I was on the wildlife tour yesterday and first of all wanted to
write you that I really enjoyed it very much! That was the best Tour I
did in New Zealand. What I liked most about it was, that I could really
feel how much you are interested in the animals and respect them and do
not do things like making pictures just before leaving and sell them
after the trip for $25 or something like that. It was awesome! Thank you
Have a very good time and thank you for doing this work!
Thanks for organising the awesome trip to Kenya and Tanzania this
year, an experience way surpassing our highest hopes.
The guides were outstanding and the accommodation and food were
brilliant, we felt like royalty. After seeing the “big 5” after the
first day and a half I thought what on earth were we going to do for the
remaining time but each day brought fresh and unbelievable sights. I
never thought we would be a metre away from wild elephants, watch
leopards stalk their prey, or hear lions crunch the bones of their
latest victims. From the the vastness of Serengeti to the uniqueness of the Ngorongoro
crater to the incredible dry dust bowl of Ambosali there was so much
variation it was hard to believe we were still within the same vicinity.
The human cultural experience was an unexpected bonus observing the
Maasai going about their daily lives was another thing altogether. And
as someone with a passion for knowledge of early human development being
able to visit Olduvai Gorge just added another dimension to an already
We achieved a lifelong dream of hot air ballooning over the African
landscape to observe the wildlife from above. This was a major highlight
of the trip for Kirsty and we now pinch ourselves to confirm that this
trip was a reality .....
Regards & thanks, Nevis & Kirsty
Dear Elm Tours,
JI have just returned to England after spending 5 weeks in New
Zealand. One of the highlights of my trip was around 3rd May when I
went on one of your tours to the Otago Peninsula. I was overwhelmed by
the beauty of the landscape and by the wild life.
Shaun led the trip and I was very impressed by his respect for the
wildlife and his protective attitude towards the birds and animals we
saw. I travel frequently and it is a constant complaint on my part how
people are allowed to invade animals' territory. Congratulations to Elm
Wildlife Tours for employing someone who cares for the environment and
who cherishes the animals that inhabit that environment. I hope to
return to NZ and I shall definitely use Elm Wildlife again. I shall
also recommend your tours to anyone I know who plans to visit NZ.
We thoroughly enjoyed your eco tour which we took from Dunedin on
25th March 2009. Being avid wildlife enthusiasts - especially birds,
we were facinated by the non tropical bird life in your part of the
world, especially the close up observation of the yellow eyed penguins
and the albatross as well as your other native birds we saw on the trip.
The private beach area was idyllic though quite different from our
tropical beaches. Please convey our thanks to the french guy and the
kiwi guide ( I think his name was Craig) who did a wonderful job.Thanks
for making our visit a memorable one.
Regards, Tilak & Dellani Collure
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the wildlife tour on February
15th. It was one of the highlights of our visit to New Zealand. A lot
more walking/climbing than I expected but it was so much fun. Now we're
enjoying our photos.
Thanks again. We'll certainly recommend the tour to friends travelling
to New Zealand next year.
Sheila zur Linden
We did a Wildlife Tour with you guys on Christmas Eve on the Otago Peninsula. It was absolutely amazing. The tour guides were friendly, helpful and honest (i.e. when they didn't know an answer they admitted it), and we had an amazing time. Getting to walk around in the yellow-eyed penguin nesting area was such a great opportunity. We missed out on seeing the albatross nesting area, because we didn't realise you could pay more to see that part of it. Next time it would be great to be told that over the phone, as we would have loved to do it. Nevertheless we got some good photos and enjoyed albatross-spotting.
Thanks again for the fantastic tour. It was one of the highlights of the
trip, and we will definitely recommend it to friends who travel to NZ.
Pete & Lucy
Hi Shaun and Tom,
Thank you for the fantastic, fantastic tour I had today! It was probably the most memorable day of my life, ever. I enjoyed every minute of it -- from the beautiful landscapes on the way to Taiaroa Head, to all the wildlife we got to see. I can't believe we managed to get so close to the fur seals and the sea lions and the penguins! Thanks for the great commentary and insights during the tour. You guys are the best! :)
Austin, Texas USA
We came on one of your peninsula tours in October and it was one of the
highlights of our month-long holiday in NZ. The small size of the
tour combined with the exclusive locations and Sean's knowledge made our
experience a really memorable one; he even found me a Royal Spoonbill!
Never in our wildest dreams did we think that we'd be within 5 feet of
yellow eyed penguins. We have 2 Scottish friends coming out to NZ in
the next couple of weeks and have highly recommended that they come to
see you. (Perhaps they can collect the beenie I left on the bus!)
Thanks so much,
Louise and Toby
Iain and I so enjoyed our Borneo trip and lots of family and friends are still enjoying the photos. You put together a great trip and thus far the highlight of my life's travels. Shaun was superb and ensured our safety very well. He was a great help with photography and we have so enjoyed the results of his photos too. Regards to Shaun.
Adrienne Priday and Iain Smith
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my "Peninsula Encounters" tour (April 20th) - especially the 'up-close and scary' sea lions! The wildlife (and people!) encounters on this trip were a major highlight of my 5-week holiday. I'm now 'safely' back in Belgium - but wishing I was still feeling intimidated by the Otago sea lions! Very best wishes - and keep giving way to those yellow-eyed penguins!