|   A Safari Category List, Flora

Pick Your Poison: Traditional Uses of the Kigelia Tree

The kigelia, or “sausage tree,” is a common sight in the Serengeti. “Kigelia-Africana-Serengeti” by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen –...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Wildlife

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...

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  |   A Safari Category List, About/By Thomson Staff

Meet Your Guides: Ojukwu Sirikwa

After every safari, we hear from guests that their guide was amazing, and that he “must be the best.” At this point, we’ve hea...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Wildlife

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

The sun-drenched plains of Tanzania are an ideal spot for wildlife viewing, but no matter how long you’re willing to wait, ther...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Folklore

The Chupacabra of Zanzibar: Popobawa Demons

The Swahili name “popobawa” translates to “batwing”  “Big-eared-townsend-fledermaus” by PD-USGov, exact author unknown – http:/...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Folklore

Dark Wings….Myths Surrounding Ground Hornbills

The hornbill’s looks and behavior are often eerily human. “Bucorvus leadbeateri -Philadelphia Zoo -upper body-8a” by Peter Mass...

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  |   A Safari Category List, People

Growing Up Up Up! The Maasai “Jumping Dance”

Maasai jumping ceremony Photo: Thomson Safaris guest, Kristen Boren It’s a tourist favorite, and it’s been captured in endless ...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Wildlife

Toothsome Tanzania: The Deadliest Bites on Safari

We’ve probably all claimed to be “fighting tooth and nail” for something important, but in the wild, when the something impor...

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  |   A Safari Category List, About/By Thomson Staff

Meet Your Guides: Mustapha Juma

Mustapha with Thomson Safaris guest, Robert After every safari, we hear from guests that their guide was amazing, and that he...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Wildlife

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 fluen...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Art

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 f...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Wildlife

The Mane Event: The Purpose of Lion Manes

Illustrators with an anthropomorphic bent have played them up as nature’s crown on her chosen king of the beasts, and Charles ...

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  |   Stories About/From Our Guests

“Asante Sana to Thomson Safaris for making this dream happen!”

I had always dreamed about a safari in Africa since I was a young child. My children often heard about this but the realities o...

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  |   A Safari Category List, History

Tanzanite: Tanzania’s Eponymous Gem

Zoïsite (Tanzanite)” by Didier Descouens – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia....

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  |   A Safari Category List, Wildlife

Predators from Prehistory: Crocodiles

Crocodile shows off its (fierce) pearly whites Photo: Thomson Safaris guest, Harry Coulombe Everyone jokes that cockroaches are...

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  |   A Safari Category List, About/By Thomson Staff

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 p...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Wildlife

X Marks the Spots…Sometimes: Giraffe Markings

The Maasai giraffe’s irregularly-shaped, darker spots make it easy to recognize.  Photo: Thomson Safaris guests Patti and Tom M...

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  |   A Safari Category List, People

Dance Battle: Sukuma Dance Societies

We have a fabulous idea for a surefire-hit movie: Step Up 83: Sukuma Dance Battle To be fair, the Sukuma—a Tanzanian people who...

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  |   A Safari Category List, Wildlife

Hide-and-Go-Birth: The Sneaky Pregnancy of a Lioness

We’ve all heard of someone trying to hide a pregnancy; the entire period-drama genre would implode without the trope. But usual...

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  |   A Safari Category List, People

Bongo Flava: The Rhythm of Tanzania

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