One of us: Pauline Joiris, Leisure Travel Consultant


Why did you arrive in Cape Town?

My boyfriend and I wanted to leave Belgium for a sunny place. We thought a lot about it and decided to move to Cape Town. We arrived here in April 2013. We travelled a lot through the country while searching for a job. In November 2013, XO Africa offered me a job as Leisure Travel Consultant. An opportunity I immediately took! I have been working at XO Africa for a year now!

What do you like the most about your job?

Offering our guests the opportunity to discover this beautiful part of the globe is definitely what I prefer about my job. Each country of Southern Africa is a unique experience.

Describe XO Africa in 3 words

  • Professionalism
  • Tailor-made
  • Field knowledge

What is your favorite destination in South Africa?

It’s a beautiful but not so famous place: The Cederberg Mountains. I love this remote, semi-arid region. It combines huge spaces and orange-rocky mountains that reflect sunlight perfectly. It’s a real paradise for campers and hikers! And above all, during spring, the Cedeberg region (and the nearby Namaqualand) gets covered with thousands of orange, white and pink flowers… just a little miracle of nature!

What is your favorite place (restaurant, scenic view…) in Cape Town?

It’s hard to choose but I think I’ve got a preference for Table Mountain. I literally fell in love with this amazing mountain and its flat top. At its feet, one is dazzled by its impressive presence and beauty. At the top, the view on Cape Town is unbelievable: it’s like being in the middle of nature even if the city surrounds you. No wonder that, in the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company chose the bay of Cape Town to establish a colony!

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