Who is Konny von Schmettau?
Konny’s story is anything but boring and tells a lot about her personality: her strong will and determination, her tendency for adventure, but also her ability to accept and acknowledge weaknesses and to stand up again after every drawback. Regarding the latter, she likes to quote Frederike Frei: “I cannot dismiss my dreams without notice, I still owe them my life!“.
Konny studied classical archaeology and art history, learned marketing and PR in an advertising agency and worked for four years as the first accredited foreign correspondent and war correspondent after the dictatorship of the then head of state Idi Amins in Uganda.
Already at the age of 9, Konny knew that she wanted to become a journalist and live in Africa, and she chose her own paths to achieve this goal. On her travels she has already seen countless countries, but the place where she lost her heart is Namibia. Swakopmund has been her new home since 2005. In addition to her work as a freelance journalist for Namibian daily newspapers, Konny also writes travel books that critics refer to as “literary travel guides”. She is the owner of the Namibian-based travel company “Namibia Aktiv & Safaris – Tours for Charity“.