Photo: On the way to catch a bus to Lilongwe, Malawi. Taken Dudu Dube on Sam Hancock St, Johannesburg, South Africa around the Constitutional Hill Human Rights Precinct.

Hi, I am Trevor.

I am interested in culture, history, food, people, and places. Originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I am currently travelling to learn, examine, and document how COVID-19 has affected the African tourism and hospitality industry.

What is Rooots & Routes about?

My target is to visit 25 countries – exploring all the places you’ve heard of and even better the places you have not to show the diversity and beauty of Africa.
Learning about, examining, and documenting anything about Africa requires one to travel and immerse oneself through it. The regional differences cannot be undersold. To give a truthful, objective, and meaningful portrait of the state of travelling in Africa now; it was necessary for me to actually travel.

Why Am I Doing This?

When I started thinking and planning this trip COVID-19 struck, and life as we know it changed forever. At a crossroads of uncertainty, and with no plan, itinerary, or money I decided to take a leap of faith and travel across Africa with the aim to:
Witness the impact of COVID-19 on micro, small, and medium enterprises in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Uncover investment opportunities and showcase the pathways for careers, and learnerships within the fields of tourism and hospitality.
Capture the experience of remote work across visa-free African destinations, offering insights into diverse work environments and cultures.
Comprehend the demographics of current travelers in the destination I visit and their preferences, shedding light on their travel experiences.
Explore how content is aiding tourism businesses and hospitality stakeholders in engaging consumers throughout the travel purchasing process.
Maintain a current directory of accommodations, experiences, transport, tours, and entry info for the visited destinations.

Where Am I Going?

One of the things I have loved about my travels so far is that each place has been completely unique, with its own traditions, vibes, and typography. So naturally it is difficult to decide which place I will be visiting next. But like I said there is no plan.
My decision-making process of where to go over time has come down to a couple of things; COVID-19, Entry and visa requirements, the logistics of getting around, how much cash I have, the opportunity for collaborations, work, and of course, food.
ph: Fishermen heading to the fish market with the morning's catch. Chembe Village, Lake Malawi National Park. 2022

How Can I Follow The Journey?

I am using the journey to document the experiences and people I encounter along the way and collaborate; try out new concepts; and ideas that make it easier to find information and book African travel.

How Am I Funding This Journey

I have funded this journey through bartering, remote work, sponsorships, donations, friends and family contributions, and my trip planning services.
  • The Travel Fund

    With your support, I'll be able to complete this journey! All adventures are a personal affair and I want you to feel part of this journey.
  • Sponsor Rooots & Routes

    Elevate your brand by partnering with me to reach engaged readers passionate about post-COVID-19 exploration.
  • Travel Planning Service

    A trip planning service created to help travellers explore Africa with spontaneity and ease.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any time you set out on a project like this they're always potential risks involved. I have tried to put together a comprehensive list of some of the question


As I travel, I get the opportunity to share my story on various other platforms. Take a listen or read. I hope you enjoy it. Don't forget to share with your friends and family!

Parole Podcast

I had a conversation with Nyamoya Boyi on her podcast that brings stories of opportunities of what is happening around the world with a focus on Africa.

IOL Travel

I had a conversation with Thobile Mazibuko from IOL Travel about backpacking South Africa.
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