Thank you so much! I say thank you, Katie and Rachel for all your help and support as I was nervously considering and then preparing for this trip! I can’t say enough good things about Thomson and your responsiveness and helpfulness, and words cannot begin to describe my gratitude and appreciation and awe for the staff on Kilimanjaro. The guides, cook, waiters, porters and everyone else were absolutely amazing, helpful, patient, kind, supportive, experienced and somehow managed to will all of us up to the summit safely even when we ourselves weren’t so sure we would make it! :-)
I was very moved by my experience and, as I am sure others have already told you, it was beyond life-changing. I was so scared to go on the trip, but at the end, I cried because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek, March 2013
View of Mount Kilimanjaro
Knic at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!
Knic and friends trekking Mount Kilimanjaro with Thomson Safaris
Sunrise over Mawenzi Peak
It was an amazing trip and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience from beginning to end. The climb up Kilimanjaro was amazing and difficult and by far one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I did not realize how unbelievable it was going to be and I’m so happy that we chose Thomson as our tour operator. We could tell you are the best. All of your people from the drivers to the guides and porters were simply amazing.
Ras Nungwi was an amazing place. Zanzibar was the perfect spot to relax after the climb. I’m glad we had the tour of Stone Town before we left. I thought that was a great addition to the trip.
All in all I couldn’t have been happier that we chose Thomson. Many thanks to everyone involved for making this such an amazing trip.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek & Zanzibar Extension, February 2013
We had a fantastic experience and were continually grateful to have the Thomson Safari guides and porters leading the way. Wilfred was professional, attentive, knowledgeable and trustworthy, a calming presence to have managing all of the details. We were especially impressed by Liberate whose intuitive and sensitive nature was noticed by many on our trip. He was wise and thoughtful and a great support system for our group. Calvin was also a stellar resource and leader. He was always good for a joke – he has the best smile and laugh I think I’ve ever seen – but, also knew when to keep it serious.
The accommodations and food were also great. Our porters made us comfortable and always aimed to please. The staff did a good job ensuring my gluten-free diet was safe. Thank you again for all of your support throughout this process. We were so happy to have Thomson as our outlet … our memories made in Tanzania will last a lifetime!
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, March 2013
Click to enlarge photos from Lindsey’s trek
I’m very happy to have chosen Thomson Safaris for my Kilimanjaro trek. The extended Thomson team was exemplary. I’m very happy that I spent the extra money and went with the best provider available – choosing a cheaper operator would have meant failing on the climb. I researched many tour groups and options for climbing Kilimanjaro and decided that Thomson offered the best chance for success, even though the cost was significantly higher than the low budget tours. In retrospect, I realize that I would never have made it to the top with another group. I definitely made the right choice!
Thank you Thomson for the trip of a lifetime! You guys are great, and well-worth the extra investment. Everything on the trek was A++++. Food, water, porters, guides – everything.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek & Safari, January 2013
Click to enlarge photos from Steve’s trek
Matt and Sean at the summit of Kilimanjaro
Matt and Sean with Thomson Kilimanjaro staff
Above the clouds on Kilimanjaro
We had such a great trip. Thomson Safaris was easily the best group on the mountain. They treated us and their porters better than other companies. Plus, all of us made it to the top! We had an experience of a lifetime. Together, we made it to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 ft. Although the feeling at the top was one nether of us will forget, the journey up there was loaded with similar moments. It was a beautiful trip, and we were so grateful for all of your help!
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route, September 2012
Trekking across the Shira Plateau
Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!
On safari in northern Tanzania
Kicking back in Zanzibar
My three week African adventure with Thomson Safaris delivered on every level…an inspiring and invigorating trek to Uhuru Peak, a wide-eyed sightseeing safari to Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater and a relaxing and rejuvenating beach escape to Zanzibar.
Thanks to Thomson’s professional guidance, evident every “pole pole” step of the way, it was a trip of a lifetime. Thomson Safaris is a professionally run tour operator that places great emphasis on trekker safety…which I appreciated, particularly at 19,340.’
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route & Safari with Zanzibar extension, September 2012