It's often said that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, can be a life-changing experience and for Sue in the year 2000 this was certainly the case. Not only did she fall in love with Tanzania, but she also discovered a hidden passion for climbing high altitude mountains. Three years later, her desire to see more of the world and to explore more challenging mountains finally overpowered her. She left her job as business manager for a leading London barristers' chambers and took a belated gap year, trekking in Nepal for 3 months and then spending 8 months travelling across Africa. In the process, she trekked to the summits of the other four highest mountains on the continent - Mounts Stanley, Kenya, Meru and Ras Dashen - creating her very own take on Africa's Big Five.
On her travels, she fell in love with the four-legged Big Five too, along with the rest of the continent's fascinating and diverse wildlife. She's since returned numerous times having turned her hand to travel writing. As a passionate advocate of responsible tourism, she is fortunate to have been commissioned to cover exciting new projects like the Batwa Pygmy Experience in Uganda, Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and a private photographic safari concession deep in the heart of the Southern Selous in Tanzania. It's not only Africa's wildlife and wild landscapes that attract her - she's been captivated by its people too and always tries to visit local communities to see how they live alongside the wildlife and to get a complete picture of life in the bush.
Sue co-wrote Footprint's Tanzania guidebook in 2009 and has become a regular contributor to Travel Africa magazine, as well as being commissioned by various UK publications that include The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily and Sunday Express, CNN Traveller and Wexas' Traveller Magazine. She also writes for Vacations & Travel magazine in Australia.
To see some of her articles, visit www.suewatt.co.uk
Expert Reviews (26) - written by Sue WattBotswana
- Chobe National Park - - Chobe’s charms and challenges
- Moremi Game Reserve - - A hard act to follow…
- Okavango Delta - - Living with Elephants in paradise
- Masai Mara National Reserve - - Migration madness in the Mara
- Ol Pejeta Conservancy - - Kenya’s rhino haven
- Country review - - Natural wonders of Namibia
- Bwabwata National Park - - “Like Chobe was maybe 15 years ago…”
- Etosha National Park - - Black rhinos, white pans and wildlife at...
- Namib-Naukluft National Park - - Desert and dunes: A photographer’s...
- Skeleton Coast National Park - - Bleak beauty
- Zambezi Region - - Namibia’s watery wonderland
- Country review - - The perfect safari destination
- Lake Manyara National Park - - A vision in pink
- Ngorongoro Crater - - Life in the Caldera
- Selous Game Reserve - - True Wilderness
- Serengeti National Park - - The iconic African Safari
- Tarangire National Park - - Elephant Heaven
- Country review - - Great apes, great landscapes, great adventures
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - - Primate Paradise
- Queen Elizabeth National Park - - An understated gem
- Country review - - Zambia: A safari-lover’s dream
- Bangweulu Wetlands - - Sunrises, shoebills and striking black lechwe
- Liuwa Plain National Park - - Africa’s second wildebeest migration...
- Lower Zambezi National Park - - A river runs through it…
- South Luangwa National Park - - Home of the Walking Safari
- Hwange National Park - - Cecil’s homeland – and much more...