December 11, 2013
I have to say I was really pleased to have chosen Thomson Safaris for my Kilimanjaro trek. All three of us were successful in reaching the summit, and the complete arrangements were near perfect.
Andrew, our Head Guide, was very good at assessing our small group’s individual capabilities. He is a good leader and is very safety conscious, while being patient, diplomatic, and helpful. Deogratius was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the mountain’s ecology. The porters worked as a team and were very friendly.
I was happy I had selected Thomson Safaris for the trip I had dreamed about for more than 20 years and know your Tanzania staff was a big part of my success in reaching the summit.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek, September 2013
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Bernie at Uhuru Peak!
Thomson Safaris Porter
Thomson Safaris Kilimanjaro Guides
Trekking on the Kili trail
Heading out from Umbwe Camp
The Barranco Wall
November 19, 2013
“As a triathlete and surgeon, I’ve faced some demanding challenges (marathons, half Ironman Triathlon, on call in the hospital with no sleep for days, etc.) and I’d say this was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I’ve accomplished …. and by design, with our children. High demand, high rewards. Thomson has been first class every step and detail of the way. We will all carry this experience with us through life’s challenges and be better prepared to handle anything. We chose Thomson because of a friend’s strong recommendation, Thomson’s stellar reputation and their philosophy toward their porters, Tanzanians and Mt. Kilimanjaro.”
Allen C. Ho, MD
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, June 2013
November 1, 2013
Kelly trekked Thomson Safaris’ Western Approach Route in 2010, but was unable to complete her climb due to altitude sickness. She returned in July 2013 to climb the Grand Traverse and is overjoyed to have succeeded in reaching the summit this time around.
Having traveled to Kilimanjaro on two occasions, I would not recommend any company other than Thomson Safaris. I watched other groups eating their boxed lunch, sitting on a rock, while I sat in a dining tent with tables and chairs. I watched other groups hiking on their own without a guide while we were always supported even through the difficult descent where we were all going at different speeds.
Thomson took excellent care of each traveler throughout each part of the trip. We had great information ahead of time, we had amazing support as we climbed and if evacuation is needed – you want Thomson taking care of you! On the plane on the way home I met another climber who could not believe that we were given a lovely lunch at Gilman’s Point at 18,650 feet! There was no thinking required when choosing a company, I would only travel to Tanzania and Kilimanjaro with Thomson Safaris.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Trek, July 2013
October 23, 2013
October 17, 2013
Pete traveled on safari with Thomson Safaris in 2012, and returned in September 2013 to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro. Read about his experience on the mountain below.
I made it to the Roof of Africa! We were a group of six and had never met each other before. We all got on really well together. One of the hikers was from New York, still working and 72 years old/young. We started climbing from 11,500′ and went to 15,500′ and back to 12,200′ over seven days to get acclimatized and in better shape. We all made the summit and Thomson Safaris boasts 98% success.
Trails were good but a lot of black volcanic dust which got everywhere, impossible to keep clean. First rest day at really nice wildlife lodge. However, no wildlife and very few birds on the trails but did see lots of tracks from Cape Buffalo and Eland which ascend in the midnight hours to lick the salt and minerals off the rocks at the higher elevations. Glad we were not around at those hours.
It was some 85F every day with strong sun so lots of sun block needed. Snow flurries on some days. Camping out every night, and every night was below freezing but I kept very warm in my LL Bean sleeping bag.
On day eight, we started at 15,520′ and hiked ten hours uphill to 19,341′ to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Kibo Uhuru Peak. Tough going as you are running on about 50% less oxygen at higher elevations so lungs working overtime. Unfortunately, we had snow flurries and very low clouds on this day, and the next, so did not get the best views I was hoping for of the mountain, glaciers, etc. Can’t predict Mother Nature…
Slept the night inside the crater rim at 18,802′ next to amazing glaciers. It went down to 24F in my tent overnight and froze everything from my drinking water to sun block. Woke up to half inch dusting of snow.
From 18,802′ inside the crater, we descended to 12,500′ the next day and then to 5,450 the following, over 2 1/2 miles downwards in two days.
I prepared well and followed all the requirements plus some more. I never had one ache, pain, blister, etc. going up or coming down. Preparation was the key. Follow the instructions!
The food was excellent and we ate very well. For the 6 of us, there was a team of 43 porters, cooks, guides, etc.
Over the ten days, we walked some 64 miles.
An incredible and amazing journey of a lifetime.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Trek, September 2013
October 10, 2013
Our experience in Tanzania was simply spectacular. Our trip up Kilimanjaro was far more beautiful and rewarding than I ever could have imagined. The ever changing scenery gave us new surprises each day. Watching the sun set over the clouds lit up in every shade of orange was breathtaking, and seeing the bright stars and moon illuminate the glaciers above us at the peak was truly moving.
Our guides were world class! They enhanced our experience in every way imaginable. Their knowledge of the mountain and country was remarkable. We all learned so much on our trek up. As I mentioned before, Deo was amazing. My son peppered him with questions about all things Africa and he answered them all with remarkable depth and a terrific sense of humor. He is very bright, very responsible, and a lot of fun. His customer service is so good you don’t realize that you are a customer. He would make an exceptional lead guide.
I have given you all the highest of praise and recommended Thomson Safaris to many friends and many more patients (they all ask about our trip). I look forward to joining you on more adventures in the future. Thanks again for an experience of a lifetime! My son, Harrison, and I could not have been more pleased with our experience.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek & 5-Day Safari, June 2013
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Kibo seen from the Shira Plateau
At Lava Tower Camp
Thomson Safaris Camp near Lava Tower
Sunset with Mount Meru in the distance
Unique vegetation of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Trekking above the cloud line
Sunrise behind Mount Mawenzi
Jumping at the summit!
Nearing Uhuru Peak
Glaciers in Kilimanjaro`s crater