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Ann MacGregor - Tourist Guide

I have known Mariana Delport for about four to five years. I met her when I became a member of the Tygerberg Bird Club where she is the Chairman.

She is not only an expert in this field but a wonderful leader of the club, which has a happy and relaxed atmosphere. The outings and meetings are very well run and the members enthusiastic and keen to share their expertise.


Mariana is also a keen gardener and "fynbos" enthusiast. She runs an article in the club magazine called "Gardening for Birds" where she not only discusses a relevant plant and the birds it attracts, but also gives suggestions on how to propagate it and grow it in one's own garden.

She has recently completed a tour guide course and together with her years of experience working for a large insurance company, her many interests, organisational skills, and her ability to relate well to people, I have every reason to suggest that she will make an excellent guide.

Ann MacGregor
Tour Guide
Tel. 021-785 7276
Cell 082 82 35 805

Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
Although large mammals, like rhinoceros, lion, elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus occurred in the Western Cape in the 17th and 18th century, these unfortunately had to make way for civilisation. A number of reserves in the Western Cape have reintroduced these animals. However, when in Fynbos one should 'think small'.

The small-leaved, low-growing vegetation with very few trees is not very nutritious for large grazing animals, and one would rather find small browsers. The animal life has been adapted to the harsh conditions of long, dry and hot summers, cold and wet winters, unpalatable plants and frequent fires.

Bontebok is the rarest antelope species in South Africa, and endemic to the Western Cape. Other animals include Grysbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck, Cape Mountain Zebra, Leopard, Chacma Baboon, Cape Clawless Otter, Rock Hyrax, Porcupine, and a number of mongoose species.