Tropical islands top travel spot
From camping at Santos Beach to experiencing the Sanya island in China, Dieter tests comfort zones globetrotter
HUNKY TV presenter Dieter Voigt is a model best known for presenting the Afrikaans lifestyle show Pasella and for winning the Mr South Africa contest. He shares some of his experiences during his travels.
How many places (cities or countries) have you visited?
Almost all the cities and little towns in SA. I started working on Pasella in 2008 and have travelled our beautiful country extensively.
On overseas adventures I have been been to China and the UK.
Where was your favourite holiday or time spent abroad?
I had a very special holiday experience on the tropical island of Sanya, about 200km north-east of Hong Kong. It is part of the Hainan island. The friendly people, exotic food, a tropical rain forest and the warm ocean water made for the perfect ingredients for a once-in-a lifetime holiday experience.
What must a first-time visitor see there?
You have to step out of the fivestar hotels and experience the realness and humility of the people working the fields in the rural parts.
I joined a family on a scooter, we were three adults and a child on one bike! It is something very natural to them, a normal way of commuting. It was fun at the time, but I won’t do it in SA.
What should they not bother with?
Try everything, get out of your comfort zone, that is where you meet strangers and walk away with new friends.
What was your best holiday ever and why?
I have to say my childhood memories of camping at Santos Beach in Mossel Bay.
We grew up in this small coastal town. Camping with holiday makers was like travelling to international destinations for us.
I had the privilege of swimming, snorkelling, body boarding and chilling with new friends from all over SA.
I also had amazing teenage holiday romances and my heart was broken many times. Your funniest experience? Bodysurfing and losing my shorts in the process.
Which destination would you do again?
In SA I had an amazing experience on a horse trail in Port Alfred. It is one of those hidden gems, not a lot of people have been on this epic adventure.
I want to do it again, but this time not as part of my job.
Your favourite restaurant and food during your travels ?
I play it safe most of the time, although I did have a bad experience in China once.
I mix my meals between the traditional food of that area and that which I know.
Nutritional food is important to me, even more so when I travel.
Your favourite place to drink a glass of wine or to have sundowners?
At the moment nothing beats The Grand in Granger Bay, Cape Town.
What do you avoid during a holiday?
Conflict and negative vibes. Work baggage stays at work.
I open myself up for a positive learning experience.
As a seasoned traveller and flyer can you share some tips?
Travel light. I follow the Kiss principle: keep it short and simple.
EXOTIC TOUCH: The friendly locals impressed Dieter Voigt in Sanya. BELOW: Port Alfred has an amazing horse trail.
ABOVE: Monks in the courtyard of a Chinese monastery. LEFT: The warm hospitality and amazing sights made the tropical island of Sanya a holiday never to be forgotten for Voigt.