Jessica Macdonald


Welcome to Trip Savvy's Africa travel site, your one-stop destination for finding out about one of the world's most exciting, challenging and unforgettable continents. The site is led by Jessica Macdonald, a freelance travel writer and journalist based in South Africa's glorious Eastern Cape. 



Jessica was born and raised in England, but lost her heart to Africa after accompanying her family on a three week safari to Botswana and Zimbabwe in 2001. Her adult affair with the continent began in 2010, when she travelled to Mozambique to work as a volunteer on a whale shark research project.

A keen scuba diver and conservationist, Jessica subsequently moved to South Africa to pursue a career as a dive instructor. Fate intervened in the form of an opportunity to write about her experiences for U.S. dive magazine Scuba Diver Life, and so writing gradually took over from diving as Jessica's first passion. 

In the years since, Jessica has honed her skills as a freelance writer specialising in travel, scuba diving and wildlife conservation. She is the two-time winner of The Telegraph's Just Back travel-writing competition, and has written extensively for a variety of magazines, travel agencies, websites and PR companies. 

After marrying a South African in 2015, Jessica now lives in the country's Eastern Cape province. She dedicates her weekends to exploring her adopted home country, has travelled widely throughout Africa, and records her adventures on the Facebook page A Traveller's Guide To Africa. From Morocco to Mozambique, her experiences have cemented her love for what she considers to be the greatest continent on Earth. 

To see the magic of Africa through Jessica's eyes, check out her Instagram page.


Jessica completed an undergraduate course in Classical Studies at King's College London, graduating with a first class degree in 2012. She spent a year studying abroad at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and in 2013, she qualified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor at Aliwal Shoal Scuba

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