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.
January 9, 2013
I wanted you to know how much we appreciated our recent safari with you. We were so fortunate to spot two black rhinos just yards from the car; they stayed around long enough for us to get some really good photos. The lions were so close we could have reached out and petted them!
November seems to be a great time. You should contemplate continuing the November safaris. I want to especially commend the crew at the Tarangire camp. They put on a fantastic Thanksgiving feast for us! They even made a birthday cake for one of the women in our group. She was touched to tears and so were we.
I like your committment to the communities and environmental issues and really enjoyed interacting with the locals, especially the children. I have learned so much.
Signature Thomson Safari, November 2012
Read more about Nancy’s safari on her blog via the links below!
|Ngorongoro Crater||Thanksgiving||Animals, animals, Animals!|
October 5, 2012
My kids will remember this trip forever. It will be difficult for our family to top this trip. The last stop at the Maasai village was very well done. MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS AND THANKS!
While the wildlife and scenery are breathtaking, the people of Tanzania are what make this country so special. This video (below) is our way to thank the people of Tanzania for their warmth and hospitality. Asante Sana!
Private Family Thomson Safari & Zanzibar Extension, June 2012
See photos from Sandy’s safari in his video “Tanzania the Beautiful” below.
September 3, 2012
The following is an excerpt from Jennifer S. Cook’s blog.
Read about her Africa Through the Lens Safari below
or link to the full post titled, African Beauty.
I turned forty and went to Africa. It was time. My twenties were spent in New York, establishing a writing career. My thirties were spent practicing law. When I turned forty, however, the long banked aspirations of a little girl began to take precedence. And so the winds blew me in the direction of Africa. I arrived in Tanzania on February 25, 2012. I walked into my room in the Arusha Coffee Lodge to find a gigantic bed, romantically draped in gauzy netting, a barrier to mosquitoes. Old pipes delivering nonpotable water. Outside, the southern cross hanging overhead.
I have been lucky in life. I have been able to stare at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, trying to take in the whole of Michelangelo’s work. I have seen the sun rise over Kata Tjuta rock formation in the Australian Outback. I have lived a high pressured life with its demands, responsibilities and disappointments, but have these images to look back on as a touchstone of what beauty can be in the quiet of existence, when one has taken oneself out of the expected ambition of living and just looked around. And now, fortunately, I have also seen Africa.
I had signed up for a ten-day photography trip in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park with a photographer out of Houston, Andy Biggs, whose photography I coveted and whose approach I appreciated—take in Africa…slowly. Sit. Allow it to reveal itself to you. Wake up early enough to watch the light shift and then wait for the magic. And no place is more magical than the Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic candera located in the heart of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is the fact that this area is a crater that allows for such dynamic photography. Images taken here have layers—striations of color, beginning with patches of dark green and yellow running through the grasses, then moving up to the hazy rock formations of the Crater itself, until your eyes rest on smoky or cumulous clouds that drift up into a deep blue African sky.
Not surprisingly, my best photographs came after long periods of time watching an animal, and fortunately, I was on a tour that allowed me the luxury of this time. One moment, we were watching a skinny lioness fight back six hungry hyenas from stealing a zebra kill from her cubs. The next moment we were witnessing the birth of a wildebeest, watching the small animal take her first wobbly steps, and then, not ten minutes after birth, after recognizing solid ground, canter off with her mother to join the protection of the rest of the herd. Over two days, we spent almost six hours watching a mother cheetah and her four cubs play—sometimes in the open sunshine, other times in a heavy rainstorm. Just watching and waiting to see what would happen next…
Jennifer S. Cook
Africa Through the Lens Safari, February 2012
June 27, 2012
Tanzania is absolutely the most amazing place I have ever been and this was the most amazing trip I have ever taken. I am so excited to share my experience with all my family, friends, and even those I don’t know. Asante sana, Thomson Safaris, and to all your nyumba crews, your Kilimanjaro guides and porters, and your safari guides – job well done! It was above and beyond anything I expected!
Casmir is an amazing guide, and will always be a great friend. He does not miss a beat! I would recommend Thomson Safaris to everyone, and request Casmir as a safari guide.
I have thousands of photos from my trip. I bought beautiful beaded work and other treasures, but nothing touched my heart or brings a bigger smile to my face as when I reminisce or tell my friends about the beautiful, kind and caring people of Tanzania. I did leave a part of my heart behind…and I am so looking forward to coming back.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route & Safari, February 2012
Read more about Deb’s adventures in Tanzania in two Wisconsin news publications:
May 8, 2012
I want to share a few comments about the wonderful adventures my wife and I have experienced on multiple Africa Through the Lens safaris led by Randy and Kathy Hanna. Finding the right words to capture the essence of an experience of this nature is nearly impossible, but without a doubt these photo safaris were life-altering events for us in a very positive manner. We approached these safaris with very high expectations, yet Randy and Kathy, along with the wonderful support staff from Thomson Safaris, managed to exceed those expectations in every way.
As amateur photographers, having immediate access to an experienced professional photographer, while in the middle of some of the best photographic opportunities in the world, was invaluable. Randy freely shared his expertise, doing so in a manner that benefited everyone to include the novice photographer. In the end, Randy ensured everyone (photographers and non-photographers alike) walked away with a wonderful experience and “once in a lifetime” photos.
While photography was a big part of these safaris, the experience involved so much more. The opportunity to meet the people of Tanzania, see the landscape, and get the “red dust of Africa” on our boots, changed us forever.
I have been on three Africa Through the Lens safaris with Randy and have a fourth scheduled, so I guess you can say I’ve been bitten by the “African Bug”. Anyone looking for a life-altering experience with an emphasis on photography cannot go wrong with a Thomson Safari Africa Through the Lens adventure led by Randy and Kathy Hanna.
Steve & Lori K.
Africa Through the Lens Safari
Steve and Lori are planning their 4th Africa Through the Lens Safari with Randy Hanna.
Read Steve’s blog entry about their visit to a Tanzanian village on their most recent safari.