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Christine Mischker - Welcome to my profile!

About Me

I was born in Cape Town to German parents who, through numerous family holidays to Germany, taught me the value of learning about other cultures, understanding good service and appreciating the finer things in life - like good food and chocolate!

At 24 I moved to London to broaden my horizons and experience a different way of life. This journey also led me to various European and Asian holiday destinations, including Thailand where I was lucky enough to live on the idyllic island of Ko Pha Ngan for four months.

Living like a native, experiencing so many new things and not having a single care in the world, was such a memorable time in my life that will never be forgotten. But with being away from Cape Town for five years was too long and I missed home. So in 2004 I moved back.

At the beginning of 2012, after too long an absence from international travel, I went to the USA for the first time in my life. I loved every minute of my four weeks there. I was blown away by the superb service and friendliness I received everywhere, not to mention the huge selection of groceries in the supermarkets! I was also treated to a 5-day stay in Hawaii which was the highlight of my vacation.

I love exploring new areas of Cape Town and trying out new restaurants. And I know this sounds clichéd, but I do enjoy going for walks on the beach in the late afternoon just before sunset. There is something magical about those last few daylight moments before the sun disappears over the horizon. Travel and seeing new places has always been a passion of mine. I also enjoy cooking, doing a spot of gardening and have recently taken up mosaic work.

Where have I travelled

Locally I've visited Cape Town and surrounds, the Garden Route, Madikwe Game Reserve and Durban; in Africa I've been to Namibia and Kenya. My international travel destinations include Europe, Thailand, San Francisco and Hawaii.

My favourite travel moment

Bottle feeding a baby tiger and having authentic one-on-one Tai Chi lessons in Thailand!

What I love about Cape Town/South Africa

Every time I drive an hour outside of Cape Town, I am amazed at how different the scenery is. I find the beauty of our surrounding nature really inspiring and it has such a calming effect on your soul. Southern Africa has such vast and differing landscapes that no place you go to will ever look the same.

I love the wide open spaces you find just outside any city, and the warm hospitality you find everywhere in Africa makes you feel immediately at ease and relaxed. We are such a unique and colourful culture, a blend of languages, religions and history - a true Rainbow Nation.

Where I'd love to go next

On my travel agenda for the near future is Victoria Falls, and I would love to go to the Seychelles and Mexico! There are however so many things to love in Cape Town. Our beautiful mountain looks down on us with a silent grace that fills me with such peace and awe. And our pristine beaches, heritage sites and friendly people make it an incredible experience for visitors.

Christine Mischker

Africa Safari Expert

I love showing people that I live in the best place in the world!

Read what our Travellers have to say

We had an AMAZING time! The car hire you organized went smoothly both at pick-up and drop-off. Lawhill completely exceeded our expectations. The apartment was spacious, chic, spotless and the housekeeping spectacular. It was above and beyond any accommodations that we could have gotten at a hotel for a family our size. And in reality, it felt very much like a hotel (only better!), rather than a self-catering unit, in terms of the level of comfort, cleanliness, housekeeping and staff friendliness. Check-in was a breeze, as was check-out. The staff were very kind – particularly to our children - and everyone made it very clear that they would happily assist with anything we needed – this included the organization of a car to take us to the airport on the day we left. The location was superb. My husband was attending a conference at the CTICC – he said the walk was easy, short and safe. Myself and the boys had a great time exploring the Waterfront and shopping. Although the apartment had a full kitchen, the selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants in easy walking distance made cooking in unnecessary. I honestly don’t have a single complaint about the property at all. We will definitely be returning to South Africa in the future – and when we do, we will look to Cape Town Villas for assistance. Thanks again Christine! We really appreciated all the help – it made that part of the trip very easy for us!

Jill Hatchette - September 2013 View more reviews