November 19, 2013
“As a triathlete and surgeon, I’ve faced some demanding challenges (marathons, half Ironman Triathlon, on call in the hospital with no sleep for days, etc.) and I’d say this was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I’ve accomplished …. and by design, with our children. High demand, high rewards. Thomson has been first class every step and detail of the way. We will all carry this experience with us through life’s challenges and be better prepared to handle anything. We chose Thomson because of a friend’s strong recommendation, Thomson’s stellar reputation and their philosophy toward their porters, Tanzanians and Mt. Kilimanjaro.”
Allen C. Ho, MD
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, June 2013
October 23, 2013
January 13, 2013
Thomson Safaris was the official tour operator for WaterCan’s inaugural Kilimanjaro climb, which saw 22 adventurous Canadians summit Mt. Kilimanjaro to bring vital attention to the global water and sanitation crisis. We were greatly impressed by the quality of the experience that Thomson Safaris offered our climbing team – the guides were well-informed, personable and professional; the meals and accommodations exceptional; and, day-to-day logistics expertly executed. We thank the Thomson Safaris team, in both the US and Tanzania, for helping to make our fundraising climb a first-class and memorable adventure for all.
George Yap, WaterCan Executive Director & Kilimanjaro climb team member
Photos taken by Nick Spector, 2012
July 22, 2011
The gear, single tent, and food were so beyond what I imagined. I realize that I was extremely fortunate to have climbed Kili with Thomson Safaris and that this is not the typical experience on the mountain.
I am also so thankful for the opportunity to have witnessed the work that everyone does on the mountain. I now can better understand the extent of the hard work that the mountain crew performs. I have nothing but high praises for the quality of work and care that was provided for me. Nashukuru sana (I am very grateful)!
Karen Valenti, Program Manager
Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – Moshi, Tanzania
Karen monitors activities with the Partner for Responsible Travel Program. She is also Acting Director of IMEC in Moshi, Tanzania.
June 1, 2011
Thomson Safari guides and porters deserve credit for getting us up and down the mountain. CSDW gave porters plenty of PUR for their families. – Dr. Greg Allgood (via Twitter)
Humanitarian, Dr. Greg Allgood, traveled with Thomson Safaris on MTV’s Summit on the Summit Kilimanjaro trek. Dr. Allgood travels around the world distributing PUR packets, which turns dirty water into clean, drinkable water, helping to prevent illness and save lives every day. Thus far, he and his partners have delivered more than three billion liters of clean drinking water for children and their families in more than 60 developing nations.
Watch footage from MTV’s Summit on the Summit trek below.
See more photos and read about the trek from the perspective of the celebrity climbers on the Summit on the Summit blog.
May 1, 2011
To all at Thomson Safaris,
I realized I never personally wrote to thank you for the amazing experience I had during our trip to Tanzania last winter. Not only did we accomplish our goal of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with the entire team including our two challenged athletes, Erica Davis and Tara Butcher, but we were looked after like kings and queens by Thomson Safaris staff. Every part of our trip was so well-planned that we hardly noticed we were traveling with two wheelchairs and about twice as much luggage as everyone else!
Special acclaim must go to our porters and guides for our trek up the mountain. Their unflagging energy, enthusiasm and support for what I am sure looked to them like a very strange endeavor was amazing. Without them we would not have made it to the top and back down again in one piece. I know that Derek Gates as thanked you, but I felt another thank you would not be out of place.
Once again, thank you for your support of the Through the Roof trip and documentary. I hope that I will be able to return to Africa with Thomson Safaris – probably without the wheelchairs and film crews – in the future for another amazing experience!
Penthea Crozier, CEO, C.H.E.K Institute
Purchase the Through the Roof DVD, a movie documenting the trek of the first female paraplegic to summit Mount Kilimanjaro!
Read the daily dispatches from the mountain on the Through the Roof blog.