November 26, 2012
Our Safari Had It All: Wildebeest Migration, Katavi and Chimps in Mahale Mountains! Private Thomson Safari Review: Vance M.
We had a great time. A very different trip from the previous two. The mix of Maasai culture and walks at Thomson’s private refuge was a great start. The job Thomson Safaris does in supporting the area is to be commended.
In the Northern Serengeti the wildebeest migration was in full swing. We were able to witness three Mara River crossings in a single day. We were witness to the largest wildlife migration on earth and could see tens of thousands of wildebeest in every direction. We also had multiple wildlife encounters, lion, zebra, elephants…we had enough time to see everything.
Katavi National Park was unusually dry for this time of year but we still had multiple viewings of elephants, lions, leopard, etc. Including elephants in our camp! We had a great time in Katavi.
What can you say about Mahale? Chimps! We were able to view chimps up close and personal on both trekking days and went fishing each afternoon. The camp was gorgeous! The trip was just like you helped us plan – different, unique and exciting.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Arusha office to see our first guide, Nasibu, who invited us to his house the following day to meet his family.
Private Thomson Safari with Katavi and Mahale Mountains National Park extensions, September 2012
November 12, 2012
I smiled for 2 weeks straight! It was a perfect trip! Signature Thomson Safaris Review: Lynne & Paul R.
I cannot tell you how much fun we had on your safari and how perfect every aspect of the trip was coordinated. We are definitely satisfied customers! We are “talking up” Thomson Safaris to everyone that will listen.
The trip far, far exceeded our expectations and I just loved sitting back and “enjoying”, knowing that your staff would have every detail under control.
People will ask me what part of the trip I liked best, and it is hard to answer. I loved everything…the up close experience of the animals, seeing the breathtaking vistas from horizon to horizon, talking with the interesting guides, enjoying my new safari friends, eating 3 fantastic meals a day, sitting by the fire at night, walking with Herman around Gibb’s Farm, skimming over the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon, shopping at the Maasai women’s market, sleeping so soundly in the comfortable nyumbas, taking hot showers at the end of a dusty day, and even driving on the bumpy roads.
I felt like I smiled for 2 weeks straight! Thank you and the Thomsons for the great trip and the wonderful work they are doing in Tanzania. I loved everything! I feel like I have spend the last 10 days smiling at the extraordinary scenery and wildlife and laughing with my new friends. Perfect trip!
Lynne & Paul R.
Signature Thomson Safari, September 2012
September 19, 2012
I will close my eyes and remember Africa; I think she will remember me too. Signature Thomson Safaris Review: Pat L.
As I leave this safari, the many vivid colors of Africa will stay in my mind forever. The diverse cultures, the smiling faces of the children, the multitude of animals grazing in their own habitats, the genuis welcome from the African people all make this trip unforgettable. Asante!
I cannot begin to tell you how much this trip meant to me. I lost my wonderful husband 9 years ago and this was a trip we had been planning together. I have just gotten to the point where I was able to make it without him. It truly was life changing. It helped us put things into perspective and come home knowing that even though we have had a loss, we have a beautiful life ahead of us if we just search it out.
When I am “old” I will close my eyes and remember Africa; I think she will remember me too. I have NOTHING but praise for your company and the work it is doing for the souls in Africa. I will certainly say to do it today; don’t wait until tomorrow. I would go back in a heartbeat. I give Thomson an A++++++ in all categories.
Signature Thomson Safari, July 2012
September 13, 2012
There is only one word for the trip and that is perfect. I don’t believe I have ever experienced a trip where every single thing was on schedule, just as promised, and in many cases even better than I expected. From the personnel to the choice of locations, to the timing, everything was spot on.
I was completely unprepared for the proximity and the quantity of the animals and for the kindness and wonderful spirit of the guides and all other Africans whom we met along the way.
It is hard to pick highlights, for there were so many, but I particularly enjoyed the balloon ride over the Serengeti, the tembo fires at each camp, seeing the gardens and experiencing coffee roasting at Gibbs Farm, and the lovely lantern-lit dinners in the riverbed at Mwagusi Camp. We remarked almost every evening that we could not possibly have a better day than the one just concluded, and yet every day was equal to or better than the previous one.
The North & South Safari really provided a great variety of terrains and venues. It seems to me that once you commit to the long flight and the expensive ticket, you should stay longer to maximize the value/impact. Going to two locations in Texas would not give you a true Texas experience. We have beaches, mountains, desert, and rolling green hills. I think you can say the same thing about Tanzania. We saw very different terrain in all three locales.
Thank you so much for providing such a great experience for us. I will certainly be happy to recommend Thomson to anyone who asks. I am VERY glad I made the trip and very grateful that it was everything I could possibly have hoped for.
North & South Safari, July 2012
August 21, 2012
There is nothing like being in the Serengeti on a clear night and viewing the Milky Way in all its glory, without streetlights to dampen the view!! The Southern Cross hung over our tent! WOW!
It was so good to see several of the wonderful guides again who made our other Thomson trips so enjoyable.
Thomson more than lived up to their high standards on this safari. I am continually amazed at the staffs’ efforts, at all levels, to make our safari a memorable experience. Their attention to tiny details just blows my mind.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, June 2012
This was Peggy’s 4th safari with Thomson Safaris!
August 5, 2012
We had the time of our lives! What an unbelievable trip! I’m not happy to be home, and that NEVER happens. I feel I established a special connection to Tanzania and its beautiful people – they fascinate me. I want to go back!
I made good friends with the staff during my safari. The guides are Godsends; they always spoke to us with kindness and enthusiasm, even if we were asking the same questions a hundred times. They were very professional, knowledgeable and funny too!
I am such a picky person but Thomson has impressed me incredibly. Thomson is the only way to go.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, June 2012