As a chemical engineering graduate, Farirai Sanyika found her success as a travel entrepreneur a surprise — even to herself. But since kicking off the Gophari travel blog in 2017, Sanyika hasn’t looked back.
The travel blogger’s post-graduation trip to Mauritius sparked her travel obsession. While working and living in small industrial town of Secunda, Sanyika discovered the beauty of Mpumalanga and has since loved exploring South Africa. Through Gophari, Sanyika showcases South Africa, encouraging travelers to explore the country’s hidden gems.
Sanyika’s proudest moment was executing her first all-women group trip to Mauritius in 2018. Some group members enjoyed their first trip out of South Africa; others were glad to get out of their comfort zone with a different travel experience. She’s working on organising more group trips to give women a safe way to travel together as they build their travel confidence, and hopes to encourage others to consider using digital platforms to pursue their passions.
Starting Gophari has allowed Sanyika to harness her creativity and discover her love for digital marketing.
“Every morning I am driven to excel by my desire to be an example of it being possible and worthwhile to work on your passions and succeed. I have to be excellent to convey this message with conviction and tell young girls that when we say their dreams can come true it’s not a fairytale — it can actually happen,” Sanyika says.
Spend more time discovering your genius and strengths, she advises. Self-awareness allows you to focus on work that aligns with what you are most passionate about, and make the biggest impact.
Sanyika’s only regret is not having started Gophari earlier. She has since learned not to hesitate, but to fight distractions, affirm herself and focus on her goals.