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Taking time to smell the roses on Mount Kilimanjaro

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Tanzania on Canvas

Learn about the life and art of Peter Ray Mwasha

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The Big Five

Find out how Africa's fiercest predators made the cut

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Meet Your Guides

Read our interview with superstar guide, Kumbi Salim

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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…

Entrance to 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.

Winged Termites
August 29, 2013

Termites: A Tanzanian Treat

They’re one of the most ubiquitous forms of wildlife in Tanzania, watching them move en masse is a truly unforgettable sight, and they’ve been a favorite food source for East Africans for hundreds of years.

Rhino and Oxpecker
August 27, 2013

You Scratch My Back, I’ll Watch Yours: Symbiotic Wildlife

It’s a jungle out there…okay, more of a savannah, but either way, life in the wild can be hard to handle on your own. That’s why so many species of wildlife team up, forming symbiotic relationships that…

Cheers on Thompson Island
August 23, 2013

Thomson Goes To Thompson Island for Summer Outing!

Thomson Safaris US staff headed to Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor Island for a summer outing.

August 22, 2013

Maasai Tribesman, Translator, Lifelong Friend: Meet Emmanuel

When I visited the Serengeti with Thomson Safaris, I expected to see giraffes and zebras, beautiful landscapes and peaceful sunsets over the plains. What I didn’t expect was to form a lifelong friendship…

August 20, 2013

Meet Nature’s…

Read about wildlife you might spot on safari with strange behavior, bizarre habits, and quirky character traits.

Celebration in Tanzania
August 15, 2013

Kanga: The Most Colorful Sight In Tanzania

These brightly-colored cloths first appeared in the mid 19th century in East Africa, especially on Zanzibar, which was a center for the cloth trade. Early kanga were simpler than those women wear today.…

Hippo yawn
August 13, 2013

Top 5 Bizarre Animal Defense Tactics

Tanzanian wildlife have developed some pretty strange defensive moves over time. Find out what happens if you threaten an African buffalo, african hare, pangolin, crested rat, and a hippo.

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