The Getaway Team

Claudia Hodkinson

Claudia Hodkinson - Getaway Travel

I have always loved the sound of aeroplanes and lawnmowers. Although I can’t tell you the reason for my affinity with the latter, the call to hop on a plane to some far-away place resounds every time I hear the engines roaring above. My travels have taken me to some truly inspiring places, from sleeping under star-studded skies in Morocco to indulging in local cuisine in western China. I am always on the hunt for the next place to visit and when I can’t afford to travel and feeling a little down, I ensure that I keep my grass long and my visits to the local airstrip frequent!

Kati Auld

Kati Auld - Digital content manager

Online editor (and chocolate biscuit manager) at Getaway. Big fan of mountains, bus trips, and compound nouns. You can find me complaining about photography most days, or daydreaming about hitting the road with a great playlist and no plans.

Melanie van Zyl

Melanie van Zyl - Senior travel writer and gear editor

Growing up surrounded by all kinds of camping gear, rooftop tents, veldskoene, 4x4 equipment and a camera firmly plastered to my hands, I get to test, use, abuse and review gear so you know what you’re buying and how to make the most of your travels.

Ondela Mlandu


I love to be immersed in the history of a place and traveling is like opening up a new book, giving me new stories. I have an active imagination, so I enjoy putting myself out there: and besides, no one looks back fondly on a trip to the dentist or the grocery store!

Sonya Schoeman

Sonya Schoeman - Editor

People often say to me, with tangible resentment, ‘So, you must travel a lot.’ Actually, no. I do not. Mostly, I sit in my office reading about other people’s wonderful journeys and deciding what’s worthy of our Getaway readers. I do believe travel makes people better. Why? Because it’s usually fun, and almost always interesting, and people are just better when they’re having a good time. Not that it’s all about you, reader: I hope this year will take me to Morocco, Madagascar and a whole lot of South Africa. Actually, that sounds like I do travel a lot. But at least I’ll pass my finds on to you.

Teagan Cunniffe

Teagan Cunniffe - Photo Editor

I've long-since decided to invest in experiences, not things. Maybe it's because I find Things so easy to misplace, whereas memories tend to stick around a little longer. Regardless, I'm having the time of my life hitting the road as Getaway's Photo Editor. You can contact me on

Tyson Jopson

Tyson Jopson - Deputy editor

If you laid all the roads in the world from end to end you could go on a 142-year-long road trip. It's things like this that I think about when I'm sitting at my desk.

Welcome Lishivha

Welcome Lishivha - Multimedia Journalist

Welcome Lishivha is probably the most excitable person you will ever meet; books and the beach are some of his favourite things in the whole world. Having recently moved to Cape Town, Welcome loves going for walks on the beach and can’t seem to get over sunsets by the coast.

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