The most important reason that I chose Thomson Safaris for my Kilimanjaro trek was that everyone I spoke with, and everything I read about Thomson, indicated that Thomson Safaris was a first-class organization. Based upon my experience, I also agree with that assessment. Everyone, on both the Kili climb and safari, was so friendly; the food was incredible; the attention to detail was amazing; and the hospitality was humbling. Without exception, everyone, all of the guides, porters, cooks, waiters, campsite managers, were awesome.
However, I’d still like to single out three gentlemen for special commendation. First, Kileo, our guide for the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti was amazing. His knowledge of the animals and the area, coupled with his inexhaustible patience in answering all of our questions, made for a wonderful trip. We were as giddy as school kids on a field trip, and Kileo was professional, yet personable, funny, tolerant, and just a really sweet guy. Because of Kileo, the safari was truly a memorable experience.
Secondly, and on a more somber note, I cannot say enough complimentary things about Onestphory and Liberate, the Head Guide and Assistant Guide on my Kili climb. As you are aware, I had to turn around on the mountain due to altitude sickness (or, maybe a Diamox overdose???). Regardless as to the reason, Onest and Liberate provided me with such extraordinary care and compassion, patience and persistence, both on the second day of the climb (during which I was very sick) and on the third day during which I hiked out. Liberate accompanied me on that third day and he literally pulled me through sections when the terrain was too steep or rocky. I really cannot say enough about how wonderfully these two gentlemen cared for and treated me, and their concern for my safety. I felt extremely grateful and blessed that I was in their care. It was indeed an honor and a privilege to be in their company.
Despite getting sick, my trek was still a terrific and amazing experience. So, for all the reasons mentioned above, I wouldn’t think of choosing any other company to trek with as I plan for another climb on Kilimanjaro. Thank you, to everyone, for being such a wonderful company.
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Route & Safari, September 2012