Study Abroad

Safari

June 02, 2018

Students in TanzaniaHibari! I can not even begin to explain the amount of fun I have been having here so far. Yesterday was emotional because we had to say goodbye to our kids that we have been teaching for the past two weeks. They have impacted my life more than they will ever know and I am forever grateful for meeting all of the kids in Lundamatwe Primary School.

Today we got to go on safari! We started the day saying goodbye to Dan, Tina, and Seth (owners of the camp) at Masumbo which was also very emotional because I feel like I have made an incredible bond with all three of them. All the girls rode the bus to Ruaha National Park while the boys took the van. We started our drive jamming to throwback music and Rihanna. Along the way we saw some Baboons lining the road. The last hour of the ride was all dirt road and very (very) bumpy. We were all a little sick by the end, but that didn't stop us from the excitement of going on safari. Having been on a safari before in South Africa I thought I knew what I was getting myself into, but I was wrong. Before we even entered the park we saw a huge male Elephant right by the side of the road. He started to shake his ears because he was feeling threatened so we knew it was time to go. Once we entered the park we saw so many beautiful animals like impalas, giraffe (my personal favorite), zebra, warthogs, jackel, and lots of birds. I was really surprised how much I liked the birds because I am usually not a big fan.

Elephants in TanzaniaAfter four hours we headed back to Tandala camp where we had a wonderful candle lit dinner under the stars. When it's dark out the Maasai Warriors have to take us everywhere we go because of the animals. I saw an elephant drinking from the watering hold right outside my tent! We also saw a family of them right near where we ate dinner. It was an unforgettable moment that I will never forget! I'm so excited for tomorrow's game drive because it is the entire day. Also, hi mom, dad, and lily miss you all. Can't wait to tell you guys everything that has been going one!