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
June 6, 2011
It was really a great trip. We were fortunate, the migration was ON! Lots of zebras and wildebeest. We saw a lion kill literally six feet from us, the next day, we saw 3 kills in 25 minutes.
The camps were amazing. How do they serve food like that in the middle of nowhere? The last hotel was really something – elephants at the swimming pool!
The Serengeti is pure magic.
Africa Through the Lens, March 2011
April 23, 2011
Indeed I had a wonderful trip. Although this was the third time to Tanzania with Andy and Thomson, it is still an experience I will not forget.
I appreciate the comfort of the lodges with flushing toilets but still prefer the Nyumbas. It is quite an experience lying in your tent and listening at the laughing of the hyenas, roaring of the lions and barking of the zebras during the night.
We had a wonderful group and Andy is a great guy. He is an amiable group leader, an excellent teacher and a great entertainer. The guides and the camp staff were so friendly and helpful. I have really enjoyed it.
Africa Through the Lens, February 2011
March 10, 2011
Thomson Safaris is one of only a few outfits that are allowed to have facilities right in the middle of the action. They have a tented camp right in the Serengeti, no fences, no barriers, just you and the animals sharing the same space. During the day we would often see animals in the vicinity of the camp, from zebras to giraffes, from warthogs to gazelles. At night, it was not unheard of for these animals to actually venture into the camp. Right outside the tent you would hear warthogs dig around, and if you’d shine your light into the edges of the camp, shiny eyes greeted you. And while you’re trying to sleep, zebras would call for alarm, while hyenas grew more and more excited. It is a feeling that’s difficult to describe.
The tents are also quite luxurious as far as camping goes. They have large beds with mattresses, a vanity area with sinks and mirrors, a bathroom and a shower. Hot water is provided on request, usually right before taking a shower. It’s not a fancy lodge, but it’s very comfortable and the experience is worth it. Being right where the animals are beats anything else there is.
…everyone agreed the Thomson tent camps are actually nicer [than the permanent lodge]. Even the food was nicer at the tent camps. I don’t know how the cooks in the tents do it, but it’s amazing that they could out-cook the permanent accommodations of a lodge.
As one of our guides told us, you can not visit Africa only once, and truer words were never spoken. Africa is in our hearts now, and we’ll certainly be back.
Cor & Julie
Africa through the Lens, February 2011
February 22, 2011
The whole trip was a highlight! It would be hard to choose just one…maybe all the lionesses (at least 5) sleeping in a sausage tree 10 feet from the Land Rover while their kittens lay in a heap nearby? Or being surrounded by thousands of wildebeests on the move?
We loved the night sounds and the brilliant stars, the tents, the staff and the good wholesome food. River Trees Inn and Gibb’s Farm (particularly) were nice changes but all of us were glad to get back to the tents for our last two nights.
All of this was made perfect by our amazing driver, Freddie; our amazingly well-informed guide, Freddie; our incredible spotter, Freddie; and our ever patient caretaker, Freddie. I am sure all your guides are well-chosen, but we found Freddie to be an excellent companion and teacher. I expected to see many amazing things, but I didn’t expect to learn so much about them. Thanks to Freddy I now know much more about the animals, birds, trees, and flowers as well as Tanzania and its people. We could not ask for anything more!
Best wishes and much gratitude for an experience we will remember forever,
Margery W. & Mac M.
Signature Thomson Safari, January 2011