Behind the Wheel with...

Darren Maule

The most common misconception about me is… 

That I cannot play sport! On the contrary - I have swum Midmar, ridden Amashova, dived with sharks (sans cage), am a keen scuba diver and I am pretty good with a remote when watching tennis, rugby and cricket!

I am originally from...

Klerksdorp - that’s where I was born. My heritage is Scottish.

My favourite part of the country is…

“Life through a 6 year old’s eyes is something we should all learn from.”

The Karoo. Until you have experienced both a Karoo sunrise and sunset, you simply cannot comprehend the tranquillity, the serenity, the beauty. Where else in the world would you find a thousand shades of amber?

When I was a little boy I was…
BMX-mad and an excellent mimic!

Things that make me laugh are…

Catching people off guard! It’s their reactions which get me every time.

My favourite local holiday destination is…

Nieu Bethesda (which is less than half an hour from Graaff-Reinet). I have always thought it would be amazing to be holed up in a log cabin, near the Owl House, in the middle of winter with a few like-minded friends, have an enormous log fire burning, eat delicious soups and stews and read Athol Fugard’s world-famous plays aloud, which he wrote when he lived in Nieu Bethesda.

The best place I have ever stayed in was...

Prague. I was booked by a corporate for one evening and had a whole week to roam the city. It is absolutely beautiful! I loved it. You can see why Hitler made it his headquarters and didn’t bomb it. It’s just too beautiful.

My fantasy guest and ultimate travel companion for the greatest road trip of all time would be… Christopher Hitchins! He had more class, wit and knowledge than some civilizations.

Who would you choose to get stuck with on a deserted country road with no petrol?

Al Gore. Between the two of us I’m sure we could make serious inroads into off setting man-made climate change and in the course of the conversation just may, inadvertently bring about world peace.

I never travel without…

A book!

I am my happiest when...

I am with my daughter. Life through a 6 year old’s eyes is something we should all learn from.

Not a lot of people know this about me, but…

I love reading - especially about life, the universe and everything.

My job makes me feel…

As though I can make a difference. I love both the challenge and the honour.

One day I plan to…

Visit the moon!

My pet peeve is…

People who do not know the basic rules of the road. The rules for negotiating a traffic circle are simple - learn them! Also there is no such thing as a fast lane - it’s an overtaking lane.

I believe South African’s should be more passionate about…

Questions! We don’t ask enough questions. Question everything – the status quo, our leaders’ decision making process. Question why you feel strongly, or not, about something.

All visitors to South Africa must experience…

A shark dive at Aliwal Shoal and find out first hand why sharks are actually the Labradors of the ocean.