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 8, 2013
Our guide was professional, attentive, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Western Approach Review: Lindsey G.
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
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
August 12, 2012
We had a great experience with Thomson! We can’t say enough about how professional the porters were, how organized, how caring, what great cooks they were, and how willing they were to share local information about their culture, food and cooking.
As a dietitian, I was particularly interested in the food. They allowed me to go into the cooking tent one night and watch them prepare dinner. As I work in a kitchen every day, this was particularly special for me.
Brent and I felt the affects of the mountain pretty early in the trip, so our guides, Prosper, James and Calvin were always checking on us. We eventually made it to the summit, and Brent proposed there! Thanks to Prosper and James who took the extra time with us to make sure we got to the top!
Brent and I were married on March 10th! Kili & Thomson will always have a special place in our hearts.
Casside & Brent R.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, January 2012
July 30, 2012
The quality of the Thomson guides made this a most memorable trekking experience. Godlove, William and Wilfred went beyond the call of duty. They made it their mission to make sure that everyone was safe and enjoyed the trekking experience. Our well-being was their top priority.
We were checked for symptoms of altitude sickness and objective measures, such as heart rate and oxygen saturation, were recorded every evening. I felt reassured with the emergency medical equipment available during the trek.
Prosper and Godlove sang songs during the trek. Godlove took pictures and videos that are priceless; in particular when I was reading a letter from my 5 year old granddaughter at Uhuru peak.
Thomson exceeded my expectations - especially the quality of their tents and the variety and quality of the food we ate. I should know. I am from New Orleans!
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, February 2012
June 21, 2012
I have worked with guides in many countries so I have a sound basis to state that Thomson’s guides are the best. I reiterate my special appreciation of the Kilimanjaro trek guides. They operate in a most difficult environment, yet were consistently upbeat, helpful and encouraging to all of the trekkers.
First and most importantly, they were always genuinely concerned for our health and well being, this was evidenced by their regular checks on us while on the trek. They kept careful track that our water consumption was sufficient.
Second, they were all friendly and easy to talk (or in my case, also sing) with. They always consulted the group to ask how we felt about the schedule. For example, should we start at a certain time; stop for lunch now or push on; how should we plan dinner in relation to the geophysics lecture, as well as many other examples.
Third, the evening briefing about the next day’s agenda was well done, full of information and set clear expectations. We always knew what to expect the next day especially concerning the clothing we needed to wear.
Fourth, the overall organization was outstanding. Having been in command before, I recognize the skills necessary to make all the arrangements come off flawlessly. Camp was always set-up and broken down as expected. Meals, snacks and tea were always on time.
Fifth, it is important to commend the kitchen staff for an outstanding job. How in the world the cook produced the meals he did – high on the mountain with the limited equipment available – is amazing.
Sixth, overall organizational performance was magnificent. By this I mean being met initially at the airport to all the connections in between, including leaving at the airport. Vehicle drivers were all excellent. Our liaison in the US did a fine job supplying information and responding to inquiries.
Let me finish with a repetition of the outstanding job the guides did, without their superior performance all else would have been for naught.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route & Safari with The MIT Alumni Travel Program, February 2012