Jenman guides are a vital component of clients’ African holiday experience. Not only do they need to be knowledgeable, organized and passionate but their personality and attitude go a long way. A good guide can really make or break a trip. We pride ourselves on working with the best of the best, and nowhere is this more evident than in the glowing reviews we receive from clients. Nerise is one of our guides who consistently gets the highest praise, a recent client described her as “the best guide that I have had on any tour, period.” We spoke to her to find out what makes her tick and learn why she is so passionate about her job.
Where are you from?
All over but currently, the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, famous for Ostriches and the Cango Caves. I grew up in Mpumalanga and Limpopo [South African provinces known for beautiful nature and wildlife]. I have also lived in Botswana and Jeffrey’s Bay.
How long have you been a guide?
7 years in total.
How long have you been a guide for Jenman?
Why did you decide to be a guide?
So many reasons, mostly it comes from a passion to show people the beauty of our country and continent. It’s the perfect job because it combines my love of people and my love of nature.
What is your favourite part of being a guide?
I would say finding myself in a different environment every day and sharing that with travellers from all over the world.
What is your favourite Jenman tour?
Definitely World in One Country, because it is literally a world in one country, so many different highlights combined. I also love going to Botswana.
Do you have a funny or interesting story that happened on one of your trips?
We were going on a hike in the Drakensberg with a local guide. I haven’t done this hike before so I was going on what the staff told me. They and the guide said it’s a very easy hike, I also mentioned that I have some unfit people with me, they assured me again it was easy. We walked and walked and got to a sign that said “This way through the Crack!” I laughed and told the local guide luckily we’re not going through there and he said “oh but we are”. I thought he was joking and started laughing a bit nervously. The group I had with me were not all experienced hikers. Well, long story short, we basically climbed a chain ladder through this massive crack in the cliffs and luckily we all made it up safely. The group I had with me was a fun group so we laughed about it but they were a bit scared and I was a bit worried that someone might get hurt. For the rest of the tour the word that everyone kept repeating and laughing about was obviously ‘the crack’.