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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…

African crested porcupine
December 31, 2013

The Bone Collector: African Crested Porcupines

Covered in long, extremely sharp quills which they will fluff up when threatened (in order to appear larger), porcupines attack backside first, with a flamenco-style foot-stamping as a prelude. These…

Vitumbua, a Tanzanian donut cake
December 19, 2013

Eat Like a Tanzanian: Vitumbua (Donut-Cakes)

Add a new treat to your baking repertoire: vitumbua are a Tanzanian favorite. Easy to make (and even easier to eat), these muffin-sized morsels make a fantastic dessert at a holiday party, a heartfelt gift for…

Jackal pups in Tanzania
December 17, 2013

Fooling Nature: The Jackal

As many wildlife populations suffer from the effects of increased human presence and habitat destruction, jackals continue to thrive. Part of that success can be attributed to their strong familial bonds. One…

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:…

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