The Getaway Team

Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb - Associate Editor

Associate editor at Getaway. I love this job because it takes my brain – and sometimes the rest of me – to wonderful places. I am obsessed with islands, and have a special fondness for forests, midsized animals (meerkats, raccoons, warthogs etc) and childish food. I truly dislike the word ‘convenient’ and everything it stands for.

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!

Melanie van Zyl

Melanie van Zyl - Senior travel writer

I love diving the warm African coast, sussing out South Africa's best stargazing spots, setting up tents in Botswana, snorkelling with seals in Cape Town, clambering up Namibian dunes and once I walked 250km through the Karoo.

Michelle Hardie

Michelle Hardie - Copy Editor

Michelle Hardie is happiest engaging with people and excels at striking up conversation with strangers. She is thrilled by the surprising connections she has made and once found a distant relative on the Greek island of Samos who served her in a shop. She is not known for packing a light suitcase (on her 2017 list to improve) and always takes a sheet and a pillowslip just in case. A big pot of tea and a bag of liquorice (particularly the salty-sweet Dutch kind) are her comforts.

Nandi Majola

Nandi Majola - Multimedia Journalist

I am 24 and have lived in four South African cities but consider myself a proud Durbanite. I studied journalism and have an interest in social media, politics, popular culture. A course in travel writing sparked an appreciation and led to an internship with Getaway. My travel goals include Costa Rica, Tanzania, Morocco and if I can brave the cold, Antarctica. Memes are the best thing about Web 2.0. I’m getting ready to see the world.

Ondela Mlandu

Ondela Mlandu - Multimedia Journalist

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

I am in constant search of ideas, places and moments that expand my optimistic world view. I like to keep my glass half full, especially if it involves wine. I love second-hand bookstores and try rescue at least one second-hand book in almost every town I visit. I seem to be more inclined towards assignments and adventures that tread a thin line between challenging and embarrassing myself. Having recently learnt to ride a bike and swim, you could say I'm on a quest to reclaim the childhood I spent mostly indoors watching Oprah.

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