Sarah likes to combine roughing it with mountain hikes, followed by a hot bath and a bit of luxury, in some of Africa’s most dramatically located lodges. For some 20 years she has followed the growing tourist industry in Ethiopia, staying in many of the new lodges and encouraging new guides for visitors. She is author of CultureSmart! Ethiopia (Kuperard). With a childhood in Kenya, she studied African History and Social Anthropology at SOAS. Rather than informing her about Africa, she reckons it more usefully taught her how to ask questions and make friends with the locals. She has worked on archaeological digs, archived and listed documents pertaining to African history, written about the place, and now illustrates its plants from her home in Scotland. She ensures her mind is kept fresh with frequent visits, always seeking out good local food and beds with a view.