May 10, 2013
February 28, 2013
Trekking across the Shira Plateau
Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!
On safari in northern Tanzania
Kicking back in Zanzibar
My three week African adventure with Thomson Safaris delivered on every level…an inspiring and invigorating trek to Uhuru Peak, a wide-eyed sightseeing safari to Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater and a relaxing and rejuvenating beach escape to Zanzibar.
Thanks to Thomson’s professional guidance, evident every “pole pole” step of the way, it was a trip of a lifetime. Thomson Safaris is a professionally run tour operator that places great emphasis on trekker safety…which I appreciated, particularly at 19,340.’
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route & Safari with Zanzibar extension, September 2012
December 11, 2012
The most important reason that I chose Thomson Safaris for my Kilimanjaro trek was that everyone I spoke with, and everything I read about Thomson, indicated that Thomson Safaris was a first-class organization. Based upon my experience, I also agree with that assessment. Everyone, on both the Kili climb and safari, was so friendly; the food was incredible; the attention to detail was amazing; and the hospitality was humbling. Without exception, everyone, all of the guides, porters, cooks, waiters, campsite managers, were awesome.
However, I’d still like to single out three gentlemen for special commendation. First, Kileo, our guide for the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti was amazing. His knowledge of the animals and the area, coupled with his inexhaustible patience in answering all of our questions, made for a wonderful trip. We were as giddy as school kids on a field trip, and Kileo was professional, yet personable, funny, tolerant, and just a really sweet guy. Because of Kileo, the safari was truly a memorable experience.
Secondly, and on a more somber note, I cannot say enough complimentary things about Onestphory and Liberate, the Head Guide and Assistant Guide on my Kili climb. As you are aware, I had to turn around on the mountain due to altitude sickness (or, maybe a Diamox overdose???). Regardless as to the reason, Onest and Liberate provided me with such extraordinary care and compassion, patience and persistence, both on the second day of the climb (during which I was very sick) and on the third day during which I hiked out. Liberate accompanied me on that third day and he literally pulled me through sections when the terrain was too steep or rocky. I really cannot say enough about how wonderfully these two gentlemen cared for and treated me, and their concern for my safety. I felt extremely grateful and blessed that I was in their care. It was indeed an honor and a privilege to be in their company.
Despite getting sick, my trek was still a terrific and amazing experience. So, for all the reasons mentioned above, I wouldn’t think of choosing any other company to trek with as I plan for another climb on Kilimanjaro. Thank you, to everyone, for being such a wonderful company.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route & Safari, September 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
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
July 15, 2012
I have climbed Kili twice with Thomson. All of the aspects of the climb with Thomson were excellent just as they had been on my first trip. The most important part of climbing with Thomson was the part we never used: the emergency equipment and the training the staff has in case of an emergency. One guide carried emergency equipment all the way to the summit with us. That is what made climbing with Thomson an easy choice for us.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, February 2012
This was Scott’s second time trekking with Thomson; his first trek was in 2009.