By Cynthia Mothelesi
Tourism in Africa is no longer about the safari experience only. Tourism in Africa is now shifting to a traveler having the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of the people around them and get to experience tourism through the locals.
The sharing economy has advanced tourism in that aspect. Today’s traveler is no longer interested in staying in a hotel, they want to stay with locals and live like a local. A typical example would be Airbnb.
Airbnb is an online accommodation booking platform that allows a traveler to live with the locals. All you must do is sign up in the platform and you are ready to book your next home away from home.
My name is Cynthia and I have been a member of Airbnb for the past six (6) months as a traveler and a host based in Botswana. I have hosted travelers from all over the world (Canada, US, Greece, Bahrain, South Africa) to mention but a few. I have had the opportunity to show them the beauty of my country through my eyes. I am a travel enthusiast, I love art, music, home décor and food and most importantly, I love meeting new people.
What should you expect when you visit me in Gaborone?
- I will pick you up from the airport or bus station in my Jeep.
- Dinner at the house and we catch up over a glass of good wine or beer and chat music, food and art while listening to music because there’s no TV in my house.
- I have three (3) beautiful dogs that are super friendly and love to play around
- In the morning we will have breakfast and then from there we will drive around town to run some errands
- Shopping is mostly at market places because we it is important to support local businesses
- From there we will stop over at some local eateries depending on your taste buds
- A sundowner at a restaurant by the Gaborone dam is in order
- If you love to cycle, you can also join me in one of my cycling experiences where we drive out of town and then we leave the car somewhere and cycle surrounded by nature.
I have always wanted to host different people in my home and be able to show them how we live as locals. Our locals are now benefiting from tourism because of the sharing economy.
I feel more fulfilled now because I’m living my dream and I can confidently say that I am truly the person I was genuinely meant to be.
Self-confidence to me is the ultimate form of power. To me, being self-confident means being comfortable in your own skin and having the ability to be your true self. True power comes from within, so when you are healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually, you vibrate to your full potential.
And we all have our good and bad days, but when I feel my best, I savor every moment of being able to perform to the fullest. And these tasks can be as big as successfully pitching a project at a meeting or hosting some guests on a city tour or just going cycling in the city outskirts to be surrounded by nature.
Not only does self-confidence give you a mental boost, but it also encourages others to vibrate at a higher frequency. I love seeing good reviews from my guest about their experience in Botswana, it gives me true confidence that I’m indeed doing a great job.
I feel like we are now shifted in the right direction in terms of tourism because now locals can host strangers and authentically share their lives with them while at the same time making a living out of it.
And as a host, you are inspired to keep evolving and look for new exciting things to do and share with your next guests. I genuinely can’t wait to host my next guests. Botswana awaits you!