In 2008, after returning from Schoolies (a celebration for those who have finished year 12 – our final year of schooling – where groups head off for a week away and let off steam), I headed off on a four week school trip to Tanzania.
The trip was divided into four week-long parts which each took place in a different part of the country. The first week saw the group climb Mt Meru, a steep but not too big mountain 70 kilometres (~ 40 miles) from Mt Kilimanjaro. It was certainly a challenge (particularly with the discovery that I get asthma at altitude (yes, even my body is odd)) but it was great to push out of my comfort zone.
The next week I took part in a community project, helping with the construction of a mud brick kitchen and pantry at a local school. The local kids were incredibly inquisitive so playing with the kids took up almost as much time as the construction did.
The third week was the one I was looking forward to most and it more than delivered – it was safari time. I have had a obsession with African animals, particularly elephants for as long as I can remember, so going on safari was a complete dream come true. I saw all of the big five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) – so as far as safari experiences go, it was completely magical.
The safari week also included a tour of a traditional Masai village, which I would call an absolute must do if you ever get the opportunity – seeing one on TV doesn’t even vaguely compare. THere are some pics here
So, I guess that about summarises it. Tanzania is an amazing place, and one that is definitely at the top of my list of places to go back to.
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P.S. More Tanzania pics can be found here