May 15, 2013
We had an excellent time! William, our head guide, was amazing!! The porters were extremely helpful. Every time you turned around they were there to help you with the pack, tent or warm water.
I felt safe and cared for. Thank you for the great adventure! I will recommend Thomson to anyone due to the team’s professionalism, customer service and concern for our safety.
Corie & Donald S.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, February 2013
May 6, 2013
I wanted to write and tell you what an awesome trip I had! I didn’t want to come home. I enjoyed the safari but the trek was my favorite part. All of my guides (Bernard, James, David and Alphayo) were great!
The first camp we all did yoga even the porters, Adam and Innocent (our waiters) joined in. They were so much fun to be around. Bernard was always around to have a good conversation with while we were hiking. I was confident of his experience and trusted his expertise. Whenever anyone was tired, all they had to do was look for Alphayo and he would immediately cheer them up with his infectious smile and a good fact about the mountain or wildlife. I could really tell that he likes his job!
James was by my side and looked after me like I was his sister. Abu (my porter) was on my other side the whole time. I didn’t feel unsafe at any time. I would do another trek in a heartbeat if I could find someone crazy enough to go back with me! I had so much fun with all the Thomson staff and will recommend the Umbwe route to anyone who wants to do a trek, the privacy we had on the first day and a half were great!
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek & Safari Extension, January 2013
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
February 26, 2013
One of the greatest experiences of my life. From the physical preparation to execution, it was a tremendous personal commitment and accomplishment. I believe in my heart and mind that Thomson was a very big part of my success. We had a wonderful experience made all the better by the many wonderful Thomson Safari people that guided, supported, transported and advised us on Kilimanjaro and on our safari. I am a raving fan of Thomson!
Kilimanjaro, Grand Traverse Route, October 2012
Click to enlarge photos from Ben’s trek
February 7, 2013
The Kilimanjaro trek was the most awesome experience of my life – never to be forgotten and will be talked about for some time to come.
A little over 2 years ago, Kili wasn’t even on the agenda. Being in my mid-60s, I never thought it was doable but once the decision was made, I trained especially hard. For me, the daily treks were not difficult, however summit day was a real challenge. But we made it and the experience was absolutely amazing, it was a great feeling of accomplishment!
The guides, porters, cooks and waiters were first rate; they encouraged us along the way and helped when necessary, it made the climb easier than anticipated.
Janet & John D.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Route, August 2012
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