I was the first South African registered to guide in Russian, but that doesn't exclude me from doing your tour in English or Afrikaans (for the Dutch or Flemish).
I was born in Namibia (South West Africa) lived all over South Africa and fell in love with the Garden Route and know it like the back of my hand. I also travelled extensively through Russia, parts of the former Soviet Union and Southern Africa. All of this comes out as part of my guiding.
My approach to guiding is not to lecture people and give them boring dates, but to make friends and to show my new found friends this amazing place I live in!!! I have realised that the touring world has changed from the days where people sit on a bus being taken from one fake tourist spot to another. . . When I travel I want to connect with the locals and want to see what life is like, while at the same time still getting those "must see sights" in.
As a guide/ friend/ host. . . I am learning to find this balance and I also know that each visitor is unique. So, please feel free to tell me what you like and what you don't like.
I can do bigger groups, but always prefer smaller, more intimate groups where I can build relationships and make the experience more personal.
After a tour with me, hopefully you will agree that I am not your stereotypical tourist guide!!!
A Recent Review of this guide
This review is long overdue. My boyfriend and I booked a tour of the Cape with Albert and his driver Sharon. It was an unusual day as there was a fire that prevented them from taking us on their usual route. No matter — we just did it in reverse. Albert and Sharon were hilarious, and Albert was extremely knowledgeable, not only about the specifics of the particular sites, but also of the history behind them. We had a great day and recommend Albert highly.
As registered Private Guide for the Western Cape, South Africa I was the vice chair person for the Cape Tourist Guides Association. I have been doing private tours in the Cape since 2008.
Before becoming a tourist guide I studied Missions with Operation Mobilization and worked with orphans in Russian (Siberia) for many years.
Initially I studied electronics and computers and ran my own business in this field, but soon realized I need to be working with people.
I am licensed to guide in English, Russian and Afrikaans for all of the Western Cape and the town of Port Elizabeth.
I have a professional driver permit and am allowed to drive if the tour has 10 or less people.