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  • 55 references 40 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Afrikaans, English
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Software developer
  • Bachelor of Science, Honours Bachelor of Science
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About Me


Talk to strangers


Has dessert, will travel.

I love exploring and meeting new people. I talk to strangers. Yes mom. I don't make a fuss about nonsense. I enjoy the finer things in life: Good wine, good conversation, good views, good food.

I am Afrikaans and I love my own language, culture and country. I love the outdoors and I am happiest when I lie down to sleep in a tent. I also love history, culture, art and architecture. The 'Intelligent Life' is my favourite magazine. If you haven't read it yet, you're missing out. Try the mobile app. I enjoy challenging discussions. Let's talk about politics, war, love, religion or worldviews.

I like fashion. I try to dress well. I enjoy hearing a story that is well told. Sometimes I can tell a pretty good story myself. I like my own singing, I might be the only one. I love whatever is special, unique or unusual. I love coffee.

Let's go dancing. Let's go running or cycling. Let's explore your city or mine. I would love to show you my favourite spots, I hope you will do the same. Let's go to the theatre, let's get lost. Let's find a new way home.

I would love to meet you.


I am not the centre of the universe. Life is more about others than about myself.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I enjoy hosting easy-going, interesting people who have an opinion and can discuss it. At our house we love hanging out and discussing all kinds of things. I also enjoy showing people around and discussing the best day trips around Cape Town (which should always include the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens!). Now I am living in Johannesburg and there are some cool places I can suggest here too.


Surfed in Zanzibar for one week, camping in the courtyard of a regular township home, and then staying in a luxury chalet along the Zambezi in the same trip was an unforgettable experience!
Just as unforgettable was one night surfing a couch in Beijing and staying up all night with long conversations.

We have hosted several people since I moved to Cape Town - always a pleasure! In Johannesburg I have also hosted a few great people.


Running, history, cultures, world views, art, architecture, agriculture, train travel, or pretty much anything else. I live curious.

  • arts
  • culture
  • singing
  • architecture
  • fashion
  • dancing
  • dining
  • wine
  • coffee
  • running
  • politics
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • camping
  • surfing
  • cricket
  • rugby
  • agriculture
  • history
  • religion

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

One of the most amazing things I've done is taking trains all the way from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, and then a typical African bus to Johannesburg. Plan it with schedules.
I've also travelled by train from Tibet to Irkutsk after seeing Mt Everest!

Seeing the Victoria falls is such an amazing experience it can not be described, you have to experience it for yourself!

Teach, Learn, Share

I know quite a bit about South Africa, the Western Cape, Afrikaans, rugby, cricket, and travelling in Southern African countries. I can suggest places to visit in SA, and teach you how to sokkie (local dance).

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Brazil, China, India, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Malawi, Namibia, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

South Africa

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