Sue Watt
Travel Writer

    Click here for Sue's Twitter Feed Click here for Sue's LinkedIn page
Tel: 07768 795788              Email:

About Me
Responsible Tourism
About Me

Welcome to my website. I’m an experienced freelance travel writer based in London with a passion for the wild places and wildlife of Africa.

In my former life, I worked for the Crown Prosecution Service and later, after completing a post-graduate MBA, as business manager for a leading criminal law barristers’ chambers. In 2003, I saw sense, packed in the day job and travelled for a year around Nepal and Africa. Inspired by my adventures, I took the precarious plunge into travel writing and have never looked back.

I now write about destinations worldwide but readily admit to being a serious Afrophile. Over 17 years of visiting Africa, I’ve been able to explore this captivating continent and have had the privilege of working with some of its best conservation organisations and many inspirational people involved with responsible and sustainable tourism. Click here for my Conservation and Responsible Tourism page. Tourism can play a vital role in conservation and community development and I’m at my happiest when I can combine all of these elements in my writing, shining a light on some of the fabulous work taking place in Africa.

Awards ...

Winner - Specialist Travel Feature of the Year – The Bryn Frank Award - for my BBC Wildlife feature on Pangolins in Peril in Zimbabwe

Finalist - Travel Feature of the Year – UK, for my story in The Telegraph - Lake District, UK: Saddle up and fall for the Fells

Finalist - Trade Feature of the Year for my piece on South Africa, Game Changing, for TTG Luxury magazine.

Press and magazines ...

Below is a selection of the newspapers and magazines where my features are published. You can click here to see a selection of my work.

Online ...

I write for travel websites including Bucket List Travels, Rough Guides, Lonely Planet, DK Travel, National Geographic Traveller and Travel AfricaI also provide blog columns on 'Travel in a Post-Pandemic World' for RoundTrip Foundation and “Sue Watt’s Responsible Travels” and expert reviews on African destinations for Safaribookings.

Guidebooks ...

I’m a major contributor to the Bradt Namibia and Bradt Zambia guides, and have co-authored guides on Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba. Details can be seen here.

Broadcasting ...

I’ve given radio and TV interviews on adventure travel and responsible tourism for BBC Radio Scotland and Arte TV. Click here to see/hear broadcasts.

Talks and Presentations ...

Royal Geographical Society - 8 March 2021 - Communities, conservation and sustainable travel in Africa

Wanderlust - 31 October 2019 - African Safari Inspiration Event

Photography ...

My partner Will Whitford is a keen photographer and his photographs are regularly published alongside my features. All the images on this website and in the Photo Gallery have been taken by him. Please respect our copyright to them - should you wish to use any, just contact me.

Editors and PRs ...

I pride myself on having excellent working relationships with editors, tour operators and PR representatives, and provide professional, high quality copy and images, always by deadline - but usually before.  If you’re interested in feature commissions, reviews, round-ups, news stories or further information, I’d love to hear from you.

Professional Associations ...

I’m a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, the International Travel Writers AllianceTravel Writers UK and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Sunset in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Please note that all photographs on this website are copyright of Sue Watt and Will Whitford - should you wish to use any, please contact Sue.


Home   |   About Me   |   Africa   |  Other Destinations   |   Responsible Tourism  |   Features   |   Gallery   |  Links

© Sue Watt 2024 Web Design by Dave Bowen