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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.