Heather Richardson is a British freelance journalist with a background in travel marketing. She's lived in Cape Town, South Africa for the past five years and travels around sub-Saharan Africa for work and leisure — from wild camping in South Africa to dancing with the sapeurs of Congo.

In addition to travel journalism, Heather writes about conservation and environmental science for publications such as National Geographic, Nature, BBC Future, and The Guardian. She's often found on mountain trails or in the ocean. In 2021, she finished her first 62-mile run in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa. She hopes 2022 will bring many more adventures, both big and small.

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Travel + Leisure, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is a top travel media brand with a mission to inform and inspire passionate travelers. Our expert team includes a network of hundreds of writers and photographers across the globe, all providing a local eye on the best places to stay, eat, and explore. We reach an audience that takes 76 million round trips annually, offering valuable travel tips, ideas and inspiration, and products you need to get you to your destination — whether it’s a small town or big city, beach or lake, national park or theme park, road trip, cruise, or long-haul flight, and everything in between. Learn more about us and our editorial process

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