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Dancing with the stars of the Ngorongoro Crater

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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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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,…

Tanzania Flag
February 6, 2014

Tanzania’s Flags

History on the Breeze

One interesting way to track a country’s changing face is through its changing flags; each successive government’s stamp can be seen in these historical relics, every one a symbol of its era.

Great Migration river crossing
February 4, 2014

Spin-Cycle: The Great Migration

There’s more to this cycle than most travelers know; the continuous movement of millions of grazers through the plains of the Serengeti is driven by a multitude of factors, any one of which can stall (or…

Pride rock featured image
January 30, 2014

A Very Animated Safari: Cartoon Travelers

Africa as creative inspiration in movies and television

There are few images more awe-inspiring than the primordial landscapes of Africa. It’s no wonder, then, that so many animators are drawn to Africa as a setting for their shows; it’s an artist’s playland…

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…

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