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Review: Donna & Martin S
With the experience of the trip, you have another big sales pitch – and that is your customized Land Rovers. We were picked up for the balloon ride in one of the Toyota Land Cruisers, the ride was much rougher and the sight lines were restrictive. I had to bend over to see out clearly (I’m only 6’2″) and the view out the front window was very limited for passengers. Soooo much time is spent in the vehicles, so this is really a big deal. Also we saw a other safari outfits with the more open vehicles, the dust must be horrible.
We were amazed at how gorgeous Tanzania is and how you cannot ever know or understand the vastness and the incredible nature of the land unless you feel it, breathe it, smell it, and take it all in. The magic of the animals and the thrill of your first and last sightings, and everything in between was phenomenal.
The magnitude of putting the itinerary together and having it all work without a hitch was amazing. We were greatly impressed by Thomson’s organizational skills. We feel we sighted plenty, plenty animals and the cultural parts of the trip were very special.
Donna & Martin S., Tanzania Wildlife & Cultural Safari
The service on our safari was unparalleled
Wow, what can we say - we had the most fantastic safari trip imaginable! Words, pictures, and videos will never be able to describe the wonder that we experienced in Tanzania and the Serengeti.
The Thomson touch was just terrific - the Nyumbas, the guides, the camp staff, the food, the attention to detail, everything ... just fantastic. At the camps, out on the game drives, everywhere - we all agreed that in some subtle way we always felt that we were being treated "more special" (is there such a phrase?) than any of the other tour groups that we encountered. You've got a winning formula.
And we owe you a special thanks for the revisions to create our private safari. At each stop, we thought that we had experienced the best that there was to offer, yet each day somehow miraculously outdid the previous day and by a wide margin. We can't wait to do it again but feel that it will be hard to top the experience of our first trip.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Private Thomson Safari
Review: Sabrina T
The trip was pretty terrific. Truly. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! We loved every minute of it, including the agonizing last 4 hours of our summit attempt! We made it and it was certainly worth it. Thanks for a great adventure. I can’t help but smile every time someone asks me how my trek was. Best vacation ever!!!! Hands down!!!!
Western Approach Review: Jayashree R.
The quality of the Thomson guides made this a most memorable trekking experience. Godlove, William and Wilfred went beyond the call of duty. They made it their mission to make sure that everyone was safe and enjoyed the trekking experience. Our well-being was their top priority.
We were checked for symptoms of altitude sickness and objective measures, such as heart rate and oxygen saturation, were recorded every evening. I felt reassured with the emergency medical equipment available during the trek.
Prosper and Godlove sang songs during the trek. Godlove took pictures and videos that are priceless; in particular when I was reading a letter from my 5 year old granddaughter at Uhuru peak.
Thomson exceeded my expectations - especially the quality of their tents and the variety and quality of the food we ate. I should know. I am from New Orleans!
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route, February 2012
Review: Kay W.
There is only one word for the trip and that is perfect . I don’t believe I have ever experienced a trip where every single thing was on schedule, just as promised, and in many cases even better than I expected. From the personnel to the choice of locations, to the timing, everything was spot on.
I was completely unprepared for the proximity and the quantity of the animals and for the kindness and wonderful spirit of the guides and all other Africans whom we met along the way.
It is hard to pick highlights, for there were so many, but I particularly enjoyed the balloon ride over the Serengeti, the tembo fires at each camp, seeing the gardens and experiencing coffee roasting at Gibbs Farm, and the lovely lantern-lit dinners in the riverbed at Mwagusi Camp. We remarked almost every evening that we could not possibly have a better day than the one just concluded, and yet every day was equal to or better than the previous one.
The North & South Safari really provided a great variety of terrains and venues. It seems to me that once you commit to the long flight and the expensive ticket, you should stay longer to maximize the value/impact. Going to two locations in Texas would not give you a true Texas experience. We have beaches, mountains, desert, and rolling green hills. I think you can say the same thing about Tanzania. We saw very different terrain in all three locales.
Thank you so much for providing such a great experience for us. I will certainly be happy to recommend Thomson to anyone who asks. I am VERY glad I made the trip and very grateful that it was everything I could possibly have hoped for.
North & South Safari, July 2012