Wonderful tour with a very great Tourguide!
Steven GeringerUnited States
Day 2 with Shelldon was quit different as we were driving 1.5 hours to Shakaland, a former TV set build for a series about the Zulus which is very interesting in terms of explaining life among the Zulus. During drive we saw gorgeous green farmlands and also evidence of industry in outlying areas. Drive went quickly as Shelldon gave us the history of the Zulu - still SA's predominant inhabitants. A history lesson combined with touring Shakaland were so much more impactful and we owe it all to Shelldon!
Steven GeringerUnited States
Our first day with Shelldon included tour of Durban from downtown to new areas on the beach with great explanations and history lessons throughout. He not only knows his history but is a master storyteller and we love learning as we're traveling from a very knowledgeable guide. Shelldon is the best and very enjoyable to be with. We were already looking forward to our second day with him which you can read about next!
Douglas ByeUnited States
He is very knowledgeable and thorough
Carole L.United States
Our guide Shelldon W. was personable, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He gave us wonderful tour and alot of history of the area and the Zulu. We would highly recommend his tour and Tours By Locals. His tour was one of the best we took during our South Africa trip. He gave us a great overview of the city of Durban, the townships and the culture of the Zulu nation at the Zulu Village. And at the Tala Preserve he managed to find large herds of beautiful wildlife.
Irene WongHong Kong
Great time with Sheldon who had a lot to share with us including the history of S Africa, the tribal rule, township etc. He drove us to the Game Reserve to watch the animals and was very enthusiastic finding the way to find the hidden animals. He also explained to us some of the behaviors of the animals. Interesting! Thanks Sheldon!
Tracey SanfordUnited States
Had a great experience with Sheldon. He is very knowledgeable on Durban and it's history and provided us a great insight into the Zulu people, their tribal traditions and their approach to healing. Having grown up there and able to speak great English, also Afrikaans and Zulu, made the day even more enjoyable. Highly recommend Sheldon as a guide to see and enjoy Durban.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments Tracey and Karen! All the best for the future :)
Bruce DwigginsUnited States
Shelldon is a really nice, casual looking, well spoken and knowledgeable guide. Our cruise ship arrived two hours later but he managed to re-organize the itinerary and we went to all the places that was originally planned. As he used to be a ranger, he captivated us with many interesting animal, bird and tree stories/commentaries at the Tala Reserve. We are amazed by his driving skills while still able to make comments at the various touristy points. The Zulu place is just touristy with beautiful scenery.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments Bee, and I certainly will take on advice and in future, take the extra few minutes through Durban with commentary :) Best regards Shelldon
Michael LetchUnited Kingdom
An absolutely stunning day, perfectly pitched, informative, engaging and Shelldon really brought the history of the battlefields alive. All this in spite of some uncharacteristic foggy and damp weather. He went out of his way to make the day work for an audience ranging from 15 to 54 and was a mine of fascinating information on all things SA as we made the long journey home. To cap it all he gave us a superb restaurant recommendation as well! A brilliant day.
Andrew ShieldsUnited States
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
Very nice tour. Adjusted sights for our interests. Very good explanations of local history and culture. Highly recommended.
Mary Delene LambertUnited States
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 PlunkettUnited States
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 TillgerUnited States
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
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.
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 GibbsUnited Kingdom
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 JannuschKiel, Germany
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 GibbsUnited Kingdom
Ralph SternUnited States
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 RussellUnited States
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
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 BalsoUnited States
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.
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 MeestersUnited Kingdom
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
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 LoebAtherton, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind words. All the best.