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Deborah Smook, national and marketing coordinator for the South Africa Youth Travel Confederation

What makes Cape Town so special?

The presence of the magical Table Mountain always guarding over you, the sparkling ocean surrounding you and the beautiful wine lands, not to mention the melting pot of cultures, make it pretty special.

No matter where in the city you are, you only need five minutes to get somewhere out into nature.

Is there anything that you don’t like about Cape Town?

Once you get there you might never want to leave!  But South Africa is such a big and diverse country that it would be a shame not to explore beyond Cape Town. Oh, and the weather can be a bit unpredictable in winter.

Where do you go to get away from things?

The Cederberg – a stunning mountain range about two hours drive from Cape Town.

It’s a little off the beaten track with few tourists.

The mountain is full of rocky outcrops with great spots for rock climbing and hiking.

If you only do one thing in South Africa make it a…wine tour – this is always a pleasant surprise for foreigners.

South Africa not only has some of the world’s best wines, it comes at very affordable prices and the region is one of the most beautiful in the world.

What is South Africa’s best kept secret?

I would have to say the Wild Coast. It’s so different from the rest of the country and simply a place you cannot leave.

Where in South Africa do you still need to visit?I haven’t been to Sodwana in KwaZulu-Natal for diving – apparently it’s an excellent spot.


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