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March 03, 2009

Cape Town tourist guides visit “undiscovered” attractions

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Participants of the International Tourist Guide Day event

Cape Town Tourism’s “Team South” recently hosted a group of Cape Town registered tourist guides to a day of sightseeing and entertainment on the Peninsula.

“Team South” represents the Cape Town Tourism visitor information centres (VICs) and offices from Cape Point to Strandfontein, including Gugulethu and the southern suburbs.

The event, held on International Tourist Guide Day – February 21 – gave local community members an opportunity to show their areas to the guides, sharing their knowledge and “undiscovered” gems with a view to gaining better visibility for these attractions.

Lovers Magwala of Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay took the group on a quick tour of some of the community’s highlights. Clive Stadler provided a wealth of information on Grassy Park and the Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA) Centre. Save Our Seas in Kalk Bay busted some myths about the great white shark. Evanne Rothwell led the group into the Silvermine River Wetlands and shared some of her knowledge of the local flora and fauna.

The Galley Restaurant at Fish Hoek provided a delicious lunch for the group. Alan Lindner, representing A Whale of Heritage Route, shared some interesting facts about the area and safe bathing at Fish Hoek beach. Mrs Davidson of the Heritage Museum, Simon’s Town, took the group through the history of Amlay House (which houses the museum) and the forced removal of the coloured community of Simon’s Town. The trip ended quite appropriately with a moment of serenity and calm at the two kramats where Ebrahim Manuel told of the revelations of their origins.

Linda Cass of Amazing Africa Tours said, “I thoroughly enjoyed [the day] and learnt a few new things.”

Mahdi Kafaar, information officer at the Kirstenbosch VIC, was acting team leader for the day. The organising team was supported by FS Tours and The Galley Restaurant, Fish Hoek, which part sponsored the lunch.

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