About this blog

In Africa and Beyond is a blog about travel, events and experiences in Africa, and the rest of the world - specializing in couples travel and family travel - and often with a luxury focus.

About the blogger – Sara Essop

I am a South African travel blogger and freelance writer, based in Johannesburg. As a child, I often got lost in the pages of Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series. I would excitedly discover and explore new and strange lands at the top of the Faraway Tree with the children in the book. Now, as an adult, I still love discovering and exploring exciting places around the world, albeit using more conventional travel methods.

I am passionate about travel and am prone to catching the travel bug every so often. Taking the road less traveled or hopping on a plan to somewhere usually helps when this happens. I am also a self-confessed safari addict and the bush us my happy place.

I am married to someone who shares my love of travel and am mum to two teenage travelers. I have been to 47 countries in five continents thus far, and am always eager to add more to the count. Australia and Antarctica remain on my bucket list and new opportunities and excuses to travel are always welcomed.

I started traveling long before I started blogging so unfortunately I don’t have write-ups on all the places I’ve visited although I do have photos and memories of most.

I have been published in the Sunday Times, Travel Ideas magazine, SAA Sawubona Magazine, Diversions magazine, The Times newspaper, South Africa magazine and Reader's Digest amongst others. I also write for several prominent websites including A Luxury Travel Blog, All4Women,  News24.com and Women24.com.

I have a Diploma in Blogging and Content Marketing, and a Diploma in Social Marketing, both passed with distinction. This is in addition to an Honours degree in Commerce. I am also a Certified South Africa Specialist.


Some of the trips on this blog have been hosted, however the opinions expressed are entirely my own. Recent sponsored trips are designated with the relevant disclosure level at the bottom of the post.

Work with me

I am available for travel events, experiences, relevant product reviews and media trips. If you would like some great exposure on this blog and the other amazing websites I write for, feel free to contact me by using the Contact Form  or emailing me at [email protected].  You can also request a media kit. I look forward to working with you.

Here are some brands I have worked with

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Mauritius Tourism

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Marriott Hotels

Belmond Hotels

Tsogo Sun Hotels

Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts

Radisson Blu Hotels

Royal Caribbean Cruises

City Sightseeing Buses International

Walt Disney World

Universal Studios

Jaci's Lodges

and many more...

See the list of hotels in South Africa I have worked with.

See the list of international hotels I have worked with.

I have also worked with the following tourism boards.

London, UK

Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Seville, Spain

Porto, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

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