May 14, 2013
We had a wonderful time. It was the perfect mix of visits to local villages, schools, and of course great wildlife viewing. The food was really excellent. We enjoyed the different flavors and the effort to please a Western palate without being unadventurous.
The Eastern Serengeti Nyumba was beautifully situated, and had a very nice common area that encouraged socializing among visitors.
Thanks for memories that will last a lifetime!
Sibyl Frankenburg & Family
Private Family Safari, December 2012
April 30, 2013
Jill C. and her family, including her granddaughters Cecilia (15) and Cate (12), traveled on safari in December 2012 . Here are some of the journal entries from their trip!
“We had such a wonderful, wonderful adventure in Africa. I was not disappointed about anything. Thomson really delivers what it promises! Our whole ten days were filled with sensual delights: I viewed Africa through my senses – sight, sound, taste, smell (especially smell), and touch. Africa is life-changing. All of it was perfection and I will be grateful always, to have traveled under the ‘flag’ of Thomson.” – Jill C.
“We arrived at the school and were greeted by 20 Tanzanian children and their principal. He took us on a tour, where there are houses for teachers, and even, cows, goats, and chickens. As we walked, the children followed and watched us in awe…I learned so much more about the world, people and it opened my eyes to many of the issues, such as poverty, hunger, and lack of education. I hope everyone gets a chance to visit Africa and have the same experience I did.” - Cecilia R., age 15
“This morning, I saw a family of 10-15 Blue Vervet Monkeys looking at me. They were only about 5 feet away from me and were on the roof. They fled when they saw me, though! Tomorrow we are going to Ngorongoro where we will stay in a Nyumba, which is like a posh tent in the wilderness. We’ll see cheetahs, lions, and hyenas, according to our guide, Mustafa. Yikes!” - Cate R., age 12
“We went into the crater this morning with Mustafa and really saw our first comprehensive wildlife ecosystem. We saw female lions early on who ended up resting under our truck!!! We also saw lots of baboon families interacting near the road, as well as monkey families. Our first elephants, 3-4 of them, were spotted walking among the trees and brush on the hill.” - Tim R.
“I love it that we are all here with Mom. She’s so game to want to do this with us, and being our little group of 5 is really special. We will remember this time together always. I love watching the girls with her. The Swahili name for grandmother is “Bibi,” and Mom has become the “Bibi” of the camp for everyone, not just for our family. Mustafa explained that a “Bibi” belongs to everyone, not just the family. I love it, and she seems to delight in the specialness of her role.” - Lissy R.
April 23, 2013
Our trip to Tanzania was absolutely fantastic. The people, the landscape, the wildlife were amazing. Everyone we met was so welcoming and friendly, our guide was so resourceful and really gave us so much information about the animals, Tanzania and the culture.
We were surprised to have seen a total of 85 lions (Alexia, our daughter, kept count; including a pride of 22 at one time). We had the opportunity to visit the Ganako School and hope that we can help the school build a much needed water tank to supply water for the dry season. I also truly appreciate everyone’s flexibility for my special dietary requirements. The staff everywhere was very accommodating and creative.
Private Family Safari, March 2013
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March 15, 2013
This trip BLEW me away. I didn’t expect to see so much wildlife. I didn’t expect to have so many amazing staff members helping us. Everyone was over the top amazing, professional and fun. We are sad to leave!
We will take another trip with Thomson Safaris. We had a fabulous safari! Thank you and your team so much.
Thomson Family Safari, December 2012
Click to enlarge photos from Kristin’s family safari
February 19, 2013
Seven-year old, Luke traveled with his family to Tanzania over the holidays. In addition to the excitement of celebrating his birthday and Christmas on safari, the highlights of his trip included:
- Meeting my pen pal, James
- Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti
- Soccer at the village school
- Lots of football with Nyumba camp crew
- Flying on single prop plane from Serengeti to Arusha
- Playing Last Card and War
- Making a zebra out of black ebony wood
- The tents and sleeping with the animals
- Mt. Kilimanjaro (Mt. Kili)
- Christmas and My Birthday in Africa
- Crazy Abel!
Luke loved his guides and according to his blog – yes, he submitted a blog post – he learned a lot from them about the wildlife and Tanzanian culture.
October 5, 2012
My kids will remember this trip forever. It will be difficult for our family to top this trip. The last stop at the Maasai village was very well done. MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS AND THANKS!
While the wildlife and scenery are breathtaking, the people of Tanzania are what make this country so special. This video (below) is our way to thank the people of Tanzania for their warmth and hospitality. Asante Sana!
Private Family Thomson Safari & Zanzibar Extension, June 2012
See photos from Sandy’s safari in his video “Tanzania the Beautiful” below.