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Kate Turkington (who holds a First Class Honours degree in English from London University and an MA Cum Laude from Wits) is one of South Africa's best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers. She was the first woman to be inducted into the South African MTN Radio Hall of Fame, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award 1st for Women Insurance Women in The Media Awards and was the 2019 Woman in the Media in the Mbokodo Awards.

Her weekly Sunday night three-hour live Talk Radio 702 / CapeTalk talkshow, Believe It Or Not was South Africa’s longest-running radio talkshow with the same host in the same time slot. She now hosts 'Travels with Kate' every Sunday at noon on Chaifm 101.9.

She has waltzed at dawn with a Chinese dance instructor in a Beijing square, fallen over Emperor penguins in Antarctica, lunched with a rajah in Rajasthan, dined with the Comrades in Cuba, been winched over a raging torrent 9000ft up in the Andes in Peru, climbed Ayers Rock in the red heart of Australia, broken bread with monks in Tibet's oldest monastery, downed “thumbs” of pepper vodka in Russia, confronted Afar warriors armed with Kalashnikovs in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, shivered at Everest Base Camp in Tibet, eyeballed Blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands and heard the stars sing in the Kalahari ... and of course, lots, lots more ...

She has four grown-up children, nine grandchildren and two rescue Jack Russells.  




Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers. From Tibet to Thailand, Patagonia to Peru, Kashmir to Kathmandu, St Helena to St Albans, the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, like Shakespeare’s Puck she has girdled the world. She continues to travel when and where she can but Johannesburg is home where she writes and blogs in print and on social media.

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