June 10, 2013
Kevin climbed Kilimanjaro’s Grand Traverse Trek with Thomson Safaris in February 2013
Thomson Safaris had the trek very well prepared. The trek was great and I was very impressed with the guides, Edward and Simon. Daniel and William, the waiters, were terrific. The porters, cooks, etc. all were very nice and very helpful. LOVED the Arusha Coffee House at end of journey.
Thanks for your help; I have already recommended Thomson Safaris to friends.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse, February 2013
May 30, 2013
The trip was amazing and very rewarding! I really enjoyed the experience, and I would absolutely recommend Thomson Safaris to my friends in the future. You guys did a perfect job and I have no complaints.
In particular, I wanted to recognize one of our assistant guides James, who I felt did a particularly superb job. I thought he was extremely helpful on the climb, knowledgeable about the mountain and its wildlife, and he just had a great attitude. That being said, the other guides (Honesto and Renatus) were very good too.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek, June 2012
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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