Muno

Muno Mandizha

Born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe, now residing in Surrey, UK. I came to England to study, graduated and started my career in the travel industry. I have been blessed with having the opportunity to visit many countries through this type of work. I always tell people l meet, that “I sell dreams” and that is true. Every person’s travel desire can be made into reality.

I am a keen runner and have run countless 10kms and half marathons and have taken the plunge to run 2 full marathons which have been tough but enjoyable. I remember laughing at friends who ran so far and thought why, really – why? They now laugh at me as l have been bitten by the running bug and have become passionate about how the roads and hills will not conquer me, but l will conquer them! I ran the London Marathon with a time of 3hrs 57mins and hope to get to beat that time in my next race!

Q&A with Muno our Small Ship & Luxury Rail Specialist

Your most annoying travelling habit?

My wife tells me that it is drinking alcohol before and during a flight and then sometimes suffering the consequences of dehydration once I arrive in a destination. I should know better!

What 5 things do you always travel with?

Toiletries, running gear, mobile phone charging bank, earphones, and mobile phone.

What is on your bucket list?

There is a scene in the 007 Golden-Eye, James Bond movie where Pierce Brosnan drives a tank through St Petersburg, Russia.  Countless other movies and YouTube videos have featured St Petersburg in all its’ glory. So, for this reason, St Petersburg in Russia is the next city that I must visit with my family.

You are stranded on a desert island with 2 famous people, who are they?

Dave Chappelle – one of the greatest comedians to ever live. The way he paints a picture with his comedy is hysterical, although he is also very philosophical and would be a calming influence.
Bruce Lee – ever since l started watching martial art films, he has been the epitome of the martial art fighter. To maroon with Bruce for a length of time, would allow me to learn the science of martial arts and keep fit. In essence Bruce and l would just chill and let the world pass us by.

My Favourite Destination

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

That is a difficult question, but it must be “Mosi Oa Tunya” or Victoria Falls as we know it. Mosi Oa Tunya is translated – “The smoke that thunders,” and that is exactly what these falls do. I have visited them many times over the years and the sight of the mist rising to the blue skies, makes a memorable photo experience. I recall clearly my very first visit there as part of a school trip and we were all in awe to see the waters cascade down the rocks, admiring the falls in its full splendour. They are arguably the most beautiful in the world and most importantly, best seen from the Zimbabwean side, but I am biased ;-)!

Muno's Recommendations

Throughout my travels there are some experiences and memories which stand out. I would like to share these recommendations with you for some travel inspiration..

  • Jamaica

    Favourite Island: Jamaica

    Jamaica has the epitome of the pure laid-back lifestyle. The people are so entertaining, positive, and welcoming with a laid back, calming demeaner. I had stayed in Negril, which is in the western part of Jamaica, for a friend’s wedding. Negril’s famous 7-mile Beach is one of the finest l have visited. The famous Rick’s cafe is very much worth a visit, not only for the amazing sunset but also for the exhilarating cliff jumping (certainly not for the faint hearted).

  • Rome

    Favourite City: Rome, Italy

    It must be Rome, Italy, the world’s biggest open-air city museum. I have taken some of my proudest collection of photography from the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, St Peter’s Square, Spanish Steps, Colosseum, and many more. Rome is such romantic place for honey-mooners and sightseeing aficionados and l have seen some of the best fashion styles whilst exploring the city. Another great attribute is that it is a compact city and I walked to nearly all the sites with no need for public transport or taxis.

  • Abu Simbel

    Favourite Experience: Abu Simbel, Egypt

    I had the ultimate pleasure of visiting magical Abu Simbel in southern Egypt. It is the site of two magnificent temples built by the Egyptian King Ramses II. It was a magical, full day experience and thoroughly worth the 4am start. Now picture the scene as you commence the walk to the Abu Simbel temple. As you turn the corner, the 66-foot (20-metre) seated figures of Ramses is completely awe-inspiring, set against the recessed face of the cliff, two on either side of the entrance to the main temple. One of the most fulfilling experiences l have ever experienced and the qualified Egyptologist brought ancient Egypt to life. Awesome!

  • Hydra

    A Recommendation: Visit Hydra island, Greece

    I would recommend a visit to the wonderful Greek island of Hydra, which is in the heart of the Argo Saronic Gulf. It took just 2 hours in a ferry from the frantic but beautiful city of Athens and felt like a million miles away. On the island, cars are banned – so donkeys are the main mode of transportation. Greece is well known for its sunsets from many of the island locations but the one I experienced in Hydra was truly the most stunning I have ever experienced!

My recommended trips