Marlene Pereira

This is a interview with Marlene Pereira, the owner of Horizon Travel, about her business and some of her favourite attractions in Cape Town.

Tell us more about Horizon Travel – what you do and what do you specialize in?

I started Horizon Travel in March 2007 when I joined e-Travel to pursue a dream of having my own business.
With then 11 years of travel experience and the passion I have for travel I knew that this would be a success.

Having my own business gives me the edge over many employed travel agents. I have the passion, drive and commitment to make sure that each and every client gets the best service possible.

I realize that the best part of traveling isn’t booking your ticket and accommodation – it’s going on the trip.

I can assist you with any aspect of travel, Corporate or Leisure. I will make your flight bookings, accommodation, car hire, order foreign exchange, assist with visa applications and give all the travel advice you may require.

When-ever and where-ever, Horizon Travel will make your travel dreams come true.

One spot in Cape Town where you relax – any place.

My house. I just love spending time at home with the kids.

If you had one day to show a friend from overseas something in Cape Town, where will you take him and why?

Clifton a favourite attraction of Marlene Pereira

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  • Table Mountain is also a must as well as Kirstenbosch Gardens for a picnic or even a summer night concert.
  • A big hit is also swimming with the penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown…the kids LOVE it.
  • Then of course there is Blouberg Beach with breathtaking views of Table Mountain and a wide selection of Restaurants at Eden on the Bay.
  • Not to be forgotten is a day to do Wine tasting.
    We are really spoiled for choice and no matter where you go you will always taste fastastic wines.
  • Franschhoek is also the culinary capital of Cape Town and no matter where you go to eat you will not be disappointed. Rueben’s is my favourite restaurant.
Reubens Restaurant in Franschhoek, a favourite attraction of Marlene Pereira

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As you can see, there is SO much to see and do in Cape Town. ONE Day is not enough to experience all that Cape Town can offer!!!!

What is your favourite restaurant and which dish do you enjoy?

Depending on the occasion it is one of the following:

  • Moyo at Eden on the Bay – Lamb tagine
  • Five Flies - Roast saddle of lamb on pea and mint puree, white beans and caramelized onions with morel jus
  • Signal at the Gape Grace Hotel – any scallops, risotto – their menu changes seasonally. You will not be disappointed at Signal
  • Da Vinci’s on Kloof – great pizza’s and their burgers are craveable
  • Café Royal on Long Street – the BEST burgers in town!!!

If you must choose one wine for a special occasion, what would it be?

I am not a wine connoisseur but if I have to choose it will always be Red Wine - something like Nederburg Duet or KWV Roodeberg.

What is your opinion of all the slow / organic markets jumping up all around the mother City? If you do visit them, which one is a favourite?


The Neigbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

The Neighbourgoods Market, a favourite attraction of Marlene Pereira

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Which beach would you suggest for a romantic walk / evening?

Camps Bay / Clifton

What makes the mother city so special?

It’s my home town. I was born here and lived in various parts of South Africa but will always come back to Cape Town. Beaches, nature, weather, people, food, wine, family & friends.

Do you have a Capetonian that inspires you?

All Capetonians are special. Once a Capetonian always a Capetonian.

What would the one mother city festival be that must not be missed?

Cape Town Jazz Festival

Sea or mountain holiday- where?

Sea, anywhere along the South African Coastline.

Which food represents Cape Town for you?

Bobotie, love making it too! OR Snoek on the braai with Sweet potatoes and fresh farm bread

Bobotie a favourite dish of Marlene Pereira

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Favourite local band / artist?

Prime Circle, Locnville & Freshly Ground

Favourite shopping experience?

Canal Walk, Tygervalley or V&A Waterfront

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