Cape Town Tour Guides

Alette AllenAlette

I was born in the University town of Stellenbosch (circa 1679), in the heart of the renowned Cape Winelands, where my family had been involved in the unique wine, food and art culture of the Cape. Members of our different communities played a dynamic part in activities. For my BA degree I majored in History & Psychology and read for a post graduate Senior Teaching Diploma. Drama and music studies were included. I have taught at a secondary school in Cape Town as well as an institution for children with learning challenges.

After a three month stay in Europe I decided to change my profession, and my love for tourism and travel was soon to be confirmed during my ownership and management of a travel agency in Kwa-Zulu Natal in the north-eastern part of our country. There, amongst the mighty Zulu people, my passion and love for our varied and beautiful country was defined.

Upon my return to Cape Town, at the dawn of our new Democracy, I established a cultural project with and for our diverse black communities. At Cardmania (Pty) Ltd we designed, produced and distributed greeting cards and other stationery products in the Xhosa and Zulu languages. I have worked relentlessly in the townships and at major cultural events, country-wide. Our new country, however, was evolving constantly and the challenges were daunting.

During my many previous travels abroad, visiting many continents, I gained invaluable experience and my need for interaction with foreigners, on a regular and professional basis, urged me to qualify as a tour guide. Since 1996, I have shared my passion and interest in wine, food, art & culture, and urban development with many wonderful visitors. Wine courses and related studies are of great value to me. Discussions on local politics and economic dynamics are subjects which I eagerly embrace.

And, naturally, whilst growing up in the Boland region of the Cape, books on our unique heritage of flora and fauna were always close-by! I adore classical music and jazz, love the theater, and playing golf.

EricEric Cairs

I was born and educated in the Gauteng. After qualifying, I worked in the mechanical engineering field. During this time, I re-located to Cape Town to pursue my passion of the outdoors.I attained tour guide accreditation for both the Western and Eastern Cape. I have substantial experience in accompanying overseas guests visiting Cape Town and the surrounds.
I am a keen hiker and well acquainted with the many walks in the Cape.

My personal achievements include two trans-Atlantic ocean sailing events and extensive overseas travel.

I have a very good knowledge of the flora and fauna in our region, as well as the geology. The demographics of South Africa is also a subject which I am eager to discuss with my guests.

CliveClive de Bruyne

I started guiding tourists on a part-time basis in 2001 whilst I was a student at the University of Cape Town where I studied Anthropology and Environmental Sciences. I then went on to work for an international organization focusing on conflict resolution amongst the youth. Working with young minds enticed me into the teaching profession. I returned to University to acquire a teaching qualification and went on to teach History and Geography at a local high school in Cape Town. Although involved in other endeavors, I never stopped guiding and took every opportunity to get out there and share my passion for my country with international visitors. After teaching for a couple of years I decided to return to my first love and got involved in the tourism sector on a full time basis. I am passionate about working with people and making their visit to South Africa a special and memorable experience. It brings me great joy to spend time with my clients, sharing my knowledge as well as theirs. Watch out though, I may just convince you to hike up Table Mountain to watch the sun rise over Cape Town!

ChrisChris McWilliams

I tour mostly in the Western Cape where I am also a registered field guide. In my previous line of work I was a theatre manager, actor and journalist before running my own studio for eighteen years, creating stained glass and simulated stained glass skylight domes, windows and other features in exclusive hotels, shopping malls, corporate buildings and private homes.

I enjoyed the creativity in my glasswork but I was quite isolated in my studio and I am by nature, a gregarious person.

I visited many parts of the country doing my installations and, the idea of going into guiding came as an attractive choice in the end. I wanted to get out into the world, discover new things and talk to people. For relaxation, I read a lot. I like autobiographies, particularly books of an historical nature and on our wildlife and natural environment. One of my favourite pastimes is visiting our game reserves. I am happy spending endless hours studying animal behaviour, great and small. I enjoy walking on Table Mountain and hiking further afield in other ranges in South Africa. I love river and gulley fishing. I have a special interest in film and theatre but I also just enjoy a good movie! I enjoy the wide outdoors, discovering something new every day and listening to others telling their stories and relating their experiences, but most of all, seeing visitors happy, enjoying themselves and leaving, having had a great time.

ThabeloThabelo Moji

I started my working career as a volunteer at the Fresh-Water Research Unit at the University at Cape Town under Professor Bryan Davis. I have a keen interest in environmental affairs and at that stage I was not sure whether I wanted to pursue a career in Environmental science. I then dabbled in the advertising industry for a few years. I joined The Bryan Slingers Partnership which is part of the Ogilvy and Mather Advertising Group. I did, however, miss the hospitality industry. I thus found myself back at The Africa Café where I worked on a full-time basis as a restaurant manager. After a while there, I realized I missed the lack of a challenge. I felt I was coordinating the same event over and over again. At the Africa Café all our marketing efforts were directed at the foreign market and this is where I started to develop an interest in tourism. Through conversations with foreign guests I also started to understand what they liked the most about the country and what they wanted to see. I qualified as a tourist guide in December 2002 and worked as a volunteer coordinator for The Cape Care Route at Cape Town Tourism. Here I learnt more about getting involved in disadvantaged areas from a tourism perspective. I really feel that I found my niche; I have the best job in the world! I love sharing my Africa and my culture with tourists.

MargeMarge Vermaak

I grew up in Zimbabwe. The opportunities I had teaching children of different cultures in South Africa has given me a personal understanding of the complexities of South African society. I was teaching in the Homelands (Transkei) and wouldn’t have been able to replicate the experience of creativity and flexibility when I came back to Cape Town, so I went into guiding. Guiding gives me the opportunity to interact, on an intellectual basis, with interested and interesting people. I love South Africa – both the fascinating history and the dynamic current happenings, and I consider it a privilege to share this with visitors to our country. I have a good in-depth knowledge of most aspects of South Africa, but I am especially interested in the social changes that have taken place in South Africa over the past few decades. I am a creative person so I use my time to write stories, put together information about the first members of my family to arrive in Africa and collate the photos & documents relating to those early days.

ericaErica Vink 

I am a fit and energetic people’s person with a passion for guiding and am widely read in a wide range of topics in order to improve general information, history and knowledge of South Africa.  I am also passionate and optimistic about the future of South Africa and believe that responsible and sustainable tourism practices are the key to harmonious relationships with our natural environment, the people that live here and the people who come to experience it all. For me it is a privilege and a pleasure to be working and acting as an ambassador to this beautiful, vibrant country of South Africa. I am fluent in written and verbal English, Afrikaans and German.

I work mainly in the Western Cape and Garden Route as far as Grahamstown and specialise in the Flower region of the Namaqualand during the Spring and like to share my knowledge of our local flora and fauna. A background of working in the wine industry laid the foundation for a sound knowledge of the SA wine industry.

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