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Traditional Maasai Food

Find out which foods keep the Maasai so healthy

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Cape Buffalo
January 28, 2014

The Deadliest Mustache in the WORLD: Cape Buffalos

There’s one indisputable mark of a true supervillain. No, it’s not a constant feline companion, or even a plot to take over the world… …it’s a well-groomed, preferably curled, mustache. That…

Thomson Safaris guide Hashim
January 23, 2014

Meet Your Guides: Hashim Kindu

We know that highly-skilled, friendly, attentive guides can make the difference between a good safari and an unforgettable one; that’s why we’re so honored to be able to work with so many amazing…

Sable antelope
January 21, 2014

Can’t Take My Eyes off of You: The Tragic Lives, and Loves, of Sable Antelopes

Male sable antelopes maintain an awkward, flexed-neck posture even when galloping. It makes them appear more physically imposing, subtly asserting their right to rule. Photo: Wikipedia There are a few infamous…

Maasai herding cattle
January 16, 2014

Traditional Maasai Food: Blood and Milk

A balanced diet in the bush

Italians have pasta, Russians have borscht, and Americans have cheeseburgers and cherry pie; traditional foods can be found in every culture, and the 120+ ethnic and tribal groups living in Tanzania are no…

Ostrich
January 14, 2014

The ___est Birds Around: Ostriches, the Superlative Species

Ostriches racing through the Ngorongoro Crater Photo by Thomson Safaris guests, Betsy and Paul Goldenberg Ever watched an awards show, or an Olympics, where one competitor just seems to win it all? It…

Lion and Hare Swahili Folklore Story
January 9, 2014

Swahili Story-Time: The Trapper, The Lion, and The Hare

In fables from many different cultures, one animal regularly serves as a “trickster” figure. For Aesop, it was often a fox or a raven. In West Africa, Anansi, the spider, regularly fills this role. In East…

Cheetah claws
January 7, 2014

Claws Out: Things You Didn’t Know About Claws

There are plenty of good reasons to avoid Africa’s best-known predators, many of them sticking out of the ends of their paws. Claws are like nature’s Swiss army knife; from climbing, to gripping, to…

A sundown swim finished off the vacation, which served as a fantastic bonding experience for the entire staff
January 2, 2014

First-Time Tourists: Tanzania Staff Trip

The employees that run Thomson Safaris ground operations in Tanzania are incredibly adept at anticipating, and meeting, travelers’ needs. Their hard work in the Arusha offices and in camps throughout the…

African crested porcupine
December 31, 2013

The Bone Collector: African Crested Porcupines

Covered in long, extremely sharp quills which they will fluff up when threatened (in order to appear larger), porcupines attack backside first, with a flamenco-style foot-stamping as a prelude. These…

Vitumbua, a Tanzanian donut cake
December 19, 2013

Eat Like a Tanzanian: Vitumbua (Donut-Cakes)

Add a new treat to your baking repertoire: vitumbua are a Tanzanian favorite. Easy to make (and even easier to eat), these muffin-sized morsels make a fantastic dessert at a holiday party, a heartfelt gift for…

Jackal pups in Tanzania
December 17, 2013

Fooling Nature: The Jackal

As many wildlife populations suffer from the effects of increased human presence and habitat destruction, jackals continue to thrive. Part of that success can be attributed to their strong familial bonds. One…

mike-rubenstein-fame
December 12, 2013

A Trip of a Lifetime Becomes A Lifelong Connection: Mike Rubenstein, Part 2

Dr. Michael Rubenstein went on a Thomson Safaris volunteering trip extension. By the time he got home, he knew he needed to return to Tanzania…

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