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14 Mt Auburn St Watertown, MA 02472
14 Mount Auburn StreetUSMassachusettsWatertown02472
(617) 923-0426thomsonsafaris.com
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Thomson Safaris has offered private and custom African Safaris and Mount Kilimanjaro Climbs in Tanzania for over 30 years. Owning both the U.S. and Tanzanian operations, there is no middleman with Thomson. We enthusiastically endorse Tanzania as a travel destination. It’s a place we have come to know and love for its gracious people, bountiful wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes. 
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"I climbed Kili with them in 2013 and it was a life changing experience."
"Finally, our guide will forever be a member of our extended family."
"...lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros, and African buffalo..."
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Chuck Kabat
a month ago
A Thomson Safaris trip goes well beyond a safari. It, for our family of five, was an experience that will be forever a perfect point in time in our collective memories. Thomson's service -- from planning, logistics, lodging, meals and team -- is remarkable. They immerse you in the local Tanzanian culture, knowing just how far to take you understanding you're not from the country. The blend of tourism and education, western appetites with local cuisine, and wildlife is remarkable. We saw every species of wildlife we hoped for and then some! And Thomson helped our family engage the area culture and community, including through a visit to a Masai school, which had an incredible impact on our three children. Finally, our guide will forever be a member of our extended family. He offered deep regional knowledge and expertise, humor at every turn, safety and security in remote regions, and the empathy of a parent, ensuring every member of our family had a perfect journey. Well done Thomson, could not recommend you more.
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Karen Capaldi
3 weeks ago
I couldn't recommend Thomson more. I climbed Kili with them in 2013 and it was a life changing experience. we were a group of all women, ages 16-67 and we all summited. the care and attention was so kind and genuine. I feel very strongly that you don't climb Kilimanjaro, the porters do and then they pull you up. my friend is the one that found Thomson and as she put it... you climb Kili once, so why not do it with the best! If you want to have a life changing experience, do your self a favor and do business with these folks. regardless of it being Kilimanjaro or a Safari... you won't regret it.
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Christopher Kezer
a year ago
My wife and I went on safari with Thomson in 2010. It was our Honeymoon and Thomson did everything in their power to make sure it was special. They succeeded. The entire experience, from the time we first called to after we landed back in the US, was exceptional and remains, to this day, the best trip of our lives. I could go on but reading a long-winded list of adjectives would most likely be boring. If you want excitement and some of the best memories you'll ever have, stop reading reviews, get on the phone to the excellent people at the Watertown office and go to Tanzania with Thomson Safaris. You won't regret it. We'll be back some day and it we wouldn't think of going with anyone else.
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Aubrey Stimola
a year ago
My husband, myself and a friend took a 6-day safari from the Serengeti through to Ngorogoro Crater, and a Maasai Village. Thomson worked with us to taylor the carefully planned itinerary to our desires and needs. After a month of working in Tanzania, I wanted to end my first visit there with a Safari that was comprehensive, educational, safe, culturally rich, environmentally sustainable, employed Tanzanians and compensated them well, and that supported local communities, arts and commerce. I found all of those things in Thomson Safaris. The representatives we planned with were patient and worked with us on our ever-evolving itinerary (given time and financial constraints) until we settled on the perfect schedule and price for us. Communication during the planning stages was seamless and fun; we were never left waiting for information. The guide for our Safari, Robert, was simply amazing. He was a wealth of information, and avid birder (like myself), and excellent tracker. And yes, we saw the big 5; you can never be sure with nature and given the scarcity rhinos these days due to poaching. Robert was perfect and we consider him a good friend now! From a comfort standpoint, we were simply stunned. The "tents" were better appointed than most hotels, warm, safe, romantic, yet left a light footprint on the land and felt authentic and culturally in sync. Food? Get ready to go on a diet when you come home. I'm STILL thinking about all the amazing meals that were prepared for us. Safety? A local Ikoma tribesman manned our campground at night with a bow and arrow, and, in case of real danger (you are a guest in the wild, after all) a single security agent who watched the perimeter of the camp with a rather large gun. He was not imposing in the least. Transport? The vehicle was spacious, comfortable, airy, and well designed to allow for animal viewing. In short, Safari was a bucket list item of mine; my experience was life-changing. I have Thomson's and their crew, home and abroad, to thank for that. :)
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rose waite
a month ago
I traveled on a Thomson Safari in February of this year. I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience. The landscapes were stunning (especially the Ngorongoro Crater), the wildlife was fascinating (giraffe are my favorite) and the Nyumba camping tents are so special. I felt like I was living well but still out in the bush close to the wildlife and away from other tourists. I will never forget this trip and Thomson's amazing guides and overall service.
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Michelle D
4 months ago
In September of 2014 I went on a 14 day Classic Safari with Thomson and last week I booked my return trip for 2016. Five stars are not enough to express my satisfaction with everything. Wildlife viewing? Of course! We saw all of The Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros, and African buffalo, and hundreds of other animals in their natural habitat. That's what a Safari is about right? The animals? The animals of course, but the vastness of space, the diversity of natural beauty that came with every day. The anticipation that came with every Jambo, Jambo and every fresh, crisp morning. Land Rover rides became periods of quiet reflection where I felt pure joy and pure contentment in moment. Thompson made it easy. Every need, whim was taken care of. The accommodations were outstanding and our guides quickly became friends guiding us to the best spots for photos, teaching us about local customs, and sharing stories of their experiences. For anyone considering a safari I'll leave you with this. I have never felt so exhilarated by a trip, maybe not anything really in my entire life.
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Tanya B
a year ago
It really was a fabulous experience and Thomson does such a great job - everything runs like clockwork and is so well organized. You can tell there were many people behind the scenes making that happen! We loved the cultural piece. It was one of the reasons we chose Thomson in the first place. School visit was a highlight. The 2 evenings of soccer at the camps were great. The guides were all FABULOUS! Leonard, Onesmo, Babu, and Nayman. I don't know how you find such personable and knowledgeable people, but they were great. It was a truly memorable trip and we met some wonderful people - both the people we traveled with and the locals.
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