Who We Are ...
So just who is "Where It All Began" ?
We are Philip Rendel and Elizabeth Sayigh: we came to live permanently in South Africa in 2000, originally to work as teachers (and we’re still very much involved in education). We have two dogs, Peanut and Jasper (Jasper’s the one in the photo).
Around 2006, we moved to Cape Town and bought a guesthouse, which was in need of a great deal of work. Over eight years, we took it from no. 148 on TripAdvisor to no. 1, an award which we won three years in a row. With the guesthouse at the top of its game, we decided to diversify.
We sold the guesthouse in 2017 and started 'Where It All Began', a travel design company exclusively focused on South Africa for the discerning, independent traveller. As a bespoke tour operator, we build our tours with an emphasis on ethical choices and personal engagement with the people and communities of South Africa.