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!
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December 7, 2012
The safari was a trip of a lifetime! It exceeded my wildest expectations! You probably heard we saw the Great Migration. With the exception of maybe one other jeep some distance away, we were the only folks to witness the drama that day. In fact, we were so close to the action, you could almost say we were IN the migration!
Other highlights included the balloon ride, and – as a cat person, myself – seeing leopards, lions, and the nocturnal serval (who made a daytime appearance). Seeing the black rhinos was a thrill, too. Our guide, Ojukwu, was terrific! The whole experience was magical. I’ll be dreaming about it for years to come!
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, September 2012
November 26, 2012
Our Safari Had It All: Wildebeest Migration, Katavi and Chimps in Mahale Mountains! Private Thomson Safari Review: Vance M.
We had a great time. A very different trip from the previous two. The mix of Maasai culture and walks at Thomson’s private refuge was a great start. The job Thomson Safaris does in supporting the area is to be commended.
In the Northern Serengeti the wildebeest migration was in full swing. We were able to witness three Mara River crossings in a single day. We were witness to the largest wildlife migration on earth and could see tens of thousands of wildebeest in every direction. We also had multiple wildlife encounters, lion, zebra, elephants…we had enough time to see everything.
Katavi National Park was unusually dry for this time of year but we still had multiple viewings of elephants, lions, leopard, etc. Including elephants in our camp! We had a great time in Katavi.
What can you say about Mahale? Chimps! We were able to view chimps up close and personal on both trekking days and went fishing each afternoon. The camp was gorgeous! The trip was just like you helped us plan – different, unique and exciting.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Arusha office to see our first guide, Nasibu, who invited us to his house the following day to meet his family.
Private Thomson Safari with Katavi and Mahale Mountains National Park extensions, September 2012
November 12, 2012
I smiled for 2 weeks straight! It was a perfect trip! Signature Thomson Safaris Review: Lynne & Paul R.
I cannot tell you how much fun we had on your safari and how perfect every aspect of the trip was coordinated. We are definitely satisfied customers! We are “talking up” Thomson Safaris to everyone that will listen.
The trip far, far exceeded our expectations and I just loved sitting back and “enjoying”, knowing that your staff would have every detail under control.
People will ask me what part of the trip I liked best, and it is hard to answer. I loved everything…the up close experience of the animals, seeing the breathtaking vistas from horizon to horizon, talking with the interesting guides, enjoying my new safari friends, eating 3 fantastic meals a day, sitting by the fire at night, walking with Herman around Gibb’s Farm, skimming over the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon, shopping at the Maasai women’s market, sleeping so soundly in the comfortable nyumbas, taking hot showers at the end of a dusty day, and even driving on the bumpy roads.
I felt like I smiled for 2 weeks straight! Thank you and the Thomsons for the great trip and the wonderful work they are doing in Tanzania. I loved everything! I feel like I have spend the last 10 days smiling at the extraordinary scenery and wildlife and laughing with my new friends. Perfect trip!
Lynne & Paul R.
Signature Thomson Safari, September 2012
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
August 27, 2012
I cannot rave enough about my trip, it was fantastic! Thomson not only met my expectations, but far exceeded them. From my first phone call to your office where you so patiently answered all my questions, the safari staff, accommodations, transfers, were all wonderful.
I must have had the three most personal, knowedgable, and caring guides on the Thomson Safaris’ roster for my trip! The tents were so clean and comfortable, I actually like their mattresses better than my own! The meals were great, I was so happy (and surprised) that I did not gain weight. We saw all of “the big 5″ in our first few days and then continued to see more and more fantastic animals and animal interactions everyday after.
We were entertained and cared for the entire time – even through to our departure at the airport. I cannot thank you enough for the trip of a lifetime! My only dilemma is how am I ever going to top it ???
Highlights of Tanzania Safari, June 2012