|   Giving Back, History

Here’s What 40 Years of Sustainable Travel Looks Like

From the beginning, our founders Rick Thomson and Judi Wineland believed that tourism should be a force for good. Eco-friendly ...

Read More

  |   Wildlife

Beyond the Big Five: 10 Birds You’ll See on Safari

Birds may not belong to Tanzania’s Big Five, but they are still an amazing part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Tanzania is home to...

Read More

  |   Stories About/From Our Guests, Tips

How’d You Get That Shot? Safari Photography with Toby Gelston

Stars over camp – Eastern Serengeti, Tanzania Photo: Toby Gelston Capturing nature’s most awe-inspiring moments takes much more...

Read More

  |   History

What Was Safari Like in the 1980s Compared to Now?

Campfire meals, tiny A-frame tents and gargantuan trucks: these were the facts of life for visitors to Tanzania in the 1980s, w...Camping Then In 1981, our campsites looked like something out of Boy Scout magazine–except with stunning Tanzanian landscapes a...Serengeti Nyumba CampInside a Thomson Nyumba: Walk-in tents with ensuite bathroomsDining tents and lounge tents at campsites de...Vehicles Then Thomson started out with Bedford trucks–originally troop carriers in the British Ministry of Defense–to rove the ...Vehicles Then Thomson started out with Bedford trucks–originally troop carriers in the British Ministry of Defense–to rove the ...Vehicles Now Riding in a tough, durable, and customized Land Rover Defenders is a joy, because the team in Tanzania knows how t...Staff Then Safari guides really did it all in the early ‘80s. They drove and maintained their safari vehicle, chose spots for c...if(window.SUImageCarousel){setTimeout(function() {window.SUImageCarousel.initGallery(document.getElementById("su_image_carousel...Rick and Judi Then Business partners like Rick and Judi don’t come around often: When they got together to found Thomson Safari...if(window.SUImageCarousel){setTimeout(function() {window.SUImageCarousel.initGallery(document.getElementById("su_image_carousel...Rick and Judi reminisce on the dawn of safari travel

Read More

  |   About/By Thomson Staff, History

Thomson Co-Founders Reminisce on the Dawn of Adventure Travel

In celebration of Thomson’s fortieth anniversary, we sat down with Thomson co-founders Rick and Judi to hear stories from the e...How much has Thomson Safaris changed over 40 years? See a then & now comparison!

Read More

  |   Stories About/From Our Guests

We Asked, “What Does Safari Mean to You?” Here are your answers.

We’ve noticed a trend over our 40 years of safari in Tanzania: Almost all our guests go for the wildlife and the African savann...

Read More

  |   Stories About/From Our Guests, Wildlife

How 18 Eager Photographers Experienced a Transformational Safari

Nothing would stop 18 eager photographers from going on safari with our partners at McKay Photo Academy. Like so many, they wer...Have a question? Want to talk travel?

Read More

  |   Letter from President

Thomson is Turning 40 and Looking Forward

Dear Travelers, We’re beginning to feel buoyant again! Of course, like everyone else, we’re cautious in our optimism, but there...

Read More

  |   Tips

What’s the Best Safari in Africa for You?

Looking for the best safari in Africa? We’ve been perfecting ours since we started running them in 1981. No matter how you want...Looking for the best safari in Africa? We’ve been perfecting ours since we started running them in 1981. No matter how you want...Best Safari in Africa for the Great Migration The Great Migration is Africa’s most amazing spectacle: some 2 million grazing an...

Read More

  |   Tips

What Will Travel in 2021 and Beyond Look Like?

Is 2021 the year travel makes a comeback? If so, what will it look like, and what does it mean for you? Here’s how we’re thinki...Have a question? Want to talk travel?

Read More

  |   Tips, Wildlife

6 Tips for Making the Most of Your Visit to the Serengeti

So, you might already know you want to visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania – and how could you not? It is, after al...

Read More

  |   Tips, Wildlife

6 Reasons Why a Tanzania Safari Should Be on Top of Your Bucket List

Talk to anyone who goes on a Tanzania safari, and they will probably mention their first time crossing the wide-open Serengeti ...

Read More

  |   About/By Thomson Staff, Stories About/From Our Guests

Our Top 12 Photos of 2020

Why stop at just the top 10? These photos and videos (all taken by Thomson guests!) received so much love on our Instagram this...

Read More

  |   Tips

10 Best Gifts for the Return of Travel

If you’re like us, your holiday shopping list is probably growing and growing. Maybe you still need something for that friend w...

Read More

  |   Food, Soup Recipes

A Tanzanian Thanksgiving

Tanzania might not actually celebrate Thanksgiving – but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be inspired by our favorite place thi... This sundowner recipe comes from our Thomson Safaris Boston office. This time of year, when the weather starts to get chilly a... This sundowner recipe comes from our Thomson Safaris Boston office. This time of year, when the weather starts to get chilly a... We’re starting off this meal the way all dinners on safari start: with a warm and hearty soup! Coconut and pumpkin is not only... We’re starting off this meal the way all dinners on safari start: with a warm and hearty soup! Coconut and pumpkin is not only... This fresh and colorful salad comes to us from Jody Adams. In addition to being a James Beard award-winning chef and restauran... This fresh and colorful salad comes to us from Jody Adams. In addition to being a James Beard award-winning chef and restauran... For the main course and star of the meal, we looked to none other than the star of our safaris: Gibb’s Farm. We all may not ha... For the main course and star of the meal, we looked to none other than the star of our safaris: Gibb’s Farm. We all may not ha... To top off our Thanksgiving menu, we went right to the top…of Kilimanjaro! This sweet ending comes straight from the Kili kitc... To top off our Thanksgiving menu, we went right to the top…of Kilimanjaro! This sweet ending comes straight from the Kili kitc...

Read More

  |   Stories About/From Our Guests

Safari During COVID? Here’s What to Expect

Tanzania remains open for international safari travel while we wait for the decline of COVID-19. What does this mean for you? W...

Read More

  |   About/By Thomson Staff

Traveling during a Pandemic

Thomson Co-founder Judi Wineland (right) on the Salmon River with another traveler As we plan for life after the pandemic, one ...Thomson Co-founder Judi Wineland (right) on the Salmon River with another traveler As we plan for life after the pandemic, one ...My friends were saying, “Does she really want to get on a plane?” But I probably felt safer on the plane than I do going grocer...My friends were saying, “Does she really want to get on a plane?” But I probably felt safer on the plane than I do going grocer...What would you tell someone who is hoping to travel in the next year? Traveling is a personal decision, we get that. But if you...

Read More

  |   About/By Thomson Staff, Wildlife

Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Show on Earth

It’s September, and here at Thomson Safaris that means something very important: it’s River Crossing season! And just because t... or start planning a custom adventure!

Read More

  |   Stories About/From Our Guests

Back in the Serengeti

And it feels so, so good! We’re excited to share that for the first time in over five months, Thomson Safaris has returned to t...

Read More

  |   About/By Thomson Staff, Food

Rick Thomson’s WOW LOOK AT THAT Breakfast Treat Recipe

At Thomson Safaris, we’re big on food. From the soups on safari and the decadent desserts on Kili, to the coffee and lunch spre...

Read More