My very first experience as a Tour Manager having been a Howzat Customer for the last five years, it was interesting being on the other end of great organisation. The challenge was set, however it was helped that I was surrounded by a group of Tour Managers that all knew their stuff.
My first day on the job, December 29th meant leaving Durban a day early, and unfortunately missing the victory celebrations, to meet the new arrivals and show them Cape Town at its best. It’s not just great wine that comes out of this place, but a bit of cricket too! Sharing my knowledge of this great city was going to be a pleasure.
After the arrivals were all met in this ever welcome country and hotel in the SunSquare, a great hotel not only for its views of Table Mountain and Town but only 15 minutes from Newlands. With New Years eve the following night, most customers were tucked up in bed by midnight, after a long daylight flight from the UK and a big day planned for the 31st!
New Year’s Eve. A three hour breakfast giving guidance and helping plan some New Year’s dinners and trips for the up and coming days. Open top buses was the most popular choice of the day for those who were not booked on an excursions, it’s the best way to see Cape Town. Early evening drinks and more information on how to get the best out of Cape Town. Downtown Cape Town is magnificent at this time of year with the V&A at its best, lit up and full of exciting and wondrous things to do for all ages and tastes.
To the cricket! A short coach trip to the ground and all Howzater’s seated and happy… well of course they were – the sun was shining, incredible view of Table Top Mountain and of course the Castle Brewery – who wouldn’t be smiling, simply beautiful! Who could of guessed what was going to happened next, South Africa conceding 46 runs in the last five overs of day one, Game on. Day 2. The memory will last forever, Ben Stokes the animal unleashed and wow what a performance the best you could have hoped for with an onslaught of sheer genius, scoring a DOUBLE CENTURY off 163 balls. Now were talking, the sun was still shining and happy faces became even happier when the Bairstow Stokes partnership reached 399… good days work! Days 3/4 South Africa matched that stunning performance with an Amla double-hundred and a maiden test century for the diminutive Bavuma. Day 5 and it all ended in a draw.
January 7th – there are somethings in life even I can’t make happen, disgruntled Howzater’s not at all happy because they couldn’t get to Table Top Mountain or Robin Island, because of the WIND! I promise I will try harder next time, however Cape Point and the Vineyards all went well and expectations met.
Final day concluded, hands shook, and cheeks kissed, pats on the back all round. Travellers dispatched on trips to Victoria Falls, the Garden Route and the magnificent Kruger Park. Well done ME! Would I do it again, of course, in fact I’m signed up already!