a memory of elephant, we had a truly magical evening at Dulini, Sabi Sands. The staff informed us we would be having a bush dinner and to be ready for 7:30pm. Not sure what to expect we wrapped up warm and hopped onto the safari vehicles once more. We drove for around 20 minutes into the reserve, hearing the night symphony of the bush. The night sky was then illuminated with lanterns and we could hear music faintly in the distance. On turning into an open area we could see the warm flicker from a bonfire and see the source of the serene sounds. The local Dulini staff, dressed in tribal chic, were singing traditional songs in perfect harmony. The now familiar faces of our friendly camp staff and the roaring open fire was a welcoming sight. The delicious barbequed food from the braai and lots of local wine weren't bad either.

Photos of Ruth

Ruth enjoying the views of Cape Town from the lower cable car station of Table Mountain, South Africa Ruth enjoying the views of Cape Town from the lower cable car station of Table Mountain, South Africa
Ruth hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains , KwaZulu Natal Ruth hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains , KwaZulu Natal
Ruth at God's Window, a highlight of Mpumalanga's scenic Panorama Route Ruth at God's Window, a highlight of Mpumalanga's scenic Panorama Route
Ruth setting out on a hike from Montusi in the Drakensberg region Ruth setting out on a hike from Montusi in the Drakensberg region
Ruth horseriding in Stanford, the Overberg, Western Cape Ruth horseriding in Stanford, the Overberg, Western Cape
Ruth at Lowveld viewpoint on South Africa's Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga Escarpment Ruth at Lowveld viewpoint on South Africa's Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga Escarpment
Ruth in the West Coast National Park, near Langebaan and Paternoster Ruth in the West Coast National Park, near Langebaan and Paternoster
Ruth enjoying a fresh seafood lunch on the beachfront at Die Gaaitjie, Paternoster Ruth enjoying a fresh seafood lunch on the beachfront at Die Gaaitjie, Paternoster
Ruth at the top of the Tugela Falls (3,000 m), Drakensberg Mountains Ruth at the top of the Tugela Falls (3,000 m), Drakensberg Mountains

Photos taken by Ruth

Bull Elephant at Shamwari Bull Elephant at Shamwari
Coffee with a view during a morning hike at Montusi Coffee with a view during a morning hike at Montusi
Elephant calf at Sabi Sabi Elephant calf at Sabi Sabi
Secretary bird, Montusi Mountain Lodge Secretary bird, Montusi Mountain Lodge
Game drive at Shamwari Game Reserve Game drive at Shamwari Game Reserve
Game viewing at Shamwari Game viewing at Shamwari
Lowveld viewpoint Lowveld viewpoint
Leopard at Thornybush Private Game Reserve Leopard at Thornybush Private Game Reserve