“This trip was the best money I have ever spent!! I can’t say enough about the excellent guides and porters that worked with us on our trip. Andrew, Francis, Simon, Glory and Dixon deserve special mention for their hard work and excellence in everything they did.” - Colleen Flatten
“Thanks so much!! We had a grand adventure and really appreciated how wonderfully Thomson took care of us. Our head guide Andrew was truly outstanding and his expert judgement and critical thinking made us all feel safe. I have worked in health care for over 30 years and the challenges of the mountain really do require experts like Andrew, Simon, Frances and Glory to make it a safe trip. The challenges of the group with all that impacts the function of the body made it fascinating–but made us really respect the expert opinions of your well trained staff. Thanks!!” - Mary Dudley
” I can not tell you how much I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Kilimanjaro adventure!!!! Thomson and staff are the BEST!! Our guides were over the edge superb!!!!!” - Annie Beinborn
Thomson Safaris was absolutely wonderful. It’s a known fact that I would not have made it without Simon! He was the sweetest and most helpful person and stayed with me every step until I made it up all 19,341 feet!
I did a Ngorongoro Crater safari extension, which was absolutely amazing! I would like to go back at some point and do a much longer safari and make it to the Serengeti.
The whole trip was incredible and I don’t think it would have been as amazing with just any company. You guys were great to deal with and so helpful. Now I just need someone to bankroll my lifestyle so I can do more traveling… worth every penny!
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek & Safari Extension, March 2013
Click to view photos of Kelsey’s climb: Camping in Kilimanjaro`s rainforest A view of Kibo from the Umbwe Trail Kelsey and Vanessa in the Barranco Valley Kelsey preparing to climb the Barranco Wall A foggy morning on the mountain Climbing Kilimanjaro`s Barranco Wall Mawenzi Peak hiding behind the clouds Kelsey with her Kilimanjaro support guide Kelsey and her porter celebrating near the summit Kelsey at Uhuru Peak! Nearing the summit in the early morning View from the top of Africa
Camping in Kilimanjaro`s rainforest
A view of Kibo from the Umbwe Trail
Kelsey and Vanessa in the Barranco Valley
Kelsey preparing to climb the Barranco Wall
A foggy morning on the mountain
Climbing Kilimanjaro`s Barranco Wall
Mawenzi Peak hiding behind the clouds
Kelsey with her Kilimanjaro support guide
Kelsey and her porter celebrating near the summit
Kelsey at Uhuru Peak!
Nearing the summit in the early morning
View from the top of Africa
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My father and I had an absolutely INCREDIBLE time. I am so happy and grateful to the Thomson Safaris guides, porters and kitchen staff for making my summit possible. I could not have reached Uhuru Peak or survived 9 days in the wilderness without them!
The overall support and positive guides cannot be matched! Thomson is THE best! I was overwhelmed by how much delicious food we were served at EVERY meal. The food and service staff were especially impressive.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, January 2013
View Lauren’s Blog for videos of their trek!
Our trip was awesome! Our main guide, Godlove was great. He was a great leader and even better, got us to summit. The food, tents and other equipment were great.
The porters and other staff were friendly and eager to help. The final hotel stay before flying home was MUCH needed. A room to relax, shower, and pack was priceless. Thomson Safaris is a well organized company. Everything from air, hotel, and camping was excellent.
Everyone in the group made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro!
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek, February 2013
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Vijay and friends taking a break on the trail
Thomson Safaris group of trekkers, guides, and porters
Uhuru Peak in the background
On the Umbwe trail
At Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro
What a time! Enough can’t be said about those guides, porters, cooks, and waiters. They were the kindest, most supportive people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and spend time with. William and Renatus headed the team with such skill and utter devotion, while everyone else followed their positive, upbeat examples. They were the happiest, most caring people I have ever met. And they were watchful of and attentive to our every need every moment.
Enough cannot be said about that devoted and professional Thomson Safaris team. It must make you proud and confident to promote your trips, knowing that your front line will not and do not let you down–that they uphold and live the mission you put forth.
Mary Margaret G
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, February 2013
Mary Ruth at Uhuru Peak! Thomson Safaris trekking group at the summit Mary Ruth with Kibo behind her
Mary Ruth at Uhuru Peak!
Thomson Safaris trekking group at the summit
Mary Ruth with Kibo behind her
I was very nervous about traveling alone for this trip. I researched many companies and every time, Thomson Safaris came out as the best.
On my first call I explained my apprehension, and Katie pointed out “This will be the first time in your life where you will not have to worry about anyone but yourself. If you were traveling with a friend or your husband and they didn’t summit, you might feel guilty, but going alone, you’ll only have to focus on you – with medically trained guides, porters, and new friends cheering you on, friends you’ll most likely have for a life-time.” She was SO RIGHT!
It was such a great trip and I can only sing the highest praises for Thomson. I am so thrilled I joined this wonderful trip. It was such a great group and we had great guides and porters. So many many great memories and I now have new friends for life! Thanks so much for all your help in preparing. The BEST trip in the world!!
Mary Ruth B.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Trek, February 2013