March 23, 2012
John, Hashim, and Abu are amazing: Great naturalists who can explain about everything from elephants to baobab trees while tip-toeing a jeep down an impossible road. Please tell them Asante sana!!
I did not expect to be as affected by people and their lives as I was. The schoolkids were great. We were impressed by the level of the 5th-grade math books we saw, and happy to learn that Thomson helps support them. Even the food was good…the last thing I thought about in anticipating our trip. Tasty and healthy!
Thomson really does put a lot of time and effort into anticipating all the details of each trip to produce the best visitor experience possible.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, October 2011
February 7, 2012
It was a trip of a lifetime. As you know Lise and I were continuing to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana which was delightful but I must say that the highlight of the trip was our safari with Thomson.
I can guarantee Thomson does not exaggerate the cost of the safari and the value was greater than our expectations. I have to add that we had the pleasure of meeting the owners of Thomson Safaris, Rick and Judi, they are wonderful and generous people. They give back more than their share to the community which was for me important to know. Their personnel is chosen to complement and follow their way of thinking. All are delightful! It is a very mature, well-run organization.
Signature Thomson Safari, November 2011
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.
December 19, 2011
I had the best time of my life in Tanzania. Over the last 20 years, I have traveled extensively; but this Safari was the best trip ever. The Thomson staff was incredible; every one of them…Thank you Charles, Patrick and Leonard for making this journey the most amazing experience of my life. I am so grateful I chose Thomson.
I had the privilege to meet fantastic people and made some new friends along the way. There are no words to describe my trip to Tanzania; the people, the animals, the nature, the sceneries… I was blown away.
The Tanzanians’ culture is complex and fascinating; their traditions are interesting, beautiful and unique. The resilience of the African people is inspiring; and I understand now why you can leave Africa but Africa will never leave you… I am still dreaming about Africa.
Thank you again for introducing me to Tanzania. I can not wait to go back.
Signature Thomson Safari, October 2011
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 18, 2011
We returned from our extraordinary adventure with Thomson yesterday. It was truly remarkable, amazing, fabulous and all those other cliched words that cannot possibly capture the experience. Thomson exceeded our expectations, and the trip itself was beyond what I even imagined.
No one should leave this earth without venturing into Tanzania. Our guides (especially Robert) were great, the food was terrific, and the itinerary was perfect. Now I am experiencing re-entry culture shock.
It is quite admirable what Thomson has accomplished with the land in East Africa, the jobs they provide for the local people, the efforts to preserve the integrity of the camps, the energy conservation and much more.
Harry S. & Anne T.
Signature Thomson Safari, July 2011