June 7, 2013
When we started planning for our African Safari, we contacted several operators. Only Thomson Safaris came back with an itinerary that mirrored our desires and added an a few exceptional options we never thought of, including Gibbs Farm and Shanga Shangaa in Arusha.
Needless to say our experience with Thomson Safaris started off on the right foot. The pre-trip materials and welcome packet were well prepared and Paul patiently answered all of our questions.
We arrived in Tanzania and were greeted by our guide, James. From the start he gave us a good impression with his professional appearance, knowledge of the area, leadership and warmth.
The Ngorogoro Nyumba being placed in that spectacular Acacia forest was so beautiful. I think we liked the food at the Ngorogoro Nyumba best. At each camp, the food was superb and we are so very thankful that you and your chefs were able to accommodate our vegan traveler.
Some of Marcia & Tom’s Photos:
Zebra in Serengeti National Park
Hyenas in Ngorongoro Crater
Lion in Ngorongoro Crater
Brown Hooded Kingfisher in Tarangire National Park
Baboon and baby in Tarangire National Park
Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater
Flamingos in Ngorongoro Crater
On our last morning in the Serengeti there were wildebeest and zebra for miles and miles. James made our short morning game drive a memorable one and stayed with us until he safely saw the plane to take off for Arusha.
It is the little things that makes Thomson Safaris so great: The travel journal with the bird/animal listings (we have a few to add by the way), the attention to detail in the tents, the writing desk and lamp out front, the friendliness of the staff, the hand washing station at each meal, the opportunity to learn a little Swahili and so much more.
This was a trip to celebrate my 50th birthday and I truly wanted it to be special, but who knew it was even better than we imagined. It was like living inside an IMAX movie for 8 days.
Please give Rick & Judi our best wishes for their continued success.
Marcia & Tom Blackwell
Private Safari, March 2013
Watch the Video Slideshow Marcia & Tom made of their safari:
January 2, 2013
We had a fabulous trip which exceeded all expectations. The arrangements were flawless, the accommodations were very comfortable and the food was delicious. We were struck not only by the abundance of wild animals, but also by the stunning beauty of the East African landscape. What was a particular surprise was how much we enjoyed the opportunity to meet some of the local people. We would love to come back!
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, October 2012
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.