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Lesley O.

Honeydew, Gauteng, South Africa

I love my country passionately and have always had a deep-seated interest in all it holds, especially its history and wildlife.

South Africa is blessed with the most incredible variety and richness of landscape, flora, fauna and people. There is nothing I enjoy more than showing this bounty to visitors and giving my guests an insight into my world.

I enjoy one-on-one communication, discussing points of interest raised by the guests. I always customize the itinerary to suit special interests, and am quite happy to change things to suit during the tour, provided no pre-bookings have been made.

My special interest is wildlife, and therefore I have trained as a field guide as well as a tour guide. This allows me to add depth to any tour, but especially the Nature tours.

I strive to deliver a quality, personal touring experience. No matter whether historical, cultural or natural, the journey is both unique and unforgettable.

I have lived in South Africa most of my life, and have been resident in the Gauteng area for 50 years. I have a passion for history and the natural world and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. I have a personal interest in ornithology (that's birds!) and trips to suit those with a special interest in birds and birding can be arranged with the greatest of pleasure.

I believe that every place has a story. As a guide, I strive to tell such stories in an interesting and informative way. Visiting the setting around which the story evolved brings a feeling of reality to the events. Whether visiting a museum or exploring a game reserve, on a day trip or on a long journey to the lesser-known parts of the country, I plan my routes through interesting areas imparting as much local knowledge as possible along the way. Many visitors want to see where and how local people live, so I take the back routes rather than flying past on the highways. Wherever possible, I vary my return route so as to enjoy as much of this beautiful country as possible.

I do not have set itineraries. I tailor each tour to suit the client - from the food to the route, the places and the people. The museum may be the same, but the route we take and what we see along the way will be planned according to the client's interests ensuring a unique, personal experience.

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A Recent Review of this guide

A wonderful learning day covering the evolution, history , people of South Africa and especially Johannesburg. We drove pretty much around this very sprawling city to see its successes and challenges of the past and now. Lesley is a treasure trove of information and knowledge and led us through the history with an in depth knowledge that would be hard to beat. Also a good supply on board of snacks and drinks that allowed us to skip lunch and see a lot more. A very interesting and thought provoking day..
Alan Oakes

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Registered South African Tourist Guide for Gauteng and North-West provinces.
Field Guide registered with Field Guide Association of South Africa.
Field Guides are essentially Game Rangers, proficient to take tourists through Nature and Game Reserves.

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