I have always loved the outdoors; my childhood holidays were spent camping. This sparked my passion for nature conservation and led me to study travel and tourism. I started my tourism career working for a backpackers lodge in Cape Town; it was one of the first travel centres for people wanting to do overland trips into Africa. After a few years I set off on an adventure off the beaten track, spending more than five years working and traveling through Europe, North Africa and Central America, and then home beckoned and I returned to Cape Town. I joined African Budget Safaris in 2012 when it literally was still a spare-bedroom venture; there were four of us and while we are still in Hout Bay, these days were are a team of ten travel consultants.