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Fransje van Riel

About Fransje

Born in The Netherlands, Fransje moved to the British countryside with her parents and elder sister when she was a young teenager. The family settled in rural south east England, in Upper Hartfield’s Cotchford Lane, just up the road from Poohsticks Bridge, and close to the residence where A.A. Milne penned the adventures of one of the best loved bears in the world, Winnie-the-Pooh, in the nearby Ashdown Forest.

After school exams in nearby Forest Row, Fransje and her family returned to the Netherlands, where she was employed as a passenger handling agent at Schiphol Airport.


In 1991, Fransje took to the air, flying around the world as cabin attendant for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Her travels to Kenya sparked a revival of an old-seated childhood passion for writing and photography. In 1997, Fransje handed in her notice to permanently settle in South Africa, embarking on a professional writing career.


Her written and photographic work, pertaining mainly to wildlife and travel, has been published prominently in a variety of South African publications, such as the Cape Times, Africa Geographic Magazine, Premier Magazine, Travel Ideas and Sawubona.


Fransje’s writing work also includes providing content, editing, and translations from Dutch to English for private clients.

What I Do

  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Translations
  • Editing
  • Ghost Writing
  • Providing Written Content

Fransje is permanently based in the leafy southern suburbs of Cape Town

where she lives with her family and furry rescue pets.

Should you wish to get in touch, please contact me here.