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Meet Africa’s first all-women safari guide team

At a Botswana game lodge, these 14 women have made history in a traditionally male-dominated field.

They call themselves the Chobe Angels. But instead of the flicked bangs and bell-bottoms worn by their ’70s TV namesakes, this girl gang comes clad in hard-wearing outdoor clothes and hiking boots.

The Chobe Angels are Africa’s first-ever all-female safari guide team. In 2005 managers at Botswana’s Chobe Game Lodge spearheaded a campaign to recruit more female guides. Today the 14 women on the team represent a milestone for equal opportunities in the continent’s tourism industry—and have proved themselves by exclusively guiding Chobe Explorations’ mobile safari unit through the challenges of the Okavango Delta.

At 26 years old, Gobe Motshidise is the youngest guide on the team. She came to Chobe in 2012, after being inspired by a female friend working in the field. “I most enjoy the moment where I see the smiles on my guests’ faces and the joy it brings them,” says Motshidise about the highlight of her job. The feeling that Chobe Game Lodge “has somehow had an impact on [guests’] lives is what really keeps me motivated,” she says.

For the time being, however, the Chobe Angels remain a rarity. “There is a lot that I have learned from this job that other women might not get the opportunity to,” says Motshidise. “For that I am very thankful.” Story by

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If you love exploring the planet then Cape Point, South Africa should be in your bucket list! As one of the closest points of southern hemisphere this promontory is filled with flora and fauna. Cape Point’s rich and diverse plant life has earned it eight World Heritage Site accolades from UNESCO. Once you arrive at the base one can enjoy a pleasant trek up the hill which houses 2 historic lighthouses built in 1860 and 1919 respectively. These lighthouses are one of the remotest of those times providing much needed rest and direction to the voyagers. It also is depicted as a symbol of stability in spirituality where in the boats in the sea represents the turbulent human mind. These lighthouses teach us that once the mind is stable and has knowledge ( depicted by light) then humans lead a much stable, longer and successful life and they also become a beacon of inspiration for others (in the boat).

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Cape Point is also a famous because 2 oceans meet here: The Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. Don’t forget to take a trek down the lighthouse towards the sea to experience this beautiful natural formation.

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North central Zimbabwe is home to the mysterious Chinhoyi Caves. A subterranean system of limestone and dolomite caverns and tunnels, the caves are protected as park of Chinhoyi Caves National Park. Pottery and human remains uncovered here suggest that they have been inhabited since at least the 1st century. Most famously, they provided a refuge from raiding tribes for Mashona chief Chinhoyi and his people. The top attraction is the Wonder Hole, a collapsed cavern with sheer walls that drop into the crystalline Sleeping Pool. The glacial blue color of the lake's water makes for impressive photographs, and from here, visitors can enter the illuminated Dark Cave. Chinhoyi is a popular destination for technical scuba divers. Excursions can be arranged through Harare-based dive center Scubaworld & Univers

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