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.

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South Africa

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

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