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How to Start a Tour Guide Business in South Africa?

The Requirements to Start a Tour Guide Business in South Africa


What are the legal requirements for tour guides in South Africa?

In order to be registered as a tourist guide in South Africa, a person must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • must be at least 21 years of age;
  • must be a South African citizen or be in possession of a valid work permit;
  • must have undergone training with a CATHSSETA-accredited training provider;
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How do I become a registered tour guide in South Africa?

The first step is to complete an accredited tourist guide training course. You can get more information and a complete list of trainers and assessors through the Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA).


Where can I study to be a tour guide in South Africa?

Tourist Guide Institute offers both full time and online courses to individuals who want to become registered tour guides and/or tour operators in South Africa.


What are the qualifications needed to qualify as a tour guide?

Prospective tour guides should possess a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent certificate. Required academic backgrounds vary by company, but often a bachelor’s degree in a field related to the subject of the tour is necessary.

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