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 1, 2013
Glacier in the crater of Mount Kilimanjaro
Richard, Wanda, and Francis relaxing at Ras Nungwi in Zanzibar
A dhow on the blue ocean seen from Ras Nungwi
Kilimanjaro at night
Wildlife viewing in Northern Tanzania
All the guides and porters were just great, but you really have a gem with our assistant guide, Sunday.
He was FANTASTIC. Without his help, I would not have made it to the top. He had us all laughing and forgetting how hard climbing up was, especially during the hardest times climbing up! He also offered to carry my water bottles along with his huge backpack. He is extremely capable and was in good spirits 100% of the time. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone like him before. I felt very safe with him there.
My son and I wanted to see a sunrise so he offered to get us up before dawn and take us to see it. Of course, I couldn’t take decent pictures of the sunrise but he even knew how to use my camera and zoom in and get the best photos! As you can gather, Sunday was a huge part of us having fun on this really hard climb.
Ras Nungwi in Zanzibar was the BEST PART of the trip. We all loved it!!!
Looking back at everything, it was an adventure and I can certainly understand how important the role of Thomson is in a country like Tanzania. I would certainly recommend Thomson again.
Thank you for organizing everything.
Richard and Wanda Allinson
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, Wildlife Safari, and Extension to Zanzibar, June 2013
June 17, 2013
The Gildea Family trekked Kilimanjaro’s Umbwe Route with Thomson Safaris in January 2013. The family members recall what made this trip a special experience:
“We are all proud of one another for our accomplishments. All of the guides and porters were extremely supportive and very well skilled. I owe a great deal to my guide, Sunday, for his enormous positive support of me getting to the top! We had an unbelievable experience with Thomson! We will never stop talking about our trip of a lifetime or singing Thomson Safaris praises!” – Lois G.
“An awesome experience! I loved every day because there was always something challenging. The guides and porters were very nice and helped with anything and everything. It was awesome getting to know them. The summit day was the hardest physical and mental thing I’ve ever done and I am a collegiate rugby player.” - Robert G.
“This was an experience I will never forget. I am so happy to have had the staff we had because they became like family to us. There was trust and comfort with every guide and most porters that we became close with. I’m happy my family chose Thomson!” - Kathleen G.
Private Family Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek, January 2013
May 10, 2013
April 27, 2013
This hike was an exceptional experience for our family. Western Approach Trek Review: Susan & Kevin M.
Susan & Kevin with their family at Uhuru Peak!
Heading to the summit
Karanga Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro
We had a wonderful time in Tanzania from start to finish. The trek was awesome and so was the safari. Hard to say what we enjoyed most! Our family really loved both parts of the trip even though they were so different.
Your guides there are fantastic – they really made the trip for us. Our 3 guides, waiters, and porters always had smiles for us and nothing but positive, encouraging words each day – I truly cannot say enough good things about those men.
Our safari guides were great too. We managed to see all of the “Big Five”; we spent nearly an hour watching the elusive leopard as she made her way through the grass and trees looking for a meal – the kids thought it was great.
The food on the mountain and on safari was fabulous. In fact my kids asked why my food at home didn’t taste that good! I think we ate them out of house and home on safari; teenagers can eat a lot.
This hike was an exceptional experience for our family. We learned a lot about ourselves, each other and Tanzania. I am not sure we are ready to head back up the mountain yet, but I am quite certain another trip to Tanzania will be in our future – there are lots of places left to see and experience!
Susan & Kevin M. and Family
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek & Wildlife Safari, December 2012
April 9, 2012
My grandson, Jacob, and I had a wonderful experience and I am sure its something we will always remember.
Your Kilimanjaro staff was just great and looked after us at all times, the porters & guides made the trek a success. Our safari was just as wonderful, Jacob especially enjoyed the balloon safari.
Our holiday just wasn’t long enough. We hope to come back someday. Thanks again for all your help while we were preparing for our journey.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route & Safari, February 2012