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Dearest Alan The days at Swanage have gone by much too quickly. Thank you for an incredible time at Swanage and in Joburg. It was an absolute pleasure to finally meet you and am so glad my sister recommended me to stay with you:) Please take care of yourself and do visit Vidhya and I when you can. Sharp Sharp Kal (Queen of Swanage) Perth Australia
Dear Alan Thank you very much for providing a home away from home for me over my 5 week elective. Your warmth and generosity provides all the Swans with a base to truly experience SA. Unsurprisingly the Pilanesburg was the absolute highlight, seeing lion in our first 10 minutes. Having the benefit of your local knowledge for all of our nights out and particularly the Swanage treatment at Fahrenheit. Your continuous energy and willingness to welcome my friend into your home and let us leave bags while we traveled Zim and Botswana made things so much easier. May the love and banter continue. Nick Coulshed (Sydney Australia) ps Hello Eka and James (who will be coming at the end of the year).
What can I say that hasn't already been said by everyone in the Swan Book. Well firstly, thank you for popping my safari cherry and for throwing in 2 leopards with 5 mins of entering the park. What a truly splendid experience which I will never forget. I am so grateful you made room for me to join you on duty in Pilanesberg. Secondly thank you for the fabulous restaurant visits. Thank you for providing such a safe environment in your lovely home and for the great pre marriage advice. Best of luck with whatever carzily wonderful future endeavours you take on. Gemma Goodwin xxxx, Albury Australia.
Dear Alan I've been trying to find a 6 STAR rating forever and I now have found one right here at Swanage. Thank you for hosting me and welcoming me into the Swanage family. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to my first time in South Africa - our Pilanesberg safari that took off literally the day after I touched down in Joburg was amazing an d a real eye-opener to your uncanny ability to find animals. Swanage has been such a delightful and peaceful home for these last four weeks. Thanks for all the fond memories that I will cherish forever, from our stimulating dinner conversations and Monday nights at Fahrenheit feasts, that blew the thermometer off the scale to the hilarious hall way banter and epic gymn sessions together. It's been an enormous pleasure to spend this last month with you and it definitely won't be the last time at Swanage. Sherman - Sydney Australia.
Dear Alan You are lucky to have such a wonderful and homely house. Staying in Swanage brought me back to my childhood home. I am grateful that you were able to host me at such late and short notice. There serenity and peace was much needed especially after the epic 24hour trauma shift at Bara. And of course the local knowledge that is unparalleled in the Safari and the Braai you organised. I hope that one day I will be back in SA and Joburg. Lit Min Sam (University of Queensland).
Dear Alan Thank you very much for your very warm welcome at Swanage. This place provides you with everything you need to feel comfortable at this vibrant and challenging city. I have been impressed by the late night discussions about everything and the enthusiasm you had in explaining animal behavior in the Pilansberg. Take care, I will definitively be back in SA and Joburg. Hanning from Germany 9 December 2017
Hey Alan, the past three months passed by so fast. From my first day in Swanage I felt like home. Thank you a lot for so many things: All the really advices, which made life in Joburg so much easier, the awesome safari (Unfortunately without leopards), all the restaurants you showed us and the nice evenings we spent there together (I loved the Indian place) and of course all the enlightening and interesting stories about life and South Africa you shared with us. After the exhausting and crazy shifts in Bara I was always happy to know that there is a home with nice people and a lovely garden to relax. You are a great host and I would come back anytime. Hope to see you again! All the best wishes from Felix.
Dear Alan. Thank you so much for everything! We enjoyed every minute in Swanage and are so thankful that you created a home for us so far away from home. We will never forget the friendly loving atmosphere, your understanding and the fun we had with you. You always knew when it was time for a good steak, plus you always knew where to get this steak. You showed us lion in Pilanesberg (alas the leopards were not seen), you cooked the best meals, you gave us precious travel tips so we could and did eventually see leopard. You taught us how to handle the crazy patients, doctors and nurses in Trauma, you inspired us and generously let us into your home life! You always say that everyone brings a first to Swanage. Well here is a list of our firsts: 1. You had to set up camp twice because we did not find the right spot. 2. You had to stay awake until 2am because we had to finish Marcel's famous Gin and Tonic. 3. We were all guys with one princess on Safari. 4 First time to do a safari open vehicle drive with Gin and Tonic on board. Thank you! We truly appreciate it. We hope you will have many more Swans. All the best from Marcel and Max.
Alan. The love you share with people around you is not to be forgotten. You have got a big heart for your brothers and sisters and for the things you do. Passion, kindness and hospitality you embrace. These small things like sharing your food, lighting a candle before a meal, asking how was your day - it's very nice. It has been a pleasure to get to know you. Our trip to Pilanesberg - Private Safari, seeing leopard so many times for so long. Life's amazing isn't it? All the best Alan, hope to see you again. You're welcome to in Norway Marta
Dear Alan many thanks for contributing to such a great time. Your welcoming and open way made me feel almost like at home. I just don't know where you get your energy from, do you have a hidden source??? It's always good to have one or more safe spaces, thank you! I'll be back for sure, maybe sooner than one would think! You have a safe space in Germany. I'm more than grateful for my choice of accommodation here in Josi. Thorbs