Tourist Guide: Cultural








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?

Cultural Guide:

  • 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?
  • observant?
  • friendly?
  • 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.


Offers courses for both:


Offers a variety of cultural guiding courses.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Librarian or Tour Operator

Is becoming a Cultural Tourist Guide the right career choice for me? 

See below for more info.