Rahel Lawrence

Rahel Lawrence

Owner of Wild Lubanzi Backpackers

Seriously fed up with the rules, restrictions and red tape of organized society in good old Switzerland, Rahel packed a few belongings (and her little sister) into a campervan and set out to cruise across Africa, in search of a different kind of life. After many adventures she arrived in South Africa (without campervan & sister), still searching for a place to call home. To her utter surprise, she found a man instead of a place. With total surrender to fate, she married Aidan and followed him to the Wild Coast, where they first lived in a tree house for a year and a half, before they took over an old holiday house and turned it into Wild Lubanzi Backpackers. Six years and one baby later, they demolished the old building and moved 300m further back, to reconstruct their backpackers from scratch.

Rahel is a worker bee and can't sit still and do nothing. She loves building and states that nothing in her life has ever made as much sense as constructing her own home with her own hands. She revels in the freedom of working for herself and her family (instead of a stupid boss), of walking barefoot all year round, of dressing in rags and not worrying about apperances and of following no time table but her own. Rahel believes in self-sustainability, individuality, responsibility for one's own actions and in the ever astounding beauty of life itself.