5 Minutes with Expresso's Zoe Brown: What locals love for this upcoming holiday season

2018-11-01 18:00
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Adventurer, food-lover and all rounder, Zoe Brown is best known as the darling of SABC 3’s Expresso and informing listeners in Cape Town on KFM every weekday afternoon.

The girl-next-door has become one of the country’s favourite sweethearts and loves travelling to new and exotic destinations locally and internationally. Her experience and knowledge when it comes to picking the ideal holiday is highly sought after so who better to get the advice you want than from the talented Zoe, herself.

Below are some of Zoe’s favourite places to visit and advice when picking your ideal holiday.

What is the best local destination to visit this December?

I might be biased, but Cape Town is a fabulous destination for December. Summer is in full swing, the days are long and hot plus the entertainment is endless. From world class beaches to summer concerts in the gardens to some of the best wine-tasting spots in Southern Africa, Cape Town has it all. If you venture out of Cape Town, you can go strawberry picking in Stellenbosch (about 45 minutes drive) or pick cherries at Klondyke Farm in Ceres (about 2 hours drive).

Panoramic view over Cape Town and Table Mountain f"Cape Town is a fabulous destination for December" (Photo: iStock)

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What is the best international destination at the moment to visit, and why?

Any destination where you get more bang for your buck is the perfect destination! While many people opt for Bali or Thailand I was really surprised how much value I got from my rand in Ukraine! One rand gets you two Hryvnia, their local currency. Their cuisine is out of this world and the cost of living is really cheap. Kiev is a fun city, has a vibrant night-life and it really is very affordable. A trip on the metro only cost 5 Hryvnia which was R2.50.

Kiev, Ukraine - September 11, 2016: Independence SIndependence Square, Kiev (Photo: iStock)

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Best holiday where you can enjoy multiple destinations, great food and multiple activities to please the entire family (and that won’t break the bank)?

The best holiday experience has to be a cruise! I recently went with Cruises International on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and it has forever changed the way I view travelling. The on-board entertainment was endless, there was something for everyone in all age groups and demographics. You get to explore small islands and destinations easily, that you otherwise would have taken days to travel to.

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The cruise liner had a large variety of restaurants that tickled every taste bud. There were on-board activities from zip lining across the deck, to riding the wave pool and sliding down the largest slide at sea! If adventure is not your thing, you can lounge around one of the many pools or chill in the hot tub, or perhaps opt for a spa session or walking around the lovely art gallery and shopping stores on board.

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Best culinary experience to enjoy locally?

Cape Town has one of the best restaurants in the world. For a gourmet culinary experience, go to the Test Kitchen (good luck getting a booking) but South Africa is home to the most unique dishes. Try a Cape Malay Curry food tour in Bo Kaap, or have the iconic Gatsby in Wynberg. Hout Bay is the spot to find the best and freshest fish and chips! If you’re in Durban you have to try a Durban bunny chow and in Jozi the Kota!

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Best summer activity locally?

At the start of the month, Cape Town celebrates First Thursdays, which is the first Thursday of every month. The restaurants and art galleries stay open until late and have fantastic dinner specials. It is a great way to spend a summers evening in the city. If you’re more adventurous, I love going for hikes around Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. If the beautiful beaches aren’t your thing, go wine tasting along Cape Town’s magnificent wine routes (Constantia Wine Valley, Paarl Wine Route and Durbanville Wine Route).

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Best local hidden gem?

I love Cape Town’s beaches, but the best hidden gems are the beaches people often forget about like Bakoven and Llandudno which are less crowded. For the best hiking spots, try Cecilia’s Forest and Chapman’s Peak – those routes are absolutely spectacular!

The beach of Llandudno in South Africa close to CaLlandudno (Photo: iStock)

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