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About Your Tourist Guide: Mariana Delport


Mariana Delport

Hi, I'm Mariana Delport. I was 'born and bred' on a fruit and wine farm high up against the Witzenberg and Winterhoek Mountains of the picturesque Tulbagh valley. As a young child living on the farm, I became aware of the beauty of nature.

Especially the Cape fynbos, Renosterveld and the few remaining patches of Afro-Montane forests, together with the birds, butterflies, reptiles and other creatures, large and small, dependent on these eco-systems, fascinate me.

I made a study of the natural history of the Western Cape, and am a member of, among others, the Cape Bird Club, Tygerberg Bird Club, Botanical Society of SA, Indigenous Bulb Society of SA, Field Guides' Association of SA, Vernacular Architecture Society of SA and the Friends of the SA Museum. I actively participate in various birding and Natural Heritage Site monitoring projects.

I am a DEAT registered tourist guide, and invite you to come and share in my enthusiasm and knowledge of the Western Cape. A German speaking DEAT registered tourist guide is also available, on request.


Qualifications & Memberships

  • Registered DEAT Tourist Guide
  • Member of The Cape Tourist Guides' Association (CTGA)
  • In possesion of a Professional Driving Permit
  • Valid First Aid Certificate

 
Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
Small pockets of Afro-Montane forest occur on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain above the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. One of the earliest references to these were made in Jan van Riebeeck's journal on Sunday, 9 June 1652, when the forests on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain were discovered.

The demand by the early settlers for wood for building the first fort, houses, a jetty, wagon making, ships, bridges, firewood, etc. eventually reduced the forests to the remnants that we have today.