Look, writing travel books isn’t all romance and glamour you know. It’s hard work, and sometimes it can be quite stressful. But, when I was commissioned to tart up Map Studio’s Kruger Park visitor’s guide, I gave it some serious thought – for about 25 seconds – and then I packed my car and headed straight up there.
Oh shame, poor me. A month in Kruger. I really had fun with this one. Even when you’re working to tight deadlines, there is something about being in the bush that just lowers your blood pressure – and possibly rewires your brain. In fact, the weird thing was that, when I left the park I almost had a panic attack. I had not driven over 50km/h for weeks, and most of that time I’d stuck to 40km/h or less. But once out the park all these maniacs were overtaking me, and in self-defence I had to speed up to a terrifying 80km/h. Seriously, it took days for me to get used to driving at 120km/h again.