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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.
Eco-tourism has become the buzz-word in tourism. Eco-tourism is not only about taking tourists into remote nature areas. My tours will take you into nature too, but with the emphasis on the entire ecology and conservation of such areas. Taking only individuals or small groups of tourists into protected areas will minimize the impact on the environment, and will give us the opportunity to share in the wonders of nature. Eco-tourism is also about social responsibility.

Visits to rural areas will benefit these communities. By benefiting the local people from tourism, they will want to preserve what is precious to them and to us. Many of my tours will take you to the country side, where you will meet and interact with the local people, sharing in their pride of our beautiful region.