Sonja Kruse

  • Travels From: Pietermaritzburg, KZN
  • Fees: R20,001 - R35,000

Tagline: Inspirational Speaker

Talent Highlights

  • Courageous Adventure: Sonja Kruse embarked on a year-long solo expedition across South Africa, hitchhiking and walking for 351 days without a backup team or pre-planned route, showcasing unparalleled courage and resilience.
  • Human Connection: Through her journey, Sonja encountered the generosity of 150 families from 16 diverse cultures, highlighting the universal bonds of kindness and compassion that unite us all.
  • Author and Storyteller: As the author of ‘The uBuntu Girl’, Sonja shares her remarkable experiences and encounters, inspiring audiences with her poignant storytelling and profound insights into the human spirit.
  • Expertise in Cultural Anthropology: With a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Sonja brings a deep understanding of human behavior and societal dynamics to her presentations, enriching her narratives with invaluable insights.
  • Inspiring Keynote Speaker: Sonja’s keynote addresses transcend mere storytelling; they ignite a spark within audiences, urging them to reevaluate their perceptions of kindness, resilience, and community, leaving a lasting impact on all who hear her speak.



Sonja Kruse, affectionately known as ‘The uBuntu Girl’, epitomizes the essence of adventure and faith in humanity. In 2009, she embarked on an extraordinary journey that would redefine her life and inspire countless others. Armed with nothing but a 33-liter backpack, a camera, and a mere R100, Sonja embarked on a year-long solo expedition across […]

Sonja Kruse, affectionately known as ‘The uBuntu Girl’, epitomizes the essence of adventure and faith in humanity. In 2009, she embarked on an extraordinary journey that would redefine her life and inspire countless others. Armed with nothing but a 33-liter backpack, a camera, and a mere R100, Sonja embarked on a year-long solo expedition across South Africa, traversing the vast landscapes both on foot and by hitchhiking.

Her mission was simple yet profound: to uncover the untold stories of goodwill and generosity that often go unnoticed amidst the chaos of our world. What followed was a remarkable odyssey spanning 351 days, during which she encountered the warmth and hospitality of 150 families from 16 diverse cultures across 114 towns.

Sonja’s journey was characterized by spontaneity, courage, and an unwavering belief in the inherent goodness of humanity. Without the security of a backup team, tent, or bank cards, she ventured forth with an open heart and mind, immersing herself in the rich tapestry of South African culture. Her experiences became the foundation for her acclaimed book, ‘The uBuntu Girl’, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of human connection.

Sonja Kruse | Inspirational Speaker

Background and Expertise:

Sonja Kruse’s background is a fusion of real-world exploration and deep-rooted passion for storytelling. With a degree in Cultural Anthropology, she possesses a unique insight into the intricacies of human behavior and societal dynamics. Her professional journey has been diverse, ranging from roles in community development projects to international humanitarian initiatives. However, it was her audacious solo expedition across South Africa that catapulted her into the limelight as a beacon of hope and inspiration.

As a seasoned speaker, Sonja brings a wealth of firsthand experiences and poignant insights to the stage. Her talks transcend mere storytelling; they ignite a spark within audiences, urging them to reevaluate their perceptions of kindness, generosity, and community. Sonja’s expertise lies in her ability to captivate audiences with her riveting narrative, weaving together tales of adventure, resilience, and the enduring power of human connection.

Why Event Planners Should Book Sonja Kruse:

Event planners seeking to infuse their events with a sense of inspiration and authenticity need look no further than Sonja Kruse. As ‘The uBuntu Girl’, Sonja offers a fresh perspective on the potential for goodness and compassion in an often tumultuous world. Her keynote addresses are not just presentations; they are transformative experiences that leave audiences feeling uplifted, enlightened, and empowered to make a positive difference in their own lives and communities. By booking Sonja, event planners can guarantee a memorable and impactful event that resonates long after the applause fades.

Why Book Through WeSpeak Global:

Booking Sonja Kruse through WeSpeak Global ensures a seamless and hassle-free experience for event planners. With their extensive network of speakers and industry expertise, WeSpeak Global takes the guesswork out of event planning, connecting clients with top-tier talent like Sonja Kruse. From initial consultation to event execution, their dedicated team provides personalized support every step of the way, ensuring that each event is a resounding success. By partnering with WeSpeak Global, event planners can access a curated selection of speakers, including Sonja Kruse, who are guaranteed to elevate their events to new heights.


Sonja Kruse’s journey from solo traveler to renowned speaker is a testament to the transformative power of human connection and the boundless potential within each of us to effect positive change. Through her captivating storytelling and unwavering belief in the inherent goodness of humanity, Sonja inspires audiences to embrace compassion, kindness, and the spirit of uBuntu – I am because we are. In a world often marred by division and discord, Sonja’s message serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us all of our shared humanity and the profound impact of simple acts of kindness. To experience the magic of ‘The uBuntu Girl’ firsthand is to embark on a journey of discovery, enlightenment, and profound transformation.

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