French-speaking tourist guide Sally Cristini was born in South Africa shortly after the ideology of apartheid and its infamous Colour Bar Laws were institutionalised. She lived alongside the transition to a democracy in 1994. She is still passionate about engaging with communities and bridging social and geographical divides. Always a visionary, when she stopped teaching at the lycee at The French School, she decided to invest her energy in tourism. She saw it as being one of the fastest growing industries which had the capacity to empower and employ many South Africans.
Having worked in townships with NGOs on a voluntary basis, she has a deep knowledge of the needs and challenges of its inhabitants. Passionate about her beloved country, she is keen to share with her visitors a ‘road less travelled’, as they engage with the locals and enjoy Langa’s culinary and musical offerings.
Her many years of experience have not dampened her fascination with the history and culture of South Africa – which includes the history of the ‘grape’. Her enthusiasm about viticulture and wine led her to study oenology through the Cape Wine Academy in Stellenbosch where she graduated with her Diploma cum laude and summa cum laude in 2011. Since then, she has accompanied countless wine lovers – both amateurs and professionals – to the spectacular vineyards of the Cape.