Anna's passion for Africa started when she studied abroad in Grahamstown, South Africa. Determined to return after graduating from Gettysburg College, she won a grant from One Laptop per Child and made it back to Africa. Anna spent the year living in South Africa, working in an after-school program in the Xolani Township and traveling the country.
Not ready to go home, she spent an additional four months exploring Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Kenya, Uganda and Namibia. After returning to the US and spending four years in San Diego, she realized it was time to do what she loved; talking and spreading her passion for Africa with as many people as possible.
Ernest Hemingway once wrote: "I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy." Anna couldn't agree more.
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I'll never forget when…
Arriving just in time for my first evening safari in The Sabi Sands, I hopped on my guide's vehicle, having no idea what to expect. Using only a spotlight to search, before I knew it, I was staring into the eyes of a male leopard. It walked right by our vehicle and I could not believe how beautiful yet powerful this animal was.
The leopard was never bothered by the vehicle, making it clear how respected the animals were by the reserve. Going out with zero expectations and having this incredible sighting confirmed my strongest belief: never say no to going on a game drive.