Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Durban-South-Africa by Tour Guide Shelldon W. (Guide #8951)


Andrew Shields

United States
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Tour: #119326, Private Tour of the Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana Battlefields, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Mar 18/19

Outstanding day out, even considering the torrential rain/hail storm as we were heading out. The site is excellent and Shelldon displayed excellent knowledge at all times and made the story come alive. There were a few other tours around us and their guide said nothing in comparison. Lunch was basic at Rorke's Drift but very tasty and just enough. It was a long drive there and back and must have been tiring for Shelldon but he remained engaged and entertaining the whole time. one of the best trips

David Loucks

Canada
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Mar 13/19

Very nice tour. Adjusted sights for our interests. Very good explanations of local history and culture. Highly recommended.

Mary Delene Lambert

United States
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Feb 16/19

Shelldon was wonderful! So full of knowledge. He answered all the questions that had not been answered over the past many days of traveling. We loved our tour of Durban with him . I believe he could be very helpful with many other travel needs in South Africa as well.

DiAnn Plunkett

United States
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Tour: #82717, Valley of 1000 Hills Safari Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Jan 25/19

Sheldon was amazingly patient. Our ship was over two hours late and he was able to not only wait but modify the tour to fill the day and get us back on time for our sailing. He did an amazing job. He had so much knowledge to share and was very easy to understand. He was very flexible in rerouting and changing our schedule. It was a truly perfect day with a gregarious, enthusiastic, wonderful guide.

Sherrill Tillger

United States
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Tour: #82717, Valley of 1000 Hills Safari Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Jan 11/19

Sheldon was great and our tour couldn't have been better! Top notch all the way. Informative about culture, customs, wildlife and receptive to all of our requests (local workshop handicrafts) and questions, we highly recommend him!

Richard N.

United States
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Jan 1/19

We booked the Durban City tour for Jan 1 but, almost everything in the city was closed due to the holiday. Shelldon provided an alternate itinerary which was excellent. At the end, he included a short drive through of the city with in-depth information concerning some of the sites that we would have seen if they had been open. Shelldon offers several tours in and around Durban. Select any of them and you will have a great time in Durban.

Deborah Hardy

Canada
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Dec 13/18

Although our time in Durban was quite brief, we (4 adults) enjoyed a very interesting tour with Shelldon. He patiently waited as our ship was late arriving to the port but as soon as we disembarked, he whisked us off on a great tour. Sheldon is very knowledgeable about the history of the city and is passionate about the Zulu culture (he even took us to the Zulu market!). His 10 passenger van is very comfortable with plenty roomful luggage. Highly recommended guide!

Robert Gibbs

United Kingdom
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Tour: #119326, Private Tour of the Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana Battlefields, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Nov 12/18

This is the second tour we have done with Shelldon. This guide has an infinite amount of knowledge and passion about his subject. The drive up from Durban is filled with local history and topological content. Always willing to stop his own commentary to give answers to any questions that you may have, either about the subject or something that you may have seen en route. In hindsight we should maybe have done an overnight stay at the game reserve or battlefield tour to move onto the next tour. Enjoy ��

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the great review Robert. I have to sway that the battlefield tours are my favorite and I'm pleased you enjoyed it so much. All the best, Shelldon.

Reiner Jannusch

Kiel, Germany
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Tour: Reiner Durban Tour, Durban, South Africa
Date: Nov 7/18

Thanks to Shelldon we had a great time in South Africa! He had all interesting background information and had answers to all questions! It was fun listening to him, even as a no native speaker, we had no problems in understanding! He had a lot of knowledge about wild animals and could identify birds even high up in the air. GREAT! Besides that, he was an excellent driver and we were able to complete our day ours without stress. We highly recommend Shelldon and we will surely contact him on our next visit!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words Anja and Reiner. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time with me here in Durban. I will keep you mobile number and definitely pay you a visit when I'm in Germany. All the best of the future (and I hope you recover soon). Shelldon.

Robert Gibbs

United Kingdom
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Tour: #98595, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Nov 5/18

Andrew Sureshkumar

Canada
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Oct 2/18

Ralph Stern

United States
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Sep 19/18

Shelldon is a truly great guide -- one of the best we have ever had. In our 3.5 hours we both saw and learned a great deal. He would also be an inspired teacher.

Margaret Russell

United States
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Aug 31/18

We completed our City Tour of Durban with Sheldon today. We got a great understanding of the history and development of the city, and how the changes happening in South Africa impact Durban. Sheldon took us to many significant locations and indulged our natural history interests with stops at the botanical garden and the animal collection at Mitchell Park. It felt so comfortable to be visiting the city with Sheldon as our guide. We had a great time, a lovely lunch and a rewarding stroll through the market

Phil Healy

Australia
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Apr 4/18

Shelldon was terrific. Informative as well as adaptable to our interests and time constraints. Highly recommend Shelldon for a guide through Durban for anyone looking for a top quality private tour.

Christina Del Balso

United States
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Tour: #195005, Isithumba Zulu Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Feb 19/18

This was a great tour. Shelldon was responsive to my e-mail and was waiting for us at the appointed time. His commentary as we left the city was interesting and his knowledge was extensive. We particularly enjoyed the Zulu village visit with Jeremy as our guide and would rate our experience as 5 star.

Caroline Vickers-willis

Australia
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Feb 18/18

Beverley Todd

Canada
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Tour: #98595, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Feb 14/18

A great day spent with Shelldon. His endless knowledge & skill to locate the animals in this very large park was outstanding. We viewed many more animals than we had expected to.

Jane Meesters

United Kingdom
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Tour: #195005, Isithumba Zulu Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Jan 30/18

We enjoyed seeing a 'real' village (as opposed to a tourist centre) and learning something of how life is now in South Africa. We loved meeting the village chief, walking along the river - peaceful+ lovely scenery - and chatting to the local Zulu guide Shaks. This was followed by a delicious lunch with a view, and the reptile park + Zulu dancing. Shelldon was a great guide - we really enjoyed learning more about South Africa from him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ISithumba is a really special place and I enjoy taking visitors there. I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit. Best regards Shelldon

Mary H.

Walton on Thames, United Kingdom
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Tour: #82717, Valley of 1000 Hills Safari Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Jan 18/18

Shelldon met us at our cruise ship, was waiting for us on arrival and returned us on time. He was careful to check with us on ship departure time, realising the importance of not 'missing the boat'! He then gave us a wonderful day, showing us a huge variety of animals in the Tala game reserve, about which he was very knowledgeable. Lunch was at the Phezulu park, after which we saw the show and visited the reptile park, both of which we found very interesting. We would definitely recommend this tour guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind comments Mary. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. All the best Shelldon

Ila Loeb

Atherton, CA, United States
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Tour: Vehicle and Driver Hire, Durban, South Africa
Date: Dec 26/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind words. All the best.

Stine Aleksandersen

Norway
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Tour: Vehicle and Driver Hire, Durban, South Africa
Date: Aug 27/17

Michael Harrigan

United Kingdom
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Tour: #119326, KwaZulu Natal Battlefields Day - Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Jul 15/17

An excellent day trip to visit the battlefields of Isandlwana & Rorkes' Drift. Shelldon is extremely knowledgeable regarding the subjects of Zulu history, the Anglo-Zulu war and the battles that are the subject of this tour. I have read about the battles but through visiting the actual sites of the conflict and through Shelldons' vivid description, I was finally able to see the events clearly and understand how the massacre at Isandlwana occurred and the defense at Rorke's drift plated out.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind comments Michael, it's long a long day but always worth it! Best regards Shelldon

Randy Sansone

United States
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Tour: Bushman Paintings Private Tour, Drakensberg Garden, South Africa
Date: Mar 3/17

While the Bushman paintings were exquisite, but relatively few in number, the backdrop of the Giant's Castle was stunning! Shelldon effectively adapted this tour to meet our time demands, and the experience was a genuine highlight for us!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the great review Randy, pleased you enjoyed the tour. All the best, Shelldon

Freddy Sutorius

Bahía Grande, BALEARES, Spain
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Tour: #82717, Valley of 1000 Hills Safari Private Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Feb 14/17

Shelldon Wells is a fantastic guide, knows a lot about Durban and what is around it, also about history of South Africa ����,does everything so that you have a very nice stay there.Go to Durban, get him es a guide,and eat a fantastic curry �� there.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Freddy Thanks for the comments, glad you enjoyed the curry!

Robert Schmauder

United States
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Jan 10/17

Great tour. Would recommend to anyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comment Robert, I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Tony Civijovski

Australia
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Mar 27/16

Shelldon our tour guide for the Durban City Tour was punctual,knowledgeable & professional.His knowledge of the City was exceptional.He was well presented & ensured my colleagues & I was safe & out of harm's way.Our journey to Durban City was flexible with Shelldon allowing us the opportunity to navigate & direct where we wanted to go.We were provided with background knowledge of the City,its history and answers to all of our other questions-The entire process was effortless, simple & enjoyable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tony. Thanks for the kind comments. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in South Africa!

Eleanor Siegal

San Antonio, Texas, 78230, United States
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Tour: #195005, Isithumba Zulu Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Feb 14/16

Shelldon was one of the best Tours by Locals guides we have ever had. He spent the whole day explaining to us about the area and the cultures in the Durban area. His knowledge was endless and we really appreciated his input. Would recommend him very highly without reservations. We felt very lucky to have spent the day with him. The Siegals, San Antonio, Texas

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for the kind comments Eleanor.

Patricia Dingelstad

Canada
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Feb 13/16

The tour was personalized and very informative. Sheldon provides an excellent service.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the comments Patricia, I hope the rest of your time in South Africa is great.

Carlos Balcells

Spain
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Jan 27/16

Very kind guide and he knows very well Durban

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kinds words Carlos, enjoy the rest of your cruise in South Africa and beyond. Regards, Shelldon.

Sandra Oakley

United Kingdom
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Tour: #98595, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Dec 27/15

I had a wonderful day on safari with Shelldon, who is a superb guide and driver. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area and was an amazing spotter of a variety of animals and birds. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sandra, thank you so much for the great comment.

Vera Helsel

United States
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Dec 14/15

A disconnect on our part, we kept Shelldon for over two hours, I had forgotten the day for the tour.For a shortened version it was adequate, could not fault the tour guide for our mistake.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Vera Thanks for the rating, hope you enjoyed what little time we had visiting the city of Durban. All the best Shelldon

Paul Austin

United States
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Tour: #205532, Durban City Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: Nov 21/15

Sheldon was a wondrful Guide, he was on time, knew a lot about Durban and the Zulu history of thde area. We went to a living Zulu Village and was shown about the life of the Zulu people and we even met the Head Man of the tribe. All in all a wonderful day.

Sun Bae

United States
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Tour: #82717, Valley of 1000 Hills Safari Tour, Durban, South Africa    view tour
Date: May 3/14

Shelldon was an excellent guide, the best in his trade, we leaned so much from him about all the animals we saw at the Tara game reserve and took us to wonderful lunch, very professional and eager to show us more, we had a great time. Thank you Shelldon Sun

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sun Thanks so much for your comments, I had a fantastic time and I'm glad to hear you had a "lekker" time yourself! All the best, Shelldon

Vangile Nyamathe

South Africa
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Tour: Shakaland Tour, Durban, South Africa
Date: Dec 19/13

Sheldon was on time; gave us extra time to get resdy to leave. Very informed of the History of KZN; gave us exceptionally brilliant information about King Shaka. Very patient with the elderly; fun to be around. We had a great time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Vangile. I'm pleased you and your family enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for your comments and all the best.