Saray Khumalo is a Zambia-born South African business woman, explorer and mountaineer who became the first black African woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The 2019 expedition was her fourth attempt at reaching the world’s highest mountain.

She joins us on today’s edition of #TheSitDownRelationships as we converse about her spirit of bravery and resilience, how discovering her purpose has led her to make a difference in the lives of ordinary citizens and how having a healthy relationship with self, has helped her discover and action out her capabilities.


She is also known to have summited five mountains, including Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Aconcagua in Argentina, and Mount Elbrus in Russia.

A Mandela libraries ambassador, a social entrepreneur, mother of two boys, and an executive and brand ambassador for Momentum Multiply, Saray uses climbing to raise awareness of the Mandela Libraries Projects. As part of her climbing with a purpose initiative, Saray Khumalo has dedicated her climbs to ordinary people, women and girls, daughters of the African soil who dare to dream.

She continues to campaign for more libraries as she takes steps towards the 7 highest peaks on the 7 continents around the world – The Seven Summits.