The Paul Morrison Guide Award 2007
contest for the title of Best Guide in the World is hotting up. In
December we asked you to nominate the best guide with whom you’ve ever
travelled – and you voted in your hundreds. You told us about your
inspirational experiences with guides everywhere from South Africa to
Romania to Mongolia. Narrowing down the nominations to a shortlist of
six was tough, so commiserations to all the great guides who didn’t
make it this time.
years ago Selwyn, then owner of a clothes factory, realised that he
enjoyed showing friends around his native Cape Town so much that he
wanted to do it on a professional basis. An independent guide, he
creates personalised itineraries for his guests. He is heavily involved
with the township of Kayamandi, where the foundation he founded funds
two crèches. He also runs projects providing up to 250 children with
fresh fruit in return for clearing up litter.
Reader Mitchell Danzik was guided through the Western Cape for 12 days
by Selwyn. He says: “Selwyn cares deeply about the underprivileged of
South Africa. He is a fountain of knowledge, is very proud of his
country and has a profound love for it.
“Prior to arrival, I had injured my arm. Immediately, he took me to a
hospital, arranged for treatment and tests, and got me in to see a
specialist within a few minutes. By the time we arrived in South Africa
we were already friends; by the time we left, we were family.”
lived near Zarnesti all his life. He left school at 14 and started work
on a production line in an ammunition factory. In 2000 he took a
wildlife-guiding course and has been working in the Piatra Craiului
National Park area and the Danube Delta ever since. In 2003 he became
involved in the Rowan Romanian Foundation, where he designs and carries
out cultural and social programmes which benefit the long-stay
psychiatric hospital and Roma communities in Zarnesti.
shortlist for the second consecutive year, Sameer is a member of a
Rajput royal family and was educated in India’s leading private
school. He was a talented athlete but was forced to abandon his ambition
to become a member of the Indian national team when he suffered a back
injury overseas. Back in India, Sameer has worked as a tour guide since
'Big Mo' Sebaiy
from Zefta, a small city on the Nile delta, Big Mo moved to Cairo when
he was seven and went on to study commerce at university. Five days into
his job at a financial consultancy firm, he realised an office job was
not for him – so he packed it in to work in tourism.
an accomplished author and photographer as well as a guide. He has
written seven books about Native American history, art and culture. The
Associated Press considers him ‘one of America’s fifty most
influential writers’. Serle donated the first royalties he
received to the Head Start programme in Martin, near the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation, helping disadvantaged children.
Born in a
small town in the Gobi Desert, Goyo worked hard at her English and was
awarded a scholarship to study tourism at the University of Surrey.
19 July 2007
And then there were 3!
The Paul Morrison Guide Awards 2007
The final shortlist for the Paul Morrison Guide of the Year Award has
Join us at a special event at London's Royal Geographical Society in October to meet the winner
THE FINAL SHORTLIST
Danut 'Dan Marin
PAUL MORRISON GUIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2007
Awards & Reception – Thursday 4 October, 6.30pm, £12 (including a drink)
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Bill Bryson and the Wanderlust team at this unique event
honouring that unsung hero of travel – the tour guide. Discover who
has won the Paul Morrison Guide Award, as nominated
by the public and judged by Michael Palin, Bill Bryson and Wanderlust
magazine. Special guests to be announced.
4 October 2007
Selwyn Davidowitz, Goyotsetseg Radnaabazar, Lyn Hughes, Danut Marin and Bill Bryson
To see some of the letters of recommendation made by Selwyn's past visitors for the Paul Morrison Award click here.
click here to see Selwyn's Wanderlust awards trip report
click here to listen to Selwyn being interviewed on CapeTalk radio
click here to listen to Selwyn being interviewed on SAFM radio
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Internet links to the 2007 Paul Morrison guide award