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Tanzania's gentle giant

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Tanzania on Canvas

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The Big Five

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tiger fish
May 13, 2014

Monsters of the Deep: the Goliath Tigerfish

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You (?)

The goliath tigerfish is the perfect antagonist for the next SyFy original movie, and it lives deep beneath the waters of Lake Tanganyika…

Guide Samson
May 8, 2014

Meet Your Guides: Samson Johnson

A highly-skilled, attentive safari guide can make for an unforgettable safari; that’s why we’re honored to work with guides like Samson Johnson.

May 6, 2014

Brawn AND Brains: The Highly-Developed Honey Badger

They’re small, stubborn, and vicious, especially when cornered. But one thing honey badgers—or ratels—are less well known for is their intelligence.

May 1, 2014

Tanzania on Canvas: The Art of Peter Ray Mwasha

Find out what inspires Tanzanian painter, Peter Ray Mwasha, and his beautiful works of art in our recent interview. Be sure to stop in to visit Peter at the Kiota Art Studio at Gibb’s Farm!

April 29, 2014

Animals’ Roles in East African Mythology

In many cultures, animals in folklore stand in for common human types, and certain animals reliably play a certain role: the clever trickster, the foolish oaf, or the cruel tyrant. East African folklore is no…

kigelia tree
April 24, 2014

Pick Your Poison: Traditional Uses of the Kigelia Tree

It may have a mouth-watering name, but don’t eat from the sausage tree (the popular name for the kigelia) unless you know what you’re doing! Tall, with smooth grey bark and beautiful, bell-shaped flowers,…

Hippo and whale DNA
April 22, 2014

A Whale of a Tale: Hippo Family History

The Greeks dubbed them “river horses,” and for years, archeologists and biologists agreed that they were probably (evolutionary) cousins to modern-day pigs, but recently, DNA analysis has shown that hippos…

safari guide ojukwu
April 17, 2014

Meet Your Guides: Ojukwu Sirikwa

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…

hyena at night
April 15, 2014

Things that go Bump in the Night: Tanzania’s Nocturnal Wildlife

Camera trap images from camp

We didn’t want our guests to miss out on this prime-time for wildlife viewing, so we recently set up night vision camera traps near a few of the nyumba camps. Motion-activated, these cameras offer us a…

April 10, 2014

The Chupacabra of Zanzibar: Popobawa Demons

The Swahili name “popobawa” translates to “batwing”  “Big-eared-townsend-fledermaus” by PD-USGov, exact author unknown – Licensed…

Ground Hornbill myths in Tanzania
April 8, 2014

Dark Wings….Myths Surrounding Ground Hornbills

Large and black, with eerie, raw-looking red skin around the eyes and throat sac, ground hornbills look a little like something out of a fairy tale…or a nightmare. Their appearance is even more unsettling…

Maasai jumping ceremony
April 3, 2014

Growing Up Up Up! The Maasai “Jumping Dance”

It’s a tourist favorite, and it’s been captured in endless pictures, videos, and documentaries; the adumu, often called the “jumping dance,” is a highly recognizable ritual of Maasai life. But many…

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