Who We AreThe Crayfish Trail Family
Daniel was born in Cape Town and raised along the West Coast. He is a graduate from the University of Cape Town and completed his postgraduate studies through the UCT Department of Environmental and Geographical Science with a focus on community based tourism and alternative livelihoods. Daniel’s experience in the adventure tourism and hospitality industry has equipped him to manage the logistics and services offered by The Crayfish Trail. He has an in depth understanding of this stretch of coastline, the people who live here, and the secrets which it holds.
EcoAfrica Environmental Consultants
EcoAfrica Environmental Consultants has offices in both Pretoria and Cape Town. EcoAfrica is an interdisciplinary team of highly skilled professionals whose projects focus on social, environmental and developmental challenges. Established in 1988, this organisation has accumulated vast experience in environmental management, integrated conservation and development, tourism and related fields. The Crayfish Trail Company is one part of the practical tourism competency of EcoAfrica
Johnny van Rooyen
Johnny was born and raised in Lambert’s Bay. He is a father, husband, and dedicated hiker. Johnny is in charge of the logistics of the trail while guiding at the same time. He is passionate about people, loves telling stories about where he is from along with sharing local knowledge and understanding of the West Coast and its secrets. Johnny is a mature and compassionate man.
Chester Van Der Heever
Chester was born and raised in Lambert’s Bay. He is a guide in-training on the Crayfish Trail. Confident and well-spoken, he will definitely blow you away with his in-depth knowledge of Bird Island, its history and the animals that inhabit it. Chester comes from a family of fishermen and has an in-depth understanding of the realities of local fishers in the community.
Qualified guide (standby)
Damian was born in Gauteng but realised that he has a yearning for the West Coast when he moved here with his parents. He is a qualified field guide and is currently our lead guide on The Crayfish Trail. Damian is assisting with the mentor process of the ‘guides-in-training’. He is down to earth and has a good sense of humour. Be sure to test him on his resident raptor knowledge!
David is a member of the Abalobi cooperative. He was born and raised in Lamberts Bay and is a small-scale, artisanal fisherman. David is a confident speaker and introduces guests to Abalobi and its suite of mobile applications. He provides a unique and personal insight into how technology is not only changing his life, but improving the lives of many fishers throughout South Africa.
-Chester Van Der Heever
Born in Lambert’s Bay, Joseph works for the local Cederberg Municipality and is the owner of Sobekwa’s Transport.
Sylvia Newman was born and raised in Elands Bay. She was the mayor of Elands Bay but gave up politics to leads a women’s group called Cedarberg Malibongwe, which is empowering women in coastal communities. Sylvia has a passion for looking after people which she does through preparing delicious, hearty, home-cooked meals. Guests on the trail will be treated to these scrumptious delights. Her style is simply Weskus.
Eunyce was born in Gabon, Central Africa. She has been living in Cape Town since 2012 and has graduated in Tourism Management following her passion for tourism. Eunyce especially loves to cook and go on hikes.