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
A Munching Giraffe
A Kopje in the Serengeti
Traditional Maasai Jumping
Baby Gazelle Curled in its Nest
Baby Elephant in Group
When we started planning our safari, I googled “Top Safari Companies.” I contacted Thomson Safaris, who responded quickly. Your materials were great and we booked!
John, Leonard and Arthur were outstanding guides and fabulous drivers . We enjoyed riding with each of them and learned so much. The fact that they are still so deeply engaged with all the animals, birds, and flora after their many, many years of guiding enriched our safari immensely. Fascinating to see how your Nyumbas are designed. The sink area glassware is beautiful and I loved the colors, especially in the Eastern Serengeti.
Looking out over the view of the Eastern Serengeti, and hiking on the plains was wonderful.
Lynn & Larry S.
Signature Thomson Safari, February 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
I am very thankful that all the arrangements for my three different journeys in Tanzania worked out without a hitch!
On Kilimanjaro: I miss the team of porters, their cheerfulness, friendliness, and hard work. They always cheered me when I arrived at each camp, about half an hour or so after everyone, calling out “Jambo Bi Bi” (Bi Bi means grandma, an endearing term).
On Safari: All of the Nyumbas were luxurious and had bright lights. Gibbs Farm was totally unexpected – felt so relaxed in luxury after the Kilimanjaro trek and Tarangire drives. The Eastern Serengeti Nature Reserve was a most appropriate place to end the safari. So peaceful.
Zanzibar was a most appropriate place to end the safari. A therapeutic visit.
Thomson Safaris has done a great job.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, Signature Safari & Journey to Zanzibar, March 2013
View photos from Beatrice’s trip here:
View from Barafu Camp, Kilimanjaro
Beatrice with her Kilimanjaro guide
Lions in Serengeti National Park
Ralaxing by the camp fire at a Thomson Safaris Nyumba Camp
Serengeti Balloon Safari
Leopard in Serengeti National Park
Sunset in Stonetown, Zanzibar
Stonetown Market, Zanzibar
When we started planning for our African Safari, we contacted several operators. Only Thomson Safaris came back with an itinerary that mirrored our desires and added an a few exceptional options we never thought of, including Gibbs Farm and Shanga Shangaa in Arusha.
Needless to say our experience with Thomson Safaris started off on the right foot. The pre-trip materials and welcome packet were well prepared and Paul patiently answered all of our questions.
We arrived in Tanzania and were greeted by our guide, James. From the start he gave us a good impression with his professional appearance, knowledge of the area, leadership and warmth.
The Ngorogoro Nyumba being placed in that spectacular Acacia forest was so beautiful. I think we liked the food at the Ngorogoro Nyumba best. At each camp, the food was superb and we are so very thankful that you and your chefs were able to accommodate our vegan traveler.
Some of Marcia & Tom’s Photos:
Zebra in Serengeti National Park
Hyenas in Ngorongoro Crater
Lion in Ngorongoro Crater
Brown Hooded Kingfisher in Tarangire National Park
Baboon and baby in Tarangire National Park
Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater
Flamingos in Ngorongoro Crater
On our last morning in the Serengeti there were wildebeest and zebra for miles and miles. James made our short morning game drive a memorable one and stayed with us until he safely saw the plane to take off for Arusha.
It is the little things that makes Thomson Safaris so great: The travel journal with the bird/animal listings (we have a few to add by the way), the attention to detail in the tents, the writing desk and lamp out front, the friendliness of the staff, the hand washing station at each meal, the opportunity to learn a little Swahili and so much more.
This was a trip to celebrate my 50th birthday and I truly wanted it to be special, but who knew it was even better than we imagined. It was like living inside an IMAX movie for 8 days.
Please give Rick & Judi our best wishes for their continued success.
Marcia & Tom Blackwell
Private Safari, March 2013
Watch the Video Slideshow Marcia & Tom made of their safari:
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