It was like living inside an IMAX movie for 8 days.


Marcia & Tom Blackwell


Private Safari

March 2013

When we started planning for our African Safari, we contacted several operators. Only Thomson Safaris came back with an itinerary that mirrored our desires and added a few exceptional options we never thought of, including Gibbs Farm and Shanga Shangaa in Arusha.

Needless to say our experience with Thomson Safaris started off on the right foot. The pre-trip materials and welcome packet were well prepared and Paul patiently answered all of our questions.

We arrived in Tanzania and were greeted by our guide, James. From the start he gave us a good impression with his professional appearance, knowledge of the area, leadership and warmth.

The Ngorogoro Nyumba being placed in that spectacular Acacia forest was so beautiful. I think we liked the food at the Ngorogoro Nyumba best. At each camp, the food was superb and we are so very thankful that you and your chefs were able to accommodate our vegan traveler.

On our last morning in the Serengeti there were wildebeest and zebra for miles and miles. James made our short morning game drive a memorable one and stayed with us until he safely saw the plane to take off for Arusha.

It is the little things that makes Thomson Safaris so great: The travel journal with the bird/animal listings (we have a few to add by the way), the attention to detail in the tents, the writing desk and lamp out front, the friendliness of the staff, the hand washing station at each meal, the opportunity to learn a little Swahili and so much more.

This was a trip to celebrate my 50th birthday and I truly wanted it to be special, but who knew it was even better than we imagined.  It was like living inside an IMAX movie for 8 days.

Please give Rick & Judi our best wishes for their continued success.

Watch the Video Slideshow Marcia & Tom made of their safari: