On Wednesday 26th March, Cape Grace’s Executive Chef Malika van Reenen, set sail for the island of St Helena as part of a hospitality initiative between Cape Grace and the island’s new hotel school.
Besides spending 10 days on the island, it is also a 5-day-one-way sail on the last remaining mail ship, the RMS St Helena so I caught up with Malika to find out what her sea legs were like!
This has to be the most important question – do you get sea sick?
I have no idea! But they have assured me that you can get a motion sickness jab on board.
St Helena seems so off the beaten track. How do you feel about travelling out of your comfort zone?
I think it’s the total of 10 days on a boat that worries me more! I’m so used to being busy till all hours of the morning so I’m not sure what I’ll do with all that free time. It will also be the first time I’ll be on a boat throughout the night – which I find slightly overwhelming!
Do you have any idea of what the island is like?
Other than what I’ve seen on the web and in their brochure, not really. I hear the islanders are very friendly and I’m really looking forward to exploring all there is to see. Plus they have quite a history – Napoleon is buried there and the oldest tortoise still roams the island!
The RMS St Helena takes 156 passengers and is just 105 metres in length. You’ve been doing a lot of walking up Lion’s Head lately so how do you plan on staying fit?
There is a gym on board but just to be safe I’m taking a set of weights with me – but I may need to assess how seaworthy I am first!
INTERETSING FACTS ABOUT ST HELENA
Malika is due back in Cape Town on the 14th April and once settled, I will catch up with her again for a post-trip interview, but in the meantime, why not see for yourself why they call St Helena the ‘most extraordinary place on earth’ – www.sthelenatourism.com
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