am Rob Davidowitz and this is a snippet of my life story.
was born on 19 June 1958 in a small country town in South Africa called Paarl
and I grew up in a farming village called Malmesbury. Both these towns are in
the area called "The Western Cape" of South Africa, which is very
famous for its agricultural production of wheat, fruit and wine. Farming and
therefore the soil of the earth is a very important part of my heritage. I am
started my working life off as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer working for a
helicopter company in Cape Town. During this time I did my Commercial Pilot's
license and have been actively involved as a pilot since 1974. After nine years
as an engineer, I decided to head off in a completely new direction and I opened
a clothing manufacturing company in Cape Town where I employed 75 staff members,
manufacturing ladies' clothing for a large retailer in South Africa. In 1998,
after being in this business for 16 years, I decided to scale down, close my
factory and start doing things that make me rich - Note this is different to
Wealthy. So now I spend my free time exploring the bush, mountains, Wine, Cape
cuisine and meeting amazing people from all over the world.
During the past 15 years I have however
involved myself in numerous other skills in an attempt to broaden my horizons
and further my interest in other passions. I purchased 2 aircraft and started a
charter company that flew visitors around the Cape, the area that is so close to
my heart and the area that I love to show off to visitors of our fair shores. I
have also studied numerous computer languages and become fully proficient in
Lotus spreadsheet design, AutoCAD, Accpacc, 3D Max, PhotoShop, Html, and others
that are to numerous to mention. Another keen interest, which has evolved into a
business, is architectural model building. I have been involved in this art form
for about 3 years now and this occupies quite a lot of my time when I am not
touring. A passion of mine is the art of winemaking, wine farming and beer
brewing. I have to date produced four vintages of wine under my own labels,
"Thirteen 2003", "Ca.4121 2004" and "Ca.4121
2005". I also manage an extensive wine collection in my own private cellar
and I have just completed my Cape Wine Academy certificate in South African Wine
and am currently doing the tasting education in preparation for my Diploma in
International wine making.
food and wine MUST go together, I have been developing my cooking skills by
attending numerous cooking and bread baking courses, specializing in Italian and
Eastern cuisine. Eating out with friends is an absolute favourite pastime of mine
and as my expanding waistline will attest, we do this very often. :)
and this is what has prompted me to start this personalized tourist service, is
my love for international travel. During the past years I have travelled to the
Italy, Far East Asia, New Zealand, America, France, England, Israel, Argentina,
Austria, The Czech Republic and China numerous times to further business ties
and learn the cultures of the various places. Saturnia in the heart of Toscana
and The "Banyan Tree" in Thailand are two of my personal little gems.
am affiliated to "SATOUR", our National tourism authority, with whom I
am registered as an approved guide and I am also a fully paid up member of Cape
Tour Guides Association. I have carved a niche for myself in the exclusive,
highly personalized luxury tour market where I provide very detailed, tailor
made, tours for mostly professional retired English speaking guests.
mostly host private tours consisting of two guests and I only operate
air-conditioned vehicles that are both certified and
licensed by the public road transportation authorities. On the odd occasion I
might host more than two guests but then only if they belong to the same group.
I never mix groups, as this would defeat the entire object of my style of
touring. The vast majority of my touring is for a select group of 5-star hotels
in Cape Town as their preferred tour operator. I have
been taking care of these hotel's private, individualized, non-scheduled tours,
for about 10 years.
I also manage a
group of highly specialized tourist guides who I call on when I cannot
personally take care of a tour request.
I also manage a group of highly specialized tourist guides who I call on when I cannot personally take care of a tour request.
hope this short resume gives you a brief insight as to what I am about and what
my areas of interest and expertise are. I am very passionate about my interests,
as I am about showing people the hidden treasures that abound in Cape Town.
"Anything is possible if you are prepared to try hard enough."