Out of Africa, part 1
Last Africa post! Im going to break it down by country as that is easiest for me to remember.
I started my Tanzania stay in Zanzibar and that is where I met up with my tour group. We were 20 people from all over the world. I was the only Canadian and my roommate was from Austria. We got along great and her name was Nadine which is super cool.
Once we started the tour we were mostly in the truck long days getting to Malawi. We were able to see some animals from the truck, but it was mostly just getting to the next campsite.
Malawi is a very poor country. Anything we could contribute to the communities we were staying in was very appreciated. We bought souvenirs from the people selling them outside our campsite and we did a couple activities that would contribute to the local economy.
We paid a guide to show us around the village and how they do things. It was an eye opener.
The kids were adorable and all wanted pictures as it was the only time they would see what they looked like. They loved all the tourists.
We also went to a school and a hospital in the village. While we were there they asked us for donations. Seeing how the women of Malawi have to give birth in this village hospital was unbelievable. And it was stifling hot in the room. Also, AIDS is still a very real problem in Malawi.
The school has 1700 students and 9 teachers. In addition to money, they will accept donations for school supplies.
I was thinking that if I didnt know it was a lake, I would have definitely thought it was an ocean. I took advantage of being near water and spent the day in it.
The big highlight in Zambia was the safari. We had option to do the dawn, the evening or both. I selected the dawn safari hoping to see everything on the Big 6.
Apparently the highest concentration of leopards is in the South Luangwa National Park. I say apparently because even those who went on both safaris did not see a leopard.
We did see most of KDs Big 6 so I cant complain too loudly.
Ok, turns out I need to break this last post into two posts. Next up-Zimbabwe and South Africa.