Tales of Crazy Adventurers


Ryan Stramrood swimmerCarrie Hampton invites you to be inspired in a series of talks in Cape Town

I love watching real-life adventurers on TV, and I even know a few here in Cape Town. They don’t boast about their achievements, so the best way I can hear about their exploits is as part of the audience at One&Only Hotel Cape Town in their Guest Speaker Series (which, incidentally, is a bit of a best-kept secret). It’s where exceptional pioneers, conservationists and mavericks get to tell their incredible stories.

These are the kind of people who play by their own rules, make history and change the world. And I’m going to meet a few of them and sit down to dinner for a chat after the talk.

I’ve been known to develop a bit of hero worship for these larger-than-life explorers. The last time it happened I was being interviewed by extreme adventurer Braam Malherbe to be his ‘do everything’ sidekick. I didn’t get the position… but no-one did; what normal human can keep up with a man who ran the length of the Great Wall of China for charity (2,621 miles), ski-raced in harrowing conditions to the South Pole and started DOT – Do One Thing – to encourage every person to make a difference by doing just one thing. This is a man that doesn’t just walk his talk, he runs it! His presentation at One&Only is on 15 September 2016.

You get the picture….every speaker has something astounding to say and I’m going to be there in the front row soaking it all in. Not a whole lot of locals even know about these talks, so should you be in Cape Town from 26 May to 9 October 2016, book now for a dose of inspiration to blow your mind.


One&Only Cape Town Guest Speaker Line Up 2016:

26 May: Grant Lottering; Im’possible Tour. ‘From death to the top of the Alps in one year.’ He stopped breathing after a crash on a mountain cycle race and broke so many bones that no-one thought he’d survive let alone race again. This is his story.

30 June: Ryan Stramrood; Pushing the Impossible”. Ultra Extreme Open Water and Ice Swimmer, Ryan swims in brutal sub-zero conditions, defying logic and, often, science. He’s received standing ovations for his presentations and moved people to tears.

21 July: Lorne Sulcas; “Africa’s Three Big Cats”. Lorne’s immense knowledge and passion for Africa’s supreme feline hunters (leopard, cheetah, and lion) is quite incredible.

11 August: Lee Den Hond; Challenging Everest”. A novice climber with sheer determination, Lee became the third South African woman to conquer Everest.

15 September: Braam Malherbe; Success to Significance”. This man breaks boundaries in global adventure exploits and shares his passionate belief that everyone can make a difference.

22 September 2016: Colin Bell; “Surviving Rhino Extinction in the Wild – Rhino’s: The Past, Present and Future” There are few people as well versed in the intricacies of wildlife conservation than Colin Bell, co-founder of Wilderness Safaris, expert field guide, renowned rhino conservationist and author.

9 October 2016: Chris Bertish; “Ocean Driven”. Chris Bertish is no ordinary Cape Town surf dude. He won the death-defying Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Competition, made the fastest English Channel crossing and his next challenge is a solo paddle 8,000km across the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) – that’s a marathon a day for four consecutive months! Come to his talk and find out if this man really is human.

Presentations are in the One&Only Cape Town Ballroom, followed by a buffet dinner at Reuben’s in-house restaurant, where the speaker wanders around for a chat. Cost R310 per person including dinner (excluding beverages). Contact Restaurant Reservations +27 21 431 4511 or email: restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com

Which of these speakers would you like to hear?

  • Carrie Hampton

    I went to the Grant Lottering talk and came out soooo inspired as he’s living proof of his I’mPossible philosophy. If he can come back from the dead after a terrible cycle training accident and do the same alpine route again a year later and set himself even harder goals thereafter, it made me believe I too can do anything!