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Discover Africa with Devryn

Devryn is a passionate safari consultant and Southern African specialist with over 10 years of safari and travel experience.

I was fortunate to grow up going to the African wilderness on a frequent basis and for the past 20 years, I've been venturing into the bush, observing nature and its wonderful wildlife. I love that it is so peaceful and so chaotic all at once. But what truly lights up my life is sharing the beauty of Africa with people from all corners of the world.

My journey began as a field guide in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, and later, I took a turn into the insurance field. I stayed in insurance for 5 years and yet, the wild kept tugging at my heartstrings, beckoning me to return. I visited the bush frequently while working in insurance, but I knew that I didn’t want to just be a visitor. That wasn’t enough. I knew that I wanted to work with it. I knew that my purpose was to help others experience it. So, I answered the call to the wild and set out to bring Africa's enchantment to a global audience.

In my current role, I have the joy of helping people experience their first encounters with the wild. Listening to their stories of spotting a leopard or witnessing the migration is pure magic – it's what makes the wild so extraordinary.

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What does Devryn love about African travel?

Experiencing the world as it was intended to be. When I am in the wild, I get to experience the connection between all living things. I get to see trees that are hundreds of years old, and wildlife taking their first steps. Life, death, and everything in between. The wilds of Africa are electric. They are a part of me.

What African countries has Devryn travelled to?

South Africa and Eswatini

What is Devryn’s favourite place in Africa?

Kruger National Park

What is your most memorable experience in Africa?

It is difficult to narrow it down to one. Here are a few examples: Seeing white lions in the wild – after spending days collecting data to find him, sitting at a water hole in the evening watching a leopard and an elephant stand meters apart drinking water with eyes locked on one another (this was quite intense), seeing a cheetah kill, both times I went hiking along the Olifants river, first time we had leopards moving around our tents at night, second time we started the walk with lions in front of us (quite scary but so epic!), there are countless more, and I worry that I don’t have enough space to write all of my stories here. But the best thing in the entire world is waking up before the sun rises, with the call of the birds, grabbing an Amarula coffee, and sitting outside in the cool morning air wondering what the day has ahead.

What is your best advice for someone travelling to Africa?

Take your time to plan it and consider all of the necessary information and costing before you go. Remember that you don’t always need to sleep in Egyptian cotton. The stories you will tell will be about the experiences that you had in the wild. But if you do want Egyptian cotton, that is fine too! My point is that there is a safari out there for everyone from all walks of life. But my biggest tip is to go in with no expectations. Nature cannot be controlled, it can only be observed. Let Africa show you her magic, because she never disappoints. When you open your heart the the power of the African Bush, it will change your life. It will create memories that will live in you forever.

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