June 11, 2012
What a wonderful time we had on our safari! Truly a once in a lifetime experience we will never forget. Our wonderful guides, Kisem and Phanuel, were amazing, as was the staff at our camps! They made our trip so very special. Especially the night they surprised us with our “anniversary” cake. How special was that?! We were shocked and surprised! Plus, the cake was delicious, as was everything else at camp! The food at the Nyumba camps outdid any food we got at the lodges. Those camp chefs know how to cook a fantastic meal!!!
Thank you so much for making our trip extra special. Phanuel and Kisem were so knowledgeable. We had great conversation about Africa and also had some great laughs and fun along the way. I doubt they forget us too soon. ; )
Tanzania Lodge Safari, March 2012
May 7, 2012
I can’t imagine how anyone could forget the camp staff! No matter how good the guide is, if you don’t have a good camp experience, the trip would surely suffer. The kitchen staff showed me their cooking area and one of the chefs even took the time to share a recipe.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, February 2012
March 23, 2012
John, Hashim, and Abu are amazing: Great naturalists who can explain about everything from elephants to baobab trees while tip-toeing a jeep down an impossible road. Please tell them Asante sana!!
I did not expect to be as affected by people and their lives as I was. The schoolkids were great. We were impressed by the level of the 5th-grade math books we saw, and happy to learn that Thomson helps support them. Even the food was good…the last thing I thought about in anticipating our trip. Tasty and healthy!
Thomson really does put a lot of time and effort into anticipating all the details of each trip to produce the best visitor experience possible.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, October 2011
March 13, 2012
The guides affectionately called my mom “BiBi” which caught on quickly for all of us, so now, mom is “BiBi”. Ojukwu honored her resilience and stamina the night before we left. He brought us all to tears when he expressed his appreciation for her ability to experience all the opportunities this safari offered us. Mom felt like a queen. Her birthday celebration is one we will never forget.
I have never been so satisfied with a trip….from the guides to the food to the unbelievable thought that every day was the best day.
Susan S. & Christine G.
Signature Thomson Safari, January 2012
February 22, 2012
We had fabulous weather, sightings and great guides & comfortable campsites. I was so appreciative of all the fine young men who worked at the camps…their kindness, efficiency and eagerness to make us feel welcome. I’ll never understand how they are able to serve a gourmet meal without electricity and a well-stocked kitchen. They were truly fabulous & I felt safe the entire trip.
I really enjoyed the variety of places we were able to visit…the Oldupai Gorge, the Massai village and Ikoma where we watched the women make baskets and see how they live.
I admire how Judi and Rick give back to the communities by supporting the handiwork of the women and the individuals at the Shanga Workshop. I thought the craftsmanship at the Shanga Workshop was truly outstanding. It was remarkable that they were incorporating recycled materials. I really liked knowing more about the communities we visited.
Without reservation, I would recommend Thomson Safaris to my friends, family and colleagues.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, October 2011
January 31, 2012
The overall experience was a perfect 10, it has been the best vacation I have ever taken! I am worried about how I will tell my friends and family about this adventure – NO WORDS can capture it.
How could anyone possibly understand the excitement I felt while: seeing a lion pride, listening to Charles’ experiences as a guide, experiencing the changes of the savannah, seeing “grass as far as you can see”, counting 21 giraffes outside of your nyumba, listening to Leonard’s tall tales, learning about Thomson’s commitment to the people and land of the Serengeti, watching wildebeest run, seeing a baby “tommie”, traveling in a Land Rover with the African sun and wind in your face, parking next to an elephant for the first time with Patrick’s careful planning of where to be, sitting around a fire at night, looking up at a million stars, photographing an ostrich, standing on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, walking into Gibb’s Farm for the first time and eating incredible food served by extraordinary people? It has been the trip of a lifetime. I will try to share this as best as I can!!!
Signature Thomson Safari, October 2011
PS: Thank you for the trip preparation materials! I would have been lost without your incredible materials and timeline.