Allie did a great job showing us around the Cape Peninsula. He is easy-going! We saw beautiful panorama's and even some other wild animals besides the seals and the penguins.
Irene WongHong Kong
We actually went to Cape Town and Cape of Good Hope on the last day , not the first day of our cruise. Same with Allie who made the flexibility possible. We had a good time seeing the beaches from the road on upper levels. We also enjoyed seeing the different places on the road including the Cape, penguins, beautiful houses, poor township etc. Allie is very kind and friendly. We had a great time. Thanks!
Marianne O'baraUnited States
We consistently have had good experiences on several prior tours with tours by locals, but our tour with Allie was by far the best. Allie tailored the tour to fit our interests, and in addition to showing us the "normal" sites, he gave us information on local flora, helped us spot birds and animals of interest, and provided historical context. He was happy to answer all of our questions, with patience, charm and wit. Great experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi... Wow wow!!!! WOW!!! Thank you very much for your kind and generous review...
What a great day out, only marred by watching England get thrashed by South Africa in the Rugby at a local pub amongst a crowd of delirious locals!! Allie was an exuberant and knowledgeable guide; he tailored the trip to our preferences (except for England losing, but I grudgingly concede that wasn't his fault). A great day of scenery and short hikes, together with the wildlife - which wasn't just limited to seals and penguins thanks to Allie's eagle eyes in spotting several types of antelope. Splendid!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good day Boss!! Yes my sincerest Condolences on the England loss... Thank you very much for the kind words... like I say just doing my job Good luck with the next world cup Allie
John JonesUnited Kingdom
Allie the guide gave us an excellent tour of the Cape Peninsular. He was very informative and flexible in finalising the trip. We had a great day and I would strongly recommend this guide for trips from Cape Town. We have done a few trips with Tours by Locals but this was probably the best thanks to the guide.
Robert ClarkUnited States
I would highly recommend hiring Allie to drive you to the Cape of Good Hope. Allie has 20+ years experience and he knows everybody (waitresses, boat operators, rangers, etc.) and all of the short cuts. I don't want to put to much pressure on him but we didn't wait in any lines. And we saw everything there was to see (including a whale carcass, ostriches, baboons and a herd of 100+ eland that I guarantee nobody but us saw that day) On top of all that he is great fun and a wonderful conversationalist.
Zhenya HymanBellevue, WA, United States
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Allie really brought to life the Cape peninsula tour with local insights and visits to places slightly off the beaten track. He is a courteous, respectful host with solid driving skills. He is always on the lookout for marine wildlife and is clearly well connected. We as a family of 5 always felt in good hands and had a awesome day, topped off by Ajax beating Spurs in the CL semis.
Elizabeth MotleyUnited States
The best tour guide! Cannot recommend Allie enough. He is incredibly knowledgeable about South Africa and Cape Town and eager to share. If you are debating who to take a tour with while in Cape Town, definitely do with Allie!
Allie was exceptional guide. He went beyond any expectations
Anna Irena BudzinskiUnited States
Allie's friendly, welcoming personality and energy radiated from the moment that he greeted my group. He showed up to pick us up on time. Conversations were easy. He was friendly and informative. He made sure that we felt comfortable throughout the day. He was very attentive to our needs and requests. In regards to the tour itself - highly recommend. Perfect itinerary.
John ManryUnited States
Great tour by Allie Ridwaan. Drove in his car which was very nice. He went at our pace and he did not worry if the tour went a little long to spend the time we wanted at each stop. Took pictures for us of my wife and I at most stops to give us great pictures at each major site. Took us down to Boulder Beach to see the penguins swimming right with bathers. Clearly knows what he is doing and helped the penguins by having people move so the penguins could get to their nest. Absolutely terrific day.
John WeinerUnited States
We took two private, two-couple tours with Allie; both Excellent. Our second tour was a Cape Peninsula tour. We drove south along the western coast. Our stops included Clifton, Hout Bay, Cape Point, and Boulder Beach Penguin Colony. We hiked along Cape Point after having a nice lunch at Two Oceans restaurant (baboons included). Again, great conversation; no topic off-limits. Allie was great and extremely flexible in our itinerary and time spent. We even stopped by a comic book store on the way back.
Arnold AlfertUnited States
Allie was great. The Cape Peninsula tour exceeded all expectations. I can not recommend this tour enough
Marilynn AndersonUnited States
Allie was flexible and listened to our interests and planned our tour accordingly! We were delighted with our private tour of the Cape Point! We had 2 days to spend in Csoe town and we spent both days with Allie! This is the best value to see the sights groomed for your specific interests! Once you have spent the money to see this area make the mist of your valuable time to see as much as you can see privately! Thanks Allie! Marilynn & Tom. Bremerton Washington USA
David PortmanNaples, FL, United States
Allie is the greatest! When our flight was delayed he was both caring and flexible. He made sure that we saw what we wanted to see on a schedule that worked for us. Very personable and knowledgeable. He seems to know everyone in Cape Town . Highly recommend him for anyone visiting Cape Town. You couldn't make a better choice.
Allie M is a tremendous guide and awesome person! I give him 5 out of 5 and would use his services again if needed. Thanks
Bob HarrisonUnited States
What a wonderful day. Allie is very experienced, friendly, and relaxed, and we all felt as though we truly got our money's worth. He never rushed us or seemed impatient, and did not torture us with endless narrative. He did the extensive driving that the Cape Peninsula tour involved with the best use of side roads and shortcuts to minimize traffic wait time. And at the end, since the weather was good. He did Table Mountain with us on the cable car. The Rolls-Royce of Guides!!
Patricia W.Alpharetta, GA, United States
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Allie on the beautiful Cape Peninsula tour in Africa. He made certain to show us the "must see" sights and filled in the rest with delightful details we thoroughly enjoyed such as a lovely walk along the coast. We shared a wonderful day along with lots of laughter.
Jerilyn BroadfootUnited States
Allie-ultimate guide for anyone's stay in Cape Town. He is ALL YOU NEED! He is knowledgeable as he is from Cape Town, he knows historical facts & wildlife facts. If he sees something off the beaten path, he will spontaneously go with his gut feeling and turn off the road and take you on an experience that you never would have expected (a township & saw way of life) ! He is observant that he is able to see something ( in our case a fresh fish market) and took us to talk to the fishermen.
Michelle JoyUnited States
Beyond our expectations! If you are looking to explore Cape Town, winelands, and/or the Cape Peninsula, Allie is the absolute best! You will not be disappointed. Allie made sure we saw what we wanted to see and that level of flexibility was above and beyond. We saw everything we wanted to - seals, penguins, False Bay, Cape Point with an awesome lunch, Cape of Good Hope. Amazing! Allie then checked in with us the next two days we were in Cape Town to make sure we had everything we needed.
George KirchhofferUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Allie, We got to cover a lot of ground and he went out of his way to show us an enjoyable time. Thanks Allie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Boss thank you very much I was blessed to be with you guys
Michele ThomsonUnited States
Allie is amazing! His mission is to make sure his clients have the best time and he is flexible, conscientious and very knowledgeable about the cape. We were impressed with the relationships that he's made over the years with the staff where we stopped: a winery, a restaurant, even at the tollbooth. He is well loved and respected by the friends that he's made around the cape. In our opinion that is a very special trait.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you... Thank you!!!! It was an absolute pleasure to have been with you guys... All is well on my side... Always good .. Always Allie
We had a great day with our top guide Allie. Our daughter was constantly talking about being sooo exited to see the penguines, so Allie suggest that we change the tour to had to Boulders Beach first. We were lucky enough to have great weather, have an excellent driver and guide and saw all the sights we had planned to see. I can highly recomment Allie. He also offered to be there for us if we had any questions the following days. Choose him and you will not regret it.
Gillian RoySouth Africa
We had a great day.Ali was well organised but flexible enough to respond to varied interests and abilities. The able hiked at Cape Point and the less able enjoyed an early evening wander along Buffels Bay beach with no pressure to hurry. We would have missed a large group of whales passing Hout Bay without his enthusiastic eye and superior camera lens and learned sympathy with baboon troupes, unjustly labelled "dangerous'.Ali is also someone who has much to tell about life in Cape Town both then and now.
We had an excellent time/tour with Ali. Very friendly and accomodating. My kids loved him. Highly recommended!!
Stephen ShopoffUnited States
Allie did a fantastic job on every aspect...he was over the top with his exceptional commentary, paced the day perfectly, and made sure we had an extremely thorough tour. We would definitely recommend Allie and will use his services again when we return to Cape Town.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bosss i say thank you to you and your family for beings such Awesome people.
We had the most magnificent day with Allie. Allie is a truly unique and special person with seemingly unlimited knowledge about the Cape Twon area. He gave us an insight of Cape Town that only a local could give. A perfect end to a truly wonderful holiday in a truly magical place. Thank you Allie!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Boss Thanks you very much... I also had a Magnificent day in your company
Allie was very good and enthusiastic. He was very knowledgeable and personable. While we understand that he drives a smart car, we would have preferred a larger vehicle. Using a Mercedes Class E vehicle for a 4-hour tour may not have been the best choice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Boss please accept my Sincere Apologies for any inconvenience caused. And I thank you once again for the interest you have showed in my services Allie
We did the tour with Allie on 02.01.2016 and had a 5*Day Allie is very knowledgeable,flexible and a great Company(a good Photographer too !!)He instantly recognized our interests and suggested the best Options. Even so beeing a very busy day, he organized the best table in 2 Oceans Restaurant Cape Point (Great Seafood and fantasic views !!) Stopping at the beach for Photoshootings, Swimming with Penguins, the next Pharmacy, hidden tresures Definetly recommended for touring with children as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Boss thank you very much ..I really enjoyed myself and Regards to the Family
Justin LeibowUnited States
Amazing tour guide which has tons of knowledge about Cape Town and South Africa in general. Seems to know everyone which helps when going to tourist places to get you to the front of the line. Excellent overall!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Boss thank you very much.. highly appreciated.
Gene J.Chesapeake Beach, MD, United States
This was the most friendly, personal and professional tour we have had. Thank you Allie for sharing your office with us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Guys... I had as much fun as you guys it was my pleasure
Allan MarmelsteinUnited States
We had really good day with Allie. He showed us lot of beutiful places. He is very smart and good guyide. We went with him to the Cape Point, there is wonderful view with two oceans. Afterwords he showed us more lot of nice places. He is really good we can advice him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words.. i had an awesome time with you guys too
Gene KernUnited States
The tour was really interesting and covered a lot of ground. Allie was extremely friendly, informative, accommodating and just a pleasure to spend time with. I cannot recommend him more highly.
Thomas NoonanUnited States
Allie was one of the best guides we have ever had(over 50 guides worldwide). He was well organized, polite and personable. Having lived in Cape Town his entire life, he was extremeley knowledgable. He seemed to know everyone, parking attendants, waiters, park rangers... It was very impressive how he was able to get us a parking spot when there was none, get us a table when there was a long queue, etc. He was marvelous.
Marcella BeekmanUnited States
Wow, what a fantastic tour guide. He was waiting for us prior to our getting off the boat.Our group of 4 were thrilled beyond all expectations. Able to make our tour come alive in all aspects. Allie is extremely flexible and once he knows what his clients are interested in he goes out of his way to make sure they have a wonderful day. We learned about the history of the land went to sights he felt we would enjoy above what was on our itinerary. We did a great deal of laughing as well.Sad to end day
Paul GlickmanUnited States
Allie exceeded our expectations in every category. He is personable and has a great sense of humor. He was very knowledgable about history of South Africa and was able to answer almost every question with excellent responses. We had a great day with him and would like to travel with him again.
Sarah KirtlandUnited States
Amanda HudghtonUnited Kingdom
Had a wonderful day with Allie. He was a superb guide, very knowledgeable about all the places we visited and very flexible on timings. He ensured that we got the best service and seats everywhere we went. I don't think we would have had the same experience had we driven the tour ourselves. Would heartily recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ma,am Thank you so much for the interest shown in my services ,it W's a pleasure for me to have been of service to you
Thomas KuksUnited States
Allie was the best!!!!! Very flexible. We enjoyed his knowledge, personality, and his companionship