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The sun sets over Ngorongoro Crater

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Tanzania on Canvas

Learn about the life and art of Peter Ray Mwasha

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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…

January 14, 2014

The ___est Birds Around: Ostriches, the Superlative Species

Ostriches are the fastest bird on land. These speedy sprinters easily reach speeds well over 40 mph, and can maintain a speed of around 31 mph.

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…

January 7, 2014

Claws Out: Things You Didn’t Know About Claws

Animal claws are like nature’s Swiss army knife; from climbing, to digging, to slicing, these adaptable appendages help animals survive in the wild.

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…

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…

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…

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…

sunbathing 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…

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.

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