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
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
Jed at the summit!
The glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro
A cloudy view from Shira Cathedral
My very first impression of Thomson Safaris was so positive, I didn’t even look at other companies. The sales and service team were so attentive, and always gave me immediate and complete responses.
My guide Edward was also absolutely top-of-the-line. He was always responsive to individual needs. The porters, too, were so helpful. The little details, like a hot pre-breakfast drink as the weather got colder further up the mountain, made all the difference.
I’m not an emotional person, but the experience of reaching the summit made me tear up. Thomson’s amazing attention to detail made that possible.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, May 2013
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
From the start, the Thomson Safaris staff was super helpful; any questions I had got answered quickly and thoroughly. Both our guides were helpful, patient and kind. The food was great, always well prepared, and getting to know the rest of our group was a joy!
I initially chose to trek with Thomson because of the amenities, and everything Thomson includes, like health equipment and Wilderness First Responder certified guides. Even though I didn’t make it to the top, Glory, our guide, held my hand the whole way down the mountain.
I appreciate that Thomson Safaris treats their staff well, as well as your commitment to the Tanzanian community. We had so much fun on the trip; everything was above and beyond what we’d expected!
Teresa and Brett S.
Kilimanjaro Umbwe Trek & 5-Day Wildlife Safari, June 2013
Preparing for the balloon safari launch Zebra herd crossing the Serengeti Kibo in the distance Elephant herd in the Serengeti
Preparing for the balloon safari launch
Zebra herd crossing the Serengeti
Kibo in the distance
Elephant herd in the Serengeti
The single lasting impression of my Kilimanjaro trek was our sense of achievement. The hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I would not have been successful without the support of the excellent crew. We were very happy with our trip and after seeing other outfits on the mountain, we were extremely happy we went with Thomson Safaris.
Our head guide, Onest, was an excellent leader. I could not have asked for anyone more professional, warm and friendly. Our support guide, Sunday, was on top of performing his expected duties and he also kept us amused and kept our spirits up.
We loved Tanzania and Ras Nungwi in Zanzibar was the perfect way to finish, we would not have chosen anywhere else.
Jill & Charlotte M.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek & Extension to Zanzibar, May 2013
Porters on Mount Kilimanjaro Approaching the Kilimanjaro summit Early morning on the Kilimanjaro trail Charlotte holding turtle in Zanzibar
Porters on Mount Kilimanjaro
Approaching the Kilimanjaro summit
Early morning on the Kilimanjaro trail
Charlotte holding turtle in Zanzibar