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
March 10, 2013
Matt and Sean at the summit of Kilimanjaro
Matt and Sean with Thomson Kilimanjaro staff
Above the clouds on Kilimanjaro
We had such a great trip. Thomson Safaris was easily the best group on the mountain. They treated us and their porters better than other companies. Plus, all of us made it to the top! We had an experience of a lifetime. Together, we made it to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 ft. Although the feeling at the top was one nether of us will forget, the journey up there was loaded with similar moments. It was a beautiful trip, and we were so grateful for all of your help!
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route, September 2012
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
December 20, 2012
The experience was all about the Thomson staff. Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse & Safari Review: Sophia M.
Where to start? The trip was absolutely AMAZING! With the real highlight being the Kilimanjaro trek. I can’t say enough about the experience…and the experience was all about the staff.
Our guides, waiters, cooks, porters, camp manager, really everyone that we were in contact with were just perfect. Super smiling, friendly, singing, dancing, joyful-essentially these guys made the trip. I think Sunday must be the best guide on the mountain! Calvin and James, his assistant guides, are wonderful people. In addition to Sunday, Godfrey – who was our waiter – became a true and heartfelt friend.
I can’t say enough about the safari portion of the trip as well. Our guide, Kileo, was AMAZING! He found us the big 5!!!! I could just move completely into Gibbs Farm, none of us wanted to leave!!! I hope I’m lucky enough to spend some more time at Gibbs Farm in my lifetime. At the Serengeti Nyumbas we were fed well and treated even better by Sufi and his colleagues.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend Thomson Safaris to anybody. The experience was more than I could have imagined from both the cultural and spiritual perspectives. Thanks for making this a trip of a lifetime, I am forever changed. To be honest, just thinking of the trip brings tears of joy to my eyes.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Route & Safari, September 2012
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