Testimonials

Capes ranks, without doubt, among the top Australian ‘attractions’ which regularly conjured a beam of delight across our faces or widened our eyes to the size of saucers. I will never forget his very special character –on the one hand totally relaxed, on the other hand absolutely captivating everyone around him. A personal highlight for me, among the many others, was the spear throwing demonstration and I’d like to express my special thanks for the seemingly endless patience he endured with us. Furthermore, I can now see what at first appeared to be randomly scattered seashells, on one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever been to, through totally different eyes . . . .
Thank you Capes,

Stefan Deutsch, Jr. Marketing Mgr., Globetrotter Ausrüstung

Capes & Mira, just wanted to say thanks very much for meeting us at Herald Bight on Saturday. The girls absolutely loved it. A highlight of the trip for a lot of them. Especially the mullet.
The rest of the paddle was great. Caught a few Trevally for dinner that night and saw a couple of dugongs under the lookout up towards Peron.
Your tour is really well presented and your way with the kids is brilliant. I really feel we are all very privileged being shown Gutharragudu by you. I will certainly pass the word to the schools that I know visit the area

Matt Berry Outdoor Education Department StHilda's Anglican School for Girls Mosman Park, Western Australia

"One of the highlights of our tour of Western Australia was an evening under the stars with Capes.
Cooking fresh fish on an open campfire, listening to the didgeridoo, hearing the stories of Capes' ancestors and their ancient land was like a walk back in time. Capes gave us a better understanding of the Aboriginal culture...very educational and enlightening.
It was truly a magical experience, one we will never forget."

Keep us posted on your travels...if you ever get to Colorado!!

Cheers.
Colorado, USA

Paul and Melisse, Colorado USA

Hi Darren,

we did the Didgeredoo-Tour with you at the 2nd of September and we
really loved it.
With your knowledge and kindness you took us into your world and
australias nature, gave as a glance of what Gutharraguda means.

Thank you, it was great.

We felt very private!!!

.....and I hate the commercialised way, all big tour companies do handle
things.
Stay the way you are :-)

Conni and Hans from Germany

Hi Capes,

How’s things?

Coming home to Sydney was a bit of a come-down but we are buoyed by great memories of our time in WA.
We wanted to write and let you know how much we enjoyed your Wula Guda Nyinda tours. They were by far the best part of our experience of Western Australia and Malgana country. You opened our eyes to many things we would have remained oblivious to (including those snake tracks) and we are so glad we joined you when we first arrived – it should be compulsory! You provided us with a different perspective of the land and enriched it with Aboriginal culture and respect. We felt like privileged visitors - thanks for welcoming us to country.

Driving back down the coast to Perth was a very different experience to driving north. Firstly, we now thought specifically about the fact we were driving back through different Aboriginal countries. Secondly we thought about the fact that we were not just looking at beautiful vast scenery but that we were driving through a series of plentiful ‘bush supermarkets’.

You have inspired us to learn more about Aboriginal cultures – for a start we have ordered our wall map of Aboriginal Australia. So many names to learn - you can test us next time! We will be checking out the WAITOC website and have started talking about a trip to WA again this time next year. Please let us know when you have your canoeing up and running – we shall start saving! And please look us up if you are in Sydney anytime.

See you Capesy

“EUR”

Sana and Claudio

Hey Capes -

how is it going down there in Monkey Mia? Don´t know if you remember me (Liz - was there with my travel-mates Lena and Matt last June/ July)
All I wanted to say and write in this mail is just thank you! Thanks for having done the first steps with me in learning about aboriginal culture! The journey along the westcoast further North, to NT and the Center was always inspired by the knowledge you gave us. Was seeing the country with different eyes ... Did lovely but also sad and shocking experiences ...
Was learning a lot on the trip ... Hope to come back one day to learn more!

Please keep your great aura and I hope there will be a lot of guys you´re gonna inspire to respect and share your culture and start traveling in a different way ...

Wish you all the best

Liz

Hi Capes
Just wanted to say a big Thankyou for taking us on a special tour on Friday. Sarah and Jacob got so much out of it and Matt and I learnt a lot as well. We certainly came away with more respect and understanding of your culture. Keep up the great work, we will certainly spread the word about your tours.

Tracy Legg

Thanks a lot Capes. You are a real credit to your Aboriginal people. Your tour of our land was informative and eye opening. You really know your stuff and add a sense of humour to it. Thanks for reminding us to nurture nature and respect Australia.Thanks.

Jarrod, Perth WA

Capes has a unique ability to gauge the level of understanding among groups of (international) students who possess various levels of English language proficiency. He is able to convey his message by appealing to all senses and I am always amazed at how students from such a variety of nations actively take part and practice Malgana language, taste bush tucker, listen attentively to what Capes says but also to the sounds of birds and insects, smell plants, feel the earth, look carefully at tracks and maps and act as native animals do.

David Ison, ELICOS Lecturer, Central Tafe, Perth

Darren Capewell’s Wula Guda Nyinda Aboriginal Cultural Tours are an outstanding example of a complete cultural experience….Our clients really enjoy Darren’s tours, and as a result of some wonderful feedback, we highly recommend this experience to our clients.

Glenda Davis, Groups Consultant, Australia One Travel

Capes effortlessly delivered a polished product that immersed each person in the beauty and richness of the Gathurraguda region and culture……It was refreshing to watch and listen to someone with so much knowledge, passion, respect and pride for their culture promote it to both the group and the world in such positive context.

Renee Tiaitini, Armadale Noongar Corporation

Capes was a superb guide. He has an impressive knowledge and an amazing ability to share this wealth of knowledge about his land and his culture with a passionate and enthusiasm that was contagious. The experience was magical and life changing.

Lara Dunston, International Writer

Capes, I really consider it a privilege to have been with you on those walks! My life is better for having met you. You helped me through a tough time that day. I had not been well for about a week (bad mental stuff). You seemed to sense that in me. Just something the way our eyes met and our spirits touched, I think.
Just before we headed out on the night walk, you told me to rub the red sand on me at the fire site, that it would be good for me. And I did just that, and I became one with mother earth again, and the smoke was good too. Then at the end of the night, you told me to drive and travel safely - nice to hear.
I am at Uluru. I have rubbed the red dirt on my hands and arms and have introduced myself and said why I am here. I did not climb Uluru today, but took lots of sunset pictures. I hope to walk round the base the day after tomorrow.

So keep up the good things that you are doing - you are touching lives and changing the world.
Take care of yourself as you do the land.

Joan Trill, 2009

It is difficult to put into mere words the feeling and experiences Capes instills in his Aboriginal tours. Words can’t reflect the emotion and passion shared by Capes as you ‘tread softly’ in his world –even for the briefest of moments. Watching him immersed in teaching his story to the world – he truly is a Golden Guide and I celebrate his enthusiasm every time he steps into his ancestry – a magical experience by a true teacher.

Jan Potter, Director of Sales, Aspen Parks – Resorts

Darren’s cultural tours conducted at Monkey Mia contribute greatly to quality interpretation of the area’s natural and cultural values thereby encouraging visitors and the community to take a responsible approach to the use of the World Heritage Area

Professor Di Walker, Chair Shark Bay World Heritage Area Scientific Advisory Committee

Capes, your tours have been probably the best thing I have done in WA in the two years I have been here. I will endeavour to use the principles of EUR from now on and will take them back to my students in Perth. See you again soon!.

Adam, Perth WA, 2007

We lit a camp fire, sat around it and played some didgeridoo… The breathing technique is fascinating – they blow a permanent sound whilst simultaneously, breathing in short sharp doses of air through the nose. It’s really cool to watch and to hear. Blowing into a beach shell, which sounds a bit like a fog horn, was easier than blowing the didgeridoo. We also tried our hand at traditional Aboriginal spear throwing. They don’t simply throw it, they catapult it, using a second stick. Capes demonstrated how this works, very impressive, and then we had a go – and it worked much better than I expected!

Sven Przybilla, Globetrotter Berlin, 2010

Wula Guda Nyinda Aboriginal Cultural Tours demonstrate how Indigenous culture and the history of Australia can be shared with the world through tourism. Tour participants are offered an Aboriginal perspective on the Gadhaaguda (Shark Bay) area, and a unique experience with the local culture…WAITOC could not ask for a better Indigenous Tourism experience. The tours positively strengthen the representation of Indigenous culture, and in turn support our industry.

Angelique Franson, CEO, WAITOC

We once again had a great time and my mum and dad enjoyed meeting you, it was one of their best experiences on their trip. Wim and I enjoyed the evening very much as well, there were many new things we learnt.

One of our friends is coming to Shark Bay at the beginning of the year and we of course told her she cannot miss doing one of your tours, you just can’t come to Shark Bay and not do a tour with you.

Whenever you are in Perth, let us know, we might be able to catch up and welcome you into our home for dinner and a chat.

Vicky Poelman, 2010

Capes is a warm, relaxed and peaceful character with lots of in-depth knowledge of his culture. I got the impression that he still really lives and breathes it – of course he doesn’t live in exactly the same way as his ancestors in ancient times, but he is a mine of knowledge about their lifestyle, how to hunt the traditional way, how to build a shelter in the desert etc.

Birte Prager, Globetotter Ausrüstung

Capes ranks, without doubt, among the top Australian ‘attractions’ which regularly conjured a beam of delight across our faces or widened our eyes to the size of saucers. I will never forget his very special character –on the one hand totally relaxed, on the other hand absolutely captivating everyone around him.

A personal highlight for me, among the many others, was the spear throwing demonstration and I’d like to express my special thanks for the seemingly endless patience he endured with us. Furthermore, I can now see what at first appeared to be randomly scattered seashells, on one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever been to, through totally different eyes . . .

Stefan Deutsch, Jr. Marketing Manager, Globetrotter Ausrüstung

One of the highlights of our tour of Western Australia was an evening under the stars with Capes.

Cooking fresh fish on an open campfire, listening to the didgeridoo, hearing the stories of Capes' ancestors and their ancient land was like a walk back in time. Capes gave us a better understanding of the Aboriginal culture...very educational and enlightening.

It was truly a magical experience, one we will never forget.

Paul and Melisse, Colorado USA