African Adventures chapter 1
Habaree ganee from Tanzania!
Amazing amazing amazing…… Africa is everything I have dreamed of and more. We have just had the best 3 days staying with Barbara Winani at her resort, sleeping in tents guarded by Masai warriors with hyeenas howling in the distance, in the middle of the plains. Eating gazelle for dinner and fresh fruit for breakfast. We have been working hard but also playing pretty hard so far….
We went to Zanzibar for a day while staying in Dar es Salaam, the unofficial capital of Tanzania. Zanzibar is a very Muslim place with a lot of arabic and indian influences, and because of Ramadan there were no cafes or shops open, although the shopping was very good. We went on safari yesterday to Taringiri national park, and spent the whole day wildlife-spotting. The most amazing things were the lions, we saw a pride of females hunting, and when we saw them i stood on the roof of the landrover with the camera, and she started to come towards me….. about 5 metres between me and a hungry-looking lioness….. my heart was pounding but i couldn’t look away, she was so beautiful. We also saw giraffes, monkeys, impala, wildebeast, zebra, elephants….. and more.
Yesterday we spent the day checking out school and health care facilities in some local Masai villages. It was my birthday, and Paul (one of our drivers) took me for a motorbike ride through the tiny villages, where these gorgeous little children would run out of their huts to wave to us. We also went for a trek through the jungle to look at the main water source for some of these villages, led by 2 Masai warriors who let Michael hold their spear for awhile. We saw baboons in the jungle – wow. Also saw dust devils, zebras, and heaps of giraffes in the wild on our travels.
Last night was my birthday party and Michael, Sarah, Musa (friend of Barbara Winani’s) and I stayed up until 2:30 with 3 of the Masai warriors talking, singing, dancing, drinking…. Michael bought me a bongo drum for my birthday and we played that as well. It was such a beautiful night, around the firepit with Africa all around us. (the only bad thing was that we had to get up at 5 to get to the plane… not feeling too crash hot today!)
Ok, important things: we are all well. Peter has been doing pretty well; Harry and Didi picked up a nasty bug and had vomiting and aching joints and fever for a couple of days; a few of us have heat rash; Sally fell down in the jungle and has some nasty splinters…… but all in all we’re doing pretty well. There is a lot of silliness and singing amongst the seriousness! Oh, and we are loving Kilimanjaro beer and Amarula and hoping to see a chui (leopard)!!
Simon Wearne (the cameraman) joined us yesterday and says he is in heaven, as i think we all feel. That makes our little group now 11 and everyone is so unique and brings something special to the group, we have been working well t0gether. We have been squeezing so much into every day and we’re off to Tarime this afternoon where internet will be hard to find but i’ll try to post something once a week if i possibly can.
Can’t wait to get to Tarime, we’re all looking forward to settling for a bit, there’s been so much travelling. And we’re so excited about getting to some more serious work!
More when we can.