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Barry F.

Durban, KZN, South Africa

As a culture/nature tourist guide, I do not simply present facts/figures/attractions to my tourists - I tell a story and try to bring South African culture and nature alive to them!

I was honoured to be named the Lilizela Awards 2016 Culture Guide of the Year for KwaZulu-Natal Province and was the first runner-up for the Lilizela Awards 2016 Culture Guide of the Year for South Africa. In addition to my day tours in Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal Province, I am also very willing to undertake overnight stays to any national South African tourist destination, including Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Lesotho. I am able to handle difficult situations, remain calm under pressure and can manage any group size, nationality and age. My passion for tourism was ignited from an early age, when as a young boy I would often accompany my father (also a tourist guide) on his many travels throughout South Africa. This passion has evolved over the past 25 years, as I have worked in the industry on a more professional level as a national English-speaking tourist guide/coach driver, tour manager and route planner for Springbok Atlas (handling their national tours for SAGA, Travelsphere, Globus, Cosmos Archers and Titan). While employed with Sprinbok Atlas, I was in charge of the transport for the Springbok rugby team when the World Cup was hosted in South Africa in 1995. During such employment, I was also in charge of the transport for international celebrities and public figures such as Chris de Burgh, UB40, Erasure, Roxette, Cliff Richard, the late Whitney Houston, Morgan Freeman and the late Nelson Mandela. I also work annually with the Gandhi family for their "In the Footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi" tour throughout South Africa, and was also part of the team that assisted renowned explorer, Kingsley Holgate, and the late Dr Ian Player during the Rhino Youth Summit held in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.

A Recent Review of this guide

Barry was prompt with his times for pickup and drop-off, which was important since we were doing a tour from a cruise ship. He is extremely knowledgeable and kept a running commentary on the areas we were seeing, the politics and history of the region as well. He has an excellent knowledge of the area. Modern comfortable minivan which was able to get us to our game drives very comfortably. He was also able to accommodate specific requests from our group very easily. Excellent tour guide!
Ghalib Ahmed

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Winner of the South African Lilizela Awards 2016 Culture Guide of the Year for KwaZulu-Natal Province;
First Runner-up for the South African Lilizela Awards 2016 Culture Guide of the Year for South Africa;
CASTHETA National Tourism (Level 4) Certificate;
Drum Beat Academy National Guide (Culture/Nature) Certificate;
Chairman of the e-Thekwini Regional Tourist Guides Association and frequent observer at committee meetings of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Tourist Guides' Association;
Former Chairman of the SODURBA Community Tourism Organisation;
Delegate/route advisor for the East3Route expedition to KwaZulu-Natal Province/ Mozambique/Swaziland from 2012 to 2014;
Former independent assessor on the SATOUR Guide Evaluation Panel.

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