We had an excellent time! William, our head guide, was amazing!! The porters were extremely helpful. Every time you turned around they were there to help you with the pack, tent or warm water.
I felt safe and cared for. Thank you for the great adventure! I will recommend Thomson to anyone due to the team’s professionalism, customer service and concern for our safety.
Corie & Donald S.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, February 2013
I wanted to write and tell you what an awesome trip I had! I didn’t want to come home. I enjoyed the safari but the trek was my favorite part. All of my guides (Bernard, James, David and Alphayo) were great!
The first camp we all did yoga even the porters, Adam and Innocent (our waiters) joined in. They were so much fun to be around. Bernard was always around to have a good conversation with while we were hiking. I was confident of his experience and trusted his expertise. Whenever anyone was tired, all they had to do was look for Alphayo and he would immediately cheer them up with his infectious smile and a good fact about the mountain or wildlife. I could really tell that he likes his job!
James was by my side and looked after me like I was his sister. Abu (my porter) was on my other side the whole time. I didn’t feel unsafe at any time. I would do another trek in a heartbeat if I could find someone crazy enough to go back with me! I had so much fun with all the Thomson staff and will recommend the Umbwe route to anyone who wants to do a trek, the privacy we had on the first day and a half were great!
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek & Safari Extension, January 2013
Susan & Kevin with their family at Uhuru Peak!
Heading to the summit
Karanga Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro
We had a wonderful time in Tanzania from start to finish. The trek was awesome and so was the safari. Hard to say what we enjoyed most! Our family really loved both parts of the trip even though they were so different.
Your guides there are fantastic – they really made the trip for us. Our 3 guides, waiters, and porters always had smiles for us and nothing but positive, encouraging words each day – I truly cannot say enough good things about those men.
Our safari guides were great too. We managed to see all of the “Big Five”; we spent nearly an hour watching the elusive leopard as she made her way through the grass and trees looking for a meal – the kids thought it was great.
The food on the mountain and on safari was fabulous. In fact my kids asked why my food at home didn’t taste that good! I think we ate them out of house and home on safari; teenagers can eat a lot.
This hike was an exceptional experience for our family. We learned a lot about ourselves, each other and Tanzania. I am not sure we are ready to head back up the mountain yet, but I am quite certain another trip to Tanzania will be in our future – there are lots of places left to see and experience!
Susan & Kevin M. and Family
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek & Wildlife Safari, December 2012
We had a thoroughly delightful Kilimanjaro climb and safari – it was clear that Thomson Safaris was the right choice for us. All aspects of the trip up Kilimanjaro were excellent – great guides, food and camping arrangements.
We saw many climbers from other tour operators who did not make it to the summit due to mountain sickness, but all of us made the climb/summit in good shape, and even enjoyed our stay at Crater Camp. I would definitely recommend the 9-day Western Approach and Crater Camp. There were no negatives for our group (ages 50-67).
Finally, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari was excellent! We all loved the Nyumbas and would not have changed a thing. It was great journey with magnificent scenery.
The camaraderie with the staff was excellent and the achievement of summiting Uhuru will never be forgotten.
Paul & Randi H.
Private Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek & Safari Extension
Thank you so much! I say thank you, Katie and Rachel for all your help and support as I was nervously considering and then preparing for this trip! I can’t say enough good things about Thomson and your responsiveness and helpfulness, and words cannot begin to describe my gratitude and appreciation and awe for the staff on Kilimanjaro. The guides, cook, waiters, porters and everyone else were absolutely amazing, helpful, patient, kind, supportive, experienced and somehow managed to will all of us up to the summit safely even when we ourselves weren’t so sure we would make it! :-)
I was very moved by my experience and, as I am sure others have already told you, it was beyond life-changing. I was so scared to go on the trip, but at the end, I cried because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek, March 2013