Katchie Nzama is a Pan-Africanist travel blogger besotted with Africa. She grew up with a curiosity of the African continent, her people, cultures, music, and her cuisine.
Katchie recently spoke about her journey through Africa at the SAB World of Beer on Africa Day 2018; her talk included fascinating discoveries of cultures and the different ways beer is celebrated across the continent.
Katchie uses her digital platforms to create and curate content around African destinations with a focus on affordable travel, cultures, history, heritage and local beers.
Her travels are about promoting intra-African travel to Africans, decolonizing travel culture as well as showcasing Africa to Africans.
From November 2014 to April 2015, Katchie embarked on a solo trek across the African continent backpacking using only public transport from Cape to Cairo. Traveling through 10 African countries, over a period of 6 months.
From June to December 2017 she travelled from Africa’s northernmost to the southernmost point using public transport through 21 countries on an adventure titled #BreakingBorders which aimed to showcase more of West Africa.
#BreakingBorders was about highlighting the difficulties of traveling through Africa as an African passport holder, the visa processes and exorbitant costs of traveling through the continent.
Through her travels, Katchie hopes to inspire other young Africans to travel Africa and to learn more about our beautiful continent and fellow Africans. To celebrate our differences but also our similarities. She hopes to show Africans that affordable travel and intra-African travel is possible, but most importantly that Africa is safe for solo female travels.
To date, Katchie has travelled through 34 African countries solo and has been listed as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in 2016 by Mail & Guardian and named as one of the Top 100 women in tourism in Africa by the Akwaaba African Travel Market in Nigeria.
Katchie’s travels have been profiled on various International and local platforms such as BBC World, SABC, ETV and numerous radio stations in South Africa and Nigeria.
Follow her on Instagram and Twitter to discover Africa through her journey and the love of beer - @thesolowandera
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