My partner Dean and I took a tour with your company, this Friday just gone with your guide Shaun. I would just like to take this chance to let you know that the experience that we had was amazing. Sean was brilliant and extremely informative, we had the best time. For me it was equal first with our walk on the the top of a Fox a Glacier as the highlight of our trip to New Zealand.
I would also like to thank Shaun for his kindness and care when I felt unwell on the return trip. He is definitely a credit to your company.
Thank you again for the chance to see and walk among the awesome wildlife.
Firstly - thank you so much for the great wildlife tour we had with Elm Tours earlier in the month! Both Sean and Claudia were fantastic guides who did a wonderful job of sharing their passion for the Otago Peninsula with us. For most of our group, it was their first time seeing a penguin in the wild and was a highlight of their whole South Island trip! Please do pass along our thanks again when you see them.
Kind regards, Jane
I had an amazing time with Donna on the Wildlife tour today. We were really lucky to see some rare phenomena, e.g. a New Zealand juvenile Falcon who doesn't seem to appear very often in that area. Donna asked me to send you a picture of that Falcon since no one would believe her :-) please find the pictures in the attachments.
Thank you Donna for such a lovely day. I really enjoyed it.
All the best, Vera
Hi Shaun -- just a brief note to say what a lovely time my friend and I had with Elm recently. It was a lovely experience. I met Brian & Leslie Templeton (whom I assume are related!) on the Sub-Antarctic trip this past January. While it is true there is 'more' wildlife on the Sub-Antarctic, the whole Elm experience was amazing and it was great to see albatross chicks, and very close experiences with the yellow-eyed penguins. Plus all a beautiful setting too and our guides were great fun. Please send my greetings to them
Jane Cox (Letter)
My dad and I went on one of the Encounter Tours on Tuesday that was guided by Shaun and I just wanted to pass along our thanks to him again for being an awesome tour guide for the afternoon! We both could tell that he really enjoys doing the tours and that makes the experience that much better for the people being guided. He was incredibly informative, super friendly and kept things light and positive. I think he deserves a pat on the back!
We just wanted to e mail to thank you for the great time we had on your trip on Thursday 19th March to see the albatrosses, yellow eyed penguins, seals and sea lions. We thought the trip was one of the big highlights of our NZ holiday as we found it not only very informative but also very rewarding seeing the marine life up so close. The scenery and good weather were real bonuses too.
Please thank Donna in particular who led our group as she was an excellent guide and her enthusiasm and passionate interest was very infectious. She is also a great driver too! Also pass on our thanks to Rebecca who gave us lots of good information.
Once again many thanks.
Peter & Barbara ( now sadly back in the UK!!)
just a quick note to thank you for the tour - it was amazing and to let you know that our tour guide - John was spectacular. I was looking for the right word to describe just how wonderful our 8 hour with John was and I think spectacular sums it up nicely. His knowledge, passion for the area and the wildlife, warmth towards us, and ability to communicate lots of information was simply unsurpassed. Please thank him again for us.
Mark PS: I got some amazing photos!!!
BORNEO TOUR 2014
Prior to going on the Borneo Wildlife tour I scrolled through these testimonials and was surprised not to find reference to Elm’s Borneo Tour.
This wildlife tour to Borneo (June 14) can be summed up as excellent.I saw lots of wildlife. There were so many highlights - Turtle laying eggs, Orang Utans, Long tailed and Pig Tailed Macaques, Proboscis Monkeys, Cats, Flying Foxes (in action), Birds, and more. There was always plenty to see and do. Sabah has great scenery. All the people we had contact with were very nice. I never felt unsafe or in markets was harassed to buy.
This Borneo tour would suit anyone interested in wildlife and viewing nature in general and who doesn’t mind it being hot and humid. I thoroughly enjoyed the river cruising especially viewing the antics of Proboscis Monkeys on cables that were put between a river bank for Orang Utans to cross the river. Lots of activities are on every day. There are also some early morning activities like the river boat or guided walks and some later afternoon and evening activities too like night safaris or guided jungle walks. The grounds of the places where we stayed were lovely to explore and the wildlife close to see. We had local guides, all outstanding and proficient at spotting wildlife as we went about.
Our accommodation varied from basic on Turtle Island (but well worth the visit) to first rate at Darnum Valley. We stayed a night in Lahad Datu and visited the street markets and had some fun days at the end of the tour in Kota Kinabalu where you can get an hour long lower leg and foot massage for about NZ$15.
This was a delightful trip. It was the 3rd visit to Sabah for one of our fellow travellers (2nd with Elm Wildlife) you can easy to see why.
Sabah is very hot and very humid so do take the right clothing. Things that can be rinsed out at night and will dry on inflatable coat hangers - light cotton tops/shirts and quick drying underwear. Take a good camera (burst shots will reward) and lightweight good binoculars are also worthwhile.
So all in all a wonderful experience in so many ways. A big “Thank You” to Brian Templeton for organising this adventure.
BORNEO TOUR 2014