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Private tour guide Lesley

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

This was a fantastic tour - Lesley gave us really thoughtful recommendations for a hotel choice - we followed her advice and could not have been happier. She picked us up and then took us on a fabulous tour of Johannesburg and Soweto, effortlessly driving and giving an incredibly detailed commentary at the same time. Lesley even had snacks and drinks for us. At the end, she dropped us at the airport in time to catch our flight home. Thank you Lesley!
Anne Roughley

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Credentials

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.

Guide Requirements for South Africa

Private tour guide Lesley

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Private tour guide Lesley

Pilanesberg Game Reserve - a full day,...

A Day on the wild side in a unique, big-5 Reserve situated in the crater,...

666 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

14 hours

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Johannesburg - Explore this young city,,...

From the beginning, the impact of gold to the city today, with your,...

330 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

8 hours

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Tswaing Crater and Pretoria City private,...

A walk through a meteor impact crater and the rich history of the Voortrekker,...

420 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

8 hours

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Johannesburg Airport Layover Tour or,...

Turn several hours between flights into a wonderful experience with,...

273 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

5 hours

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The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage,...

The fascinating discoveries enriching our knowledge of early humans,...

405 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

7 hours

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Johannesburg - A 'Flying Tour' Exploring,...

From its beginning to the modern city - events that shaped its development,...

206 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

3 hours

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Safari Johannesburg

Do you have six or more free hours? Enjoy a short Safari on a tour,...

397 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

6 hours

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Johannesburg and Soweto - The history,...

From early days to recent history - the tour covers it all, including,...

422 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

7 hours

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Johannesburg and Soweto - Half Day or,...

The history of Johannesburg that led to the founding of Soweto to the,...

330 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

6 hours

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Cullinan Diamond Mine and Pretoria City

Take a walking tour around this famous mine, and visit the beautiful,...

452 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

7 hours

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Voortrekker Monument and Pretoria private,...

Discover the driving forces behind the Great Trek and the creation,...

341 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

7 hours

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De Wildt - the Anne van Dyk Cheetah Centre,...

Explore your Wild Side - this centre breeds endangered species - Cheetah,,...

470 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

6 hours

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