Being a Tourist Guide
A Tourist Guide...
  • has to register with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism according to the Tourism Act No. 3 of 2014.
  • has to, at all times, adhere to a Code of Conduct and Ethics.
  • while operating/working has to adhere to all legal requirements by law; including (and not limited to) using legally registered vehicles (Operators Permit), having a valid ID Card and only guiding within the area of your qualification, making sure that  all relevant insurances and permits are in place, holding both a valid PDP driver’s licence and a valid First Aid Certificate.
Tourist Guide Identification Card
Registration is evidenced by a Tourist Guide Identification Card issued by the Provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), who also issue an official badge showing the guide’s unique registration number, the same number that appears on the person’s Tourist Guide Identification Card.
The card bears the Guide’s photograph, name, DEDAT registration number, ID number, and validity period, type of guide (Adventure, Nature or Culture), level, category, and specialities – if any.
Guides may operate only in the area/s for which they have been registered which is also indicated on the back of the card.
Tourist Guides are required by law to always carry the Tourist Guide Identification Card with them and to place their badges on the upper body where it can be seen.
For more information on becoming a Legally Registered Tourist Guide... read more.
The Western Cape Registrars Office Contact Details:
The operating hours of the Tourist Guide Registration Office for the public are from 08:00 - 16:00.
Ground Floor, NBS Waldorf Arcade
80 St George's Mall
Cape Town
For queries on Registration & Re-registration contact the Registrars’ Office on
021- 483 2960

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