Africa Travel Week

Travel lightly – in every sense

Sabine Lehmann has worked in the tourism and attractions industry for more than 25 years. Sabine was the Chief Operations Officer for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and opened the iconic museum to the public in September 2017. Prior to this she was the Managing Director of Table Mountain Cableway for more than eight years. During her tenure as MD she drove the successful international three-year campaign to have Table Mountain voted as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

Sabine currently runs her own consultancy, Curiositas, focusing on understanding and managing visitor attractions and experiences as well as the future of the tourism industry.

How did you fall in love with travelling? Curiosity drives me to explore. My first big travel experience was as an 18-year-old. After working in a factory in Germany, I saved enough money to do an inter-rail trip across Europe. Curiosity is still the driving force behind my travels.

What kind of traveller are you? Non-planned, non-hotel, non-5-star, non-solo, museum-loving- foodie traveller.

What’s your travel philosophy? What’s around the corner?

What are your top travel essentials? I like a good guidebook. Don’t usually need much else.

Where was your most memorable trip? Recently, a road trip through Chilean Patagonia. But, they are all memorable. I don’t have a bucket list of travel destinations.

At the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

How has travelling changed your life? Coming home always makes me appreciate what an awesome country South Africa is.

When borders open again and the world starts to return to ‘a new normal’ what’s your first travel destination on your list? Zimbabwe.

Best travel advice you can share? Travel lightly – in every sense.

Exploring Kaokoland, Namibia. Every alternate year we do a southern African road trip

Africa Travel Week

Africa Travel Week (ATW) focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology. Shows include: ILTM Africa, WTM Africa, EQUAL Africa, ibtm AFRICA, Travel Forward, Sports & Events Tourism Exchange and African Tourism Investment Summit.