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Special sighting of a mother and cub in the Serengeti

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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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tinga-tinga art tanzania
March 20, 2014

Tanzania on Canvas: Tingatinga Painting

There are few souvenirs as evocative as a piece of traditional artwork, and for travelers to Tanzania, there’s one widespread form souvenir-hunters are sure to see: Tingatinga painting. The pictures’…

what is the purpose of lion manes
March 18, 2014

The Mane Event: The Purpose of Lion Manes

Male lions start to grow manes around the age of two years, which signals the onset of sexual maturity. For young male lions, it’s a mixed blessing, though; the appearance of a mane is the pride’s cue to…

tanzanite
March 13, 2014

Tanzanite: Tanzania’s Eponymous Gem

There’s no “best” way to remember a trip to Tanzania, but there is a sparkliest: tanzanite, a beautiful blue-violet gemstone named after the country where it was first discovered in 1967.

crocodile teeth
March 11, 2014

Predators from Prehistory: Crocodiles

The consummate survivors

Crocodiles have been around in some form or another for over 220 million years, meaning they’ve managed to survive two mass extinction events (including the one that wiped out the last of the dinosaurs), as…

Mohamed Mbaruku
March 6, 2014

Meet Your Guides: Mohamed Mbaruku

After every safari, we hear from guests that their guide was amazing, and that he “must be the best” guide we employ. At this point, we’ve heard this about every single guide running our trips in…

maasai giraffe in tanzania
March 4, 2014

X Marks the Spots…Sometimes: Giraffe Markings

Maybe a leopard can’t change its spots, but a giraffe can. Well, sort of. When we refer to giraffes, we’re actually referring to any of nine giraffe sub-species: Nubian, reticulated, Angolan, Kordofan,…

Sukuma Dance Tanzania
February 27, 2014

Dance Battle: Sukuma Dance Societies

Dancing has always been integral to Sukuma life, and many of the dances still being performed today started as a way to add a little interest to the workday; migrant farmworkers would compose and sing songs to…

pregnant lioness
February 25, 2014

Hide-and-Go-Birth: The Sneaky Pregnancy of a Lioness

And the subsequent challenge of keeping her cubs alive

Lions are notoriously secretive, if not about their pregnancies, than at least about giving birth. Once a female lion realizes she’s going into labor, she’ll sneak away from the pride and hide herself in a…

bongo flava
February 20, 2014

Bongo Flava: The Rhythm of Tanzania

Any country with as rich and diverse a mix of cultures as Tanzania’s is bound to have some unique styles of music. But recently, this blended cultural landscape has produced a style of music the whole country…

Vervet Monkeys
February 18, 2014

Neurotics in the Bush: Vervet Monkeys

It’s common to talk about how much we share with primate species; we’re evolutionary cousins, and humans share fully 98% of their genome with chimps, our closest animal relatives. But in several important…

Tanzania safari guide Kumbi
February 13, 2014

Meet Your Guides: Kumbi Salim

We know that highly-skilled, friendly, attentive safari 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…

Lions Big Five Africa
February 11, 2014

How The Big Five Made The Cut

We tell all our guests to keep an eye out for the “big five” species—lion, rhinoceros, leopard, cape buffalo, and elephant—because they’re all incredible animals to see on safari. But originally,…

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