What is a Cultural Tourist Guide?
Cultural Tourist Guides fit into 2 main groups:
- Cultural Guides: will take a group of tourists to different places with a particular cultural interest. For example: art and crafts tours, gastronomy tours (food), historical tours, indigenous community tours and township tours, etc
- Cultural Site Guides: will remain at one site and will share their wealth of knowledge with private visitors and bus loads of tourists that visit throughout the day. For example: Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (Gauteng)
What does a Cultural Tourist Guide do?
- meeting and greeting members of their tour
- co-ordinating accommodation and transport
- being enthusiastic and helpful at all times
- dealing with enquiries and complaints from their tour group
- loading or unloading baggage or other equipment
- making sure that tour members are comfortable and safe
- attending to problems (lost luggage, late arrivals etc)
- being able to deal calmly with emergencies (eg heart attacks, car accidents, etc)
- making themselves available to their group at all times (24-7)
- keeping up to date with information which would make their tour more interesting
Cultural Site Guide:
- meeting and greeting their tour
- receiving of paid tickets
- giving an interesting talk while guiding the group safely through the site
- answering questions
- monitoring the group at all times that they don’t wander off or damage property
- making sure all members of the group are accounted for at the end of the tour
- being punctual for the next group
Are you … ?
- a person with good communication skills?
- extremely knowledgeable and passionate about your subject?
- a peoples’ person?
- patient and easy going?
- able to control groups of people?
- physically strong and fit?
- neat and professional?
- considerate, friendly and polite?
How do I become a Cultural Tourist Guide?
To become a Tourist Guide a person must complete one (or more) Tourist Guide qualifications registered with CATHSSETA. They must be registered with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
NOTE: It is illegal to conduct guided tours without the proper qualification or registration.
See under ‘Tourist Guide’ on our website for more details.
- DRUMBEAT ACADEMY
Offers courses for both:
- CULTURAL GUIDING IN SOUTH AFRICA
Offers a variety of cultural guiding courses.
Is becoming a Cultural Tourist Guide the right career choice for me?
See below for more info.