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Around the world with… Dawn Jorgensen

Around the world with… Dawn Jorgensen in 20 questions

Dawn is a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, its people and the environment. From gorilla trekking in Uganda, tree-planting in Zambia and crampon-hiking in Patagonia, she believes she’s just getting started. Dawn shares these stories on her blog, The Incidental Tourist. When not travelling, home takes the shape of a little farm in Wellington.

  1. I travel because… every encounter and destination brings a new lesson in life. It humbles, teaches me respect and inspires me to be a better person.
  1. I write about it to… to share with others the privilege of my experiences, to relive the moments and to have a travel journal to look back on.
  1. The last place I visited for the first time was… Athens.

    The changing of the guards in Athens

    The changing of the guards in Athens

  1. The place I’ll return to again and again is… Italy.
  1. The most luxurious place I have ever stayed was…  Singita Faru Faru in the Grumeti, Tanzania. Where I could watch the wildebeest migration from my bed.
  1. The dodgiest place I ever went to was… an area on the outskirts of Paris where I decided not to get off the train.
  1. If you’re on a budget travel to…  any of the SanParks properties; best value and beautiful diverse offerings.
  1. My favourite hideaway in my country is… just outside my hometown of Wellington, you’ll find Bain’s Kloof – a wonderful place for walking in the mountains and swimming in the cool streams.
  1. The top five places I’ve travelled to are… Madagascar, Patagonia, Rwanda, Masai Mara and Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
    On the beach on the East Coast of Madagascar

    On the beach on the East Coast of Madagascar

    Precious Lemur

    Precious Lemur

    Beautiful Lemur

    Beautiful Lemur

    Dawn in Kenya at the Masai Village

    Dawn in Kenya at the Masai Village

    Discovering the caves of the Overberg with Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

    Discovering the caves of the Overberg with Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

  2. Three places I hope to visit this year… White Elephant Safari Lodge in Pongola. Any new African country. Russia.
  3. One of the best-kept secrets is… McGregor, because it’s only an hour from Cape Town, with endless options for activities and accommodation, wine and bubbly, fine food, donkey loving, shopping and conversation.
  1. Best meal I’ve ever had was… Breakfast at Majeka House. I could live in those flavours forever.
  1. Best bar I’ve ever been to was in… Matjiesfontein.
  1. I’ll never return to… there’s nowhere I will never return to.
  1. Five things I can’t travel without… my iPhone, my camera, my notebook, my floppy white hat and chocolate.
  1. What I miss most when I travel… my best friend, who is my Pit Bull pup, Tuscan Storm.
  1. My best travel moment ever was… Gorilla Trekking in Uganda. The most incredibly emotional and meaningful experience.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

  1. Advice for those who’d like to do what you do… Pursue that dream; you don’t need qualifications or training, you just need time and passion. Start a blog, nurture it and make it proudly yours. From that love a following and opportunities will slowly arise. But mostly, do it for you.
  1. My favourite travel writer / blogger is… Anton Crone, who is now mostly doing work for Africa Geographic. I have mountains of admiration and respect for his meaningful work.
  1. My top travel tip is… don’t talk yourself out of it. Travel near or far, in your own hometown or on a cross country road trip. Save money, avoid unnecessary spends and make it a priority to give yourself the gift of travel.

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  1. Very interesting interview. Russia is an really interesting choice as a country to visit this year. If you’d be so kind, Dawn, why do you want to visit Russia?


    • Thanks for asking Moritz. Actually I’ve always wanted to visit Saint Petersburg and Moscow, a cruise between the two would be a dream. That and very good friends in each city, as well as the most incredible Russian fencing coach who turns every training session a lesson in Russian history and warfare … I feel very drawn to visit.

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      • That sounds like an amazing plan. I’ve never thought about a river cruise between Petersburg and Moscow yet. It sounds absolutely amazing. Yet, I only had the chance to visit Kaliningrad (not the most beautiful place), so I’d like to see more of the country as well!


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