After two interesting and rewarding careers, I have finally settled into a third incarnation of myself. I grew up on a family farm in central rural South Africa and studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Natal. Student life appealed to me and I stayed on a few extra years reading a Masters degree, specialising in hydrological modelling, conducting research, doing a spot of lecturing, and importantly ….. doing a wine appreciation course!
Then came my first change, after completing an MBA at the University of Cape Town I moved into finance and portfolio management. During this time I met and married Fiona, moved to Cape Town and had two children. My life had changed dramatically.
Wanting to be around my young family, I changed careers for a second time and that was when I started in the tourism industry, and developed a love for History. Whilst studying to become a tour guide, I became absorbed in Cape Town’s story, which later broadened into southern Africa’s history. Through discussions with visitors from all over the world, that interest soon stretched to the countries from which many of my guests originated.
I joined a group of friends in The Wine Club, and today conduct tours in and around the Cape Town, the peninsula and winelands. My philosophy of guiding is to use sights and scenes as props to tell stories or anecdotes in order to build context. Historical context is always more interesting and memorable if one can relate local stories to events happening in other parts of the world at a similar time.
Similarly, if one can place our South African wine industry in the context of our visitors own personal wine experience back home, then their appreciation of a tour of our wine region is more enjoyable and memorable.
I was born in 1983 in Umtata, not too far from Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, Qunu. I had a happy childhood in the region called Transkei as the youngest of four children. I was born into a Xhosa-speaking community, a community with strong values, traditions and customs. I went to primary school in Umtata and in 2001 I moved with my family to Langa, the oldest of Cape Town’s townships.
My father worked for a large state-owned corporation called Transnet and my family lived in the Transnet hostels in Langa. I completed by schooling here and then enrolled for a Business Management course at the Cape College in downtown Cape Town. After completing my studies, I ventured into the building sector until I realised my interests lay with people, rather than bricks and mortar.
After completing a tourist guiding course, I started guiding and eventually met up with Garth in 2007. Together, we started Vamos in 2010. Vamos means “Let’s Go!” in Spanish. In 2007 I started the Happy Feet Youth Project. Today it is registered as a Non Profit Organisation (NPO 082080). Our goal is to remove young township kids from the influence of gangsterism and drugs and to give them meaning and comradeship in their lives whilst instilling strong values.
I am a born and bred Capetonian and my passion is sharing my love of the world’s most stunningly beautiful city. In sharing the wonder of Cape Town, I will weave you through over 100 000 years of history, introducing the indigenous Khoisan people, the Voyages of Discovery, settlement, slavery, apartheid and into the present and future of a vibrant cosmopolitan and safe city within a new and open democracy.
I will share the scenic beauty of her mountains and beaches and the fascinating and unique population and cultural mix that contributes to Cape Town. I am particularly well-informed about the local Jewish community.
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Hello, my name is Karen Goslett and being a born and bred Capetonian, I consider it a privilege and pleasure to live in the most beautiful city in the world! It is not only the natural beauty of the Cape, but its character and people that make it a city that I want to share with you.
Being someone that enjoys the outdoors, I specialise in walking tours of the city. Whether a short- or longer day- walk, it gives you the opportunity to really get up close and experience what the whole diverse parts of Cape Town has to offer.
Besides guiding, I read a lot of murder mysteries, thrillers and historical novels and also enjoy doing calligraphy and genealogy. I have also put together a couple of “Amazing Race”-type projects that focuses on around the city, Waterfront or a group’s particular interest.
Although I enjoy walking around Cape Town city, I am also qualified to guide you around the greater part of the Cape Peninsula and up the beautiful Garden Route to share more diverse parts of the place I call home!
I have been associated with Footsteps to Freedom for many years and enjoy walking through our city streets and sharing our history with the many tourists who visit our beautiful South Africa.
We have a very young and vibrant country, filled with so many stories and events that we like to share with the world.
As tourist guides we share the information that links the past with the present and we show the changes that have taken place since our first free and democratic elections. Come join us for a walk or tour and experience the vibe and excitement that makes our beautiful country so special.
Besides guiding, I enjoy the outdoors and travel with my husband through our beautiful countryside and drive along “off the beaten track” paths, which usually lead to the sites less frequented by many visitors. Here you become part of nature and experience the animal and plant world in its own superb way.
On quite a few occasions we have visited our neighbours, Namibia and Botswana and enjoyed the Okavango swamps and the desert elephants of Kaokoland. There is so much to see and do and enjoy in South Africa and we can only recommend coming to see and experience these sites for yourselves.
I began my career as a professional musician (cellist) and from an early age developed a love of travel and languages.
I have travelled widely and besides my mother- tongue English, I am fluent in German, Italian and to a lesser extent French and Afrikaans.
My ongoing interests include nature, Cape Fynbos, history, architecture and the healing arts. One of the things I love about tour guiding is that I get to meet people who are both interested and interesting. My preference is for smaller, slower-paced cultural or nature walking tours that allow for a more personalised touch.
I have lived my entire life in Cape Town and delight in sharing my knowledge and experience of the City with visitors.
With a previous life in libraries and training, I have read widely, engage energetically and walk avidly. My current interests include history, literature, culture in the broadest sense, community development and the growth of Cape Town. Our attendant growing pains are in reality, not unique to Cape Town or South Africa.
I have 40 years of mountain experience, 33 of which have included rock climbing. I’ve been mountain guiding professionally for 18 years and hold rock climbing guide and mountain walking guide qualifications, plus I’m registered with DEAT as a tourist guide.
Most of my hiking and climbing has been on the world-famous Table Mountain or elsewhere in the Cape Peninsula and for example the renown Cederberg that has both excellent hiking and backpacking opportunities as well as superb rock climbing venues for multi-pitch trad climbing, single-pitch sport climbing and bouldering.
I am an accredited service provider for the South African Mountaineering Development and Training Trust (MDT – www.mdt.co.za). I hold Instructor Awards for both mountain walking and rock climbing. I offer abseiling (rappelling), rock climbing and mountain walking training & assessment courses as part of the national mountain leader training scheme as well as introductory abseiling and rock climbing courses.
I have run successful corporate team building events on accessible parts of the mountains and would be happy to tailor make such events for corporate entities wanting this service. I have extensive experience in working with groups of school children, taking them rock climbing and abseiling at accessible crags (rock outcrops/ low cliffs) in the Cape Peninsula and have in the past run a schools climbing club over a period of many years. I’m always happy to organize and facilitate such activities for groups of children from ages 8 – 18.
I was born in the UK to a South African mom and British dad. We moved to Rhodesia/Zimbabwe when I was 2 and then on to South West Africa/Namibia when I was 7. I did my Primary schooling there, but for High School, we all had to leave the little mining town of Oranjemund to become boarders in other towns. I went to a lovely Girls school in Cape Town as my grandparents farmed fairly close by.
I fell in love with Cape Town and besides 3 years of travelling the globe, have lived here ever since. I have a very Capetonian husband and 2 very Capetonian sons.
I worked for many years in the very pressured retail environment – until I realised that the best part of my job was showing the foreign visiting executives around and decided to change careers and become a full-time qualified tour guide. I have always been in the sales environment and what better product to market than Cape Town and the Garden Route?
I have qualified and am registered to guide in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Garden Route. There is so much to see and do in the Cape and I find my interests many and varied.
I have an endless store of interesting and sometimes useless information about the history, flora and fauna, art, food, wine and whales – the list just goes on. I am not a true specialist in any particular field, but consider myself a generalist – and if I don’t have the answer – I probably have the book!
Although I had the misfortune to be born elsewhere in South Africa I spent the formative years of my life in Cape Town .
I studied Primary School Education (1979) and taught for many years until I felt the need for a change. Subsequently I became a registered tourist guide (2007) and have been guiding visitors to ours shores since that time.
While operating our B & B for a number of years, my husband and I enjoyed sharing many wonderful, sometimes secret places in and around Cape Town with our guests. In many ways this experience paved the way for me to get involved in the tourist industry.
We have twin girls, both of whom studied Food and Beverage Management and are working abroad in the hospitality industry giving us the incentive to travel. Visiting foreign places has given me the perspective to appreciate just what beauty Cape Town has to offer – what a pleasure it is to share this beauty.
While places of interest and different cultures are one of my passions, another is people. I enjoy experiencing activities with families and my concern is to make learning exciting and fun. It gives me great pleasure to share my city.
I was born in Cape Town in 1948 (making me a Capetonian) and have lived, studied and worked my whole life, up to now, in the Mother City of South Africa, a city I wouldn’t leave for anything. My family origins are west European.
Leaving University with a bachelor’s degree I taught Geography and Religious Education at a prestigious school for boys for 23 years before realizing I needed a change, something I suspect the boys I taught knew also, and possibly sooner than me. While teaching I decided to extend myself scholastically and was awarded a Master’s degree in Religious Education from the University of Cape Town in 1996.
I enjoy reading thrillers and books dealing with the human condition. I keep fit by working out at the gym and hiking and here I am privileged to be within a10 minute drive of the Table Mountain National Park, a pleasure wholly shared with me by our two Ridgeback males. Having two married daughters outside the country, Julia, who works in the Mediterranean and Louise, who works in Auckland, provide my wife and I with a ready excuse to indulge my other interest which is to travel.
I listen mostly to classical music though a bit of blues is always enjoyed. Pottering in the garden provides wonderful relaxation. I have been privileged to have been married for the past 30 years to Susan, a recently retired pre-school teacher, who has joined me in the touring industry and with whom I enjoy a glass or two of wine at the end of the day.