One of us : Marie Wilcox

One of Us: Marie WilcoxWhat is your story? Why did you arrive in Cape Town?

I was travelling around the world and I met a few South African people when I was in London in the 90’s. They told me that Cape Town was one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Needless to say I had to check it out, that was 23 years ago and to this day Cape Town is still my home and indeed a very good place to be!

Describe your job for us and what do you like the most about it?

I am in charge of the sales, products & marketing for the leisure travel department. I like seeking new products that fit our image & clientele and create relationship with our partners in the industry. I also enjoy the diversity of my tasks which include promoting our destinations, problem solving, interacting with suppliers, the operation team at XOA and our clients. Keeping busy all the time is my motto (my to-do list never dries up!)

Describe XO Africa in 3 words

Attention To Details

What is your best spot among our destinations?

There are so many it’s difficult to choose but if I have to isolate a few that would be De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Southern Cape, Grootbos near Hermanus, The Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, Thonga Beach lodge in the Kwazulu Natal North Coast, Marataba Safari Camp in the Welgevonden, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa in the Quirimbas (Mozambique) and the Okavango Delta… amongst many others.

What are your secret addresses (restaurant, sunset, club…) in South Africa?

Pic-nic-braai at Millers Point near Cape Point. Swimming with the penguins in Boulders Beach. Traditional fish & chips at Kalky’s in Kalk Bay. Eating prawns in a local pub in St Lucia. Listening to live music at The Orbit Jazz Club in Johannesburg. Various hikes in the Cape Peninsula.

Tell us one anecdote or memory you had in your life in south Africa

Being charged by an Elephant in the Kruger National Park. I have never reversed so fast in my little hired car. Only to find out later that it was a “mocked” charge and that this particular Elephant was well known for doing this.

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