Melanie van Zyl

Melanie van Zyl - Freelance Travel Photojournalist

My stories aim to respectfully uplift the voices of our continent and I am continually striving to write about Africa - humanity's home - better. I have a soft spot for responsible travel and sharing the environment sustainably with the natural world.

Professionally, I create well-researched, beautifully photographed travel pieces for both print and online platforms.

Some of my proudest work is about tripping over elephants on a wild journey through the Zambezi Region to uncover community conservation collaborations at work, learning about Luanda and Angola's tourism potential from its youngest minister or exploring Mauritius' foodie backstreets. I started out seeking South Africa's leading night-sky destinations, figuring out how to see the best of Botswana in 10 days, creating the Ultimate Guide to Addo Elephant National Park and 4x4ing across the Namib Desert.


South Africa

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, but reporting on stories has taken me as far north as Tanzania and Uganda.