Jody van Merode
For me the travel bug bit when I started at University and visited Australia for a month (way back in 2010!) – soon after Peru and South Africa followed. I fell in love with South Africa (and the continent in general) the moment I arrived. I still remember my first safari as if it was yesterday, and not realising that seeing a rhino in the wild is not all that common. I’ve been back to South Africa many times since and absolutely love its diversity – the people, the food, its scenery – there’s really no place like it! Although South Africa is my first love, I’ve been lucky enough to see much more of Africa since. Meeting the chimps of Mahale and the gorillas of Volcanoes National Park have really been a highlight so far.