No of Trips: 5
No of Trips: 5
Oh where to start – I moved to Cape Town in 2002 and I married my beautiful wife Rosetta in 2003. I was actually only single for 13 days before I met her on a bus in Sea Point. I fell in love with her and I fell in love with the city too, so I bought a guest house to try and share that with as many people as possible.
I got in to touring because I just started following up where my guests were going in the daytime and making sure they got to see all the best parts of Cape Town and beyond. It was really important to me that they had really unique and personal experiences and I guess it all grew from there. There was this one touring company actually – this is what got me hooked I think – that offered me a trip to the winelands as a kind of thank you for all the people I was sending their way. You know they were a small company but in my opinion they’re one of the best and they just wanted to show their appreciation for getting their name out there. So I went along on this trip and it was beautiful and everyone was so friendly and I kind of thought to myself “yeah, this is what I want to do”. So here we are!
Well for me I think the best thing is meeting all these new people and showing them these great things that they otherwise probably wouldn’t see you know? I think that everyone is so happy and lovely when they’re on holiday – even people who might be a bit grumpy or stressed back home, when they got on to these trips it’s like they can breathe and they’re all so friendly. I haven’t had one bad experience so far and that’s great.
Really though, what’s important to me is making sure everyone has an amazing experience, and I think the best way to do that is to get them off the beaten track and take them to places that might not necessarily be listed in all the guidebooks. Places like Korky’s for Fish and Chips – I like to take people there for lunch on the ‘Alternative Peninsula Experience’ – I absolutely love places like that, and it’s great that with all the tours I do, I can ask ‘what do you like’ or ‘what do you want to see’ and I can change things to create something really personal that can get people away from the usual tourist spots and in to a real local experience.
My experiences are personal. I have a sedan for 2/3 people and a larger van for 5-6 people so even on the larger trips, we’re still a nice and small group, so while we’ve got an itinerary planned, I also know some great spots along the way that you might really enjoy, and because it’s just us we can take those detours and see different things. I think the fact that I can tailor the experiences to every group I spend time with is what makes my experiences unique.
Something else that’s special is that a lot of the time my wife Rosetta can join us - I would say I know Cape Town pretty well, but she’s lived here her whole life and she’s got her own library of great spots to go, so together we can build some really different and unique experiences.
I created my ‘Alternative Safari’ for people who came to Cape Town but still want to see the amazing wildlife that South Africa has to offer. It’s really a taster trip, but get across to an Ostrich farm, a 2 hour game drive, and finish it all off with a fabulous wine tasting session as the sun sets.
I think my ‘Alternative Peninsula Experience’ is special too – it’s much more hands on and we always have a great time snorkelling with the Cape Fur Seals in Hout Bay and learning to surf. As I’ve already mentioned, Korky’s for lunch is usually my favourite part of the trip, and the route we take follows Clarence Drive, which in my opinion is one of the best coastal roads in the world.
Well I think you can never get bored in Cape Town and that’s what makes it so special – there’s something for everyone, and of course, it’s stunningly beautiful. But, if I had to pick one thing, I would say my personal favourite is the winelands – Stellenbosch is just such a beautiful part of the world and getting to share it with different people so frequently is an absolute blessing.
In terms of places to stay, I would always recommend the independent boutique hotels because they’re a little more personal and intimate, and I really appreciate that. Again, my personal favourite is the Premier Cape Manor because it is a little more personal.
Check out some of the tours that Roger has to offer below