Guest reviews in my guestbook and Tripadvisor

We were arriving in Cape Town on a cruise and had three days to discover the region. It was a trip of a lifetime and because our visit was so short we wanted to make the most of our time there. After reading the fantastic reviews for Small Cape Tours and Karen on Trip Advisor we made contact. Karen was quick to respond and remained so all the way up to our arrival. We told Karen what we would like to fit in during our visit and she tailor made a tour for us. We did a full day Cape Peninsula tour and Kirstenbosch on day one, the wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on day two and Table Mountain and the city on day three.

Karen collected us from the cruise terminal on day one in her fabulous Mercedes car armed with bottles of water and a smile. We knew we had made the right choice her knowledge, enthusiasm and love for her country was infectious we thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. Nothing was too much trouble for Karen she was brilliant. Our trip with her exceeded our expectations. We cannot recommend her highly enough even if you are in Cape Town for a day spend it with Karen who is an experienced, registered guide who does everything in her power to give you the most wonderful experience.

- Karen Dickson and Mom Maureen

Edinburgh Feb 2019

When planning a trip to South Africa everybody needs to do their homework! We took the advice of several people to contact the owner of Small Cape Day tours… But boy were we surprised when it is no small performance at all. It’s a full-service, exciting, informative time with the owner of the tour company.
Karen provided us with hotel suggestions, even specific room numbers, nearby restaurants to enjoy, all the reservations she made for us along the way at wineries and restaurants welcomed us with open arms.
Karen small provided us with a weeks worth of knowledge and an opportunity for us to see what South Africa has to be remembered for !

Karen served as car and driver as well as guide for several days and she rates number one in driving skills. She picked us up in Port Elizabeth South Africa, drove us to Knysna for two stunning nights, and then took the 4 hour drive to Cape Town . I spent time corresponding with her and customizing our goals for the trip. We had a smooth agenda and if it were not for her we would not have seen and experienced anywhere near as special as it turned out to be ,and she was quick to regroup when weather was less than stellar . We spent several Months corresponding with her and customizing our goals for the trip. We had a smooth agenda and if it were not for her we would not have seen and experienced all we did.
Every evening when we came in there was a message waiting for us making sure we were fine well fed and safe. What more could you ask for?

- Ann Brugger and Dr Len

Washington DC July 2019

Dear Karen, what can we say? Your smile, enthusiasm and caring for us made this a very special trip. Our memories will be happy and long lasting. Hope to see you in Canada

- Eva and Ken

Ottawa Canada

Excellent experience, Karen is so enthusiastic and knowledgable. I will recommend her!

- Alvin Dale


Frankly an experience of a lifetime. You packed more beauty in a day than I could have dared expect! Thank you for everything, we enjoyed it a lot!

- David Barnett and Remi


Nice to meet you Karen... Was a really wonderful trip. I hope to come back soon. You have a very beautiful and lovely city. Thank you for everything!

- Carla Gonzalez – Half Day wine tour


Thank you for taking me on the Garden Route. I enjoyed my stay a lot, you made my holiday unforgettable. Thank you for the great programs and your flexibility!

- Julia Kaponyi


Thank you so much for a wonderful and unique start into the new year. We had a fantastic time and will forever cherish these days of joy with you. We can’t wait to be back and spend more time with you. You are such a kind and thoughtful person with so much to give and share. Thank you for all the ‘liquid memories’ and a time we will never forget...

- Eva and Boris - 4 Days Wine Tour


Great wine tour and lots of interesting info and great company! Lots of help and advice for our trip. Thanks and definitely will recommend.

- Andrew and Bea


Too many beautiful places to have a favourite! All so enjoyable – love the Cape and Karen’s company xxx Thanks heaps for warmest, friendliest and most humorous introduction to Cape and South Africa

- Dave and Hellen

Darwin Australia

A wonderful tour with a very special guide who can give to you more than you expected. Thanks so much to you Karen. I hope I’ll be back soon.

- Danielle Murari

Toulousse France (Repeat tour 7 years in a row)

We had a wonderful week. Karen understood our wishes perfectly and crafted the ideal itinerary. We didn’t have a single activity that wasn’t enjoyable. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Karen’s services to our friends and colleagues. A BIG thank you! Bobby said: I would recommend it to anyone looking for excitement and adventure!

- Marcus, Bobby and Angus


Karen, thank you so much for an amazing day! We were so impressed with and enriched by your expertise and passion for SA and all of it’s treasures. Thank you!

- Adam & Christine


We had the best time going to four wine tours and a tour of jewels.. I had no idea that Cape Town offered such amazing wine .. the experience would have not been the same without Karen...the BEST!!

- Adam and Samantha

New York

Karen you have been wonderful! We can’t have been the easiest group but you have done a fantastic job. We really appreciate everything you have done and all of me great conversation. We particularly loved your little get away to Franschhoek! Thank you very much – I can’t wait to come back.

- Alan and Jenna


Thank you so much for an amazing day.. Your good humour, knowledge and spirit made the day so memorable !! Come visit us in Europe!

- Wendy and Deepak


Thank you so much for your enthusiastic spirit. It was a perfect and memorable day with the rain, the sun, the penguins, the whales, the dassies and the music. Thank you for caring.. All the best!

- 14 Students

Boston US

Thank you very much for the unforgettable day. The trip to the game park and the city tour was very inpressing and great. We recommend this very much, also the long drive. But while driving you will see the different landscapes of South Africa! Thank you!

- Peter and Rouvon


Karen was a great guide, excellent knowledge and a very genuine person. Excellent trip!!
Nothing was too much trouble..Thank you for looking after us and showing us your wonderful country. It was fab...

- 4 UK ladies Lily, Jackie, Julia and Susan

Thank you for an amazing day! You’re the best Karen! You made our visit so special. See you next time! Xx

- Singer Sarah Hayes

Cruise Ship Serenity Crystal

Dear Karen, You made our group feel happy! Many thanks for that! We felt as if we had a Greek guide with us, joyful, helpful, extroverted, smiling! We wish you visit our country and we will be more than happy to spend moments together you, Danos

- 16 Greeks on Garden Route tour

I just wanted to touch base with you and thank you for the wonderful guidance you gave us in and around Cape Town 2 weeks ago! I can't believe we are all home now and reflecting back on our wonderful vacation. We had so much fun and really enjoyed your company! Your area was definitely the most lush of all the areas we visited. We saw lots of animals at the game reserve, including the Big 5. It was not a sleeping in, relaxing vacation, but it was truly an unforgettable vacation!

- Julie Frazier


30 June 2016
I am so happy that I was able to meet such an amazing Tourguide, person, and friend, Thank you so much for an amazing trip to South Africa. Without you we wouldn't have had as much fun. I will definitely keep in touch, especially with our new Knysna Township project. You created a very special trip for our family. Thank you so much!! Hope to see you again!!

- Dana Tessler (14yrs)

Washington DC

June 2016
Karen, thank you for helping to provide us with a wonderful Garden Route tour. I very much enjoyed Ziplining, seeing the Cango Caves, the Ostrich farm and Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. This was an awesome trip and I would like to thank you for your help in building awesome memories. I will definitely include you on Fitbit challenges and I would very much like to keep in touch., Best regards Josh

- Joshua Tessler (24yrs)

Boston USA

Garden Route tour 2016: We loved our SA experience and an important reason for that is our guide. Thank you Karen for a wonderful trip, for offering us a little piece of the amazing South Africa. You are such a wonderful person and the main reason for making our entire experience so wonderful. Keep up the good work and hope to see you soon!

- Sachin and Mihaela


2 days 2016: Dearest Karen, no words can describe what a wonderful 2 days we have experienced with you!! Wine tasting - I had too much of a good experience :-) Cape Point - fabulous, so beautiful. We wish you the best success ...

- Andrea, Kevin and Margaret

Minnesota Historical Society

16 Oct 2016 - Thank you Karen for an absolutely exhilarating and brilliant day out to the Cape Peninsula and UNESCO Kirstenbosch gardens! Can't wait to see more of your stunning country. Simply a perfect day today!

- Sasha