August 21, 2013
I feel so blessed to have been able to experience Africa in such comfort and good cheer!
Every morning the vehicles were fresh, clean, and stocked with plenty of water and snacks. The drivers even found anything we left behind and returned it. Best of all, the guides told us we had a “lucky safari,” since we saw leopards, cheetahs, serval, rhinoceros, lions, and flamingos, plus many other magnificent animals and birds.
The accommodations were much more luxurious than I expected, and the staff at each camp are friendly and gracious. They seem happy to be providing good service. Gibbs Farm was a particular treat – I wanted to do all the activities!
Our guides, Charles, Mohammed, and Phanuel, were exceptional.
One particularly special moment: I had a persistent cough that was bothering me. Phanuel told the camp staff, and Hussein made me a special ginger tea that was delicious and helpful. Things like this made me feel pampered and spoiled the whole time!
Signature Thomson Safari, March 2013
July 1, 2013
Our safari in Tanzania was certainly the trip of a lifetime, greatly enhanced by the experience and enthusiasm of all of you at Thomson Safaris, both here and in Tanzania. We continue to WOW our friends and relatives with our stories and pictures. We treasure the time spent together amid stunning vistas and wildlife, learning about other cultures and ways of life, and being part of such a great group of safari enthusiasts!
We saw a spectacular array of animals, birds, flowers, trees, and landscape scenery. We experienced some local culture and people. We drove right into the sight of the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The plain was closely dotted with animals as far as the eye could see!!!
Zebra in Serengeti National Park - Photo by Jean Baldwin
Lion in Ngorongoro Crater - Photo by Jean Baldwin
Sunset in the Serengeti - Photo by Jean Baldwin
Jean & David with their safari group - Photo by Jean Baldwin
Our guides, Abraham (Abuu), Mustafa, and Patrick were outstanding. The 13 of us were a great group and have already shared e-mails and some pictures. Everything went very smoothly, and there were several fun surprises, such as our birthday cake on the second night!
Thomson Safaris is a wonderful company. We were very pleased that we chose to do business with you!
Jean & David Baldwin
Signature Thomson Safari
June 3, 2013
We had a fantastic – awesome safari! All three of our guides were fantastic, especially Leonard. While we were visiting a local school, Leonard gave a talk to the 7th grade class. I believe the subject was “confidence”. He also gave us several lectures on our safari.
It is apparent that he loves, and is proud of, his country, the people, the animals, and the kids. I think he is also proud of Thomson Safaris for the work they do in the community. We still talk about and show photos to our friends about the trip and sing the praises of Thomson Safaris.
A very special highlight was watching a Cheetah Mom train her four cubs to hunt and kill. We saw two kills, which we are told is very rare.
Jim & Judy A.
Signature Thomson Safari, February 2013
View photos of Jim & Judy’s safari here:
Leopard in a tree in Serengeti National Park
Cheetah in Serengeti National Park
Black Rhino in Ngorongoro Crater
Elephant Relaxing in Tarangire National Park
Cheetah mom training her cubs in the Serengeti
Cheetah mom with her cubs in the Serengeti
Sunset in Serengeti National Park
May 17, 2013
This was an amazing trip! It was more than we could have imagined and one we will treasure for a lifetime. Your company is without question the best tour company we have ever dealt with.
Keep up the great work. Very pleased that Thomson helps the schools and cooperatives.
Two of your satisfied customers,
Doug & Suzanne P.
Signature Thomson Safari, February 2013
May 9, 2013
I have stayed at a number of 5 star hotels in my lifetime, but the places we stayed at during this safari were just as good, only difference were the people, they genuinely cared about us.
The guides for our safari, Arthur and Koa, were amazing. I don’t know how they spotted various birds far away in trees, but they did and consequently I was able to get fantastic photos of the birds. I called Arthur “Bush Eye.” They did not just answer our questions about animals or plants, they always told a little story that explained how that animal or plant tied in to everything else. They were truly amazing.
We also met Rick Thomson and Judi Wineland and were able to spend one evening with them and had a great conversation. We sure appreciated what their vision is for their company and the people they affect in Tanzania.
We saw all the animals we could possibly see. All by all we rate this safari as our best vacation and best experience with the people who make Thomson Safaris work.
Ed & Karen B.
Signature Thomson Safari, December 2012
Click to enlarge photos from Ed & Karen’s safari
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.