April 10, 2013
Our trip to Tanzania was simply unbelievable. I have done nothing but brag about it to all of my family and friends since the moment we got back. From the accommodations, to the staff, everything was perfect. While you all can’t control the weather (you can’t, can you?), the climate was the icing on the cake for us as it was the one thing about which we were anxious from the start. The days were pleasantly hot and the nights were refreshing with a light breeze.
Ruaha was beautiful, as well. We loved the nights dining in the dry river bed by candlelight. The wildlife was even more exciting than in the North (although we were there for the first crossing of the wildebeests, which can never be topped!). I am so glad that we took the North & South so that we were able to experience as much as possible. I cannot say enough about the trip. Your company was recommended to me by a friend, and I have proselytized it ever since.
North & South Safari, July 2012
March 27, 2013
Let me tell you it was a trip of a lifetime. We are in touch with our fellow “safarians,” sharing photos and stories. We even hope to be able to visit each other. So not only did we have a great trip, we made new friends. (And that’s priceless!) We wanted a high-end tenting experience and Thomson offered it. We were not disappointed. The rest of the hospitality world should take lessons from the Thomson Safaris’ staff. We wanted high quality and we got it!
I’m sure you have seen all kinds of photos, but I think these are a bit different. My husband took our “wild-life” camera, which takes pix in the dark, and is motion-activated. He strapped it on a camp chair at the front of our tent every night, just to see what was “hanging-around” after the lights went out. Enjoy!
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, January 2013
Click to enlarge photos from Robin’s safari
March 17, 2013
I had a wonderful time in Tanzania AGAIN with Thomson. One of the camps actually made me a cake for my 9th Thomson trip! Abu and Freddy were wonderful guides and so knowledgeable, as are all the Thomson Safaris guides.
We had so many WOW moments on this trip! I have now been on 32 safaris and it is hard to WOW me, but I was, several times. We saw about 40 sub-adult male elephants fighting each other very seriously, even drawing blood on occasion. We saw 31 giraffes crossing the highway on the way to the Serengeti and 2 of them got into a serious fight – even Freddy took a picture with his cell phone! We saw a heard of about 500 cape buffalo with 12 lions stalking them; the buffalo finally saw what was happening and started a stampede, one of the buffalo caught up with the male lion and gored it. The lion was laying on its back very hurt when 11 female lions came to his rescue and enticed the buffalo to go after them so the male lion could get up and run for cover. There were also lots of elephants chasing hippos out of a watering hole, along with several other wonderful sightings.
I love Thomson and think you have wonderful guides. Thanks for another wonderful trip!
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, October 2012
Leopard in tree
Giraffes in Serengeti
Leopard in Serengeti
Lion cub on kopje
March 15, 2013
This trip BLEW me away. I didn’t expect to see so much wildlife. I didn’t expect to have so many amazing staff members helping us. Everyone was over the top amazing, professional and fun. We are sad to leave!
We will take another trip with Thomson Safaris. We had a fabulous safari! Thank you and your team so much.
Thomson Family Safari, December 2012
Click to enlarge photos from Kristin’s family safari
March 12, 2013
Every day was an unexpected surprise of what we would see that could be as amazing as the day before and every day exceeded the day before with another amazing sighting and experience. We could see the difference in the other companies that were out there. Most of them would just rush by, stop, snap a picture and move on. Our guides never rushed us, we cannot give them enough praise for how great they were. I would not have changed a thing and hope to come back with our grandchildren in a couple of years.
When we were in the northern Serengeti, we saw the Big 5 before lunch! 2 Lioness with 5 cubs about 25 yards from us, a huge male leopard lying in the tree, buffalo staring at us, elephants and their young so close we felt like we could just reach out and touch them and hippos sharing the river with the crocodiles.
Then Kaoneko spotted something far off in the distance. We drove closer and there they stood…not one, but three rhinos: a father, mother and young male. We were right in front of them, the large female and young rhino walked towards our truck – it was an amazing site and experience. We watched as the large male rhino seemed a bit more nervous that we were there, he began pawing at the ground with his hind legs like he was ready to charge. As we sat there more vehicles got the word and came to see these amazing creatures. We moved around to the other side of them so that the male rhino did not seem feel so crowded and nervous.
When we got to the Mara River, there were several vehicle already there, some had chairs and tables set up. They told us they had been there for 3 days waiting for the migration to happen. All of the sudden, the wildebeest began jumping in the river. Another amazing experience! They just kept on coming! It was another amazing day, and we hadn’t even had lunch yet!
There are not enough words to describe the experiences of this trip. I am astonished as how well our guides were able to spot the animals in the distance and then get us close enough to enjoy these amazing creatures.
Signature Thomson Safari, October 2012
Click to enlarge photos from Patti’s safari
March 4, 2013
We saw so much wildlife and had a new adventure everyday! Karen’s Highlights of Tanzania Safari Review
The safari met all my expectations and then some! All of our guides were good; I’m still amazed that John could steer the Land Rover over awful terrain, keep an eye out for game, answer questions and swat tse tse flies all at the same time, without ever looking rattled!
The food was wonderful, the camp crews were accommodating. When it came time to walk back to the Nyumba after a little wine and conversation around the campfire, the camp staff was always available to walk us there. I never felt in danger, even when I woke up and heard lions.
I think the best part was having a new adventure each of our 10 days. We saw so much wildlife in our first few days that I figured the last few days would be just more of the same. Not so. It wasn’t until the last full day that we saw the wildebeest cross the Mara (at least the ones not eaten by crocodiles). I didn’t think I cared about the wildebeest/zebra migration, but I’m so glad I saw it. And, just when I was resigned to not seeing a cheetah, we spotted one close by. Not only did we see that cheetah, we saw it chase and take down a baby gazelle and proceed to eat it. Sounds grizzly (and it was sad to see the mother stand on the hill and watch the whole process), but you know it’s nature at work. And not 30 minutes later, we saw a mother cheetah and three cheetah cubs, up close and personal.
I have new respect for Land Rovers. I didn’t quite get the importance of Thomson’s promise of a window seat for each person until I saw other safari groups packed like sardines in open jeeps, while we switched sides, jumped up and down, shared spaces, etc.
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, October 2012