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“Knowledgeable, supportive guide” 5 of 5 stars
Review of South Africa Treks by Christopher Smith - Private Day Tours

South Africa Treks by Christopher Smith - Private Day Tours
St Martini Gardens Block B 607 | Queen Victoria, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 61 103 7398
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Owner description: We also offer tailor made winelands tours, Walking City tours of Cape Town and Cape Point Tours. With our quality service and knowledgeable guides you are sure to have a fun filled and brilliant experience seeing the beauty of the Mother City and beyond its borders. Transfers of luggage and food for the overnight hikes and pick ups and drop offs anywhere in Cape Town and surrounds.
Rochester, New York, Usa
2 reviews
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“Knowledgeable, supportive guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I hired Chris to take me up Table Mountain and I was impressed with his friendliness, knowledge of the flora and fauna, and flexiblity. I had trouble with the steep route we started up and he quickly devised an alternate plan. When toward the end of of our long hike I was not feeling very well, he was supportive and considerate of my needs. I would really recommend him as a guide for Table Mountain and I got the sense that he knows quite a bit about the whole Cape area.

Visited June 2013
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Evanston, Illinois, United States
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“Don't hike without a guide, so take Chris!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I am recommending Chris to all my friends who are planning trips to South Africa. The Table Mountain Range hike is a gorgeous trail, but you really shouldn't do it without a guide. For safety of course, but mostly because Chris's knowledge and expertise enriches every aspect of the hike. His knowledge of the plants and history is splendid. He knows the trails better than the back of his hand and can adapt any hike to be accommodating to all needs, so he's great for both family outings or experienced hikers. You're missing out if you don't include hiking these trails and hiking them with Chris in any trip to Cape Town.

Visited January 2013
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Hoerikwaggo Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This time the choice was to hike in South Africa on Table Mountain. We chose 4 days hike from Cape Town to Cape Point. We like walking the mountains not necessarily caring all the staff so we were looking for a ported trek. We contacted SA National Park and they contacted us with their former employee Christopher Smith who now works as a guide. Who could know the mountain better then somebody who grew and worked there. This waste best choice we could do!
Christopher not only guided us through the beautiful trails of Table Mountain but also was a great companion telling us about the Mountain and the neighborhood, its fauna and flora, geology, history and social aspects of SA. He did it with a very good sense of humor.
Last but not least important is that he organized a whole adventure in a way that we were able to focus on taking most fun of it. He collected us from the airport, helped with proper shopping including meat for “brai” (barbeque) so that our evening meals were also excellent. As mentioned he organized all transfers of our stuff.
His experience and professionalism combined with a hospitality made our hike a great adventure.

Visited December 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Amazing Hiking Trip and Learning Experience with Chris Smith as our Guide!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Chris was a great guide on our 2-day hiking trip around Silvermine and up Table Mountain. He taught the group so many interesting things about the history of the land we were hiking on and the native plant species we passed along the way. The group felt very safe and the hike was very well-paced, and there were 13 of us! I highly recommend Chris as a guide for your next trek!

Visited January 2013
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Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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“EXELLENT guided hike on Table Mountain (Cape Town) with Christopher Smith”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Christopher organized not only a great 4 day hike from Cape Town to Cape Point: Hoerikwaggo trail but also took care about our comfort from the first moment we landed in Cape Town.

He picked us up from the airport, helped us with shopping for the trek, so that we were able to grill excellent food and eat fresh fruits in SANParks camps. The logistics for our extra luggage not necessary for the trek, was also organized. When we were reaching camps our food and luggage was already waiting for us.

About the trek. Christopher is a Table Mountain lover and we could feel and hear it when we were on the trail. He has great knowledge about the Mountain: its geo-history, fauna and flora and trails itself as well as history and social aspects of South African life. Due to this we were able to experience much more that by doing it ourselves or with the person without such a passion. Christopher's knowledge of the mountain from the childhood, makes him able to “predict the mountain”: like rapid weather change, so we felt also save.

Summarizing, If we go again to South Africa Trek, we would do it with Christopher as a professional guide but also a great companion. Thank you Chris!

Visited December 2012
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