September 24, 2013
We had the incredible experience of climbing to the rooftop of Africa and summited at daytime, when we could fully take in the grandeur of the views and glaciers, in picture perfect weather conditions.
Thanks to Thomson Safaris’ Grand Traverse Route, we were able to overnight at Crater Camp during the full moon. On the Grand Traverse it was possible for us to experience several days of un-crowded trekking and we even had some campsites all to ourselves. This unique treat became much more apparent during the final two ascending days, when we intersected with the more “public” trail systems and crowds of many people!
We could not have asked for a better experience and more fun than we had during the entire trek! All this would not have been possible without our perfect support team and the happy group of people guiding us up the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
We highly recommend your company for this once in a lifetime experience. You created memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives! Please express our sincere thanks and appreciation to each and everyone within your team. From the office to the field, we were treated royally!
Iris B. & John M.
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Trek & Private Safari – July 2013
View additional photos from Iris & John’s trek:
Iris and John at Uhuru Peak
Trekking the Northern Circuit of Kilimanjaro
John with his Thomson Safaris Kilimanjaro guide
September 15, 2013
Andrew Liu trekked Mount Kilimanjaro while his family visited the remote Mahale Mountains, and the East Serengeti in Tanzania. They ended their adventure together on safari in Northern Tanzania
We all had a great time on our respective trips – Tanzania is an amazing place and we appreciated the efforts of our guides and other crew to make the trip such a great experience.
On Kilimanjaro, I was impressed with the care and direction from our head guide, Bernard, and the assistant guides as well. Since we had a number of people who had limited camping experience, the guides did a pretty good job to keep them informed. I enjoyed chatting with several of the guides during the trek – they were all very friendly and knowledgeable about the plants, birds, and climate zones. The porters were fantastic at getting camp broken down and set up again at the new site. My rental gear (sleeping bag, fleece liner, and gaiters) worked perfectly. Thanks for the suggestion of using gaiters – my boots stayed clear of trail debris and I’m a believer now!
Brenda and the kids had a super time in Mahale - it was a fantastic location for them to experience. They also visited the East Serengeti, where they enjoyed the stop at the Maasai village and the interactions with the Maasai people. It was time well spent in the East Serengeti, and the night drives were in the Eastern Serengeti and they thought those were very cool. We finally joined back together for the remainder of our Northern Tanzania safari. Our guide, Mussa, was on top of his bird and animal knowledge and did a great job driving us around and anticipating where the animals would be.
We all had a wonderful time and appreciated how Thomson Safaris ran a largely flawless trip so we could just focus on enjoying what Tanzania had to offer.
Andrew Liu, Brenda Baker and Family
Kilimanjaro Trek, Mahale Extension, and Northern Tanzania Safari, July 2013
Click to enlarge photos from their adventure:
Trekking above the cloud line - photo by Andy Liu
Maasai visit in the East Serengeti - Photo by Erik Liu
The Thomson Safaris trekking group at Uhuru Peak - photo courtesy of Andy Liu
Cheetahs - Photo by Kira Liu
Nearing the summit of Kilimanjaro - photo courtesy of Andy Liu
July 31, 2013
At Uhuru Peak!
Approaching the Kilimanjaro summit
Standing next to a groundsel in the Barranco Valley
Group of 5 preparing for their trekking day
On the Kilimanjaro trail
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Thank you for a great Kilimanjaro Trek and Safari! Our group of 5 made it to the summit and had a fantastic time along the way. I had a great experience and highly recommend the Western Approach Route. Thank you for working with us to plan the trip so well. We were thrilled with the experience and really appreciate all that you did to make it such a memorable trip. It went well above our expectations.
In addition to Thomson Safaris’ reputation and treatment of their employees, their support of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project was an important part of my decision making. I mailed a contribution to this project immediately when I returned home. I appreciate Thomson’s leadership with this effort and have a better idea of the importance of the work. It was striking how different the Thomson staff was from many others on the mountain. You care for your team and it was evident in so many ways.
You have fantastic associates in Tanzania, top-notch and very knowledgeable. I can’t express the gratitude and respect we have for the guides and staff. They were knowledgeable, professional, and committed to seeing our group succeed. Edward, Godlisten, James, and Godluck are the best on the mountain. They are exceptional people who represent Thomson very well. Edward is a remarkable leader! We count them as friends and look forward to returning to Tanzania.
I will choose Thomson Safaris again, but it will be because of the people you employ.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, May 2013
June 27, 2013
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
June 11, 2013
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
May 15, 2013
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