Read what Thomson trekkers say about their journeys to the roof of Africa. These are real comments from real adventurers. Or click here to read The Buzz for up-to-the-minute feedback from our guests!
Review: Gary H.
Taking the extra days to acclimate made us feel SO well-prepared that summiting was actually enjoyable...when I saw climbers from other companies really struggling, I realized just how hard it could be and how significant the difference was with Thomson. They did a great job!
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Route, August 2011
Review: Lauren & Scott
Thank you for making our honeymoon trek unforgettable! Reaching the summit was such a meaningful and inspirational way for Scott and I to start our lives together. If we only could have the Thomson guides and support crew to help us through all of life's peaks and valleys....
To the whole Thomson team in Watertown AND Tanzania - asante sana!
Lauren & Scott
Kilimanjaro Grand Traverse Route & Safari, June 2011
Review: Amanda L.
It was such a life changing journey that it’s hard to articulate the impact it has had, and will have, on my life. I know I speak for our entire group when I say that Thomson exceeded our expectations in every way. From start to finish, the entire journey was outstanding. The most memorable part of the journey was our guides and porters. They were so giving of their time, energy, knowledge and took care of us every step of the way. They got us to the top!
I love Tanzania and the philosophy behind Thomson so much I wish I could go back and be a part of the Thomson team.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route & Safari, July 2011
The gear, single tent, and food were so beyond what I imagined. I realize that I was extremely fortunate to have climbed Kili with Thomson Safaris and that this is not the typical experience on the mountain.
I am also so thankful for the opportunity to have witnessed the work that everyone does on the mountain. I now can better understand the extent of the hard work that the mountain crew performs. I have nothing but high praises for the quality of work and care that was provided for me. Nashukuru sana (I am very grateful)!
Karen Valenti, Program Manager
Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project - Moshi, Tanzania
Karen monitors activities with the Partner for Responsible Travel Program. She is also Acting Director of IMEC in Moshi, Tanzania.
Review: Dave B.
The entire trip was one big highlight film; it was an amazing adventure that I will never forget.
I felt we were in good hands from a health perspective. Every night our guides would check our oxygen level and heart rate, and were always making sure we were feeling OK. It was reassuring to know they were concerned about our health and not afraid to turn us back if necessary. I saw some people from other groups being carried down the mountain in very rough shape, I can only guess it was from altitude sickness and ascending too fast - something our guides would not allow to happen.
The porters should also be recognized for their tremendous effort. They all worked very hard to make sure we were comfortable, and they always had smiles on their faces. I feel like I made a lot of new friends on this trip. I also could tell that Thomson took care of them; from what I could see they were better equipped than porters from other organizations. I was glad I chose Thomson when I saw that.
I have to tell you the spaghetti at 15,000 feet was the best spaghetti I ever had in my life. I think I ate three plates. Seriously, the food was fantastic throughout the entire trek.
Overall it was a tremendous experience and I'm glad I chose Thomson Safaris. The trip was well-organized and the Tanzanian guides and porters and cooks and waiters were all fantastic!
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, January 2011