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
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 19, 2013
Seven-year old, Luke traveled with his family to Tanzania over the holidays. In addition to the excitement of celebrating his birthday and Christmas on safari, the highlights of his trip included:
- Meeting my pen pal, James
- Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti
- Soccer at the village school
- Lots of football with Nyumba camp crew
- Flying on single prop plane from Serengeti to Arusha
- Playing Last Card and War
- Making a zebra out of black ebony wood
- The tents and sleeping with the animals
- Mt. Kilimanjaro (Mt. Kili)
- Christmas and My Birthday in Africa
- Crazy Abel!
Luke loved his guides and according to his blog – yes, he submitted a blog post – he learned a lot from them about the wildlife and Tanzanian culture.
February 12, 2013
Thank you so much for a glorious safari experience. You may remember that we tried to schedule this five years ago when my husband Bob was diagnosed with colon cancer. So it has been a blessing that we were now able to take up from where we had left off. Everything went smoothly. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, and the types and numbers of animals exceeded our expectation. Each of the guides was unique, competent and extremely knowledgeable. Bob’s need for a battery to charge his CPAP was expertly handled.
In short, we would take this trip again in a minute!! Thank you for your expertise, quick response to all of our questions, professionalism, and caring attitude.
People need to know that there is life after cancer! In fact, there were three breast cancer survivors on our trip!
Barbara & Bob Z.
Signature Thomson Safari, October 2012
January 21, 2013
I went to Tanzania to view the natural surroundings and animals, however, meeting the Maasai and learning about their culture was an unexpected additional highlight of the trip.
Thomson met and exceeded my expectations for the safari. The staff were well-trained and knowledgeable, willing to take the time needed to view wildlife and gave detailed explanations about what we saw. The campsites, food and staff were great and provided a good restful night. Everyone was friendly, had a good sense of humor and were willing to engage in discussion.
We were fortunate to view two wildebeest migration river crossings in one day. I could go on and on but you get the idea, it is a trip I will never forget. I have traveled all over Europe but this safari stands out as a real winner.
Signature Thomson Safari, September 2012
Click to enlarge photos from Stephen’s safari
January 16, 2013
We chose Thomson Safaris because of their efforts to give back to the country and because they are eco-friendly. It was fantastic to be able to see some of this in person and realize it’s not just talk.
Thank you so much for an unforgettable trip – we had the most amazing trip we have ever taken or will ever take. All of the Thomson people really anticipated our needs and wants before we did. The Massai experience was great, especially going to the school. I loved all of our accommodations, the Nyumbas, Rivertrees, Gibb’s Farm, Ras Nungwi and Zanzibar Serena Inn. The Spice tour and the walking tour of Stone Town were wonderful. You guys have done your homework and found the best everywhere we went.
The knowledge and friendliness of all the staff was incredible. They made us feel like one of the family. You always have expectations when going on a trip and I can say ours were met and exceeded by a large margin. Last but not least the food was incredible. I can’t believe they were able to cook what they did.
Greg and Wendy W.
Signature Thomson Safari with Zanzibar Extension, July 2012