THOMSON SAFARIS TANZANIA SAFARIS 2018 â€“ 2020 THOMSON SAFARIS THOMSON SAFARIS THOMSON SAFARIS...
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A DIVISION OF WINELAND-THOMSON ADVENTURES, INC.
TANZANIA SAFARIS 2018 – 2020TANZANIA SAFARIS 2018 – 2020
Our home. Your adventure.Our home. Your adventure. THOMSON SAFARISTHOMSON SAFARIS
IS 20 18-20
14 MOUNT AUBURN STREET WATERTOWN, MA 02472
tanzania EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES ARE
LIFE’S GREATEST LUXURY.
The wildlife, the nature and the people of Tanzania will change your life.
They really changed ours. Tanzania has become such a part of us. It’s where
we feel so at peace, where we feel such warmth and such a connection to
nature. Whenever we’re here, it just feels like home.
We built the company wanting to make sure guests like you feel at home
here. If you came to our house back in the U.S., we would welcome you at
the door, take your bags, offer you a drink and show you around. We’d learn
about each other. We’d see the sights and have fabulous food and great
laughs. We’d make sure you felt welcomed.
We think about that when we’re here in Tanzania. When you come here to
this beautiful wilderness and you stay in our Nyumbas, which is the Swahili
word for home, we want you to feel the generosity of the Tanzanian people.
We want you to feel that sense of warmth, to look around, relax, take in the
incredible diversity of wildlife and feel like you’re part of something – that
you belong here.
We’ve been here since 1981. We love this place. That’s why we devote our-
selves to Tanzania and only Tanzania – to labors of love like our safari and
Kilimanjaro ground operations and Gibb’s Farm, which we are so proud
won Travel + Leisure’s Best Safari Lodge in Africa for the second year in a row.
It’s also why we empower our guides, many of whom have been with us
since the beginning – people we consider family. And it’s why we thought
carefully about our impact on the land, animals and communities here. We
partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation and Focus on Tanzanian
Communities so your experience becomes a force for good. We’ve been here
so long and know this country and her people so well, we feel deeply com-
mitted to preserving all that Tanzania has to offer for generations to come.
So, we want you to join us. It’s our home, your adventure.
Karibu nyumbani kwetu, (welcome to our home)
Judi Wineland & Rick Thomson, Co-Founders, Thomson Safaris
A LETTER FROM THE BUSH SERENGETI AIRSTRIP, JANUARY 2018
Thomson Safaris owners Rick Thomson and Judi
Wineland prepare to set off from the Serengeti
airstrip. Frequent visits to Tanzania help them ensure that operations
are always running smoothly and are up to Thomson’s
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the THOMSON DIFFERENCE
When we started sending travelers to Tanzania more than thirty-seven years ago, we were one of only a
few tour operators in the entire country. While others flew guides in from other countries, we were the only
ones who believed that hiring and training local guides was the right thing to do.
WE’VE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT TOURISM CAN AND SHOULD BE A FORCE FOR GOOD, BOTH FOR A COUNTRY AND FOR ITS PEOPLE.
We asked ourselves: who could be a better ambassador to the country than a born-and-raised Tanzanian?
Wouldn’t it be better for Tanzania, and for our guests, if Thomson could empower locals through training,
retirement benefits, and steady, fulfilling jobs?
At the time, even asking that—let alone betting a business on it—was revolutionary. Still, we took that bet.
That’s just one of the earliest ways we set ourselves apart. For the three-and-a-half decades since, we’ve
continued to be pioneers in sustainable tourism.
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For those guests who like to stay active while traveling, we’ve got you covered. Optional jogging, walking, or biking is available on most safa- ris, and all Nyumba camps have Keep Fit Kits (stretch bands, fitness ball, and mats). Some camps even have yoga platforms! Whether you’d like to stretch your legs on a leisurely walk or go for a run with a Maasai warrior, we’ll make it happen.
Nature hike at Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp.
STAYING FIT ON SAFARI
Yoga platforms overlooking the Serengeti plains make your morning yoga routine anything but routine.
Biking at Gibb’s Farm is a great chance to enjoy the scenery and test your legs on some challenging hills.
A morning run with a Maasai warrior will get your heart rate going and allow you to explore the land- scape in a whole new way.
the THOMSON DIFFERENCE Camps are custom-designed for maximum comfort and situated in the heart of the wilderness
Camps use less than one-third the water of an average hotel stay
Camps are used seasonally, so you’re always as close to the wildlife as possible
Solar-powered LED lighting and pump-flush toilets in camp maximize comfort while protecting Tanzania’s ecosystems
Thomson owners Rick Thomson and Judi Wineland established a 10,000- acre nature refuge in the Serengeti ecosystem to protect fragile land- scapes and wildlife populations
Our partner philanthropic organization, Focus on Tanzanian Communities (FoTZC), works directly with commu- nity leaders to help achieve goals they set for themselves Turn to page 16 for more information on FoTZC
YOU CAME TO SEE THE WILDLIFE, and from the comfort of your Thomson Nyumba, it’s right outside your door. Wake up to a chorus of birdsong each morning. Sip a fresh cup of coffee on your
verandah as giraffes browse in the distance and wildebeest ruminate on the plains. Or just lose yourself in
the view: a peaceful panorama with some of the most stunning sunsets you can imagine.
These camps are the definition of harmony. It starts with a gracious welcome, continues with low-impact,
eco-sensitive luxury and culminates in the breathtaking beauty of nature in all directions.
Awe-inspiring days of wildlife viewing turn into peaceful nights of stargazing with a glass of wine in-hand.
This is the way a safari should be.
ROUGHING IT NEVER FELT THIS GOOD. We’ve created the perfect balance of rustic luxury that never feels out of step with the surroundings
and always feels authentic. Hot showers, fresh linens, private verandahs and friendly
service will make you feel comfortable. The peaceful, welcoming atmosphere of
Tanzania will make you feel at home.
We were pleasantly surprised at
how very glamorous camping
could be. We enjoyed the local
Maasai décor, the comfortable
beds, and nicely-appointed bath-
rooms. The patio area was perfect
for gazing out over the beauty of
the landscape. The accommoda-
tions were truly exceptional.
– James and Linda Murray
THE NYUMBA IS YOUR “HOME” ON SAFARI
• Camps are used for the best
• Queen-sized beds with luxurious linens, handcrafted furniture and local art grace
• En suite bathrooms include eco-friendly toilets and water-conserving sinks
• Gravity-fed, hot showers are
available at any time of day
• Solar-powered LED lighting
provides an ambient glow
• Spacious, inviting lounge tents
offer a place to socialize or relax
• Solar-powered charging stations
are available for your devices
• A cash bar is stocked with wine, beer, soda and spirits
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BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES AND ELUSIVE ANIMALS, the guides find them all – from lions to rhinos to hidden vistas you might otherwise miss.
And there’s so much more to see! Topis, eland, warthogs, dik-diks, agama lizards, baboons, dung beetles –
these less iconic species are just as fascinating as the big five. That’s the beauty of traveling with someone
with over a decade of experience as a guide and a lifetime of experience in Tanzania; showing you every
detail is second nature.
IT DOESN’T STOP AT WILDLIFE. The guides are pas