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“Excellent in all respects”
Review of Alan Tours

Alan Tours
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Owner description: Alan Tours, based in the fun filled, coastal Holiday City of Port Elizabeth on the Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape is proud to promote South Africa, home to the Big 5 and Big 7 Safaris! A land with a unique natural, cultural and historical diversity, unsurpassed in the modern world today.
Reviewed 17 February 2018

When you book on the internet and are arriving by ship there is always the concern 'Are they going to be there?' With Alan Tours once booked you just don't have to worry. They will be there as they are an extremely professional organization. We were fortunate and were picked up by Alan himself and had his van to ourselves. This man is a walking encyclopedia of everything in nature. We went to the Addo Elephant Park approx 30 minutes from the cruise terminal and during the way Alan explains the various features along the coastline. All entry paperwork is handled and he makes sure you have made a bathroom break before you start! This is Mother Nature so nothing is guaranteed but Alan has an 'animal antenna' and seems to know not only where they will be but what direction they will take so you are positioned to see animals really close up. He is also in contact with other colleagues and therefore he is aware of where some of the animals are within this massive park. We saw many elephant and very close up, lions after a kill, warthog, buffalo and animals I've forgotten the name of. Lunch is included which is pleasant and there is a souvenir shop too. Alan picked us up from the ship at 10 and we were back by 7pm after a fantastic day out. His knowledge of everything around him is quite extraordinary and he was able to answer every (probably stupid) question we asked! If you are coming to PE and want a guaranteed excellent tour then Alans Tours are a huge recommendation and look at my profile, this is not my first review!

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wildguide, Owner at Alan Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi KeithY651, Wow! wonderful. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write such a glowing review of the time we spent together.
It was a delight to hear your views on business and the promotion of business, your keen eye for detail and ability to identify an opportunity amazed me and your advice is as clear as if it was yesterday.
I clearly remember what you said and will give serious thought about what can be done in the future.Thank you for being so positive.

We are very fortunate to have such a brilliant wildlife facility on our doorstep in the form of the Addo Elephant national park, as you rightly point out it is a huge area, the third largest national park in South Africa and home to over 700 African Elephant and many many more interesting creatures so it is always a great help to be able to communicate with colleagues in an effort to maximise our time in the park with our guests and give them the best possible opportunities for the precious time they spend with us.
I will certainly keep your kind advise in mind when we start with our new product line.
Regards to your lovely lady and keep those trophies rolling in, you probably need a new house to accommodate them by now.
All the best
Alan

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Another wonderful day out with Alan, he covers everything from the animals, to bushes flora/butterflies/birds and dung beetles. Saw many different animals, hundreds of elephants with their babies, wart hogs and babies. No lions this year but a rhino and my husbands favourite animal, kudus. Hopefully we shall return.

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wildguide, Owner at Alan Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi ellieSurrey and hubby, What a wonderful day with you once again, How many is it now? Certainly not enough. You are by far and away my longest supporting guests, Don't know how you do it but it is certainly appreciated. Thank you. Thank you also for contributing your precious time and efforts to assisting the not so fortunate people of Port Elizabeth with your contribution to Cricket and coaching the youngsters in the townships. You amaze me in your kindness and willingness to help without any thought of reward.
My favourites by far.

Please look after yourselves.
See you soon, all the best
Alan and Angelika

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

with only one day in port with the NAUTICA on Dec 24th, 2017, we had arranged the day tour to Addo Elephant park beforehand. Everything went smoothly : the pickup at the cruiseport, the trip to Addo and the visit to the park with a nice lunch included. Malcolm was a great guide and we had a very good tour through the park with many sightings of elephants, zebras and other animals with a quick city tour at the end. A very enjoyable day that we can highly recommend.

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wildguide, Owner at Alan Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi Margriethartel, Thank you so much for the wonderful review and complimenting Malcolm on the work he so enjoys doing. Tripadvisor is a powerful marketing medium and we highly appreciate every review we can get. I have passed the compliment on to Malcolm who appreciates your kind words.
Thank you for recommending Alan Tours.
Hope to see you back in the not too distant future.
All the best,
Alan

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Our cruise ship, Boudicca, was in port for two days, so we booked a tour through Alan Tours to visit Addo Elephant Park in the morning, followed by the afternoon and evening at Schotia private game reserve. Our guide was Christo, who was excellent. A burger or salad lunch was included at the Addo restaurant. Tea and dinner were at Schotia. We were safely delivered back to our ship at about 9.30pm.

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wildguide, Owner at Alan Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi Lizcat1,
Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to post such a wonderful review on Tripadvisor, this is an incredibly powerful platform and we appreciate every review we can get. Apologies for the delay in getting a reply off to you but we have been pretty busy recently.
We are really happy to hear of your positive experience with Christo as your guide, he is indeed a professional and continues to entertain guests and show them the exciting wildlife to be found in and around Port Elizabeth. I have passed your comments on to Christo who thanks you in turn for the review.
We trust you had a wonderful cruise and hope to see you back on these sunny shores in the near future.
All the best,
Alan

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

We took the big 7 tour which started with an amazing marine experience, when we were lucky enough to witness a bait ball which attracted hundreds of Gannets, Dolphin and some Bryde whales! Then on to Addo elephant park where we saw elephant close up as well as families gathering around water holes, lions shortly after a kill, lots of Zebra, Kudo, Bat eared fox and more. We really enjoyed our stay in the camp listening to the animals during the night, the tour made all the better because of Alans knowledge of the animals and ability to spot them.

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wildguide, Owner at Alan Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi Carol, Its' been sometime since you posted your wonderful and very descriptive review on Tripadvisor, as you will be well aware this is a very powerful platform and we appreciate every review we get.
As you mention we started the Big 7 safari off with a boat cruise in the morning on the waters of Algoa Bay, and what a morning it turned out to be. We spotted a resident Bryde's whale in calm waters just out of the harbour and the action just got more hectic as the morning progressed until we hit a giant baitball with hundreds of Common dolphins bringing millions of small baitfish to the surface of the ocean, this attracted thousands of Cape Gannets, birds which were diving into the water at incredible speeds like kamikaze pilots in miniature, while all of the action attracted the heavy weights in the form of Bryde's whales that were seen lung feeding (from deep down, blasting through the centre of the baitball and gulping down hundreds of thousands of baitfish at a time) through the centre of the swirling mass of life that is this phenomenon, the baitball. There were in our collective estimation no less than 6 of these 30 ton giants ploughing with such grace through the centre of the baitball. Some of these whales can be seen lunging 4 to 5 meters out of the water right there within 20 meters of the boat with their huge mouths extended, baitfish gushing, spilling back out of their giant maws before they disappeared back below the ocean, while at other times there are 4 different whales surfacing in a single frame of the camera and that is besides the Dolphins, Gannets and seals on the surface never mind the sharks and gamefish we could not see below the surface. Exciting stuff.
Then lunch and off to the nearby Addo Elephant national park where we had wonderful viewing of two male Lions on a recently killed buffalo right up next to the vehicle. Then there are the Elephants, Antelope, Warthog, Zebra and so much more in this wonderful game reserve. I think one of two highlights was of the young Bat eared foxes as they emerged from their day den. What a wonderful wildlife extravaganza, you said that you were usually lucky well no one's going to argue that point in fact you can come along anytime as a good luck charm.
The baitball was the best I have ever experienced.
Hope to see you back on these sunny shores all the best and thank you for your support.

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