Regina PhelpsSan Francisco, CALIFORNIA, United States
Mark is very knowledgeable & a pleasure to spend the day with. Well organized tour that is full of great information He has designed an excellent tour with a good flow to the tell the apartheid history of SA. He communicated with us in advance of the tour, was on time, a safe driver and had lots of great stories to tell in different areas of the City. I learned a tremendous amount and my husband and I fully enjoyed the day! We highly recommend the tour and Mark!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Regina glad you enjoyed the day. Thanks also for the suggestion of the one page summary. I will definitely put that together for future tours!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Mark. We felt as if we were being shown Johannesburg by a friend. Although we had some knowledge of the struggle, to be shown around and be explained by Mark , we came a away knowing a great deal more. It was a very relaxed way of seeing Johannesburg and as a bonus Mark dropped us off at the airport . A great way to finish our holiday in South Africa and Botswana. Thanks once again Mark Graeme and Denise Wilson
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Graeme, Many thanks. Glad to host you.
Antonia DarderUnited States
Mark was flexible and accommodating. His knowledge of the history of the area was excellent and so appreciated, in that we learned so much more from him, than we would have learned if we had gone alone. Also much appreciative of his kindness, consideration, and consistency of service and care. Excellent tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Antonia. I enjoyed our conversations also with Naomi. Travel well tomorrow and maybe we see you again one day.
Antonia DarderUnited States
Very considerate, kind, respectful, and knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks.
Mark is great guide, Lots of information and very well delivered. We where mixed age group ( 11 to 75) and we all enjoyed. Bottom line, Mark left us after one day tour with the notion that we want more to see and to learn about South Africa and Johannesburg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Yair, Glad you enjoyed it and maybe see you one day again.
Mark did a great job of fitting everything we wanted to do into our relatively tight schedule and generously shared his wealth of knowledge about the history of Johannesburg and South Africa more broadly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kristin, Glad you enjoyed our short time together.
David KeysPortland, OR, United States
Mark was a great guide, and tailored our tour to meet our interests. We highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David! Glad you enjoyed seeing Soweto by bicycle instead of from the inside of a vehicle.
Pamela GannUnited States
Very interesting and informative tour about the 20th century, particularly the apartheid period, the ANC, Mandela, Tambo etc. Would highly recommend it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Pamela glad you enjoyed it.
Highly informative tour of central Johannesburg. We saw and learnt a lot in a few hours and had time for a local meal as well. Mark was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Chris. Glad you enjoyed it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks.
Gretchen WallUnited States
I cannot say enough about the excellent "Path to Liberation" tour we had with Mark. His efficiency and knowledge raised the experience to the highest possible level in the limited time we had. He was able to show us divergent viewpoints while remaining objective with a complicated topic. I would definitely recommend him to others who want to have a deeper understanding of the apartheid struggle. It was a fantastic experience that helped us gain insight for our trip throughout South Africa...SUPER!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gretchen! Glad that you enjoyed the experience.
Bill O.United States
Great experience, description and pre-tour communications and then a great safari experience and open to some real time customizing of where we went/explored and staying a little longer when animal activity picked up. Especially enjoyed up close with rhinos (electric fence helped) and seeing 2 lions starting to stalk their dinner. Will definitely use again when I am back.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pleasure Bill and glad it ended with a bit of activity!
Dan Thu N.Canada
If you have a long layover at Johannesburg Airport, you definitely should book this tour to experience a bit of the city before your next flight. Mark is extremely knowledgeable about Joburg and SA in general, and his relaxed disposition really helped to take the stress out of travelling. He took us to the Top of Africa for the wonderful panoramic views, showed us the different neighbourhoods, incl. the Inner City (!), before taking us to a lovely restaurant so we could have dinner before the flight!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dan glad it all worked out including our adrenaline rush experience!!
Penelope ChaseUnited States
Mark is very knowledgeable about Johannesburg and the Cradle of Humankind. If you are interested in the beginnings of humans this is the tour for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Penelope. Glad you enjoyed it.
Robert PattersonUnited States
Mark is a great guide. He is very knowledgeable and speaks very clearly. His explanations makes it very easy to know understand the history of the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Robert. Glad you enjoyed it.
Victor PressUnited States
I lived in Johannesburg for 14 years and returned as a tourist and this is the tour and person I would recommend if you have a day or more to visit this city. Mark is an outstanding guide - knowledgeable, informative and easy to be with. Picked me up at my hotel and dropped me off at the airport. Tailored the day to see some extra sites. The Path to Liberation Tour gives one an amazing insight into the Apartheid struggle and a terrific overview of the city itself. Thanks for a great day Mark!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Victor! Glad I could cut it with a local!
We had only 1 day in Johannesburg and had therefore decided to book an extraordinary day trip with Mark via TBL. He picked us up punctually from the Hotel. On the way to the Elephant Sanctuary Mark told us a lot about South Africa, its history and its inhabitants. A highlight was the Magaliesberg Zipline Canopy Tour where we slided over 11 long steel cables and enjoyed the scenery. Mark is a safe driver, in whose presence we have always felt in good hands and safe. Thanks to Mark for this fun-filled day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jens it was great to host you. Hope Mauritius was good!
Pamela H.United States
Mark was absolutely fabulous! He is knowledgeable, professional, friendly, & an excellent driver. Our tour started out our visit to Southern Africa on a perfect note! Thank you Mark & Thank you TBL! Your patience in herding 10 individuals trying to go in 10 different directions was wonderful too!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Pamela, Thank you it was great! A lovely group and hope to see you again one day for more elephant kisses!
Marilynn AndersonUnited States
Mark did an amazing job! He was prompt meeting us at the hotel in his private car! He is a knowledgeable gentleman that loves his country and the history! We learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the museums and sites. We highly recommend Mark and Tours by Locals! There is just no better way to see the area when time is limited! Thanks Mark, Tom & Marilynn Anderson Bremerton , Washington USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marilyn. Glad you enjoyed hearing the other side of the story!
Marilynn AndersonUnited States
We had 3 days to explore Johannesburg And found that Mark was the best guide to show us the history of the area as well as the sights! He is amazing and patient! His knowledge is on the tip of his tongue and accurate! We had a myriad of questions and he answered them all! We highly recommend Mark! Thanks Mark! Tom & Marilynn Anderson Bremerton, Washington USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tom & Marilyn it was wonderful to host you.
Carolyn WolfeSouth Africa
Mark was a very easy, relaxed guide who we felt very comfortable with. He was interesting and informative with his insight into the Joburg CBD and we had a lot of fun on our day cycling around the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carolyn glad you felt safe and you enjoyed it.
Brian DavillaUnited States
Mark was very knowledgeable and informative on our tour. He explained locations and events thoroughly and answered our many questions as well as put up with all the pictures my wife and I wanted taken! Mark gave us a good perspective on the history and culture of S. Africa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Brian I also enjoyed the day and your energy!
Great tour by Mark, He was very informative and knowledgeable. Easy to talk to. Accommodated us by taking us to the airport instead of back to our hotel. Recommend him for sure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rick, Many thanks I enjoyed the day as well.
Elic CalhounUnited States
I was Incredibly pleased with Mark & the tour. The gear was top notch, but the insight and experience Mark provided made for an amazing experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Elic it was a great day and way to interact and support the local community.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Martin, Thanks for the feedback.
Gail HumphreysUnited States
Mark gave us a fabulous tour. He was so well informed. History has impacts on current perspectives. Mark was able to share so many strands of South Africa's rich and troubled history, thus allowing us to understand better the South Africa of today. He was very patient with our many questions. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Gail. Glad you enjoyed the day.
Gail HumphreysUnited States
Mark really opened the door for us on the Boer life, attitudes, travails, and war making. He has put together a superbly well integrated day tour, one that should not be skipped. He is engaging and very knowledgeable, and his added references to greater South Africa are an extra plus. HE also is very accommodating of your individual needs. We highly recommend this tour. GSH and RSG, Goleta, California, USA.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Gail it was great to host you and your husband for the two days. I also learnt a lot! Maybe we meet again one day.
Douglas BartlettCalgary, AB, Canada
I wanted to find out what life was like in Johannesburg, and chose Mark's tour about Liberation as a vehicle for a day's discussion. Mark's family has a long history in South Africa and so he deeply understood every aspect of life there. I came away fully satisfied. Johannesburg is a very dangerous city, but Mark kept us safe & feeling safe. But surprise - someone stole the power cable to the tallest office building in Africa before we arrived to visit the observation deck!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Douglas. It took two weeks to restore the power to the city centre!
Kathleen CuneyUnited States
A perfect way to spend our one day in jo burg. Mark had a wealth of information. There was no question he didn't know the answer to. He showed exactly what we wanted to see so we didn't waste any time. We would love to utilize his many areas of expertise in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kathleen. Hope to see you again one day.
Andrew LawlessUnited States
Mark organized a great tour to Liliesleaf Farm, Soweto, and Johannesburg. All the sites were well chosen, and the unifying theme of the liberation struggle gave the day a special, unique feel. Mark's knowledge and explanations really accentuated the historical importance of the places we visited and made my visit all the more enjoyable and edifying, despite the often difficult subject matter covered. I would highly recommend this tour, and Mark as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrew!
A very comprehensive tour of Jo'burg, focused very much on my areas of interest as a former resident. Mark displayed a wide knowledge of all aspects of the city and country, as well as the rich history. Enjoyed the visits to Liliesleaf and Soweto most, as these were new to me. Also enjoyed the trip into central Jo'burg to see the changes over the last 25 years. Mark was an ideal tour guide, answering the many questions I posed him, and sharing his perspective on the challenges facing RSA. A great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks William hope to see you again sometime. Have just returned from Swaziland after doing the Swaziland tour guide course. Learnt a lot more about the Coca Cola story and factory!
Robert Barry JrLos Angeles, CA, United States
Mark was great - very reliable and creative I highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barry it was great to host you and Deborah.Enjoyed the different things we did.
Robert VolkUnited States
Mark did a very professional job of guiding our group of 3. He answered all of our questions in a cheerful manner.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert. I enjoyed the day with you.
Beth BerkUnited States
I had a wonderful day with Mark and everything was planned just perfectly from the pick up at the airport, the entire day and drop off back at the airport too. I was debating whether to visit Johannesburg as my last day of my trip to South Africa, and I am glad I did. I found Mark to be extremely informative, and a wonderful person to spend the day with as well. And, if interested in revising the places you want to see/visit, he is flexible to do so as well. Thank you for everything Mark!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Beth. I also had a wonderful and stimulating day in your company!
Karen WarnerUnited States
Mark is a great guy, friendly, punctual, knowledgeable, easy to talk to. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our day with Mark. His tour was informative and interesting, we had an unforgettable time. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Karen, Very glad you enjoyed the day. It was great to be you.
Great guide, he provided us with lots of interesting information not only about the places we visited but also about overall demographics, South Africa's history and cultural/ethnical matters.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sergio it was a pleasure to host you and your wife. I'm glad we could work around the weather!
Mark P was the perfect guide for me. I am very interested in history and politics and he was very knowledgeable about local history. He also paced the tour very well, getting me home when he said he would while seeing everything I wanted to see and more. I value punctuality. He was easy to be with and very gentlemanly which I also appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Marie, It was great to host you and I also enjoyed your company and wish you all success and strength going forward when you get back home.
Herschel RamseyUnited States
This tour was very educational and interesting as we learned many of the details of the real start of the fight against apartheid. The visit to Lillesleaf farm where the leadership of the movement were raided and Nelson Mandella was implicated was especially enlightening. The other point of real interest was the Constitutional Court complex where the symbolism makes such a strong impression. Mark is an excellent guide to not only the liberation movement but of South African and Johannesburg history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lesley and Rudy, Many thanks for the comments. It was a pleasure to host you and maybe we meet again one day.