May 18, 2011
I have owned and driven Land Rovers in East Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and Baja, California much of my life. We owned Atlantic British Export here in the United States for years (the North American source for Land Rover and Range Rover parts) and had never seen a safari modification like Thomson’s with the higher rear seat sections, the taller windows and windshield. Wow!! What a difference from a passenger’s point of view!! Compared to any of the other safari machines out there, the visibility toward the horizon to the front and sides…from any of the back seats is unsurpassed.
Even my oldest daughter who was notorious for car sickness never had a problem on any of the rough roads. We got a chance to ride in another (non-Thomson) safari vehicle on the way to the balloon ride in the Serengeti and were immediately reminded of how we had to bend over at the neck from the back seats in order to see around the driver’s head and out the wind shield. The Thomson Rovers are by far the best maintained and set-up machines on the road…and the drivers are incredible too! Nzuri kabissa!
Classic Thomson Safari, July 2008
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.
Read the full story of this day on safari with Thomson.
December 14, 2010
Every day with our guide, Makinda, was like a classroom experience. His knowledge of animals, birds, plants, geography and geology is very impressive. He never showed impatience, despite being asked many questions (often repeatedly).
Compared to other (company’s) vehicles that we saw, we were delighted. Ours had ample room, excellent viewing from top and sides and the ability to close windows during rain and dust.
Arlene & Kurt P.
Signature Thomson Safari, October 2010
December 12, 2010
What an amazing trip. Simply beyond words. Tanzania is a beautiful place: Animals, people, landscape, the sights, sounds, and even the smells are poa sana, which is Swahili for very cool!!! My photos don’t do the whole experience justice as there is so much more to see than just the wildlife.
I spent more time standing up than sitting down (in the Land Rovers). What a cool way to see this country! I was always comfortable – always felt safe and enjoyed the bumps as much as the smooth rides!
I’ve been telling everyone we know to contact Thomson. Every single penny we spent – every thought and concern that went into the planning and preparation – was WELL worth it. Beyond worth it.
I couldn’t possibly recommend it enough.
Chris & Kim K.
Private Thomson Safari, October 2010
October 12, 2010
I used to think the train was my favorite way of transport until I stepped into Thomson’s Land Rover. I will always love/remember that feeling. I saw other safari vehicles didn’t have a roof and windows that could open and close. I am so glad ours did – and we did not have too many people in one vehicle!
Classic Thomson Safari, July 2010
January 24, 2010
The Land Rovers were a far better vehicle than the Toyota Land Cruiser that we rode in to the hot-air balloon site: You can see out of the Land Rovers when sitting down, they are much roomier, and you can walk in the aisles. I didn’t realize how important the Land Rover was in the overall experience, although I knew that Thomson Safaris knew the importance. The Land Rovers really do distinguish Thomson from the other operators on the road.
Teen Family Thomson Safari, February 2009