June 28, 2011
We chose to travel with Thomson Safaris due to the immediate response to request for information and attention to detail. I started inquiring 3 years ago and you continually sent information which was well-organized and professional.
Being our first exposure to a Nyumba I was pleasantly surprised. The “camping” far exceeded our expectations and the staff was excellent. Their English was very good.
I can’t speak highly enough about our guide, Kumbi. He is so knowledgeable, found so many animals. I thought the first day was unmatchable however; each day was better and better. I was so impressed, in fact, for our next trip we all want Kumbi! He just seemed superior and we can’t say enough about his abilities, behavior, knowledge and personality. We love Kumbi!
We compared our Land Rover to other vehicles in the parks and felt ours was superior! We were very pleased.
We were also pleased at how Thomson was actively involved in the communities it touched and were strongly impressed by Thomson’s ethics and how others talked about the company.
Lisa & Andy P.
Private Thomson Safari, February 2011
April 4, 2011
The safari was AMAZING. Beyond amazing. There are just no words. I expected to see phenomenal landscapes and wildlife but what I didn’t expect was the wonderfully magnificent Thomson folks that we encountered EVERY STEP OF THE WAY (starting with Michael stateside).
The team in Tanzania was not only more than accommodating, they were enthusiastic and knowledgeable, possessing a great sense of humor and spirit, patience with teaching Swahili, and a great many other talents. I felt like I was among family throughout the whole trip. I was sad to move from location to location leaving behind new friends we were just getting to know at the campsites and the nature refuge.
The conservation work that Thomson does in Tanzania is certainly commendable and important, but the team of people you have gathered and empowered to show us the riches of their country speaks volumes about Thomson’s spirit and values. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of something so grand. I will come back again and refer many others.
Kwaheri for now, Paloma S.
Explorer’s Safari, July 2009
January 19, 2011
What an incredible adventure we had with World Wildlife Fund and Thomson Safaris! One incredible moment was surpassed by the next, and every day would exceed the day before.
Your staff at the camps were extremely gracious and welcoming, and our guides (Makinda, Musa, and Derek) were very knowledgeable about the wildlife and ecology. Makinda, as our lead guide, demonstrated a wealth of knowledge about the interrelationships found in each ecological niche. As zoology majors in college, we knew that this was going to be a great trip, but we never imagined it would far surpass our expectations.
Thanks for all your help in arranging this once-in-a-lifetime excursion. I feel that Thomson Safaris had a keen understanding of the conservation issues facing the habitat and wildlife of Tanzania and wanted us to understand those relationships, rather than just conducting a “show-and-tell” for tourists.
World Wildlife Fund Classic Safari, February 2010
August 26, 2010
We booked with Thomson Safaris because of their quality and reputation. Thomson’s eco efforts and programs to give back to Tanzania’s people were very important to us.
Karen & Jim O.
Private Safari, January 2010
April 29, 2010
When we arrived, Justo picked us up at the airport. We were tired and I must have seemed concerned because Justo said, “relax Helen, Thomson will do everything for you.” Indeed, it was true. I am unaccustomed to such service, perhaps that is because I soon began to view the staff as friends. The folks you employ in Tanzania are the crown jewels of your business.
To be able to go on such nature walks, and truly “feel” the place is an experience I will never forget. I had concerns about meeting the Maasai because I did not wish to be involved in objectification of anyone and an experience I had a while ago in Mexico gave me such concerns. Instead, I felt like I met real individuals and that they gained something out of meeting us as well. I now see that you would not be involved in the kind of treatment that I feared.
Sadly, it is often the case that things anticipated for so long can never measure up to the years of imagined joy. While my expectations were not specific in terms of particular events, they were indeed high. But I could never have imagined that we would have had such a wonderful time. We simply loved all of it.
My very best regards,
Explorer’s Safari, September 2009
January 24, 2010
The Thomson Safari organization was absolutely first class. Every detail of the trip was carefully planned and executed without a hitch. We always felt our needs to see, explore and to understand all the strange and wonderful things we encountered, whether it be related to the wildlife or to the local culture, were satisfied.
Despite the fact that we camped in the wilderness, the manner in which our ‘creature comforts’ were maintained was truly remarkable: the living arrangements were ingeniously great, the food superb, the service staff friendly and efficient. Throughout our trip we always felt safe and secure, escorted from the moment we got off the plane until we returned to the airport.
Finally, it was evident that your organization has a social conscience and values that we share. We were happy to see how many local people were employed, how the local artisans were used and promoted, the well provided for the village in the Serengeti, the efforts to help handicapped people, the respect for the environment: all these things made us happy.
Classic Thomson Safari, October 2009