Guest Reviews


Some of my tours are also published on the Airbnb Experience platform. As of 11 November 2021 here are the ratings on Airbnb:


Hill Safari – 60 Reviews – 4.98 out of 5

River Cruise – 9 Reviews – 5 out of 5

Jeep & Boat – 11 Reviews – 5 out of 5


Below are some of the reviews I receive. I am grateful to all who have given me helpful (and kind) feedback.


Laure, November 2021 (Hill Safari)

un super moment de plus de 2h30 dans les magnifiques collines de Silves. Magique de sortir des sentiers battus. La pluie du début à mis encore un peu plus de piquant à cette aventure.


Quinta Albasol, October 2021 (River Cruise)

Our family took a trip down the Arade with Thylbert and we all absolutely loved it – from the kids to my mother (in her 70s). The whole setup was very well organised and different from anything we had previously explored in the area. The range of scenery along the route – not to mention the fantastically quaint boat set-off point – was a great surprise, with many stunningly beautiful landscapes. Thylbert quipped in with just the right amount of historical facts along the way. His storytelling combined with the lovely range of drinks and snacks on offer made the trip thoroughly enjoyable. A morning very well spent and to be repeated, hopefully with more family and friends!


Kees, October 2021 (Hill Safari)

Wij hebben de prachtige tocht gemaakt. Communicatie was heel goed! We hebben genoten! Wat een geweldige ervaring! En wat een schitterende tocht. Thylbert vertelt gezellig en geeft veel informatie. Hij is ontzettend aardig en hebben koffie gedronken op een parelplekje. Wij raden deze rit enorm aan. Adembenemende uitzichten! Zwangere vrouwen is misschien niet handig door de hobbelachtige paden. Hartelijk bedankt Thylbert! Hopelijk nog vele tourtochten! Een aanrader voor touristen om het mooie stadje Silves te bezoeken. Groetjes van de Hollanders Fam de Wit


Victoria, October 2021 (Jeep & Boat)

We thoroughly enjoyed both the jeep safari and the river cruise. Both experiences allowed us to see more of Portugal that we would never normally get to. It was peaceful and insightful too. Thylbert provided vast knowledge on the land and water and was a great host and guide. Thoroughly recommend!


Jan, September 2021 (Hill Safari)

we have been visiting Portugal for a number of years and took the tour for the first time. itdidn’t disappoint! Our guide was really informative, made us feel really welcome and took an interest in us too. He knew so much about the terrain and took time to share with us. All in all a fantastic experience!


Matthew, September 2021 (Jeep & Boat)

It was a great day out the journey in the hills had some spectacular views and was quite exciting and the river tour was a welcome addition to the tour to relax. Thylbert was very informative of the History and nature of Silves and provided refreshments to keep us going. They say Silves is Terra and Mar and this a good way to appreciate it. The journey was not too long aprox 3 hours. Good thing to do.


Guido, September 2021 (Jeep & Boat)

Dieser Ausflug brachte mir die volle schönheit der Algarve. Die Jeep Safari war ein Abenteuer und die Informationen über Fauna und Wildtiere waren sehr interessant. Der Bootsausflug war sehr relaxed. Wir sahen spezielle Vögel und Fische die aus dem Wasser sprangen. Eine unglaublich schöne pure Natur und ein sehr engagierter Tourguide machten diesen Ausflug unvergesslich.


Franck, August 2021 (Hill Safari)

Très bonne expérience dans la jeep de Thyl. De magnifiques paysages, une pause boisson avec une vue sublime et des anecdotes intéressantes !


Aude, August 2021 (River  Cruise)

Polyglotte et passionné d’histoire, Thylbert est le guide parfait pour découvrir l’Arade du point de vue unique de son bateau.


Stefano, August 2021 (Hill Safari)

Ottima soluzione per vedere un altro lato dell’Algarve, le campagne e le colline regalano paesaggi fantastici. Thylbert ci ha guidato tra i sentieri, fornendo informazioni riguardo flora e fauna. Bella esperienza!


Ambre, August 2021 (Jeep & Boat)

Amazing experience, you get to see breathtaking landscapes with the jeep. The ride is fun and Thyl is amazing, he explains so many things about the area, history, faune and flora. The boat ride is so relaxing, you get to see different and greener landscapes, with a nice golden hour at the end. 100% recommend this experience with Thyl!!


Christine, August 2021 (Hill Safari)
A faire absolument. Très belle découverte de l’arrière pays sur des reliefs très escarpés. Thylbert connait comme sa poche tous les chemins et sait nous faire découvrir tous les points de vue. Thylbert est vraiment très sympathique et parle parfaitement bien le français. Nous avons fait cette ballade en début de matinée mais ce même parcours en fin de journée doit être superbe avec le soleil couchant. Nous recommandons vivement.


Rishikesh, June 2021 (Jeep & Boat)

I think this experience was the highlight of my holiday in the Algarve. The views of the hills and river were spectacular. The Jeep was really fun and the boat was peaceful. Thyl was friendly and told us all about the landscape and history. I really loved the trip and recommend the experience.


Tamás, June 2021 (Hill Safari)

The trip was a cherry on top at the end of our trip in Algarve region. Thylbert has very good stories and background info about the region and the portuguese culture. The jeep is amazing, the view is spectacular. Strongly recommended!


Natasha, June 2021 (Jeep & Boat)

I strongly recommend Thyl’s combined jeep and boat tour, which takes you through beautiful landscapes that are not typically seen by tourists in the Algarve. I particularly enjoyed the quiet time spent on the Rio Arade river. Thyl is an engaging guide with lots of interesting information about the area.


Tom, May 2021 (Jeep & Boat)

We had the chance to see very beautiful and remote places which are not your typical tourist attractions. the silence in nature we experienced was something we never experienced before. We loved the Jeep rollercoaster adventure in the hills and the contrast with the boat river cruise. Thylbert has a lot of historical and geographical knowledge. He can tell you a story about almost anything you encounter during the tour. The river cruise was refreshing and made us understand more about the history of the area. This contrast of the jeep adventure and the laidback river cruise was for us the perfect end of our holidays in the Algarve


Christine, July 2020 (Hill Safari)

Une activité au top que je recommande les yeux fermés !! De beaux paysages . Le moment de la journée bien choisis pour les lumières au coucher du soleil sur les paysages . Thilbert était très avenant à l’écoute . Tout était parfait étant avec 3 ados ils se sont beaucoup amusés et ont adorés . Merci encore thilbert.


Evgeny, July 2020 (Hill Safari)

Fantastic journey on mountain roads and off-road. These places you will never find without Thyl. Very beautiful, breathtaking and must-visit.


Sonia, July 2020 (Hill Safari)

Super expérience en famille, paysage magnifique, lieu inoubliable, balade de 2h30 très intéressante. Les sentiers et chemins super. Je recommande +++++ pour notre prochain passage nous ferons la croisière avec ce même hôte.


Linnea, July 2020 (Hill Safari)

We had to drive one hour to be able to attend this jeep ride, but it was totally worth it! Thylbert was very friendly and his English was spot on. He showed us places we could never access with our own car. All in all, it was a lovely experience and we would definitely recommend it to our friends and family!


Lionel, July 2020 (Hill Safari)

C est aussi ceci l algarve du calme , de l’a sérénitée dans ces flanc de coline , perdu au milieu des eucalyptus Magnifique paysage Guide attentionné , très sympathique.


Armando, July 2020 (Hill Safari)

Experiência muito engraçado e divertida e excelente anfitrião ( que até levou roupa para o caso de sentirmos frio ). Recomendo para quem visitar o Algarve.


Sonia, February 2020 (Hill Safari)

Le safari en Jeep proposé par Thyl, est un moment magique, avec des paysages magnifiques et une ambiance conviviale. On sent sa passion pour la nature et il sait la faire partager. Nous avons passer un très bon moment en très bonne compagnie.


Herve, February 2020 (Hill Safari)

Il connaît très bien son sujet très belle balade avec en prime un super temps à refaire. Je le recommande à tous.


Gareth, February 2020 (Hill Safari)

Great tour. Well worth it.


Josh, November 2020  (Hill Safari) 

Absolutely amazing safari. Thyl was very knowledgeable on many topics, from history to geography to geology and even the mechanics of the old style jeep. Fantastic day out. Well worth it.


Madeleine, September 2019  (Hill Safari)

Thyl knew a lot about the history of the local area and it was impressive his ability to switch between languages for us and the other guests. The off roading experience was really enjoyable.

Thijs, September 2019  (Hill Safari)

Een mooie kans om een stuk van de Algrave te zien op een manier die je zelf nooit zult ervaren. Het is een ontspannen rit met fantastische uitzichten, maar voelt tegelijkertijd ook avontuurlijk. Thyl is erg relaxed en vertelt heel leuk over de natuur en geschiedenis van het gebied. Hij had zelfs wat goede tips voor het vervolg van onze reis. Absolute aanrader voor wanneer je in de Algarve bent!


Nadine, September 2019  (River Cruise)

Cet homme a une grande qualité De convivialité, Très Ouvert, très agréable et redoutablement sympathique


Ien, September 2019  (Hill Safari)

Het was een fantastisch ervaring. Algarve van de andere kant, avontuurlijk en erg leuk. We kunnen iedereen aanraden om dit te ervaren. Thyle was ook een hele goede verteller. Hij weet veel over het gebied.


Michael, September 2019  (River Cruise)

We vonden de boottocht heel leuk, toch iets meer zien vanuit de boot en ook uit de hoogte met zijn jeep, top! Ook soms lekker hard varen en dan weer dingen over omgeving horen, echt de prijs waard en aan te raden!


Corinne, September 2019  (Jeep & Boat)

J’ai expérimenté le jeep & Boat combination et j’ai adoré !Thyl nous a guidés pour découvrir un Algarve authentique loin des parcours habituels ! A recommander sans aucun doute !


Jacqueline, September 2019  (Hill Safari)

Het was een geweldige ervaring die ik niet had willen missen. Mooie tocht en Thyl vertelde onderweg veel over de omgeving. Ook hebben we elkaar een beetje persoonlijk leren kennen. Super mooie rit!!!


Loréane. September 2019  (Jeep & Boat)

J´ai adoré le contraste entre les sensations fortes et la beauté apaisante de la nature! Merci à Thyl pour sa gentillesse et ses petites attentions notamment les boissons fraiches et le snack qu´il a prévu.


Joana, September 2019  (Jeep & Boat)

Se procuram um dia com uma boa companhia, adrenalina e conhecer um pouco mais a cidade de Silves, não devem perder o dia no jipe e passeio de barco do Thyl, que foi sempre muito simpático e atencioso. O almoço é um ponto muito forte, e pudémos contar ao longo do dia com alguns petiscos e refrigerantes! Muito bom, a fazer!


Catherine, September 2019  (Jeep & Boat)

Nous avons passé une super journée de découverte entre amis! La région est magnifique! Nous avons adoré les explications de Thyl à propos de l´histoire de Silves, de la faune et la flore. Merci !


Nelson, September 2019  (Jeep & Boat)

Não conhecíamos a cidade e foi realmente bom, na companhia do simpático Thyl, descobri-la desta maneira. Adaptou-se muito bem às nossas crianças apesar de um pouco radical na parte do jipe, mas foi realmente bom aproveitar o final de dia em Silves. Sem dúvida a fazer!


Graciete,  September 2019  (Jeep & Boat)

Desde ao passeio de Jipe para começar o dia, ao almoço divinal ao pé do rio e o passeio de barco para acabar, sem dúvida uma experiência a não perder. As explicações e a simpatia do Thyl são também um ponto muito forte!


Vincent, September 2019  (Hill Safari)

L’expérience qu’on a eu la chance de vivre grâce à Thyl est vraiment unique, hors des sentiers battus, cela change des activités qu’on peut trouver en masse dans la région, Thyl est passionné par ce qu’il fait, on le ressent lors de l’excursion. Une expérience incontournable si on est de passage dans la région! Nous recommandons vivement!


Sarah, August 2019  (Hill Safari)

Thyl was the most amazing host & the experience was unforgettable! Totally recommend this to anyone who wants to get away from tourists and experience something new on the Algarve. Driving with the Jeep was so much fun, we enjoyed the views and Thyl brought drinks and snacks. We stopped a few times. Thyl told us many interesting things and we could have never done this on our own!


Carlos, August 2019  (River Cruise)

This river ride was absolutely picturesque and relaxing. Thyl is an extremely knowledgeable guide who was easy to talk to. Going up the river is very calm, I definitely recommend wearing some protection from the sun. When you get to the more open part of the river the temperature can change quite quickly so if you’re one to get cold easily a light wind breaker will do the trick. lastly the fact Thyl uses a smaller boat make the experience more intimate, as you will be the only people on the ride itself. You’ll see other charters passing by with large groups. I highly recommend giving this experience a try.


Peter, August 2019  (Hill Safari)

A great trip out into adventurous terrain with Thyl in a jeep for our group of 4 friends which he navigated very safely. He gave us a history of the area and stopped for photo opportunities at various locations throughout our trip. Thyl was a great, friendly host who told us plenty of information and about his life which was endearing. Overall a great trip which I would recommend to anyone.


Raquel, August 2019  (River Cruise)

We had a wonderful time going down the Arade. Thyl was a wonderful and friendly captain, willing to share some history about Silves and Portimão and the river connecting these two cities. It’s a really worthy trip and I hope I can repeat the experience soon


Sylvie, Jeep August 2019  (Hill Safari)

Super ballade des paysages a coupé le souffle on se sent seul au monde entouré de magnifique montagnes


Gita, August 2019  (River Cruise)

I loved being on the water and hearing such interesting facts about the history of the places we passed, I enjoyed the variety of views and seeing the river and the port as well. I would definitely recommend this tour, it was highly enjoyable from start to finish.


Emma, July 2019  (Hill Safari)

This is such a brilliant experience and really comes highly recommended! Thyl really knew so much about the route we were taking on the trip and was amazing at sharing little facts and historical detail. I absolutely loved being in the open air jeep and taking in the wildlife and nature and beautiful views. It was so much fun, my husband and myself were with Thyl and two other guests and I honestly felt like a family by the time it was over. Thyl went out of his way to make us feel happy and comfortable, from offering snacks and drinks, to showing us extra personal special places in Portugal to even giving me his jumper when it got a bit chilly. We learnt so much and if we ever come back to Portugal we will definitely be contacting Thyl to do it all again. He really is brilliant! Em and Stef x


Alice, July 2019  (Hill Safari)

It was a wonderful experience and a beautiful evening driving through the mountains. We even spotted a wild boar! Thyl is very knowledgeable about the area and a warm and friendly guide.


Camilo, July 2019  (Hill Safari)

The trip shows a bare and wild country side just on the outskirts of Silves, the naked mountains, and it´s amazing how it starts just outside town. The 4 wheel drive is an old UMM model, bringing a sense of returning to a more true feel experience of roaming into the hills. The views are great and Thyl is a great host, very interested on making sure we enjoy the trip experience, and a very nice guy. It’s a small trip of about 2 hours, that goes in a blink of an eye. Highly recommended. Great value for money.