March 1, 2013
The trip was absolutely amazing!!! The entire safari exceeded my expectations in every way! Everyone at Thomson Safaris is great. I can’t say enough about our wonderful guides, O.J. and James, they were the best and I miss spending my days with them. I am actually depressed now that I am home, I want to go back!!!
We had so many good times, here’s a few highlights:
- Watching the baby elephants playing, and stumbling on their legs…so cute!!
- Seeing TWO Black Rhinos in the Northern Serengeti….awesome!!
- My favorite – the lions lounging around with not a care in the world.
- Gibb’s Farm, wow! Easily, the best place I’ve ever stayed!!
Thank you Thomson for a fabulous trip!!!! I can’t say enough about how well you all prepared me for this trip! I followed the guidelines to the every word and was fully prepared! The check list on what to pack was spot on, I would have been lost without it!
Signature Thomson Safari, November 2012
February 18, 2013
Bottom line: the trip was magnificent. It was worth every penny, and exceeded every expectation. I’ve been many, many places and I have never said that before. A lot of this is due, of course, to Tanzania and its animals, but Thomson Safaris is also a class act, and I would (and do) recommend you very highly. This was intended to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip for me, but I have already decided I will do at least one more. Just about everything was perfect.
At the camps, it was clear that you guys had thought of everything. The tents were well-appointed and comfortable and, well, luxurious considering that they were in the middle of the bush.
The food was creative, diverse, plentiful, and delicious. At one point, we asked for a tour of the kitchen to see where the magic happened, and could not believe what they were able to put out in a such a rustic setting. One night, they even managed to bake a beautiful birthday cake for Kumbi (our guide extraordinaire). All the guys in all of the camps were very friendly, accommodating, and sincere. Seriously, they could not possibly have been nicer, every last one of them.
Our head guide, Hashim, was smart, knowledgeable, and attentive and, as a bonus, very entertaining. While my main objective for the trip was to see the animals, conversations with Hashim also gave me a glimpse of life in Tanzania, and I have a newfound appreciation and respect for the country and its people. Kumbi was our other guide; all I can say is wow, this guy knows his stuff – animals, birds, bugs, plants, weather, terrain, history – you name it. A really nice guy with the vision of an eagle! A+++ for Kumbi. I hope I get him next time, too.
I will definitely be back in touch for the next trip – this time with more people in tow! I repeat, you are a class act.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, November 2012
Click to enlarge photos from Bob’s safari
December 24, 2012
What an amazing trip we had. Our three guides, Robert, Cas, and Kao were great. They had an amazing amount of knowledge to share, and great personalities.Their ability to spot things from are afar was astounding, we would not have seen half the things we saw without their sharp eyesight. The whole trip was layer upon layer of wonderment.
In addition to that, all of the staff we encountered were wonderful. We miss our jambo jambos in the morning, and washy washy before meals! All of the food was great, and each of us in our group decided we needed to ask Thomson’s to publish recipes from the camps, especially for the soups. Juices were like elixir, my favourite was the pineapple ginger. Each of the camps were impressively run, but I have to say that the crew in the northern Serengeti went out of there way….they had us laughing our heads off and the whole crew sang and danced for us at dinner. It made for a fun evening. We really appreciated that everyone we encountered was willing to share a little of their lives with us, which added to our whole experience.
All in all, this trip exceeded any expectations we had, and everyone in our group agreed. Thank you for all for your help and to the entire Thomson Safaris crew for making this a trip of a lifetime.
Signature Thomson Safari, October 2012
December 20, 2012
The experience was all about the Thomson staff. Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse & Safari Review: Sophia M.
Where to start? The trip was absolutely AMAZING! With the real highlight being the Kilimanjaro trek. I can’t say enough about the experience…and the experience was all about the staff.
Our guides, waiters, cooks, porters, camp manager, really everyone that we were in contact with were just perfect. Super smiling, friendly, singing, dancing, joyful-essentially these guys made the trip. I think Sunday must be the best guide on the mountain! Calvin and James, his assistant guides, are wonderful people. In addition to Sunday, Godfrey – who was our waiter – became a true and heartfelt friend.
I can’t say enough about the safari portion of the trip as well. Our guide, Kileo, was AMAZING! He found us the big 5!!!! I could just move completely into Gibbs Farm, none of us wanted to leave!!! I hope I’m lucky enough to spend some more time at Gibbs Farm in my lifetime. At the Serengeti Nyumbas we were fed well and treated even better by Sufi and his colleagues.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend Thomson Safaris to anybody. The experience was more than I could have imagined from both the cultural and spiritual perspectives. Thanks for making this a trip of a lifetime, I am forever changed. To be honest, just thinking of the trip brings tears of joy to my eyes.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Route & Safari, September 2012
December 15, 2012
We are very sad our safari is over! It was the experience and adventure of a lifetime. Our three guides, Leonard, Mustafa and Phanuel were superb. Every aspect of the experience exceeded expectations; the wildlife, the Nyumbas and camps and the local people included!
Tanzania is truly magnificent. I think Louise and I may be going thru a bit of depression now that the adventure is over! No more planning, organizing and anticipation, its over! You folks at Thomson have caused a real problem for us. What in the world can we possibly plan as a future trip to equal this one!
The visit to the Enyuata Women’s Group was very special to us. The fund for education and healthcare made buying a joy! Thank you, Thomson Safaris, for your commitment to this nation.
It is extremely easy and natural to write enthusiastically about our Thomson Safari experience! You folks have a world class product!! Following our safari experience, I can imagine what fun it would be to sell the Thomson Safari experience – instinct tells me Thomson is a good place to work. If 30 years younger, I might just apply!
Art & Louise W.
Signature Thomson Safari, 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