It also opened my own doors to personal travels and adventures into the great wide world in the late 1990's. I loved all the places I visited, but couldn't help casting my mind back to my own country with its breathtaking landscapes, nature, complex history and mix of beautiful people, which inspired me to qualify as a professional guide on my return, and start guiding in 2000.
Working as a guide became the perfect marriage between my two great passions in life: travel and people!
Besides Africa, I have traveled on five other continents and worked on three: two years in the UK, a few months on a summer camp for developmentally challenged adults in the USA, and a year of teaching English in Japan.
A keen hiker, I regularly hike up Table Mountain and other mountains nearby, besides joining my friends on longer multi-day hikes from time to time. This has developed into an interest in nature and ecology, plants and flowers.
I also enjoy the local live music and theatre scene, restaurants and nightlife, and I continue to develop my interest in the dynamic local art scene, with its offering of world-class artists, galleries and events.
Whenever I can, I take a break, pack the car, and join friends on road trips to far-flung corners of South Africa and neighbouring countries. If I can't be traveling somewhere exciting myself, the next best thing is to be spending time with people who are! What a joy to see my own back yard through their eyes, and constantly be reminded of what a beautiful place I'm blessed to call home.
A Recent Review of this guide
Craig is an exceptional guide! We were in Cape Town for 3 1/2 days and he was our guide for our entire time in Cape Town. Craig was the best tour guide we've ever had and we have had a lot of great guides! Craig was very organized. He had everything planned ahead, but was also flexible according to what we wanted to do. He was so knowledgeable about everything from history to flora and fauna to the best places to eat. It doesn't matter what tour you book with Craig - it's going to be a great experience!
1999: Garden Route tourist guide training course by Keith Burton.
2000: Cape Town & Western Cape tourist guide training course by Andre de Waal, Tourist Guide Institute.
2003: Eastern Cape & Northern Cape self study, assessed by May Huisamen, Drumbeat Academy.
2008: Nature Guiding course at The Nature College by Johan Fourie.
2009: Gauteng & North West self study, assessed by May Huisamen, Drumbeat Academy.
Member of Cape Tourist Guide Institute since 2000
Guide accreditation, through the Guide Registrar, Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, renewed every three years, requires First Aid Level 1 Certificate renewal.
Professional Driver's Permit, renewed every two years, requires Police clearance and medical certificate.
Regularly attend talks for guides in the Winter Lecture Series (6 each year).
Attend other talks, meetings, educationals and outings for professional enrichment when time allows.
I am licensed to guide in 5 of South Africa's 9 provinces: The Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng and North West.