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
June 3, 2012
Our group summited Kilimanjaro at 1PM on a Sunday after 10 days of trekking Thomson’s Grand Traverse route. What a fabulous adventure! Thomson was, by far, the most professional outfit on the mountain. Our guides were experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Our porters were strong, fast, and friendly. My fellow travelers encouraged each another the entire way.
All in all, it was the perfect mix of adventure, challenge, and relaxation on the most beautiful place on earth. What more can I say? Thank you, Thomson, for a life-changing adventure!
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Route, January 2012
March 16, 2012
It was a fabulous trip. I loved the summit day. Wilfred is an excellent leader and guide, Loshie is great and very friendly, Godlisten is a fantastic leader and extremely knowledgable and fun to be around!
I figured Thomson was the best company on the mountain since MTV climbed with you!
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, January 2012
March 8, 2012
The trip is one we will absolutely not forget. It was fantastic in every way. We can only say great things about all the people that touched us on behalf of Thomson Safaris.
As the trip progressed, I became more and more aware of the logistics involved with moving a family throughout Tanzania. I can honestly say that the Thomson Safari staff pulled it off without a hitch, they were available at every point, every transition was smooth and we were able to completely enjoy the experience without worrying about all the travel details.
As we spoke to people traveling with other travel companies, it became apparent that Thomson provides a superior service. Our guides, accommodations and our meals were far superior.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route & Safari, January 2012