What I… Melanie van Zyl from Following Fervour

Meet Melanie….. she writes for one of the most widely recognised travel publications in South Africa AND has a really lovely travel blog called Following Fervour.

Her photos are incredible… probably because she studied photo journalism at Rhodes. Pop on over to read more about her adventures or read on below to find out more about Melanie…

What I…

That the world is a damn big place and it makes my heart ache sometimes because there is just so. Much. To. see. I get anxious about running out of time in life and not being able to take it all in.

I also know I’m the luckiest person in the world because with my line of work I can (hopefully) plan on seeing a lot of it

Adventure. Trying new things is my weakness and the more unusual the better. Walk 250km through the Karoo? Sure. Snorkel with seals? Wheres my wetsuit. Sleep in a treehouse? Are you kidding, hand me the damn keys. Oh wait, there are none.


I also love discovering my hometown Jozi, there is so much to see and do in the gorgeous vibrant city and it’s such an enthralling place to live.


Everything. I love reading. From men’s magazine to pretentious knowledge mags to bad blogs and the news. I wish I had more time for reading good books though and that Douglas Adams was still alive to keep spinning witty tales about interstellar travel with towels.


To keep travelling forever and the means to maintaining such a romantic life. A round the world ticket would be helpful as would a fully kitted 4×4 camper to travel up through Africa plus an apartment-sized library filled with relevant literature. And a new smart phone. Mine went down the toilet, dried out again and works only to be dropped and smashed. It’s functional, but a six-hour battery life is not practical. Please and thanks.


As little as possible – and I mean that in the most PG way. I just hate the feeling of being closed in so it’s summer dresses and shorts, plus tights and scarves for winter. I also love a good pair of hardy leather boots.

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Patience. It helps when you’re travelling and mine is pretty short. And a treehouse-cum-fancy-tented-lodge as a home base in the beautiful South African bush.


Images: Melanie van Zyl

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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