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Traditional Maasai Food

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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…

mike-rubenstein-fame
December 10, 2013

A Trip of a Lifetime Becomes A Lifelong Connection: Mike Rubenstein, Part 1

It’s common for us to hear from returning travelers that their Thomson safari or Kilimanjaro trek was a truly life-changing experience. But it’s much less common for us to hear about a guest whose…

Handmade travel journals by Kristin Crane
December 5, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide!

It’s easy enough to find things to buy this time of year (maybe too easy!), but getting that unique, exciting gift that is as fun to give as it is to receive? That’s a tough one. Luckily, Thomson Safaris…

Hippo
December 3, 2013

Nature’s Bathing Beauties: Hippos

Hippos are uniquely adapted to address the strong, African sun, since their skin secretes an oily substance which acts as a natural sunscreen. Though this secretion comes out colorless, it quickly turns a…

chester-cheetah
November 26, 2013

Art Imitates Life? Safari Animal Mascots

By the time they’re just a few years old, most kids will have seen a wide variety of safari animals. Not because they’re all lucky enough to travel to East Africa, or even because they have a nearby zoo:…

Coffee Beans
November 21, 2013

A Cuppa Tanzania

Tanzania is now the 19th-largest producer of coffee in the world, exporting over 50,000 tons of coffee every year, but it came to the coffee game relatively recently.

Tree pangolin
November 19, 2013

Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog, and…Scale of Pangolin?

Unsurprisingly, none of these mystical claims for pangolin powers have ever been proven, but that hasn’t stopped the slaughter; according to estimates extrapolated from seizures, between 100,000 and 200,000…

fred-mercury
November 14, 2013

We Are The Champions…of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is known for many things: its history as a spice island, its blend of cultures from all over the world, its white sand beaches…and Freddie Mercury.

Colobus monkey in flight
November 12, 2013

Black and White and Flying All Over The Place: Colobus Monkeys!

No superhero is without a fatal flaw, and the Black and white colobus monkey is no exception: though they’re surprisingly adept, they have no thumbs.

Civet
November 7, 2013

What’s for Dinner? Unexpected Delicacies of Tanzania

It goes without saying that different cultures love different foods; where you’re born is debatably the primary influence on how (and what) you eat. Some of the following foods may not sound appealing to a…

Cheetahs in Ngorongoro Crater
November 5, 2013

Can Cheetahs Survive…Themselves?

To give you an idea of just how serious the inbreeding problem is in cheetahs, among related animals of most species, you can expect to see 80% gene similarity; related cheetahs have 99% gene similarity. Their…

Gibb's Farm Dining Room
October 31, 2013

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Name Gibb’s Farm Best Hotel in Tanzania

In the recent Reader’s Choice awards, Condé Nast Traveler Readers voted Gibb’s Farm the top property in all of Tanzania, and the second best hotel on the entire continent of Africa.

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