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Tree climbing lions: of big cats aiming high

A cat in a tree, you’ve seen it before and if it wasn’t your house cat – let’s face it, how many city cats go on adventures these days – it’s still a common sight in children’s books. And even your house cat’s wild relatives in Africa climb up the scratchy bark without problems. Leopards that is! Tree climbing lions on the other hand have long been considered very rare.

By |31st January 2018| Last updated on 1st December 2021 | Animals & Plants|1 Comment

Grzimek Family and the Serengeti: the men who counted the wildebeests

Few conservationists have had such a lasting and public relationship with the Serengeti as Bernhard and Michael Grzimek. You might have heard about father-and-son team and their award-winning documentary “The Serengeti Shall Not Die” or seen a faded picture of their zebra-striped Dornier aircraft. Let’s take a closer look at the men who counted the wildebeests.

By |17th January 2018| Last updated on 8th November 2021 | Animals & Plants, People & Culture|0 Comments

Kilimanjaro: the insider’s tips that will get you to the top

You know by now that you should carry essentials such as water bottles and long johns when climbing Kilimanjaro. Today we share with you tips and tricks and good-to-knows you will most likely not find on many other packing list – but which might make the difference on your way to the Roof of Africa.

Where to stay when travelling to Tanzania: what is the difference between a lodge and a tented camp

You very well know what Airbnb is and how it works, you have stayed at hotels before and also spent a weekend at a B&B. But now you travel to East Africa and face the question: do you want to stay in a lodge, in a tented camp or on a campsite? Speaking of it: public or private campsite? What exactly is the difference, you ask? We’ll tell you!

The poachers‘ hide: stepping inside a baobab tree

Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park is known for its large elephant populations. One of the reasons they love it here so much, are the many baobab trees scattered across the park. The trees’ bark and the inside of the trunk act like a sponge and soak up water. During the dry season, the gentle giants nibble on bark and trunk to quench their thirst. Over the years, their hearty appetite hollows the tree!

By |6th December 2017| Last updated on 1st December 2021 | Animals & Plants|0 Comments

Your private mobile safari: camping amongst buffaloes and bush babies

On our mobile explorer safaris, we take you to deep into the Tanzanian bush. Setting up camp on private special campsites, it’s just you and the wild. And no one else. It’s an adventure of a kind for those seeking the original safari experience – authentic, private, unadulterated.

By |22nd November 2017| Last updated on 1st December 2021 | Travel Tips|0 Comments

The sand-drinking elephants of Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park, about a two-hours’ drive from the safari-capital Arusha in northern Tanzania, is known for its large herds of elephants. Going on a game drive in Tarangire, even if it’s just for a quick day trip, you are bound to spot herds of the gentle giants roaming between iconic Baobab trees.

By |8th November 2017| Last updated on 1st December 2021 | Animals & Plants|0 Comments

The Kilimanjaro packing list: what you should bring for your hike of a lifetime

Climbing Kilimanjaro is the dream for many adventurers. An experienced mountain crew, good camping equipment and hiking boots certainly are essential tools to help you reach the summit. But on your hike through five different vegetation zones, you will need a little more than that.

By |25th October 2017| Last updated on 1st December 2021 | Travel Tips|0 Comments

Mount Meru: so much more than Kilimanjaro’s little brother

Many adventurers coming to Tanzania dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. However, there's a spectacular trekking alternative just around the corner: at 4566 metres, the rugged cliffs of Mount Meru tower above Arusha National Park.

By |11th October 2017| Last updated on 1st December 2021 | Travel Tips|0 Comments

How do animals sleep: using clever strategies to get through the night

Closing your eyes in the wild and lying spread-eagle worry-free, might get you into deadly trouble quite quickly. That’s why wild animals developed clever strategies to find the sleep they need. However, there are exceptions. Or have you seen a sleeping elephant while out and about on safari? We’ll tell you why not! As a rule of thumb: the higher up in the food chain an animal finds itself, the deeper the sleep it will find.

By |27th September 2017| Last updated on 1st December 2021 | Animals & Plants|0 Comments