July 9, 2013
A Munching Giraffe
A Kopje in the Serengeti
Traditional Maasai Jumping
Baby Gazelle Curled in its Nest
Baby Elephant in Group
When we started planning our safari, I googled “Top Safari Companies.” I contacted Thomson Safaris, who responded quickly. Your materials were great and we booked!
John, Leonard and Arthur were outstanding guides and fabulous drivers . We enjoyed riding with each of them and learned so much. The fact that they are still so deeply engaged with all the animals, birds, and flora after their many, many years of guiding enriched our safari immensely. Fascinating to see how your Nyumbas are designed. The sink area glassware is beautiful and I loved the colors, especially in the Eastern Serengeti.
Looking out over the view of the Eastern Serengeti, and hiking on the plains was wonderful.
Lynn & Larry S.
Signature Thomson Safari, February 2013
April 30, 2013
Jill C. and her family, including her granddaughters Cecilia (15) and Cate (12), traveled on safari in December 2012 . Here are some of the journal entries from their trip!
“We had such a wonderful, wonderful adventure in Africa. I was not disappointed about anything. Thomson really delivers what it promises! Our whole ten days were filled with sensual delights: I viewed Africa through my senses – sight, sound, taste, smell (especially smell), and touch. Africa is life-changing. All of it was perfection and I will be grateful always, to have traveled under the ‘flag’ of Thomson.” – Jill C.
“We arrived at the school and were greeted by 20 Tanzanian children and their principal. He took us on a tour, where there are houses for teachers, and even, cows, goats, and chickens. As we walked, the children followed and watched us in awe…I learned so much more about the world, people and it opened my eyes to many of the issues, such as poverty, hunger, and lack of education. I hope everyone gets a chance to visit Africa and have the same experience I did.” - Cecilia R., age 15
“This morning, I saw a family of 10-15 Blue Vervet Monkeys looking at me. They were only about 5 feet away from me and were on the roof. They fled when they saw me, though! Tomorrow we are going to Ngorongoro where we will stay in a Nyumba, which is like a posh tent in the wilderness. We’ll see cheetahs, lions, and hyenas, according to our guide, Mustafa. Yikes!” - Cate R., age 12
“We went into the crater this morning with Mustafa and really saw our first comprehensive wildlife ecosystem. We saw female lions early on who ended up resting under our truck!!! We also saw lots of baboon families interacting near the road, as well as monkey families. Our first elephants, 3-4 of them, were spotted walking among the trees and brush on the hill.” - Tim R.
“I love it that we are all here with Mom. She’s so game to want to do this with us, and being our little group of 5 is really special. We will remember this time together always. I love watching the girls with her. The Swahili name for grandmother is “Bibi,” and Mom has become the “Bibi” of the camp for everyone, not just for our family. Mustafa explained that a “Bibi” belongs to everyone, not just the family. I love it, and she seems to delight in the specialness of her role.” - Lissy R.
March 15, 2013
This trip BLEW me away. I didn’t expect to see so much wildlife. I didn’t expect to have so many amazing staff members helping us. Everyone was over the top amazing, professional and fun. We are sad to leave!
We will take another trip with Thomson Safaris. We had a fabulous safari! Thank you and your team so much.
Thomson Family Safari, December 2012
Click to enlarge photos from Kristin’s family safari
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
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