MOVERS: Latoya Brown
One of an occasional series
First, she moved herself from the US to Ghana as an expat and a solo Black woman. Now, she’s making moves on the African travel industry, organizing safaris for women of color.
When Ghana became the first Black African nation to win its independence from colonial Europe in 1957, it also became the first nation on the Mother Continent to formally extend a standing invitation to Black Americans to return to the land of their ancestors.
Four years ago, Latoya Brown accepted that invitation, leaving behind the United States for a new life in Africa. That’s when IBIT readers first met her.
A few years later, she sent for her 11-year-old son to join her in the Ghanaian capital of Accra.
For all its goodwill and good intentions, taking up Ghana on its trans-Atlantic invitation to reset your life in Africa is not easy for Black Americans. Dealing with the country’s bureaucracy is enough to deter all but the most determined.
Which pretty which describes Latoya Brown. Which explains why she and her son today have a Ghanaian home address.
Now, she’s launching a venture through which she hopes to share the wonders of southwestern Africa with eight to 10 women of color — and perhaps, leave them feeling as empowered as she is.
It’s a 10-day trip to explore Namibia, near the tip of the continent on the southwest Africa coast, on the board with South Africa.
She’s calling it Soul Adventurer Safaris.
She organized this journey, she says, “to bring together ladies interested in an African safari — to see something more magnificent than ourselves. Small and quaint and still fun for us all to learn about each other, enjoy nature, and get some reawakening or refreshing in 2016.”
If that sounds good to you, give Latoya a shout on her Facebook page — and start preparing yourself for the journey of a lifetime.
The safari hits the main highlights of northern and central-western Namibia first, then heads south to the Namib Desert.
This is assisted comfortable camping, with participation limited to only helping with the tents.
See the highest sand dunes in the world, wildlife, cultural visits, the art of the San peoples and a trip to the seaside! You’ll get up close with the Big Cats at Okonjima and photograph amazing wildlife in Etosha National Park. Learn the tribal structures, religions and daily life of the Himba. Walk Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, to view the ‘White Lady.’ Drive through the beautiful desert landscape of Damaraland. Enjoy Namibia’s premier seaside town, Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast. A visit to the Namib Desert sand dunes at Sossusvlei.
Your flight and visa costs are separate and you will be responsible for securing this part. I have found flights for as little as $900 up to $1300 round-trip from the U.S. You may also use your traveler’s points if you have any. Hosea Kutako airport in Windhoek. Airport code is WDH. Contact Trips by Greg for flight information and booking.
Arriving at least the day before, and then staying in Windhoek, is ideal to rest after such a long flight. On the 1st, all will be picked up from the airport – that specific information (time) will be given to participants closer to the date. You may find a hotel on your own to stay in during that time. I have found 1 hotel at about $30 for the night.
FOR THOSE CAMPING — Total: $1500.
FOR THOSE IN HOTELS —Total: $2,000
Payments can be made in installments. Contact Latoya Brown as soon as possible for pricing and payment schedule, or any other questions you might have.
NOTE: VERY IMPORTANT that you place in the description for the PayPal payments that you are with ForBlackWomen Group. Payment email is Namediting@gmail.com. You will receive a formal receipt by email.
Greg Gross is the Publisher/Sr. Editor of “I’m Black and I Travel!,” and the owner of the Trips by Greg travel agency, specializing in cultural and heritage travel worldwide.