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The Tourist’s Friend
Rob Parkinson is a 5th generation South African, born and educated in Johannesburg, and is commonly known as The Tourist’s Friend. He lives with his partner Pauline, a little white dog called “Alfie”, and several rescued cats on the West Coast of South Africa, 150 kilometres north of Cape Town.
Throughout his working career he has travelled widely in Southern Africa, enjoying numerous holidays in popular South African Game Reserves and off-the-beaten-track locations discovered during his travels.
Rob’s hobbies include:
- bird and game watching;
- South African history;
- amateur radio – his call sign is ZS1 RAP and
After leaving the Textile Industry in 1987 Rob ventured into Tourism and Hospitality. He began by owning and managing a successful guest house called Fred’s Farm and Country House for 10 years. This is where he became interested in conducting, as well as customising, tours throughout South Africa for his guests.
When the guest house was sold in 2000 Rob focused wholly on the Tourism side of the business, building on his earlier success and his love of the work. He estimates he has travelled in excess of 3.5 million kilometres with his clients since then.