March 4, 2013
We saw so much wildlife and had a new adventure everyday! Karen’s Highlights of Tanzania Safari Review
The safari met all my expectations and then some! All of our guides were good; I’m still amazed that John could steer the Land Rover over awful terrain, keep an eye out for game, answer questions and swat tse tse flies all at the same time, without ever looking rattled!
The food was wonderful, the camp crews were accommodating. When it came time to walk back to the Nyumba after a little wine and conversation around the campfire, the camp staff was always available to walk us there. I never felt in danger, even when I woke up and heard lions.
I think the best part was having a new adventure each of our 10 days. We saw so much wildlife in our first few days that I figured the last few days would be just more of the same. Not so. It wasn’t until the last full day that we saw the wildebeest cross the Mara (at least the ones not eaten by crocodiles). I didn’t think I cared about the wildebeest/zebra migration, but I’m so glad I saw it. And, just when I was resigned to not seeing a cheetah, we spotted one close by. Not only did we see that cheetah, we saw it chase and take down a baby gazelle and proceed to eat it. Sounds grizzly (and it was sad to see the mother stand on the hill and watch the whole process), but you know it’s nature at work. And not 30 minutes later, we saw a mother cheetah and three cheetah cubs, up close and personal.
I have new respect for Land Rovers. I didn’t quite get the importance of Thomson’s promise of a window seat for each person until I saw other safari groups packed like sardines in open jeeps, while we switched sides, jumped up and down, shared spaces, etc.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, October 2012
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.
July 12, 2011
Our bodies and luggage arrived back home but our spirits are still there!
Our trip was absolutely flawless. Our two guides, Abu and Phanuel, were simply too wonderful for words – knowledgeable, well-organized, patient, humorous, friendly, attentive and entirely professional. We were always amazed at how deft they are at multi-tasking: driving, scouting, finding the most camouflaged animal in the distance, answering every question, even those they had answered time and time again, with patience and humor! Like the excellent teachers they are, they seem to have eyes and ears in the back of their heads; every time one of us raised our camera, they were willing to stop.
Our group of eight was just the right size and we all got along very well. The camps were comfortable and spotlessly clean, the Land Rovers far more comfortable than we anticipated, and the food was plentiful (we loved the variety of fruits and vegetables at the evening meals!).
We really appreciate the ease and professionalism of every contact we had with you before our trip – forthright answers to our initial questions and no gimmicky high pressure sales, prompt responses to our many questions, your patience and the enthusiasm you displayed. Thomson is lucky to have you all.
I’ve already recommended Thomson and will continue to do so to anyone who shows even the slightest interest!
P.S. At the breakfast following the balloon excursion, we had an opportunity to mingle with people traveling with other tour operators…we definitely had the best in Thomson!
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, September 2010
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
May 27, 2011
We have just returned from a month long trip to Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. During our travels, we spoke often of our Thomson Safari and the quality of our experience. It was the perfect introduction to Africa and we still appreciate the high level of service that you provided. The fact that you have your own staff and vehicles makes a tremendous difference. Because your naturalist/guides are Tanzanian, and have years of experience, they are well acquainted with the wildlife and other features of the areas through which your safaris travel.
On this second trip to Africa, we wanted to explore beyond Tanzania, so we traveled with a reputable company who had to rely on services provided by a South African contractor, and, believe me, the service just didn’t measure up. The guide was South African, not a citizen of the countries in which we were traveling, and that made a difference, too. The vehicles? Well, let’s just say they weren’t like yours.
We continue to recommend Thomson to people we meet on our various travels. You’re the best!
Best wishes to all at Thomson,
May 12, 2011
We see a lot that day. There are giraffes so close to the road that if they choose to bend their long necks in our direction, we would almost be able to touch their heads. We see enormous herds of wildebeest, mixed with zebra, impala, and gazelle – especially the variety known as Thomson’s gazelle.
…but the day has something else in store for us. As we pass by some zebras walking through the high yellow grass, Harrison stops the Land Rover. They are three adults and one foal. We wonder why he has stopped. We have seen plenty of zebra and they were a lot closer to us than these four.
While peering through his binoculars, Harrison utters the word, “lion.” We look, but we see no lion. We tell him so. “Yes,” he says. “He is lying in the grass.” We continue to scan the high grass. “Where?” we ask. “Straight ahead.” he says. “You can see the tips of his ears.”
And yes. There is the slightest bit of movement, as the lion’s head begins to rise out of the grass, with his eyes trained on the zebras, which are now walking in single file, with the foal at the end. The lion is between us and them. We watch as the line comes to a halt.
The above is an excerpt from Bruce C.’s blog.
Bruce and his wife, Elodia, traveled with Thomson Safaris in October 2010 on a Signature Thomson Safari.
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