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  • Writer's pictureWarrick Davey

Why Africa and why Kutwelo?

Think back to the time when you were just 5 years old; walking through this world with innocent eyes and a curious heart, living life without concern or worry, enamoured with all that is around you. Imagine you were playing in your backyard, barefoot, fending off villains and thieves and saving the world you know. You stumble, falling into a pile of leaves and when you lift your head, you find yourself in a magical new land. It is the most beautiful place you have ever seen, filled with mystical creatures and cotton-candy colours. You wonder deep into this magical land and lose yourself in all of its charm. It is the greatest moment of your life and you think to yourself that you will never be the same again. Eventually, after many new and exciting adventures, you return home, filled with the excitement of telling your friends and family of the magical land you have discovered. When you do get to tell them, they are not nearly as excited as you hoped. No matter how hard you try to explain the beauties of your recently discovered land, they aren’t convinced. You go to bed that night, replaying your magical adventures in your head, knowing that if you could just get them to experience how incredible this place is, it would change their lives forever.

In the heart of this story, lies our passion and unwavering dedication for bringing Africa to all those who have not yet experienced its beauty. Having worked in the luxury safari industry for a combined 18 years, both Chené and I have experienced first hand the wonder, the exhilaration and the sheer beauty of Africa. The feeling and vibrance of the continent and its wilderness areas have certainly captivated us beyond what may seem logical, but once your eyes have been opened to its complexity, it is difficult to ignore. Many people have tried to put into the words what it is to have experienced it, and few have done so as succinctly as Richard Mullins, when he said ‘The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa- for he has so much to look forward to’.

Africa holds delights that one cannot quite fathom until you have been there to experience it for yourself. The rich culture and diversity of the countries, along with the abundance of wildlife, make them attractive destinations for a variety of ages. Having recently moved to New Zealand to begin a new life, filled with opportunities for us to grow and explore new prospects, we wanted a way to remain connected to Africa and also be able to connect others to the continent which brought to us both so much joy and passion for life. Through this, Kutwelo was born, our small travel business specialising in Luxury African Travel, an area that we have dedicated many years of our lives to.

We are so excited to be able to share our knowledge and experiences and to guide you along an epic journey into Africa’s wilderness. Our curated offerings are designed to engage more than just your senses, allowing you opportunities to immerse yourself in the intangible beauty of nature. Moments to pause and reflect, to learn and quench, with experiences that leave you feeling connected and inspired.

With the biggest conservation names in the industry hitting full stride post covid, and with many exciting new lodges opening, there has never been a better time to embark on a safari. We encourage you to have a read through our list of destinations for some inspiration, and send us a message if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you and to even get your next safari adventure underway!


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