11 Days in Southern Africa: A Conversation with Angie Stubbs

11 Days in Southern Africa: A Conversation with Angie Stubbs

This month, we’re interviewing women from all over the world and asking them about their experiences traveling to South Africa. We had the privilege of speaking with Angie Stubbs about her experience traveling through the region. Below are are the activities and sites that Angie Stubbs recommends for your next trip. Here’s a glimpse into our conversation.

Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where do you live? What made you decide to go to your most recent destination?

I reside in DC and when I’m not traveling, I hang out with my two daughters and my husband. I plan vacations for families and it makes my heart smile to see people embracing the beauty of the world. South Africa was on my list of places to visit and it was a priceless experience.

How long did you go for? How did you spend your time?

I was there for 11 days. During my stay in Africa, we went on two safaris (one in Botswana and one in Pilanesburg, near Johannesburg); visited the Apartheid Museum, Mandela House, and Soweto; took a cruise on the Zambezi River; and traveled to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We also cruised near the borders of Zambia and Namibia.

Here’s a quick story: one night, as we sat in the room, we heard a huge roar… My sister took off running down stairs, but one of the employees stopped her and said that the roar could be coming from a lion or elephant. Yikes!

What were your most memorable experiences? What were the biggest disappointments?

My sister and I attended a church service and the joy and energy we experienced there was amazing. Everyone was friendly and a delight to be around. I can honestly say I didn’t have any disappointments.

What do you wish you knew before you went?

I was pretty prepared for the journey. I wish I knew how the long flight would affect me. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, jet-lag is real.

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Any favorite restaurants/hotels/hostels/sites you’d like to recommend? Tell us what made them great!

We ate at our hotels and local restaurants. Ilala Lodge is the best! Fresh food, outstanding staff, clean rooms and an overall great experience.

Is there anything that women specifically should know before they travel to your destination?

Women are considered second-class citizens in some parts of the world, so be prepared for that part of it. Safety wasn’t an issue for me, but I certainly experienced culture shock when interacting with some of the older men.

11 Days in Southern Africa: A Conversation with Angie Stubbs

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Have you traveled to South Africa? What were your impressions? Email us at editor@pinkpangea.com for information about sharing your experience and advice with the Pink Pangea community. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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