CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Fancy an extravagant and indulgent African adventure? Luxury Africa takes a sumptuous slant on ‘going bush’ with its bespoke, high-end service and insider knowledge of the top safari spots in Africa. Owner, Patrick Siebel chatted to JN.
My secret pleasure is … Driving a really fast & responsive car on a twisty but scenic mountain pass.
My first job was … Church Administrator at Glenridge Church International.
My most annoying habits are … Being pedantic about how things should look or are how they should be executed.
A clear childhood memory is … Skiing down a run on my own, straight up to a restaurant where I ordered something to eat. Davos, Switzerland – aged 4.
What makes me really nervous is … My kids being in a situation where they are not able to stand up for themselves.
The best advice my parents gave me was … You need to be able to sit on the side of the road with a beggar, yet just as effortlessly be able to have tea with the queen.
If I wasn’t a tour-operator, I’d be … an architect.
I’m most thankful for … God’s amazing undeserving love for me.
My favorite meal is … Sushi-Rainbow Roll Reloaded at Willoughby’s Cape Town.
I know it’s good for me, but I hate … exercise & watching what I eat.
A book I love is … The Shack by William P. Young.
A song that resonates is … Amazing Grace and What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong).
My ‘happy place’ is … Piloting a light aircraft—it puts me in an immediate good mood!
My most embarrassing memory is … My mother suggesting that for a fancy-dress gymkhana at primary school, that I dress up as a scuba-diver (not sure how that related to the equestrian world but I agreed). Anyway, on the day when I put the wetsuit on she had brought to boarding school, it was so tight that I could not mount my steed. Instead, I had to lead my horse around the parade ground. Everybody just packed up laughing.
My hidden skill is … Being able to speak fluent German.
If I was a dog, I’d be a … Golden Retriever.
It’s a bit corny, but I love … Having an afternoon nap on a weekend, after a long lazy lunch.
I’m most at peace when … I am in the presence of the Holy Spirit whilst worshipping God.
The country I’d love to visit … Antarctica.
Favourite quote … “We rule with the heart of a servant, we serve with the heart of a king” by Bill Johnson.