Lynne L – Phoenix, US “A taste of beauty with Ann-Marie”
Don’t even think about going to Cape Town without contacting Taste the Cape Tours and it’s owner-guide Ann Marie.
My friend and I made all of our arrangements from the US, via email. I used Tripadvisor.com and ruled out several other tour operators before deciding on going with Ann Marie.
We booked Ann Marie for 3 full days, touring various different areas of the city, the wine lands, the Cape of Good Hope.
She was open and flexible to anything we wanted to see. She was always with us, but, discretely gave us our own space at times so it was a great mix of feeling like we were on our own, but, always with a friend trailing a few steps nearby. An example would be when we were in the museums…everyone likes to go at their own pace. She was quite knowledgeable and passionate about everything South Africa. I feel we left considerably more informed about it’s people, apartheid, and the natural beauty of the area.
Another thing we liked is she REALLY listened to us. I mentioned that I loved art, it is a passion of mine. So, when we went to the wine area, she was sure to select tasting rooms that not only had award winning wines, but, also one that had a fabulous art collection as well as the setting and architecture were outstanding. She also took us to more quaint tasting rooms with beautiful settings. Do not miss the wine country.
Ann Marie was ALWAYS prompt, neatly and fashionably dressed. She is a very classy woman, soft spoken, but, with expression, excitement, and kindness. She is very considerate. She always had bottled water and snacks available for us during our days of touring, which were full, exciting and beautiful.
We had talked about what we would do if we didn’t like the guide we had selected for 3 days, after the first day of touring. We did not pay ahead of time. No problem there…after a few hours we felt like a trusted friend/host was showing us their city, with passion, pride and knowledge and love of the area.
Another great thing about Taste the Cape is Ann Marie can arrange for you trips outside of Capetown. She is a registered tour guide. I’m not sure if she personally would take you, but, she can make sure you are using the very best safari guides or book the best hotels, tented camps, etc. of your choice.
I can’t imagine using any other guide in the Cape Town area.
And NO, I’m not related to her. I just feel that she so enhanced our few days that everyone should contact her.