One of Luxury Safaris most popular guides, Jarred Vosges knows the Cape and its Winelands like the back of his hand. We took five minutes to find out what makes him tick.

Where are you from? Where do you live?
I was born in Johannesburg but my younger years were spent living in Plettenberg Bay and in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. I did my high school stint in Paarl and have also lived in the Little Karoo. I currently live in Stellenbosch.

What’s your career background?
I have a National Diploma in Conservation and was a Guide on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo for three years.

How long have you been with LuxurySafaris?
It must be about four and a half years now.

When you are not at work, what do you do for fun?
I am an amateur surf photographer so I chase swells to get the shots or I like to go for a hike in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.
Then there’s wine. I love wine. I have been known to start a braai or dinner way too early just to have an excuse to drink wine. I’ve also been known to spend way too much money on wine, but, in my opinion some art is just priceless.

What are some of the biggest tourism misconceptions about South Africa?
I think the perception that our country is really dangerous, but really it is just like most places around the world. Also there’s the perception that Great White sharks are having a feast on humans down here. Statistically more people die taking selfies worldwide than are killed by sharks.

What in your opinion are some of the most underrated destinations/experiences in Southern Africa?
I think the West coast of South Africa is awesome and really under-utilized in the tourism industry. It has great little towns, amazing flora and fauna , bushman culture and small wine regions. Then there’s the Transkei (Wild Coast). I almost did not return from a roadtrip to the there. That place is magical.

Which of the Luxury Safaris lodges/hotels are your favourites?
Dwyka tented camp (Sanbona Wildlife Reserve)
La Residence (Franschhoek)

Kirstenbosch Gardens. Photo yeowatzup from Göttingen, Germany via Wikimedia

What are the must-see/must-do experiences you recommend to any visitor?
There are so many but I think the one that sticks out would be the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It is close to the city of Cape Town, unbelievably beautiful and has a history. If you are here in the summer you can catch a summer sunset concert too.

What are your three favourite places in Southern Africa?
– The Little Karoo.
– Cape Town.
– The Transkei.

What are your top three destinations globally?
Currently if I could go to three places anywhere in the world with no constraints, it would be:
– Vietnam and Bali
– Zanzibar
– The USA. My travel dream is to buy a small modified bakkie with a bed and tour the cities and national parks of the USA for six months.

When you travel, what do you personally look for? Relaxation and luxury? Adrenaline and adventure?
I like a combination of all these aspects. I want see the area I visit, but at the same time also feel like I am on holiday.

What’s your favourite view and your sundowner of choice?
I think any mountain ridge in the Little Karoo. I have seen some amazing sunsets there.
Summer sundowner: a Corona, a G&T or a glass of Chenin Blanc from the Swartland region.
Winter sundowner: A good Cab or Bordeaux blend.


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