A revolutionary training model

If you are considering a career in the tourism industry and have your eyes set on exploring the brilliance of South Africa’s cultural and natural heritage, then a tourist guiding career may just be what you’re looking for.

The TDM Guide Academy is a training facility that combines the theoretical understanding of tourist guiding with a practical component that is directly linked to real-world operations. This facility therefore provides the opportunity for students to travel with expert guides and receive on-the-job training and mentoring whilst they complete their curriculum… but that’s not where it ends!

Upon successful completion of the tourist guiding course, students will have an opportunity for full-time employment at Tourvest Destination Management, one of South Africa’s largest travel organisations.

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Who is Tourvest Destination Management?

Tourvest Destination Management (TDM) is a global, multi-branded travel management business dedicated to creating a world-class travel experience. We pride ourselves in exceeding the expectations of both our guests and stakeholders. As the largest domestic ground-handler of foreign leisure tourists, we relish the opportunity to create unique solutions through our suite of specialist brands. We are proud to announce our newest specialist-services addition, TDM Tourist Guides Academy. At the academy we believe in the development of people and we ensure that our Tourist Guides are empowered through knowledge and business support.

TDM Tourist Guides are respected for their professional approach to guiding and their ability to connect and interact with guests. We encourage our Tourist Guides to add a personal touch, share their own experiences and provide an insightful narrative; an approach to guiding unmatched in the market. Trust TDM Tourist Guides – Ours is truly the market-leading guiding experience. Forge new friendships; leave with unforgettable memories!

The benefits of the TDM Guide Academy

The TDM Guide Academy has partnered-up with industry-leading training providers to offer a 10-month culture guiding course to 8 student guides. Students embarking on the TDM Guide Academy intake programme will receive the following training on the right.

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What you’ll get

  • A full FET Certificate in Tourism: Guiding (71549 qualification)
  • Accreditation for all 9 South African provinces
  • First Aid level 1 certificate

  • On-the-job training for transfers, meet and greets, day tours, and overland tours
  • TDM Guide Mentorship programme
  • Regular performance assessments and company-specific training
  • Direct exposure to the tourism value-chain, including Tourvest partners and suppliers
  • Course payment options

What to do if I’m interested in this opportunity

If you are interested in undertaking this journey with us then submit your most updated CV with a motivational letter as to why you would like to undertake this journey with us. You are welcome to include a portfolio of evidence to support your motivational letter.
Be creative – remember you’re showcasing YOU, and first impressions last.

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How do I qualify as a candidate?

The TDM Guide Academy is a highly specialised training facility that maximises a student’s exposure into the tourism industry. We do this by utilising Tourvest’s extensive network of businesses in order to broaden each student’s knowledge of the field, with real-world application. We therefore have to be quite selective on our recruitment and selection process in order to identify the right type of individual to undertake this journey with us.

The TDM Guide Academy will close its 2019 intake in January 2019, with the formal training commencing in February 2019. Recruitment is opened for all qualifying on an ongoing basis, with selection commencing in November 2018. The TDM Guide Academy is currently limited to eight (8) successful candidates. In order to qualify for the programme, please ensure that you have the following requirements:

  • Must be 18 years and over (Male or Female)
  • Speak two official South Africa languages (fluent in the German or Italian language an advantage)
  • Be in possession of a valid South African driver’s license and/or professional drivers permit (PrDP). For more information on how to obtain one, please visit http://www.gov.za/node/727518
  • Must have a valid national senior certificate (matric certificate)
  • Must be willing to travel within South Africa

Course Overview

Certificate in Tourism: Guiding (National qualification)

R60 000includes
  • NQF 4 (terms and conditions apply)
  • 10 months course
  • 9 province accreditation
  • Practical training
  • On-the-job experience (full time student-guides only)
  • Mentorship programme
  • First Aid Certificate level 1
  • Concierge Services
  • Security: Critical Environment Awareness
  • Advance Driving: Assault Response Course
  • Social Intelligence
  • Kruger Orientation Workshop
  • Nature Guiding FGASA Level 1
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National Tourist Guide, per module option

R17 000includes
  • 4 months
  • FET certificate
  • Gauteng / Cape Town province
  • Practical training
  • First Aid certificate Level 1
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Nature Guide (existing Tourist Guides only)

R10 500includes
  • 1 week
  • Practical training
  • Training material
  • Assessments & examinations
  • First Aid
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Culture Guiding per province (existing Guides only)

R1 900per province
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Short Learning Programs

Introducing Short Learning Program

We are now offering stand-alone modules, which we call Short learning program, that guides are able to partake in as and when we host them.

View them all here or click the button on the right, you can find out more information by contacting us on guiding@tourvestdm.com.

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Meet Our Current Guides

Phineas Zwane
Phineas Zwane
Phineas shares his free-spirited love for South Africa in an often disarmingly, honest way. His general knowledge and humorous performance on our theatrical tours, is a delight. His willingness to share personal insight and his candid honesty make him a favourite. Phineas speaks a wealth of local languages and is fluent in English.
Thabo Mncube
Thabo Mncube
Thabo’s attention to detail, eclectic personality and his uncanny ability to lend humour, when humour is required, is unrivalled. He leads guests on a historic and memorable journey throughout South Africa, sharing his well of knowledge freely and his passion for the peoples of South Africa without restraint. Thabo specialises in South African culture and is a leading guide on our theatrical tours.
Girolamo Florio
Girolamo Florio
Being widely travelled and speaking a few foreign languages has assisted in the past when dealing with clients of cultural diversity, which I really enjoy! I inherited a love of living, a love of music from my Italian ancestors. … A love of the warmth of sunshine, and of colors. The mixture created by the Phoenician, the Greeks, the Romans and later the influence of Arab music. A hint of melancholy-mix all this together add my young influence of underground and heavy metal, my first operas stemming from our own great music masters: Puccini; Verdi; Bellini; Donizetti; and again later sounds from the German giants: Bach; Beethoven; Brahms and others. These are just a few thoughts I have communicated. The music of life, of love, of my life. The images I capture in my photography portray this life and emotion in all its facets!
Alex van Rijckevorsel
Alex van Rijckevorsel
Alexander, better known as Alex, of Belgium-descent, has been a Tour Guide for 8 years. His passion for South Africa is well-entrenched. Alex’s expertise lends itself to tourists keen on venturing into our untamed lands where he’s especially competent behind the lens, capturing an experience often lost in the occasion. Alex’s interest in wildlife photography makes him a favourite in the bush. Alex is fluent in English, French, Dutch, German, Afrikaans and Luxembourgish.
Andrew Pogulis
Andrew Pogulis
Andrew is our wildlife and hiking specialist and the perfect guide for all our outdoor enthusiasts. He is an expert in crisis management and honoured for his acts of bravery. Andrew leaves no stone unturned whenever out in the field. His enthusiasm and personality are electric, and guests are always thrilled when on an excursion with him. This is beautiful country and Andrew knows it better than most. Andrew is fluent in English and German.
Angelo Ralph Forbes
Angelo Ralph Forbes
Angelo has been a Tourist Guide for 18 years. He began his professional career in Marketing and Sales Management before pursuing his passion of becoming a Tourist Guide. Angelo’s confidence, expertise and unrivalled knowledge are legendary. His specialities include South African culture and the Bo-Kaap region. He is fluent in English, German and Afrikaans.
Guido Bonafe
Guido Bonafe
Guido’s love for all things South African lends itself to life-long friendships with many of his visiting guests. His ability to interact with people is a skill not learnt from books but crafted from passion and dedication to his art; an art he has practiced for over 7 years. His in-depth knowledge and passion for discovering the country’s many hidden gems are often the abiding memory. Guido is one of our Italian-guest specialists focused on South African history and culture. Guido is fluent in English and Italian.
Claudio Alunni-Pasquali
Claudio Alunni-Pasquali
The name says it all – Italian-born but raised in South Africa, Claudio has worked extensively across many African countries. Claudio brings his extensive knowledge and experiences into a narrative that is both enriching and entertaining. His camp-fire tales are legendary. Claudio’s speciality is African culture and he is fluent in English, Italian, French, Lingala and Swahili.
Ulrich Seelbach
Ulrich Seelbach
Let’s go (Auf gehts!) and explore South Africa. I’m a South African born in Johannesburg with German background and fluent in German, English and Afrikaans. I am fascinated about the country’s biodiversity as well as its diverse cultures and history. Having been accredited as a national guide through the Tourvest guiding academy, it gives me great pleasure to showcase and to visit the various parts of the country in particular with german speaking tourists. A fun, likeable and energetic person who enjoys the remote natural places as well as the cosmopolitan cities of South Africa.
Lerato
Lerato
After graduating, Lerato joined the corporate world and juggled various positions ranging from junior clerk to Accounts Executive. She then left for Europe (Italy) in search of more opportunities and to explore the world, driven by her passion for travel. She would stay on and live in Italy for years where she not only learned the language but the cultural dynamics that make up the global community. She has since travelled in Europe and some parts in Africa, gaining valuable insight into the different cultures that co-exist in the universe. On her return to South Africa, she took up a position at a Retail Travel Agency as a travel consultant and gained valuable insight into the structured world of Travel and Tourism. With her interest piqued, she went and joined Tourvest Guiding Academy and trained as a National Guide where she gets to meet and interact with people from different cultural backgrounds and different age groups thus broadening her scope even more. The love for travelling and interacting with people is what drives her to do what she does, and the love of her country helps to equip her with valuable knowledge that she looks forward to sharing with visitors.
Gabriele Klomann
Gabriele Klomann
I was born in South Africa, but I also have a German side to the family, that is why I’m fluent in German and English. I have only just finished Matric but my decision in joining the Tourvest guiding academy has been a great decision.

My love and passion for South Africa and its Wildlife has brought me into the Industry. It’s a great honor to be able to show tourists around our beautiful country and then to be able to receive reactions like “We were blown away by the beauty and diversity of the landscape, the friendliness of the people and the diversity of wildlife.” I’ve only just started but I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

Leon Fourie
Leon Fourie
Born and raised in South Africa, Leon is an avid outdoor enthusiast and motorcyclist. This has led to a great love for all things South African. As an enthusiastic traveller he has been and still tries to visit every corner of the country, looking for and discovering, the hidden gems and eclectic people and places that our country has to offer. A good natured, down to earth and likeable person who enjoys the hustle and bustle that our cities has to offer, but as comfortable in the African bush where he was born and raised, he loves introducing travellers to our bio-diverse and culture rich country.
Naja Frauen
Naja Frauen
I was born in South Africa. My parents both are German and immigrated to South Africa Back in 1992. I have always had a love for the Wildlife since the age of 7 and a passion for the tourism industry came along with that as I always travelled with my dad who is also in the Tourism industry. I am fluent in English and in German as when I was growing up my parents spoke German to me. I am a very outdoor person, give me a tent, sleeping bag, and the necessities and you will find me in the middle of nowhere surrounded by the bush and the wildlife of South Africa.
Renata “Gogo Magwaza” Reck
Renata “Gogo Magwaza” Reck
I am born of German artist parents and raised between The Kingdom of Eswatini and South Africa. My parents refurbished a fishing cutter and sailed with my 7 siblings to Mozambique where we relocated to Swaziland, now known as Eswatini. I am mother to four and I have two grandchildren. I was Life orientation teacher and high school coach in Eswatini when I travelled to Ghana for an African Ecovillage Conference. There I had a life changing experience that led me back to Mpumalanga to train as a shaman in the Sangoma tradition. Upon completion of my initiation I joined Tourvest to train as a National Culture and Field Guide.

My passion for the flora and fauna of Africa also includes the wonderful world of cultures and history of the continent. It is an honour to be serving our curious visitors to our land on their voyage of discovery with me. I speak German, English and SiSwati. I can hold a conversation in Zulu and Afrikaans and understand smatterings of Spanish and French. I have travelled to the Americas, Europe and at least 10 African countries to date. My favourite still remains The Kingdom Eswatini and its surrounds of the Kruger Park, Mozambique, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

Meet Our Current Guides

Phineas Zwane

Phineas shares his free-spirited love for South Africa in an often disarmingly, honest way. His general knowledge and humorous performance on our theatrical tours, is a delight. His willingness to share personal insight and his candid honesty make him a favourite. Phineas speaks a wealth of local languages and is fluent in English.

Thabo Mncube

Thabo’s attention to detail, eclectic personality and his uncanny ability to lend humour, when humour is required, is unrivalled. He leads guests on a historic and memorable journey throughout South Africa, sharing his well of knowledge freely and his passion for the peoples of South Africa without restraint. Thabo specialises in South African culture and is a leading guide on our theatrical tours.

Girolamo Florio

Being widely travelled and speaking a few foreign languages has assisted in the past when dealing with clients of cultural diversity, which I really enjoy! I inherited a love of living, a love of music from my Italian ancestors. … A love of the warmth of sunshine, and of colors. The mixture created by the Phoenician, the Greeks, the Romans and later the influence of Arab music. A hint of melancholy-mix all this together add my young influence of underground and heavy metal, my first operas stemming from our own great music masters: Puccini; Verdi; Bellini; Donizetti; and again later sounds from the German giants: Bach; Beethoven; Brahms and others. These are just a few thoughts I have communicated. The music of life, of love, of my life. The images I capture in my photography portray this life and emotion in all its facets!

Alex van Rijckevorsel

Alexander, better known as Alex, of Belgium-descent, has been a Tour Guide for 8 years. His passion for South Africa is well-entrenched. Alex’s expertise lends itself to tourists keen on venturing into our untamed lands where he’s especially competent behind the lens, capturing an experience often lost in the occasion. Alex’s interest in wildlife photography makes him a favourite in the bush. Alex is fluent in English, French, Dutch, German, Afrikaans and Luxembourgish.

Andrew Pogulis

Andrew is our wildlife and hiking specialist and the perfect guide for all our outdoor enthusiasts. He is an expert in crisis management and honoured for his acts of bravery. Andrew leaves no stone unturned whenever out in the field. His enthusiasm and personality are electric, and guests are always thrilled when on an excursion with him. This is beautiful country and Andrew knows it better than most. Andrew is fluent in English and German.

Angelo Ralph Forbes

Angelo has been a Tourist Guide for 18 years. He began his professional career in Marketing and Sales Management before pursuing his passion of becoming a Tourist Guide. Angelo’s confidence, expertise and unrivalled knowledge are legendary. His specialities include South African culture and the Bo-Kaap region. He is fluent in English, German and Afrikaans.

Guido Bonafe

Guido’s love for all things South African lends itself to life-long friendships with many of his visiting guests. His ability to interact with people is a skill not learnt from books but crafted from passion and dedication to his art; an art he has practiced for over 7 years. His in-depth knowledge and passion for discovering the country’s many hidden gems are often the abiding memory. Guido is one of our Italian-guest specialists focused on South African history and culture. Guido is fluent in English and Italian.

Claudio Alunni-Pasquali

The name says it all – Italian-born but raised in South Africa, Claudio has worked extensively across many African countries. Claudio brings his extensive knowledge and experiences into a narrative that is both enriching and entertaining. His camp-fire tales are legendary. Claudio’s speciality is African culture and he is fluent in English, Italian, French, Lingala and Swahili.

Ulrich Seelbach

Let’s go (Auf gehts!) and explore South Africa. I’m a South African born in Johannesburg with German background and fluent in German, English and Afrikaans. I am fascinated about the country’s biodiversity as well as its diverse cultures and history. Having been accredited as a national guide through the Tourvest guiding academy, it gives me great pleasure to showcase and to visit the various parts of the country in particular with german speaking tourists. A fun, likeable and energetic person who enjoys the remote natural places as well as the cosmopolitan cities of South Africa.

Lerato

After graduating, Lerato joined the corporate world and juggled various positions ranging from junior clerk to Accounts Executive. She then left for Europe (Italy) in search of more opportunities and to explore the world, driven by her passion for travel. She would stay on and live in Italy for years where she not only learned the language but the cultural dynamics that make up the global community. She has since travelled in Europe and some parts in Africa, gaining valuable insight into the different cultures that co-exist in the universe. On her return to South Africa, she took up a position at a Retail Travel Agency as a travel consultant and gained valuable insight into the structured world of Travel and Tourism. With her interest piqued, she went and joined Tourvest Guiding Academy and trained as a National Guide where she gets to meet and interact with people from different cultural backgrounds and different age groups thus broadening her scope even more. The love for travelling and interacting with people is what drives her to do what she does, and the love of her country helps to equip her with valuable knowledge that she looks forward to sharing with visitors.

Gabriele Klomann

I was born in South Africa, but I also have a German side to the family, that is why I’m fluent in German and English. I have only just finished Matric but my decision in joining the Tourvest guiding academy has been a great decision.

My love and passion for South Africa and its Wildlife has brought me into the Industry. It’s a great honor to be able to show tourists around our beautiful country and then to be able to receive reactions like “We were blown away by the beauty and diversity of the landscape, the friendliness of the people and the diversity of wildlife.” I’ve only just started but I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

Leon Fourie

Born and raised in South Africa, Leon is an avid outdoor enthusiast and motorcyclist. This has led to a great love for all things South African. As an enthusiastic traveller he has been and still tries to visit every corner of the country, looking for and discovering, the hidden gems and eclectic people and places that our country has to offer. A good natured, down to earth and likeable person who enjoys the hustle and bustle that our cities has to offer, but as comfortable in the African bush where he was born and raised, he loves introducing travellers to our bio-diverse and culture rich country.

Naja Frauen

I was born in South Africa. My parents both are German and immigrated to South Africa Back in 1992. I have always had a love for the Wildlife since the age of 7 and a passion for the tourism industry came along with that as I always travelled with my dad who is also in the Tourism industry. I am fluent in English and in German as when I was growing up my parents spoke German to me. I am a very outdoor person, give me a tent, sleeping bag, and the necessities and you will find me in the middle of nowhere surrounded by the bush and the wildlife of South Africa.

Renata “Gogo Magwaza” Reck

I am born of German artist parents and raised between The Kingdom of Eswatini and South Africa. My parents refurbished a fishing cutter and sailed with my 7 siblings to Mozambique where we relocated to Swaziland, now known as Eswatini. I am mother to four and I have two grandchildren. I was Life orientation teacher and high school coach in Eswatini when I travelled to Ghana for an African Ecovillage Conference. There I had a life changing experience that led me back to Mpumalanga to train as a shaman in the Sangoma tradition. Upon completion of my initiation I joined Tourvest to train as a National Culture and Field Guide. My passion for the flora and fauna of Africa also includes the wonderful world of cultures and history of the continent. It is an honour to be serving our curious visitors to our land on their voyage of discovery with me. I speak German, English and SiSwati. I can hold a conversation in Zulu and Afrikaans and understand smatterings of Spanish and French. I have travelled to the Americas, Europe and at least 10 African countries to date. My favourite still remains The Kingdom Eswatini and its surrounds of the Kruger Park, Mozambique, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

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Take a look at some encouraging words from our CEO Martin Wiest, and 1 of our brand directors, Suzanne Benadie of Tourvest DMC, who started their careers as tour guides.

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If you are interested in undertaking this journey with us then submit your most updated CV with a motivational letter as to why you would like to undertake this journey with us. You are welcome to include a portfolio of evidence to support your motivational letter. Be creative – remember you’re showcasing YOU, and first impressions last.

Please submit all documentation to: guiding@tourvestdm.com. Be sure to check our Facebook page for more updates regarding the course and its candidates.

For more information regarding the terms and conditions of the TDM Guide Academy 2018 guide intake programme, and/or related information, please contact guiding@tourvestdm.com.

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