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Thank you for putting together such an ideal itinerary for me, and for making sure I got Kumbi; as you know from my letter, he was outstanding!
I enjoyed every location I visited, but my favorite was Kogakuria. I fell in love with the tall grasslands, sprinkled with the occasional tree, and the rolling hills. In the hour or two just after sunrise, the low light turned the whole landscape into a golden dream. Oddly, given that I went to Tanzania to experience the wildlife, my most magical moment was in an area with no visible animals at all, at the border between the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. Since the migration hadn't reached there yet, there weren't any large animals to stand out above the tall grass. The land seemed to stretch out forever, and I felt connected to all of it in a way I've experienced in only a handful of places. This particular location made me realize why people refer to a "sea" of grass, and I loved watching the wind roll through it in waves, and listening to the leaves rustle against one another.
Of course the wildlife viewing in the area was also outstanding; it was in a nearby valley that I got to approach within a few yards of a cheetah (my favorite "dream come true" moment), and watch lions feeding on a zebra (my favorite "National Geographic" moment). The feeding lions included a young cub who was practicing his choke hold and wrestling with the zebra's head; it was incredibly funny in a grisly sort of way, because the zebra's head probably weighed as much as the cub, and a couple of times the cub flip-flopped completely over the zebra's neck.
Thanks again for helping to make this wonderful journey happen. A significant factor in my decision to go with Thomson was how easy it was to talk with you, not just because you always seemed to be available, but also because you were so knowledgeable, and eager to help.
Private Thomson Safari, July 2011
Review: Steve & Lori K.
As amateur photographers, having immediate access to an experienced professional photographer, while in the middle of some of the best photographic opportunities in the world, was invaluable. Randy freely shared his expertise, doing so in a manner that benefited everyone to include the novice photographer. In the end, Randy ensured everyone (photographers and non-photographers alike) walked away with a wonderful experience and “once in a lifetime” photos.
Steve & Lori K.
Review: Ralph W.
We all found the Maasai experience remarkable. We were so warmly welcomed, in particular, by the little children who came up to greet each of us. Two stand-out moments were the warrior dances and when my daughter, Lisa, showed the children their own images on her camera. It was truly a moving experience to be with people from such a different culture than ours.
Private Family Safari, December 2012
I've been to over 55 countries and on all 7 continents – no one else does it better than Thomson! The fact that I brought my entire family along is the highest compliment I could give.
The trip was a huge success, far exceeding my entire family's fondest expectations. I have no doubt we will return to Tanzania with Thomson Safaris.
Short Family Safari, February 2012
This was Dick's 4th trip with Thomson.
He trekked Kilimanjaro with us in 2003 and has been on 3 safaris with us since 1999.
Review: Bronte & Shu R.
I would love to come back and do another safari with Thomson and Kileo! My guide, Kileo, was EXCELLENT! He was extremely knowledgeable in all areas, especially the animals and birds. He was able to identify and find almost all the animals; he knew exactly where in the parks to look for them. He was very friendly, made us feel very comfortable and catered to whatever we wanted to do. He definitely went out of his way to make sure we were having fun and getting the experience we wanted. I would definitely recommend him to anybody who wants to get the full safari experience – his knowledge and experience far exceeded my expectations.
The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge probably had the best view out of all the places we stayed and the staff were all very good. We also especially liked Tarangire Treetops Lodge – we were the only guests on one of the nights we stayed there and the staff still went out of their way for us.
Shu & Bronte R.
Private Thomson Safari, May 2012