June is “No Borders” month at OkayAfrica. That can mean a lot of things and we’ll get to that, but one thing we wouldn’t want to miss out on is the sheer joy of travel. So, to honor the carefree black traveler we’ll be posting new photo diaries from a wide range of African and diaspora super-travelers of their favorite places and why.
Lee Litumbe’s mission is simple: she is in “spirited pursuit” of travel, adventure, and new cultural experiences. As a self-taught photographer and storyteller, Lee uses photography to shape poignant narratives on cultural immersion; bringing fresh perspectives to travel experiences off-the-beaten track. After spending 19 years living in the US, she decided to move back to Africa and travel long term to create and produce dynamic content surrounding tourism opportunities within the continent.
Why? Because she believes Africa needs more Africans to tell the world its story. A Cameroonian by birth, an American by upbringing, and a nomad at heart, Lee has a deep rooted appreciation for a well-traveled and adventurous life. This is why we felt compelled to ask her to share some of her favorite travel destinations on the African continent.
OkayAfrica:As a globetrotter where are some of the places you’ve travel to in Africa? What did you feel while visiting? Any special places you would like to put our readers onto?
Lee Litumbe: My parents traveled with me quite frequently when I was younger, so I have vague memories from my childhood for visiting places like Mombasa, Kenya. Since then, I’ve been pretty intentional about traveling in Africa within the past few years. I have been able to create amazing memories in several countries across the continent.
After deciding to trade my corporate life back in the States for a more creative one in Africa in mid-2016, I decided to base myself in Senegal and traveled extensively throughout the country. It has become one of my many happy places and is the country I would recommend first to any first-time visitor to both West Africa and Africa in general.
For more pictures, follow Lee Litumbe on Instagram: @spiritedpursuit. Below check out some of her favorite travel memories around the continent: