Kelly Connor

San Diego Office

I was born with my feet itching, a restless soul diagnosed with a serious case of the travel bug. Having explored Europe with my family, from Christmas markets in Manchester to summer villas in the south of France, I'd always dreamed of going to Africa. When I did, I realised that the old adage holds true, that Africa gets under your skin, into your soul and just like that you’re addicted.

I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with Africa. Maybe it was watching the sun set in the Lower Zambezi as the light danced on the water and sparkled in the red clay dust. Or perhaps it was my first game drive in the Timbavati when I came face to face with my first elephant. Or was it when I studied the clouds rolling over Table Mountain while drinking Pinotage and chatting to the friendliest locals in Cape Town? You may not notice when or how it happens but when it does you’d better hold on to your hat and your passport.

A passionate traveler, adrenaline junkie, outdoors and animal lover, and appreciator of fine food, I get along with just about anybody and love to share my passion for travel with whomever has time to listen. I’ve lived in Italy and spent my evenings sipping Tuscan wine by the Ponte Vecchio. I’ve road tripped across the USA, volunteered in orphanages in Mexico, and tasted the best oysters in Canada. There’s not a place I wouldn’t want to explore but if I had to choose, here’s my motto: "If you only visit two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa twice".

Kelly's Blogs Best Kept Secrets of the Seychelles

What's Your Best Side? A Guide to Victoria Falls

 

Meet Kelly Connor

Travel nuggets

  • Try everything once (if your diet allows it). Who knows you may find that ostrich is your new favorite flavor!

  • Get outside of your comfor zone. Sample springbok, bungee jump or try a walking safari one day instead of a game drive. Forget your make up, unplug and learn something new about yourself.

  • Wake up early at least one morning to watch the sunrise. It’s the simple things that leave you in awe and create lasting memories.

  • Get to know your guides. They want to know all about you but it’s fascinating to learn about them too. You’ll never forget the stories that they share with you and the bonds you make.

  • Traveling solo? Never turn down a dinner invitation, no matter how tired you are. It's a great way to meet people, learn about different cultures and make lifelong friends.

My hot picks

Chongwe River Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Location, location, location! Right on the gorgeous Zambezi River, where the wildlife comes to you. Plenty of water-based activities like canoe safaris take you from being a spectator to an active participatant in the wildlife’s world.

Dulini Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

Overlook a riverbed teeming with game while you soak in your heated plunge pool and sip a glass of bubbly--it simply cannot be beated. Go for the incredible game viewing, stay for the intimate luxury experience.

Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The perfect bookend to any safari. You won’t believe you’re in the middle of Lake Malawi, surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water, incredible snorkeling and white sand beaches. This is a hidden gem that you’ll want to brag to your friends about.

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