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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.
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.