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Lion cubs: The consummate safari show stealers

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Tanzania on Canvas

Learn about the life and art of Peter Ray Mwasha

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Find out how Africa's fiercest predators made the cut

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June 24, 2014

African Animal Quiz: What Do You Call A Group of…

How much do you know about the strange names for groups of animals?

We’ve all heard of herds of cattle, or packs of dogs, but some species get-togethers go by strange names. These little-known terms date back to the 15th century, when English gentlemen would study them in…

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June 19, 2014

Meet Your Guides: Leonard Temba

A highly-skilled, attentive safari guide can make for an unforgettable safari; that’s why we’re honored to work with guides like Leonard Temba.

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June 17, 2014

Family Reunion: The Chimpanzees of Mahale

Chimpanzee in Gombe Stream National Park Photo: Thomson Safaris guest, Stewart Halperin It’s always good to remember where you came from, and for human beings, family ties connect us most closely to one…

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June 12, 2014

Take a Bao: Tanzania’s Most Popular Board Game

When someone’s considered a master strategist, capable of seeing ten steps ahead and planning accordingly now, we often refer to him or her as a “chess master.” In Tanzania, such a cunning strategist…

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June 10, 2014

Animals Underground

Burrowing Beneath the Bush

When we think of wildlife on safari, the image that pops to mind is often of a lone creature silhouetted against the endless plains, or of a herd grazing by the riverbank. But a huge portion of the animal…

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June 5, 2014

Swahili Story Time: The Tale of Sebgugugu the Greedy

While Tanzania has well over 120 distinct ethnic groups, many of them have one thing in common: they are of Bantu origin (Bantu refers to the language group; between 300 and 600 Bantu peoples have spread…

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June 3, 2014

Bitten by the Safari Bug…Literally

Tips for Avoiding Tsetse Flies

The mosquitos of the bush, tsetse flies feed on blood. They’re more a hassle than anything else, and you’ll always have flyswatters in your vehicle and in camp. Many groups never even encounter these…

Safari guide Willie Hombo
May 29, 2014

Meet Your Guides: Willie Hombo

A highly-skilled, attentive safari guide can make for an unforgettable safari; that’s why we’re honored to work with guides like Willie Hombo. Willie has been guiding for over 30 years!

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May 27, 2014

Dead Pig Walking: Aardvarks, “Living Fossils” in the Bush

Aardvarks look almost exactly the same as their ancient ancestors, and no other surviving species seem to come from the same branch of the evolutionary tree. Species like these are commonly referred to as…

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May 22, 2014

A Cross-Continental Connection

Our annual Tanzanian staff visit turns up a strange coincidence…

Tanzanian staffers, Malisa, Louis, Hashim, were enjoying their coffee in Rick and Judi’s kitchen when Malisa noticed something on one of the shelves — it was a unique bowl, originally purchased in Tanzania.…

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May 20, 2014

Be A Number One Tracker…of Number Twos

Learning to identify animal scat

There are many signs guides use in the field to help them find animals but one of the most unignorable guideposts when looking for game is something animals leave behind on their travels: their scat. Animal…

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May 15, 2014

Trees of Life: Baobabs

During the long dry season, they seem dead, their twisted bark peeling and grayish, limbs leafless and scraggly, looking almost like a tree plucked out of the ground, flipped over, and thrust back down, deep…

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