Laurie FriedmanUnited States
I had a few extra days after a Madagascar tour, and booked a three-day tour with Ravo. He was very responsive to my many emails, and suggested an excellent 3-day trip to the east of Madagascar, where we visited an interesting village on the Pangalanes Canal and saw lemurs, including the Aye-Aye. He developed a good trip within my budget. He also visited me at my hotel when I first arrived in Tana to get acquainted. My only hesitation is that Ravo speaks good English, but it could be a little better.
Ravo was excellent from the moment we started booking our Madagascar trip until he dropped us off at the airport in Tana. He was prompt with his emails while we were trying to book the trip and was attentive, informative, funny and kind while we were travelling. We jam packed a lot of travel for 2 weeks but he was able to set up an itinerary and take care of our needs without any issues. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and were enthralled with the culture and beauty of Madagascar, all thanks to Ravo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank's a lot Heidi. I'm happy that you are satisfied. All best to you and to Lee and to Nathanaël. Happiness and peace be to you. Ravo.Madagascar
Michelle CarterSouth Africa
Ravi was nice, accomodating and informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: OK I understand, thank you ;-) Usually I have it except during just a one-day-tour like yours but I will take it next time ;-) Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS ;-) Ravo.Madagascar
Peggy AlvarezUnited States
Ravo did a fine job and we were very satisfied with his services. I would rate it five stars out of five possible. We enjoyed both the drive out to the Lemur rehab place and observing the lemurs themselves. After lunch, we also had a chance to see the queen's royal palace and a stop at a very large market. Both he and the driver were very courteous and helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Dear Franck and Peggy. As I've told you : I wish you an excellent continuation and health and happiness. Ravo
Peter WalmsleyUnited Kingdom
Madagascar is not the easiest country to visit as the quality of transport, restaurants and hotels is not well developed. Within these constraints however Ravo's knowledge of the country and his network of contacts enabled him to book the best facilities in each area we visited and deal with the unexpected. He is very friendly with good English and excellent French language skills. We certainly feel that we got to see everything we wanted to see and to gain a very good appreciation of the country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: That's true ! Thanks a lot for ... ALL Peter and Jolanta ! I wish you an excellent continuation in South Africa and during ALL your life ( good health and happiness ). Bye, Ravo.Madagascar
Ravo is an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. Added to his extremely friendly and easy going personality it makes for the best experience. He had a well prepared plan for my trip and didn't mind to modify by my last minute request. Very punctual and professional, he will make sure that you have nothing to think about, but to enjoy your trip and adventure. He made sure that I will see all major attractions within the geographical range my time could cover and of course the budget I had. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Preslav. It was a short time but very intense ;-) Thank you very much for your Rating ! All best to you. Now, I will remember how are Bulgarian people ;-) Ravo - ToursByLocals private tour guide in Madagascar
Ravo is an experienced tour guide. His English is excellent, as is his knowledge of country, flora and fauna. He employed an excellent driver with a well-maintained 4x4 vehicle. Very poor infrastructure in Madagascar means driving times between points of interest and accommodation can be extremely challenging. Planning an extended trip requires research including consideration of air charters, and level of accommodation acceptable to potential visitors. There is much to see and the wildlife is unique.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lorna and Alan. Happy to hear from you. Thank you for all your usefull advices. Best regards, Ravo.Madagascar
Aftab C.Orange Park, FL, United States
great trip Ravo was very helpful i would definitely recommend him as a guide his local knowledge is great
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Aftab and Kara. Ravo.Madagascar
Wow! What an amazing experience. We were greeted at the airport, before heading off to Andasibe, where we stayed for for 2 nights. Our first day was spent with our Tours By Locals tour guide, Ravo, and a local who guided us around the forest in search for wild lemurs. Our tour was successful, within 10 minutes of the trek we had spotted our first group, and saw many more throughout the day. The private lemur park was also amazing. Ravo was friendly, informative and we always felt safe. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Aprelle. And thank you for your information about the visa, only payable in US dollars ( I didn't know it ). About the hotel details too. I note them. I wish you a very good year 2017, happiness and very good health. Kindest regards, Ravo.Madagascar
Joanna KulisUnited States
Ravo was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, honest and fully dedicated. You can tell that he loves his country and puts his whole heart in what he is doing. Whatever complication happened during the trip he could solve it with an ease.He was able to take us to all the places from our wishlist and where other guides said that it was impossible for Ravo was possible.He has a great sense of humor. We can easily say that he became our friend. He is the best because he really loves what he is doing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joanna and Kamil, Thank you VERY MUCH !!! I wish you always very good health, happiness and success in your life. And ... God bless you ! Ravo ( and Gaston our driver ), Madagascar
Terri EvansNanaimo, BC, Canada
Ravo was an incredible guide and a genuinely nice person. My arrival was not without hiccups as my bag did not arrive with me, but Ravo was most helpful and knowledgeable about how the airport system works that I did not concern myself with it. We had a schedule and I left the airport bagless, but unconcerned. I picked it up on my way out of the country a week later. There was nothing that Ravo did not think of as we traveled and my list of experiences was completely met! 100%. I highly recommend Ravo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Dear Terri :) Love, happiness and peace be with you ! God bless you !
Dave McgladeUnited Kingdom
Madagascar airlines continually changed times and even days but Ravo did an excellent job of correcting for this. My main negative is that Ravo could have done a better job of making sure we had cash, as we were under the impression we could pay for hotels by visa, which we couldn't. Fortunately we happened to have enough, but we could easily have been without enough to pay for the hotel. That is why I gave 4 stars not 5.
Patrick A.United States
Ravo guided my two adult children and me through western Madagascar, including the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. He is an excellent guide. He is honest, reliable, knowledgeable and personable, and he makes the desires of his clients a priority. His driver was also excellent. There were a number of times when we wanted to depart from the scheduled itinerary, and on each occasion Ravo and his driver were accommodating. Ravo truly "goes the extra mile" for his clients.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Pat. Thanks a lot Rebecca and Patrick. God bless you. Happiness, success and Good Health in your life. Ravo - ToursByLocals private tour guide in Madagascar
Chris ErkmannUnited States
My your guide was Rav. I cannot imagine a better way to utilize a day in Tana than by allowing Rav to walk with you through the town he has known and loved for many years. I wasn't interested in animals or tree,. I wanted to learn the culture. We saw markets, the palace on the hill, ate at a Malagasy restaurant...could not have been better constructed. Don't wander around like a tourist...get Rav to teach you all about his Tana!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Again pleased to meet you and to know you Chris. I'm happy that you were satisfied. Probably all guides from ToursByLocals are good ? God bless you and your family. Thanks a lot Chris
Vasili MladinovUnited States
It was great tour. 2 weeks 4000km. I did see everything that I wanted and even more. The waterfall in North was one of the best I ever saw. Thank you Ravo for perfect organization of my tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Vasili. Thanks a lot for your Rating. And thanks a lot to have come in Madagascar in ... March. I'm sure you will inform your relatives about the beauty of my country. All best to you.
Todd EganUnited States
Highly recommended. Flawless trip. Ravo is a friendly and very knowledgeable guide ... great communication from our initial contact through trip planning to discussing our daily itinerary. We couldn't be happier and we can't wait to go back.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry Todd, Lynette and Fin, I've just seen now your Rating. I'm very glad to hear from you and very glad that you've appreciated your tour with ToursByLocals and with me. Thank you very much for this Rating and ... all best to you especially to Fin ;-) Ravo, Madagascar
The tour all went smoothly and as planned. Ravo was very clear about expenses and there were no nasty surprises. He also gave us, prior to our arrival, an accurate estimation of extra costs. He always put our wishes first, and ensured that we were well looked after everywhere we stayed. Dede is a good and competent driver who deals very well with some very poor roads; he is helpful and knowledgable. All in all a wonderful experience and we look forward to their company in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Brian & Linda. Thank you from the beginning till the end : the ambiance, your understanding etc. Have a very good health & God bless you ! Ravo ( and Dede )
Chris J.United States
Our trip with Ravo was excellent throughout the planning process & all through the trip. We researched tours so we knew where & what we wanted to do & see. Ravo worked with us so we got the tour we wanted. We were also happy with the additions we made based on his suggestions. Ravo was very knowledgeable & personable. We were very pleased with our driver Dede. We always felt safe riding with Dede-he is an excellent driver & also very personable. We would highly recommend Ravo as a guide & Dede as a driver
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris & Mike, Thank a lot for all. It was a great pleasure to know you and to serve you. Now you know ToursByLocals so don't hesitate next time for new trips with them over the world. And don't hesitate too if some of your friends want to visit Madagascar. The Baobabs Avenue ? The famous Tsingy stone forest ? Once again thank you and all best to you - Ravo.Madagascar
Riaan Van TonderSouth Africa
Ravo did a great job organising the tour as well as making numerous last minute changes according to our whim. Having Ravo with bird sounds, a local guide and at least one animal spotter available helped so much in spotting those elusive birds and wildlife that we came to see. Ravo has a good knowledge of English and we were able to discuss any topic in English with no problem. Regards Riaan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Riaan & Linda & ... Lisa. Thank you so much. Thank you for your suggestion about Ranomafana Park ( for next birdwatching tours ). And as I told you : God bless you. Ravo - ToursByLocals private guide Madagascar
Haiyong Liuchangping district, BEIJING, China
Ravo is a nice person and can be trusted, we have a lot of fun with him. Thank you Ravo. Bryan Liu Sept. 22, 2013
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Bryan. Take care and have a very good health and happiness. Ravo - ToursByLocals Madagascar tour guide
He was not able to share a lot of information because he did not speak good English. He took extra cash for tickets instead of letting us pay for it, so he took triple the prices (felt more like stealing).
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've reviewed the booking details and communication between customer and guide - Ravo did mention the extras and they were agreed upon by the customer before she booked this tour. We've spoken to Ravo about working on adding those extra costs to his tours total prices to avoid confusion. Regarding his English skills we've asked Ravo to post a movie so that travellers can assess it for themselves.
Mark LangstonUnited States
Ravo did a terrific job tailoring an enjoyable city tour to my personal interests. His knowledge of Madagascar history is excellent, and he gave me a great opportunity to experience the "life of a local" through traditional food and interesting street markets. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, Thank you so much for everything ! I wish you very good health, happiness and succes. God bless you ! Ravo - ToursByLocals Madagascar
Great trip! Less driving maybe and a bit of sea could have improved the excitement. The guide Ravo and Dede are ultimate
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Milichu, Thank you very much. All best to you and to your family, Ravo ( and Dede ) - ToursByLocals Madagascar
Gail OrensteinUnited Kingdom
Ravo was perfect. He did not just give us a package tour, he took the time to learn about us and what we wanted and liked and created the perfect tour for us. We wanted to see local culture and he took us to Famadihana. Ravo was able to make for us the perfect holiday that we had dreamed of. We saw so much of the true like of the wonderful people. He is much much more than just a normal guide, he is a 'fantasy' maker. He turned Madagascar in to Fantasy Island for us. He was perfect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Gail & Robert. God bless you. Don't forget to send the photos to the family who welcomes us. Ravo - ToursByLocals Madagascar
Our tour was very tough, long days on rough roads but our guide, Ravo, and driver never complained and always did everything in their power to assist us. Ravo spoke some English and always had books, maps and brochures to fill in the language gaps with all sorts of information. Ravo tailormade our very demanding itinerary and added some suggestions that turned out to be the highlights of the tour. Ravo has great knowledge and passion of his country, highly recommended as well as ToursByLocals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks alot Mike & Sue. All best to you. I've posted your letter. It was a great pleasure. Ravo ( and Rivo ) - Madagascar ;-)