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Hippo in Serengeti
April 1, 2014

Toothsome Tanzania: The Deadliest Bites on Safari

A predator’s bite may be the only chance it has to either defend itself or bring down prey. For these five creatures—which boast some of the strongest jaws not only in Africa, but in the entire animal…

Safari guide Mustapha Juma
March 27, 2014

Meet Your Guides: Mustapha Juma

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…

March 25, 2014

It’s All Greek to Me: The Interesting Origins of Animal Names

Believe it or not, since toddlerhood you, your children, and just about everyone you know, have been speaking Greek. Not fluently, of course; any child who’s gleefully turned through a picture book and…

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…

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…

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