February 25, 2012
We had a wonderful time in Tanzania – the safari far exceeded our expectations in every regard.
The boys adored our guide, Harrison Mremi. He had endless patience with us and an amazing ability to find large cats. Late one afternoon, he located a leopard in a tree that must have been close to a quarter mile away. At first sighting the cat was nothing more than a dot. But sure enough, when we drove closer, it was a happily sleeping leopard.
Signature Thomson Safari, December 2011
November 7, 2011
July 7, 2011
We took our kids on safari with Thomson a decade ago and we all still talk about it as one of our best, best family vacations. Today my kids have moved on; they’re in college and grad school. But the memories are even more precious in retrospect.
If anyone on the fence about a family trip to Africa, I’d say: Don’t wait, go now. In the blink of an eye, the kids will be gone. You’ll never regret the money you spent, you will regret the lost opportunity when they’ve left home.
Author, National Geographic Books
April 20, 2011
I can honestly say that I am very happy that we chose to do this project with Thomson. From the first phone call through all the details and logistics involved your team was a genuine pleasure to work with. My primary contacts, Michael and Katie were knowledgeable, and very professional, always prompt in returning calls and answering questions. They were truly excellent to work with. I know our project was a bit of a challenge, but it all ran exceptional smoothly with their help and guidance.
The guides were excellent, and the food was the best I have ever had under such difficult field conditions. We (amazingly) managed to put all 24 team members on the summit! Our research project was quite a success, and the Thomson staff was very accommodating throughout the project.
In my opinion, having traveled quite a bit, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are among the Wonders of the World. This is world class animal habitat and is more spectacular in many ways than the Galapagos. When I think of all the families that travel to places like Disney World year after year, it seems like such a waste. If they saved up for a year or two they could visit Tanzania and have a genuine, rock-your-world, experience of a lifetime. I can’t think of a more interesting, or more valuable and educational place to visit and take your kids.
This was an excellent experience for all involved. I would definitely recommend Thomson, and would use Thomson again for any project in Tanzania.
Scott Hamilton, Expedition Leader & Research Study Coordinator
East Africa High Altitude Research Expedition
Thomson Safaris led this 24-member biomedical research team
to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. During the trek, the team conducted
high altitude physiology research.
April 18, 2011
Of all the memories of the animals we saw, the other families we met, and the wonderful agenda that Thomson put together for us, the one thing that made the trip really spectacular was that we saw Tanzania with native Tanzanians, not professional guides who learned about the country from travel guides or training sessions.
They told us about or showed us their homes, their schools, their politics and the natural beauty of their country in a way that made us understand and appreciate the people in Tanzania.
I have traveled to many countries of the world but I have never come away with a feeling of having seen the country through the eyes of the people who live there like I did on this trip. It was wonderful for me as an adult, and I am so thankful that my grandson, as well as the other children on the trip, was able to have such a special cultural experience. Trips like this can change our perspective of the world and open our minds and hearts to the many wonderful people from the different cultures of the world.
Thanks again for a great trip!
Tanzania Family Safari, July 2008
January 13, 2011
My family and I just returned from a family safari with Thomson. Everything Thomson promised was fulfilled in every way. Willie, our lead guide, was excellent – he was professional and friendly at all times. There was never a time that we felt Willie didn’t have our best interest above all.
I can’t say enough good things about Frank, our mentor. His personality is terrific working with children (and adults). My kids looked forward to spending time with Frank. Not only did they have fun, he also educated them about the animals, the culture, and the people.
Going to the school was wonderful, one of the desires we had for taking the kids on this trip was for them to experience how other people lived and their everyday life. The school was a perfect way for the kids and us to experience a day in the life of a Tanzanian child. I hope my kids are changed just a bit by meeting the kids at the school.
I would recommend Thomson and most of all take another trip with Thomson!
Tanzania Family Safari, July 2010