November 1, 2013
Kelly trekked Thomson Safaris’ Western Approach Route in 2010, but was unable to complete her climb due to altitude sickness. She returned in July 2013 to climb the Grand Traverse and is overjoyed to have succeeded in reaching the summit this time around.
Having traveled to Kilimanjaro on two occasions, I would not recommend any company other than Thomson Safaris. I watched other groups eating their boxed lunch, sitting on a rock, while I sat in a dining tent with tables and chairs. I watched other groups hiking on their own without a guide while we were always supported even through the difficult descent where we were all going at different speeds.
Thomson took excellent care of each traveler throughout each part of the trip. We had great information ahead of time, we had amazing support as we climbed and if evacuation is needed – you want Thomson taking care of you! On the plane on the way home I met another climber who could not believe that we were given a lovely lunch at Gilman’s Point at 18,650 feet! There was no thinking required when choosing a company, I would only travel to Tanzania and Kilimanjaro with Thomson Safaris.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Trek, July 2013
July 23, 2013
“This trip was the best money I have ever spent!! I can’t say enough about the excellent guides and porters that worked with us on our trip. Andrew, Francis, Simon, Glory and Dixon deserve special mention for their hard work and excellence in everything they did.” - Colleen Flatten
“Thanks so much!! We had a grand adventure and really appreciated how wonderfully Thomson took care of us. Our head guide Andrew was truly outstanding and his expert judgement and critical thinking made us all feel safe. I have worked in health care for over 30 years and the challenges of the mountain really do require experts like Andrew, Simon, Frances and Glory to make it a safe trip. The challenges of the group with all that impacts the function of the body made it fascinating–but made us really respect the expert opinions of your well trained staff. Thanks!!” - Mary Dudley
” I can not tell you how much I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Kilimanjaro adventure!!!! Thomson and staff are the BEST!! Our guides were over the edge superb!!!!!” - Annie Beinborn
June 21, 2013
Mary Ruth at Uhuru Peak! Thomson Safaris trekking group at the summit Mary Ruth with Kibo behind her
Mary Ruth at Uhuru Peak!
Thomson Safaris trekking group at the summit
Mary Ruth with Kibo behind her
I was very nervous about traveling alone for this trip. I researched many companies and every time, Thomson Safaris came out as the best.
On my first call I explained my apprehension, and Katie pointed out “This will be the first time in your life where you will not have to worry about anyone but yourself. If you were traveling with a friend or your husband and they didn’t summit, you might feel guilty, but going alone, you’ll only have to focus on you – with medically trained guides, porters, and new friends cheering you on, friends you’ll most likely have for a life-time.” She was SO RIGHT!
It was such a great trip and I can only sing the highest praises for Thomson. I am so thrilled I joined this wonderful trip. It was such a great group and we had great guides and porters. So many many great memories and I now have new friends for life! Thanks so much for all your help in preparing. The BEST trip in the world!!
Mary Ruth B.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Trek, February 2013
June 5, 2013
I had an absolutely incredible time! After doing my research and reading all the reviews for Thomson Safaris, I went in with high expectations, and they were exceeded!
The guides and crew provided tremendous service and relentless attention to detail. Everyone from the head guide to the porters made it their business to pay attention to the small things which not only makes for a good trip, but can make a difference between success and failure. The gear, medical equipment and logistics in getting us to the summit safely was a first class operation. Also, as a solo traveler, safety was my top priority. I was well cared for and I felt very comfortable and safe throughout my entire trip.
It was very helpful reading the testimonials of your clients when I was doing my research before the trip. Thank you so much for providing such an outstanding service from start to finish!
Kilimanjaro Western Approach & Safari Extension, February 2013
May 20, 2013
Dennis trekked Kilimanjaro with Thomson Safaris in February 2013 Dennis with his Kilimanjaro group Kilimanjaro`s unique vegetation View of Uhuru Peak from the Alpine Desert Dennis` Kilimanjaro guides Dennis ready for his trekking day The summit is in sight! Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro View of Uhuru Peak from Crater Camp View of Crater Camp from Uhuru Peak
Dennis with his Kilimanjaro group
Kilimanjaro`s unique vegetation
View of Uhuru Peak from the Alpine Desert
Dennis` Kilimanjaro guides
Dennis ready for his trekking day
The summit is in sight!
Karanga Camp on Kilimanjaro
View of Uhuru Peak from Crater Camp
View of Crater Camp from Uhuru Peak
What a team. Consummate professionals. I did extensive research and I was not let down. I liked the 9-day option and the day light summit attempt.
Thomson has excellent credibility and reputation among the industry. I came across some other outfits on the mountain that I thanked the Lord I was not climbing with. No question I would tell anyone looking for the right trekking company, you are the only way to go.
If you want to climb Kilimanjaro and enjoy doing it, call Thomson. I booked the trip after extensive internet research and went through your website. Why anyone would book the trek based on a cheaper price astounds me.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, February 2013
One of Dennis’ photos was recently featured as a Photo of the Week
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