When I traveled to South Africa for the first time in 2008 it was to follow a life time of stories of a matriarchal great aunt's southern African adventures.
I arrived via Abu Dhabi and the hours spent longingly looking out the window into the African darkness cast their spell on me. I was entranced by the time I touched down, so you can imagine the solidifying effect that four nights at the famous Phinda Private Game Reserve would have.
I was truly blessed by the experience of my time at Phinda and only more so than by the fact that I shared a game drive vehicle with a big hearted South African couple who were legends of the reserve itself. Nights spent under the African sky with these two would soon become an annual tradition as I would be compelled to return to the land as often as I could.
My journey from Phinda carried on along the coast from Port Elizabeth down the Garden Route to end in stunning Stellenbosch where my Great Aunt still lives. The blessing here was not only to be surrounded by family, but to also become the audience to dinner table discussions that would teach me so much about South Africa and only leave me wanting to learn more.
To this day I feel tied to Africa. My heart sings for the people I have met and the journeys that they have taken me on. And my heart beats to the drum of the African bush.
For a few years now I have tried to bring Africa into my professional life. But as I followed one path it would keep taking me back to what I truly love. The sound of the blistering heat, the dozy afternoons that build with excitement like a thunderstorm coming to life ready to journey onto the plains and through the hills to share time and space with mother nature.
And the sundowners. We mustn't forget the sundowners.
Herd of Ubuntu is my way of celebrating the African bush. I'm inspired to show others the magic that can be found on safari, while doing what I can for wildlife conservation. I'm committed to supporting and celebrating 'Made in Africa', while creating unique and high quality pieces.