Born, bred and based in Johannesburg, Mel is an adventurous travel photojournalist and destination photographer with a soft spot for responsible travel and sharing the environment sustainably with the wild world. She also makes a mean G&T, will try any local dish and is happiest when 4x4ing through mud (or sand—not picky) on southern Africa’s remote backroads. A qualified field guide, diver and growing twitcher, she’s a sucker for the wilderness, the creatures that inhabit it and greatly admires the people living on the peripheries.
What is it really like? Melanie van Zyl headed to the Zambezi River to find out My mother warned...
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