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 12, 2012
OK, you guys have totally spoiled me! Safari in 2009, Kilimanjaro in 2011 – you are now my gold standard for adventure travel. I just got back from 3 weeks in Patagonia (Argentina & Chile), it just wasn’t the same (camps, food, client service). I had to stop comparing this adventure to my previous trips with Thomson or drive myself crazy.
Thanks for doing things right!
Safari and Kilimanjaro Guest
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
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.
November 16, 2011
Tanzania stole my heart, it was even more than I had hoped it would be and Thomson did a fabulous job right from the moment I sent my first email inquiry. This was my first international trip and also the first time I have ever traveled on my own. I was an exhausted mess after two days of traveling but when I arrived in Arusha, Casmir was there to meet me and got me checked in at Rivertrees for a much needed shower and nap.
Your suggestion of the one day hiking safari in Arusha National Park was perfect, Casmir picked me up on my second day for a fantastic introduction to Tanzania. He was a wealth of information and being on my own meant I could sit and enjoy views as long as I wished. The hike up the mountain was very refreshing, particularly after sitting on planes and in airports for such a long time.
When the rest of my group arrived and we set out, it was magic. John, Casmir and OJ were fantastic guides, always patient no matter if we asked the same question a hundred times and best of all they had a great sense of fun and adventure. As a group we all bonded very well, we were like family within days – after all, we were sharing the adventure of a lifetime.
Thomson Safaris’ organization of our trip was amazing, we were pampered and cared for by warm, friendly people everywhere we went. Each camp and lodge we stayed at was well-appointed, clean and best of all, they were environmentally friendly. As a woman traveling on her own I must say everyone seemed to go out of the way to ensure I was well cared for and happy. Our last day was a sad one for me and I can honestly say, I cannot wait to return.
I left Arusha for Egypt to meet my daughter for another tour. That tour company was not well-organized and they did not make us feel very secure. This was quite a letdown after my Thomson Safari. My daughter was left wishing she had joined me in Tanzania instead.
I would heartily recommend Thomson to anyone considering a safari.
Signature Thomson Safari, September 2011
September 27, 2011
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the company of the group who joined us. This may happen with every group. . . but we think we had an ”extra special” bond with each other and our guides. The best part was the surprise around every turn. Would we see a herd of gazelle? A beautiful vista of the Serengeti? Lions in the mating mode?
Our guides, Hashim and Kumbi were friendly, professional, and fun! We enjoyed their company and depended on them to take good care of us. They couldn’t have been more accommodating, helpful or patient.
We thought the nyumbas were clean and comfy – and the staff in each place gave us fine service. The last two days at the Serengeti Nyumba had sweeping views and we were visited both evenings by a group of about forty giraffes. Now, that was something!
Tanzania truly is a place like no other in the world.
Thanks for your service. You always called us promptly and answered all our questions especially with airline booking challenges. We were well-prepared for the trip due to your complete lists and details about what to bring and what to expect. Everything was as you described.
Judy & Doug D.
Signature Thomson Safari, August 2011