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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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Find out how Africa's fiercest predators made the cut

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Read our interview with superstar guide, Kumbi Salim

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Tree pangolin
November 19, 2013

Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog, and…Scale of Pangolin?

Unsurprisingly, none of these mystical claims for pangolin powers have ever been proven, but that hasn’t stopped the slaughter; according to estimates extrapolated from seizures, between 100,000 and 200,000…

November 14, 2013

We Are The Champions…of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is known for many things: its history as a spice island, its blend of cultures from all over the world, its white sand beaches…and Freddie Mercury.

November 12, 2013

Black and White and Flying All Over The Place: Colobus Monkeys!

No superhero is without a fatal flaw, and the Black and white colobus monkey is no exception: though they’re surprisingly adept, they have no thumbs.

Fruit bat
November 7, 2013

What’s for Dinner? Unexpected Delicacies of Tanzania

It goes without saying that different cultures love different foods; where you’re born is debatably the primary influence on how (and what) you eat. Some of the following foods may not sound appealing to a…

Cheetahs in Ngorongoro Crater
November 5, 2013

Can Cheetahs Survive…Themselves?

To give you an idea of just how serious the inbreeding problem is in cheetahs, among related animals of most species, you can expect to see 80% gene similarity; related cheetahs have 99% gene similarity. Their…

Gibb's Farm Dining Room
October 31, 2013

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Name Gibb’s Farm Best Hotel in Tanzania

In the recent Reader’s Choice awards, Condé Nast Traveler Readers voted Gibb’s Farm the top property in all of Tanzania, and the second best hotel on the entire continent of Africa.

Trekking the Great Rift Valley
October 30, 2013

Kilimanjaro’s Neighbor: Ol Doinyo Lengai

In Maa, the Maasai language, Kilimanjaro is known as Ol Doinyo Oibor, or “The White Mountain.” But there’s a much more imposing-sounding mountain located just a little further along the Great Rift…

October 29, 2013

Ballerinas of the Bush: Gerenuks

The real prima ballerinas in Africa are traipsing daintily across the plains, graceful necks and long, whippet-thin legs extended in a sort of antelope arabesque. They’re gerenuks!

Hadza hunting
October 24, 2013

True Bushmen: The Hadza

There are right around 1,000 Hadza left in Tanzania (the only place this group lives), and some 300-400 of them live as true hunter-gatherers, sharing meat when they can find (and kill) it, and living off…

October 22, 2013

Hyenas: Nature’s Gender Benders

One myth that persisted long after the dark ages ended, however, was the theory that hyenas are born hermaphrodites. Sound implausible? Let’s take a look at the (confusing) evidence.

Tanzanian students see their first giraffe
October 17, 2013

Project MEMA Safari for Tanzanian Kids

That so many Tanzanians have to miss out on the very things that make the country so exciting for tourists just doesn’t feel right, which is why Thomson Safaris recently partnered with Project MEMA (Make…

Katie Ann at the International March for Elephants in New York City
October 15, 2013

My Experience at the International March for Elephants

On October 4, four of my colleagues from Thomson Safaris and I walked in the greatest demonstration in support of a wild animal to date: the International March for Elephants. Fifteen cities across the globe…

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