16:34 29 Aug 23
It's hard to even put into words how AMAZING this trip was-it was honestly the best trip of my life. Everyone at Thomson took such amazing care of me-from the second I called to inquire about a trip from the moment I landed everything was perfect. The guides, the camps, the animal sightings-all fabulous. The trip of a lifetime, and I am already wanting to go back asap. Rwanda and Tanzania are magical places, and thanks to Thomson my dream of traveling there came true.I went as a solo traveler and although I was very nervous, all the nerves went away as soon as my first guide met me at the airport!I am also allergic to gluten and the gluten free food at the camps was delicious, went way above and beyond my expectations!
00:27 26 Aug 23
Where do I begin to share the incredible safari we had with Thomson?Our adventure began with a very informative, in-person meeting in their Watertown office with Carolyn. She explained in detail our itinerary options and answered every question we had…probably more than once. Her description of Thomson’s commitment to the country and people of Tanzania became evident right at the start of our trip.Halee and Angela were so patient as Covid and personal situations caused our trip to be re-scheduled multiple times. This resulted in us going to Tanzania in the Spring…which meant seeing babies around every corner. They were definitely one of the highlights of our safari.We will never forget ‘glamping’ in the Serengeti and how comfortable each location was. With a warm welcome from our camp hosts, to the well-equipped and very comfortable tents (complete with warm water bottles heating up the bed in the cooler locations), to the gorgeous lodges where we enjoyed delicious and traditional meals both inside and outside. And what an extravagant treat to spend a couple nights at Gibbs Farm in the middle of our trip. Definitely not glamping…but rather, a serene resort with incredible farm to table meals, secluded cottages and a beautiful pool setting…with grounds and vegetation that are stunning.Experiencing the Serengeti from a hot air balloon was well worth the early morning ‘Jambo, Jambo’. Did I mention just how delicious the coffee is!!As promised, we saw the ‘big 5’, we stopped counting at 60 lions, we drove ‘cautiously’ into the middle of thousands (literally) of migrating zebra and wildebeest, we were speechless by the number of elephants with their babies in Tarangire…including a mother with her one week old calf by her side. PRECIOUS!!! We never tired of seeing Giraffes, cape buffalo, hippos, hyenas, and being so close cheetah brothers standing just beside our truck.Our trip was beyond what we could imagine because of our incredible Guide. Nasibu was so warm and welcoming right from the first ‘hello’…he was incredibly knowledgeable, he knew exactly where to find animals, he was fun and funny, he was a humble servant to us in a variety of ways and he was so patient with all our questions. His passion for his country, the Serengeti, the animals, the Thomson company he represented and his co-workers, was evident throughout our journey. After 10 days, we felt that we had made a life-long friend.Our only regret in taking this trip now, was that we didn’t take it with our children when they were in high school. Thank you Thomson for making our ‘bucket list’ trip better than we could have ever imagined.
12:35 12 Aug 23
For my 80th birthday we had an absolutely fabulous Thomson safari never to be forgotten with our 3 daughters, 3 husbands, & 2 grand kids. It exceeded all our expectations and provided us life long family memories in a totally immersive environment. Our guides we most knowledgeable, engaged, and anticipated our every desire. The Thomson team is extraordinary and their values and efforts for the Tanzanian people, the animals, and the overall ecological environment is world class and set the standard for the future of safaris. WE WOULD highly recommend this experience to anyone seeking a truly life changing endeavor! Buz & Nancy Carpenter
12:31 29 Jul 23
Incredible experience, incredible safari, incredible company, and incredible people.I would give 10 stars if I could, an absolutely amazing experience.From booking through the safari to the travel home, everything was taken care of by Thomson. It was incredibly easy, we felt very safe throughout, and felt well-cared for each step of the way. Thomson has great communication and we knew exactly what we needed to do and what was expected from us.The safari team made the whole experience unforgettable and this was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With how smoothly everything went, you know the Thomson team was working really really hard to ensure we had a great experience. And while we didn't see it, it was so so appreciated.Simon and Remi, our guides, were so patient, funny, knowledgeable, and caring. I had so much fun and saw so many incredible things, I would recommend to anyone to work with these two if they are considering a safari.The camps were luxurious. Given we were staying in the national parks, I was expecting a rough camping experience, but it was amazing how well they tried to cushion the experience. I have had tons of bucket showers, but this felt almost like a real shower. And the camp crew was so friendly, engaging, and fun to be around. I want to specifically recommend our camp managers, as they were so nice and such an asset to Thomson. They are such a great testament to the company and we felt very cared for and part of the family. Fratten at Tarangire, Peter at Ngorongoro, Hussein at Central Serengeti, and Domenic in North Serengeti are excellent at their job.Amazing, and we are so thankful for Thomson.
18:28 12 Mar 23
You had me at Defender. When you are the only tour group riding in a Land Rover you know there is something special going on. Moment after moment the details that the Thompson Family puts into their experience shine through and through. The guides have at least 10 years of experience before they can apply to work for Thompson. Arthur has 22 and he has a true passion for the land and animals and that energy boils over every morning starting with Jambo Jambo..(hello, hello, here is your coffee in bed). Explore Tanzania with the best people for an experience of a lifetime.
19:20 30 Oct 22
My husband and I recently did the Highlights Safari which was amazing. Thomson took care of everything and were just amazing. The food was unbelievable. The staff made sure every need was taken care of. The camps were wonderful. We saw the big 5 and so many other animals. We had 2 in our group with special dietary needs on Thomson prepared meals specifically for them that they raved about. If you are looking for a safari company, look no further. Thomson is a great value, very high end, and environmentally and socially conscious.