Mark C. Ross Message Board

anonymous posts on 5/8/2009 1:28:59 PM Mark, You also cheated me on my tanzanite purchases - big-time. I know you are skimming a huge amount of money off the top of tanzanite sales. I have also heard your "guarantee" is bogus. How can you live with yourself? What kind of a man doesn't live up to his word? Does your wife know how many women you have lied to and cheated?
anonymous posts on 5/4/2009 8:53:01 AM why do people have to write such nasty things about Mark? If it kills you because he is successful,that is YOUR problem!!
Ben posts on 4/29/2009 9:00:12 PM I am surprised to see such vitriol for Mark here. Granted, I barely know him, but my experience with him on a 3 week visit to Africa in 2007 was fantastic. Mark and his wife allowed us to stay in their home on days we were in Nairobi because we were trying to cut costs. Regarding safety, Mark guided myself, my girlfriend, and seven other people on a climb of Kilimanjaro. He was constantly advising us on safety, so much so that I started to get sick of him, actually. I am not in the best shape, however, and I came to feel later that he was trying to make sure I had a fun, safe, rewarding experience. He was a bit of a task master at times, but I never felt he was sacrificing safety. It's possible some of these other commentators are being truthful, but nothing in my experience with him mirrors such claims. Mark did ask us to bring some small items from the states for him, like socks, but I did not find this unusual or unacceptable. I just figured he could not get hiking socks so cheaply in Kenya. If anyone is interesting in more information, I welcome an email at, and would be happy to provide a Flickr link to our photos from the trip. I could probably also provide contact information from others we met while on safari with Mark. Again, I can't comment on the reliability of other posters, but I thought I should at least add our positive experience with him.

Nick Stone posts on 4/29/2009 3:21:57 PM Blogs like this can be dangerous and unfair because any unscrupulous person (a ruthless competitor or even a disappointed would-be lover), can easily smear a person's reputation without ever having to prove a thing or reveal himself. Doubt and innuendo will suffice.... My family and I traveled with Mark Ross. We know him well. Don't believe any of the damaging nonsense written here. Mark is ethical and responsible beyond the shadow of a doubt, not to mention an exceptional safari guide and wildlife expert. This is misinformation, clearly posted with malicious, dishonest intent. Don't fall for it. If you're planning a safari, do genuine research elsewhere.
Anonymous posts on 4/15/2009 1:40:47 AM I travel to Africa a lot. I know several people who either know or have worked with Mark Ross. I know him as well. He is not well all! Most locals refuse to work with him. He is an abuser and a user who will do or say anything to get what he wants. He has no shame and cares only for himself. To say he cannot be trusted is an understatement. Stay far, far away from this guy. He is bad news! Very bad news!
Anonymous posts on 4/14/2009 11:38:09 PM I had a great safari with Mark but he manipulated me to get to know my friends so he could sell them safaris,lived with me for 2 years whenever he was in the states professing his love for me, had me take care of his business in the states, lied to me, used me and was totally dishonest. Whatever deal I got for the safari with him was totally outweighed by what I did for him in the US. He is a creep. He was dating others while with me and lying to them. He cost me a few good friends as he loves to turn people against each other. Don't ever trust him.
Message from a local posts on 4/2/2009 10:16:27 PM I recommend doing your research on Mark Ross before going on safari with him. Talk to people in country, ask about Mark's tours from those that have work with him. It will be worth your time.
Nicki posts on 3/31/2009 12:42:46 PM I had a wonderful time on our safari! Thank you so much for being such a gracious host/guide! You are truly amazing with your knowledge of wildlife and the culture of Africa. I will spread the word!
Anonymous posts on 3/22/2009 8:14:08 PM I just found this site...and in a way it explains a lot, but it certainly makes me realize how duped I have been(i.e taken advantage of). I am a woman that has gone on multiple safaris with Mark Ross. I thought I fell in love on the first, and since then have purchased and transported gear, airplane parts, etc. for him - I bought the items he needed and he was to pay me back by reducing my safari costs. In the end I ended up the fool - broken heart, broken bank account, and unable to reach Mark Ross.
From someone who knows posts on 3/22/2009 6:53:17 PM To those of you who are scheduled to go on a Ross safari, do not let Mark distribute the tips to the camp staff like he will ask you to do. Instead, insist on distributing the tips yourself. Also, expensive safaris like Mark's are supposed to be all-inclusive. Be prepared to be asked by him to pay for all kinds of extras, which is not something you should be doing. Oh, for the women out there preyed upon by Mr. Ross on past many of you were asked by Mark to take stuff to him on your trip over? Lastly, if you want to know the true character of this so-called safari guide, ask some of the people in East Africa who know and have worked with him. I guarantee you would think twice about choosing him as your safari guide.
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