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The perfect spot for a Zanzibar siesta

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Tanzania on Canvas

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Thomson Safaris remembers Joyce Manda Maleo
October 10, 2013

Remembering Joyce Manda Maleo

Joyce was also a trailblazer. In a society that is still highly patriarchal, Joyce managed to rise to the position of chef. She was the only woman in our camp crews, but that didn’t slow her down; she earned…

October 8, 2013

Cry of the wild: Bush Babies

Around you, the night is black as pitch, except for the pair of massive, glowing eyes peering down from the branches above. You blink, and suddenly they’ve moved to a different, nearer branch. You hold your…

Tanzania's Olduvai/Oldupai Gorge
October 3, 2013

We All Have Ancestors In Tanzania: Oldupai Gorge

But in a more fundamental way, all of us have Tanzanian roots, roots that anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered buried deep in the rock and sands of Oldupai Gorge (an earlier misspelling named it…

Elephant herd from hot-air balloon
October 1, 2013

Animal Adoptions

Wild animals like that feeling of companionship, too, which is why they regularly “adopt” animals of another species. Sometimes the relationship is parental, sometimes it’s more like owning a pet, but…

September 26, 2013

The “Don’t Pack it List”

We spend a lot of time making sure travelers have everything they’ll need on a safari or a trek, but what about the things they won’t need? If you’re really looking to get the most out of your experience in Africa, feel free to leave behind the…

Toto's Africa gets fact checked
September 25, 2013

Toto Gets Fact Checked

We’ll admit it, we’re fans of Toto’s song “Africa,” too…which is why we wanted to help them get their facts straight in our infographic / lyricgraphic.

Zebras in Ngorongoro Crater
September 24, 2013

Zebras: Nature’s Sister Wives

At first, the other zebra wives might treat the new girl with open hostility, but over time, the group bonds, and will defend one another fiercely. Zebras are very aware of when a herd member goes missing, and…

Black-and-rufous elephant shrew
September 17, 2013

An Elephant Of Any Other Size…

Almost everyone who travels to Africa is on the lookout for elephants…but you might spot one a lot smaller than you think – meet the elephant shrew.

September 12, 2013

Swahili Story-Time

The western world grew up with Grimm’s fairy tales and Hans Christian Andersen; in East Africa, different stories are told to children. Stories like The Lion of Zelabia. Once upon a time, there was a…

September 10, 2013

It’s Your Lucky Day…

Some people nail up a horseshoe, pick up pennies, or carry around a rabbit’s foot; superstitions about how to secure your share of good luck may vary from person to person, but the impulse to try is almost…

Kanga display at Zanzibar's House of Wonders
September 5, 2013

Zanzibar’s House of Wonders

Built in 1883, the Beit al Ajaib (“House of Wonders” in Arabic) was originally a palace for Barghash bin Said, the second Sultan of Zanzibar. Intended to showcase the wonders of modernity, the building…

Savanna Cat
September 3, 2013

The Meow Of The Wild: Savannah Cats

The Savannah cat is a feline cross-breed between a domestic cat and a serval; several U.S. states have placed restrictions on Savannah cat pet ownership.

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