Lyn was a very friendly and really knowledgeable guide. She was on time when picking us up at our guesthouse, provided water and was driving a comfortable van with more than enough space for the three of us. She knew her way in the park and was explaining a lot about the history and behaviour of the elephants and other animals. Unfortunately we did not see all of the big five on our trip, but Lyn did her very best for us to enjoy a wonderful day, thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Leonie, thank you for the feedback. Sorry I could find more animals but that's how it is with the animals living in the wild. It was a lovely day spent with you and your family and I wish you well for the rest of your holiday in South Africa. Best wishes Lyn
Bruce DwigginsUnited States
My husband and I have used ToursByLocals as our go-to site for years, very successfully. We recently took two tours led by Lyn out of Port Elizabeth, SA. The Addo elephant tour should have been the highlight of our vacation. Lyn showed up in a van she had rented for the day...with no speaker system. Despite repeated requests, she refused to raise her voice to be heard. Of the four of us, only the person next to her could hear......
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Dwiggins and group I apologise for having to do the Addo Tour in the rented vehicle which did not have a PA system but unfortunately this was out of my control as my vehicle was in for repairs. I did my best to speak as loudly as possible for all to hear during the drive to and from the park. In the park it was easier as we stopped so many times to share my information about the park and the various animals apart from the many elephants that we were so fortunate to see
Bruce DwigginsUnited States
My husband and I have used ToursByLocals as our go-to site for years, very successfully. We recently took two tours led by Lyn out of Port Elizabeth, SA. The Addo elephant tour should have been the highlight of our vacation. Lyn showed up in a van she had rented for the day...with no speaker system. Despite repeated requests, she refused to raise her voice to be heard. Of the four of us, only the person next to her could hear.....
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Dwiggins and group I must apologise regarding the rented vehicle without the PA system which I had to hire as my vehicle was in for repairs. The reason that at SANCCOB their is a volunteer guide to take the visitors around is that they have more information and up to date knowledge that what we as visiting guides have. I can of course do the tour but feel the visitors would get more information this way. The guide at Kragga Kamma Game Reserve is a specialist guide and they only have one.
Margaret GarnettWest Vancouver, BC, Canada
Can not give five stars because Lynn was slightly late picking us up and air conditioning in her vehicle did not work. However we Ioved her choices of where to take us and all the stops. Lunch over looking the ocean sitting out at a picnic table could not be better.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margaret Thank you for your review. Much appreciated. Apologies about being late but was held up at an accident road block and the aircon packed up the day before which was on the weekend and no workshops are open. Glad you enjoyed the rest. Go well. Lyn
Trevor PearsonSouth Africa
Thank you Lyn for a wonderful trip to the Addo Elephant Park. Lyn had a vast knowledge of all the animals in the park and was very flexible stayed at the water hole due to elephants there and took us to lunch later.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Trevor Thank you so much for your rating. It was a wonderful viewing indeed and I always so enjoy watching these beautiful animals interacting at the waterholes. Happy that you were able to see so many. Go well and maybe we meet up again one day. Best wishes Lyn
Pick up was well organized. Lyn was already waiting outside of the pier in front of the vessel. She did also a little trip through the city and she explained us a lot of about Port Elizabeth. Inside of the park our guide for the park was also already waiting of us. It was a really good tour. We've saw a lot of different animals during the tour. We've booked also the open vehicle and this was good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anja and friends.It was a great pleasure to spend the morning with you all.The experience with the Rhinos was awfully sad I must say and brings home to us all the consequences of Rhino Poaching. Very sad to watch baby Tank crying so. Go well and hope to see you all one day back in sunny South Africa.
We had a lovely day in Addo National Park, we saw many animals, mostly beautiful elephants. The guide Lyn is wonderful, she picked us at our hotel and took us to the park, and explained to us lot of stuff about South Africa and about the animals. We really enjoyed this tour! Lyn also helped us to find a tour to see whales, penguins and dolphins, it was great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Renata Thank you for the review. I am so happy that you and your family enjoyed the Addo Elephant Park and also had the wonderful experience of viewing our dolphins and even more so our visiting whales from the Antarctic. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spend with you and your family. Hope to see you in South Africa again one day.Go well. Lyn
Joan B.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joan Thank you for your response. It was a lovely morning spent with you both showing and telling you the early history of Port Elizabeth. I was so glad that I was able to find a suitable shop for Mr Bonanno to buy the socks he was looking for. Do go well and enjoy the rest of your cruise. Thanks Lyn
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Beverley Thanks for the review. A lovely day spent with you both. So glad you enjoyed seeing all the animals and of course the elephants. Go well Thanks Lyn
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Geraldine and James Thank you for your rating. It was a lovely day spent with you both visiting the Protea Farm and on the Woodcutters Journey in the Tsitsikamma Forest. Best wishes Lyn
Heidi BorcaUnited States
We enjoyed the great amounts of elephants up close.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Heidi Thank you for the feedback. It is always wonderful to be privileged to see lots of elephants in one place when visiting the park. Thanks Lyn
Robert SchmauderUnited States
Very knowledgable. Had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert Thanks so much for your review. It is always so nice to be able to enjoy myself too. Happy you had a great time. Go well Lyn
Laura S.United States
Fantastic tour! Lyn was so knowledgeable about the area and we appreciated her sharing a candid view of past events.
Laura S.United States
Penny McLeodUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Lynn in Port Elizabeth. She had a very comfortable car and took us to the Addo Elephant Park. I give it a five out of five and would use her or Tours by Locals again. Many thanks Penny
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Penny so glad you had an enjoyable tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the day spent with you. Hope to see you again in the future. Go well Best wishes Thanking you Lyn
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Caros. Was wonderful touring with you and your friends. Go well Lyn
Lyn is a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and relaxed. She responded to my interest in plants and history, going out of her way to show me additional places that were not strictly part of the tour. We had wonderful viewing of African wildlife, elephants, zebra and many many more, but I particularly enjoyed getting to understand the local context and heritage values around Port Elizabeth. Patting a tame cheetah was a wondrous added extra that was immediately posted on Facebook to amaze my famil
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ro Thank you for your review. I thoroughly enjoyed the day too. Always a pleasure to discuss and admire nature with visitors with the same passion. Go well and thank you for your booking. Best wishes Lyn
Paul GlickmanUnited States
Our tours were led by Lyn's husband Peter. He is an excellent tour guide. Our morning tour of the city was quite good. Peter knew the city well as well as the local history. Our afternoon tour of the nature reserve was excellent. He was very good at spotting and we were able to view a large percentage of the animals present there. Overall we spent a very enjoyable day and can recommend Peter vey highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul It was lovely to have met you and am so glad that you enjoyed Peter. He is a very good guide and am happy that he met your expectations. Hope you have a wonderful trip further and maybe meet again one day. Who knows. Go well and best wishes Lyn
Jan R.United States
Lyn gave us an excellent tour. She was knowledgeable and took great pride in showing us the history of Port Elizabeth. We especially enjoyed seeing an historical home with her detailed and enthusiastic explanations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jan Thank you so much for the review. I thoroughly enjoyed the day with you all and am glad that you enjoyed it as well. Enjoy the rest of your cruise and hope to meet you again one day Go well and best wishes to you and the rest of the group Thanks Lyn
Andre LawrenceSouth Africa
Teresa DailyUnited States
Lyn has lived all her life in Port Elizabeth, and is a historian. She pampered me. She arrived early for our tour. Provided water, etc., and even journeyed to TWO out of the way stops, (on opposite sides of town!), to purchase my unusual South African souvenir request. Having a Tours by Local guide is the smartest, most valuable thing a person can do! Priceless!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Teresa