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The sun sets over Ngorongoro Crater

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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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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

By Thomson Safaris staffer, Emily Martin

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.

Zebra taming in Tanzania
August 8, 2013

Go for the Wildlife, Return With Friends

Most people go on safari with high expectations; their expectations don’t usually don’t include making lifelong friendships but that’s what happened on this Thomson Safari! Traveling in a group worked out…

How much do you know about the aardwolf?
August 6, 2013

African Animal Quiz: The Aardwolf

Aardwolf are almost exclusively insectivores. They use their long, sticky tongues to pull up to 200,000 termites out of a mound in just one night! Learn more in Thomson Safaris latest creature feature on their…

Hyena calls - what do they mean?
July 30, 2013

Let’s Talk (and Grunt, and Whoop) About Hyena

Each call of the hyena (scientists have identified as many as 14) communicates specific information to the rest of the clan. Though we may hear it as laughter, the hyena’s giggle sound actually means it’s…

July 25, 2013

Eat Like a Tanzanian: Ugali

Tanzanian cuisine is incredibly varied but there’s one food you’ll see almost anywhere you travel in the country: ugali. It accompanies most meals, serving as a simple, filling supplement to the main…

difference between asian and african elephants
July 23, 2013

You Won’t Forget: The Difference between African and Asian Elephants

There are other differences: African elephants have looser, more wrinkled skin; Asian elephants have harder trunks and bigger bellies; African elephants sometimes have fewer toenails on both their front and…

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