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Doing Travel Differently: Off on an adventure with Open Africa

Freshly back from Greece -well, I haven’t showered yet after 24 hours of travelling, so maybe “fresh” isn’t the most accurate description- I am home for a few hours to unpack and answer some emails before setting off on one seriously epic adventure with Open Africa.

An empty suitcase. An open mind. A willing partner in adventure. No idea where we’re going. 

This is what got me interested in this trip: Open Africa is an NGO that believes in doing travel differently. They work with small enterprises in Southern Africa to help them establish rural tourism businesses while offering authentic travel experiences to adventurers. There are 64 self-drive routes across 6 countries, supporting 2 482 small local businesses. Pretty amazing, I know. 

Tomorrow morning, my friend Lauren Fowler-Kierman and I set off on an epic 5-day trip. Destination: ??? All we know so far is that we have a TomTom GPS, a car sponsored by Hertz, a flight sponsored by Flight Centre, a t-shirt, cutlery set, knife, headlamp and super-fancy sport/GPS Garmin watch sponsored by Due South. Oh, and our passports.

So follow us on Instagram @tailsofamermaid and @laurenxfowler and Twitter @NatalieRoos and @laurenxfowler to see where we go and what we get up to.