When I tell people that my business is called Slow Travel Africa, many think that this just relates to the pace of travel. While slowing down and smelling the roses is certainly part of travelling slow, it is so much more than than (and slow does not always mean slowly!). I take my inspiration from the Slow Food movement, which was founded to "prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us".
In the same way travel can be a force for good that helps preserving culture and nature, if we make the right choices. But it can also be devastating for a destination in terms of resource consumption and erosion of tradition in favour of the modern.
But it's not just about preservation. It's also about having a fulfilling experience. To me, this means enjoying beautiful nature, eating well and getting away from the rat-race of everyday life. But it also means learning more about the place I visit. Meeting people and understanding their way of life. Trying new food. Learning about history, and understanding the present. These are the things that set a slow journey apart from a regular holiday.
South Africa has a wealth of iconic destinations that really should not be missed. Cape Town, the winelands and Kruger National Park are probably the first that come to mind for many. But there are also other amazing places, away from the normal tourist routes that are well worth a visit. However, guide books often focus on the big attractions and "must do/see's" (some of which are really not worth the bother if you ask me), so these places are harder to find. This is when consulting a local is the absolute best thing to do! Even at the iconic destinations like Cape Town, there are ways to explore that take you away from the large crowds and into the areas where the locals like spending time.
This is why I decided to establish Slow Travel Africa. I want to help people have the most amazing holiday, while at the same time contributing the the preservation of culture and nature. To explore deeper, experience more and embrace Africa!