About Friendly Cape Town Tours

Get to know the owner and your guide, Craig

After graduating with a 4 year social science degree, I worked in human rights and development during the build up to South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, which paved the way for our previously conservative, isolated country to open its doors to international tourism.

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 travelled 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 friends on multiple-day hikes further afield from time to time. This led to an interest in ecology, plants and flowers. Having been a hiker for more years than a guide, in 2023 I finally completed the onerous requirements to qualify as a hiking guide, in order to integrate this love into my guiding work.

I also enjoy the local live music and theatre scene, restaurants and nightlife, and from time to time head out of the city to attend events ranging from weekend music festivals to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and AfrikaBurn in the Tankwa Karoo desert. My interest in the dynamic local art scene continues to evolve as I explore Cape Town’s offerings of world-class artists, galleries and events, including the colourful world of street art.

Every year or two I try to take a break, pack the car, and join friends on road trips within South Africa, and every few years I travel to neighbouring countries or abroad. If I can’t be travelling 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.

The pandemic of 2020 to 2022 brought unprecedented challenges. My greatest joy during this time was taking part in an annual street art event by leading walking tours to show people the art works and meet the artists busy creating them. I continued to lead my own street art walking tours after the event on a regular basis, initially with my own friends, but with a broader clientele of locals as word spread about this exciting new offering.

“I am delighted to have survived in this industry that I love too much to leave. Come and join me on an adventure!”

After graduating with a 4 year social science degree, I worked in human rights and development during the build up to South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, which paved the way for our previously conservative, isolated country to open its doors to international tourism.

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 travelled 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 friends on multi-day hikes further afield 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 from time to time head out of the city to attend events ranging from weekend music festivals to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and AfrikaBurn in the Tankwa Karoo desert. My interest in the dynamic local art scene continues to evolve as I explore Cape Town’s offerings of world-class artists, galleries and events, including the dynamic world of street art.

Every year or two I try to take a break, pack the car, and join friends on road trips to the far-flung corners of South Africa, and every few years I travel to neighbouring countries or abroad. If I can’t be travelling 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.

The pandemic of 2020 to 2022 brought unprecedented challenges. My greatest joy during this time was taking part in the International Public Art Festival in 2021 and 2022 by leading walking tours to see the street art and meet the artists working on new works. I continued to lead my own street art walking tours after the event on a regular basis, initially with my own friends, but with a broader clientele as word spread about this exciting new offering.

“I am delighted to have survived in this industry that I love too much to leave. Come and join me on an adventure!”

Qualifications

4-year University Degree

Graduated with BA (majors: Industrial & Organizational Psychology and Sociology) in 1991 and BA Honours (Industrial Relations) in 1992 from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela University).

Qualifications

Professional Tourist Guide Training

November / December 1999: Keith Burton: Garden Route tourist guide training course.

July 2000: Andre de Waal: Cape Town & Western Cape tourist guide training course.

September 2003: May Huisamen: Added new provinces: Eastern Cape & Northern Cape.

January 2008: Johan Fourie: Nature Guiding course at The Nature College outside Riversdale in the Little Karoo (Qualified as Nature Guide, Level 2).

April 2009: May Huisamen: Added new provinces: Gauteng & North West.

September 2017: Anton Odendaal: “Flight for Birders” birding course.

November 2023: Dries Steyn / Venture Forth: Completed the Generic Adventure Site Guide training course for Hiking (within SA, below 2400m altitude, on trail, including overnight formal camping in huts).

Qualifications

Ongoing Professional Enrichment

Active member of Cape Tourist Guides Association since 2000. Regularly attend their meetings, courses, outings & educationals.
Regularly attended Footsteps to Freedom’s annual Winter Lecture Series.
Regularly attend Culture Connect events.
Regularly attend Simon van der Stel Foundation events.

Qualifications

4 year University Degree

Graduated with BA (majors: Industrial & Organizational Psychology and Sociology) in 1991 and BA Honours (Industrial Relations) in 1992 from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela University).

QUALIFICATIONS

Professional Tourist Guide Training

November / December 1999: Keith Burton: Garden Route tourist guide training course.

July 2000: Andre de Waal: Cape Town & Western Cape tourist guide training course.

September 2003: May Huisamen: Added new provinces: Eastern Cape & Northern Cape.

January 2008: Johan Fourie: Nature Guiding course at The Nature College outside Riversdale in the Little Karoo (Qualified as Nature Guide, Level 2).

April 2009: May Huisamen: Added new provinces: Gauteng & North West.

September 2017: Anton Odendaal: “Flight for Birders” birding course.

Qualifications

Ongoing Professional Enrichment

Active member of Cape Tourist Guides Association since 2000. Regularly attend their meetings, courses, outings & educationals.
Regularly attended Footsteps to Freedom’s annual Winter Lecture Series.
Regularly attend Culture Connect events.
Regularly attend Simon van der Stel Foundation events

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