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Rock Hyrax in Tanzania
July 8, 2014

Guinea Pig Lookalikes, Elephant Cousins: Rock Hyraxes

Undoubtedly when the hyrax runs into his cousin the elephant, both of them are thinking to themselves “really? You’re a what-level cousin, now?” But believe it or not, this small, guinea-pig-like…

Ice cream
July 3, 2014

Erasto Mpemba and the Physics of Freezing

A Tanzanian youth contributes a huge discovery to science

In 1963, Erasto Mpemba was just 13 years old, and was a student at the Magamba Secondary School in eastern Tanzania. Making ice cream in class, he noticed that the recipes that were hot seemed to freeze faster…

Sleeping giraffe
July 1, 2014

Don’t Lose Sleep Over It: The Strange Sleeping Habits of Giraffes

Giraffes, though, may be the strangest sleepers in the Serengeti. As babies, they lay down with their legs tucked beneath their bodies (lowering themselves to the ground is a serious process) and rest their…

Wood Carving from Tanzania
June 26, 2014

Artistic Ancestry: Bimbi Statues of the Bembe People

Among the most recognizable forms of Tanzanian art are the various forms of wooden carvings that can be found around the country. Differences in the style, subjects, and decoration of these carved wooden…

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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…

leonard
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…

Bao detail
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…

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 across the southern half of the continent). Though each group has unique traditions, there are some basic stories that […]

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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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