October 31, 2012
Umbwe was a beautiful route, it was peacefully private; I didn’t see any other groups climbing this route. It was a great choice for me, it gave me a chance to get away and reconnect with myself. Though there were a few steep parts, the technical aspects were never a concern.
I always felt as though I was being taken care of better than any other group on the mountain. The Thomson guides were amazing and the equipment was superb. It made me proud to trek with a team and a crew wearing warm uniforms provided for them by Thomson.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route & Safari, July 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
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
February 15, 2012
This was a fantastic trip with a fantastic staff. Please congratulate and commend your guides, porters, and cooks for doing such a great job. We couldn’t have done it without them! Godlove and his crew should be highly commended.
Also comparing our guides to those we saw with other groups… there is no comparison! Ours were the best! It truly was a wonderful experience for us.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, September 2011
October 25, 2011
It was a totally amazing experience! Thanks for the help in coordinating and providing us with all the trip details and guidance. We feel so fortunate to have had this experience and know that we got our money’s worth by choosing Thomson.
Talking with the staff and learning a little Swahili was a real trip highlight. I was blown away by the kindness and diligence exhibited by each of the guides, waiters, and porters on our journey to the top of the mountain. Besides a safe summit, it was obvious during the hike that customer service is Thomson’s number one goal.
At first we were all surprised by the amount of support crew (38) traveling for just our group of eight climbers. Then, after seeing just how much went into setting up camp and getting us to each site, it was obvious that this was an immensely coordinated production. With that much support and comfort there was no question that we were getting to the top!
It was a real surprise to see so much wildlife at Ndarakwai Camp [before the trek]. What they’ve done and are currently doing there is awesome. We were especially impressed with our walking guide who wouldn’t give up until we had seen some elephants up close.
We had such an amazing vacation and feel so satisfied to have made it to the top! Thanks so much again for your help and for the great experience that Tanzania and Thomson provided!
Dave & Amy M.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, July 2011
September 22, 2011
It really was a once in a lifetime experience and I am so glad I did it and even happier I did it with Thomson. Our guides, porters and the whole Thomson staff made this trip amazing!
There was not one moment where I felt nervous, unsafe or unsure that our whole group would make it to the top. I really do attribute our successful summit to the amazing guides we had. They were so attentive to us and were constantly motivating us on our hike. The guides, porters, cooks and waiters were always so upbeat and friendly that even when some of us felt extremely sick and tired we stayed in good spirits throughout the trip.
Thank you so much for helping us with planning this trip and for answering my unending list of questions. This was the best trip I have ever taken and I have to thank the whole Thomson staff for that. I plan on going one of your safaris in the future and have already recommended Thomson to family and friends who want to hike Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, July 2011