South African Tourism Reveals Adventure Ambassador


Rachael Scobie

After an intense two month search for Australia’s next great adventurer, South African Tourism has unveiled the face of its Adventure campaign – Rachael Scobie, a 37 year old from Sydney, who will join six others from around the world on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure odyssey to South Africa. 

Scobie has trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, observed mountain gorillas in Rwanda, come face to face with hyenas in Botswana and, in her own words, is ‘exhilarated at the prospect of sharing her adventures in South Africa with the rest of the world.’

Since May this year, South African Tourism, in conjunction with National Geographic Channel, has been looking for outdoor-types from across Australia to give one lucky winner the chance to win a seven day trip of a lifetime to South Africa, following an action-packed itinerary including activities such as trekking, surfing, wildlife tracking, canoeing, quad biking, bush walking, safari, bungee jumping, paragliding, diving and hot air ballooning.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be the lucky winner for the job of ‘Captain Adventure’ for a week in South Africa!  I really look forward to meeting the winners from the other countries. I know that with so many like-minded travellers we will have a ball and be great Ambassadors for South Africa. Here we come…!” said Rachael.

The competition has helped to highlight some of the more active pursuits that are available in South Africa to travellers looking for anything from gentle walking or cycling to pushing themselves to the limits with some of the most challenging adventures in the World. 

Rachael, and the six other shortlisted finalists, titled the “tribe”, faced a judging panel made up of representatives from South African Tourism and the National Geographic editorial and production teams to make sure the process was fair and equitable.

All entrants to the search were asked to upload a short paragraph to a dedicated website on why they think they should have been chosen for the trip, demonstrating a thirst for adventure and a true desire to visit South Africa.

Rachael will have the opportunity to share her experiences via multi-media platforms, including video diaries and blog updates on the website, during and after her trip.

“It was a difficult decision to make due to the high calibre of entrants, but in the end, it was Rachael’s high-energy and enthusiasm for adventurous travel to incredibly remote corners of the world, combined with how she passionately related some of her experiences, her burning desire to experience South Africa and share her travels, that won us over,” says Bangu Masisi, Country Manager, South African Tourism Australasia. 

“We’re confident that Rachael will be an excellent Adventure Ambassador for Australia; with her determination, awe-inspiring attitude and girl power, I’m sure she’ll show the six other international Ambassadors a thing or two about adventure.”

Along with a National Geographic Channel camera crew, the tribe will be going to South Africa later this year following an action-packed itinerary including activities from safari to bungee jumping.
Source = South African Tourism
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