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Jane Broughton

“I would prefer to go to a million new places, rather than one place a million times. I’m as happy on a tiny island off the coast of Africa as I am wandering around a food market in Italy.”

Focused on experiential travel and local food, Jane Broughton has been writing about luxury travel in Africa for almost two decades. Born and raised in Cape Town she lives midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the vineyards of Stellenbosch, and contributes to Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, British Airways Highlife, and Signature. If Jane is not at home, chances are she is off on another safari somewhere fantastic. Most recently she was in Kenya and next on the agenda is Botswana. 

Essentialist: What was the first safari you took where you thought…I’m hooked and want to do this more? 

Jane Broughton: I can’t remember, but every time I get back from a safari I like to start penciling in the next one. 

 

E: What is the most magical thing for you about being in the Bush?

JB: The smells, the sense of space, the trees. That moment when your guide cuts the game viewer’s engine and the bush comes alive with sounds and you become aware of SO much more!

 

E: What is the first thing you like to do when you have landed in a foreign country or a new city? 

JB: I always take a walk, try to get my bearings. I’ll walk until I’m tired or a little bit lost. If I’m in a foreign city, I always go into the best-looking supermarkets I can find. I love finding products or items I’ve never seen before, and often bring things home to use or try in my kitchen, from gadgets to ingredients.  

 

E: What is a place that you could go back to a million times? 

JB: I would prefer to go to a million new places, rather than one place a million times. I’m as happy on a tiny island off the coast of Africa as I am wandering around a food market in Italy. 

 

E: What are two essential items you carry with you on a safari (besides your passport and wallet!)?

JB: A substantial scarf (best multi-purpose accessory) and flip flops to wear around camp after a long day in closed shoes.

 

E: Any secrets for battling jetlag? 

JB: Stick to water (bring your own water bottle to refill on board), and when you arrive at your destination, take your shoes off as soon as you can and sink your bare feet into grass or sand. If there’s a beach or pool, take a swim. 

 

E: When not traveling, what do you like to do for fun? 

JB: Cook, hike, cycle, surf, and read. My definition of a perfect weekend includes rigorous exercise, good food, and starting and finishing a novel.

 

E: In your bag: Books or kindle? 

JB: Both. I like to keep my options open, especially in remote places where power is not always guaranteed. Having said that, I recently lugged a large-format novel around Italy, and never got past chapter two. I could have bought another kilo of Parmesan if I’d left that book at home.

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