Travel

Out of Africa, part 1

By on December 4, 2016

Last Africa post!   Im going to break it down by country as that is easiest for me to remember.

Tanzania

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.

The interesting fact about these trees is that they are also in Australia and they used to us them as prisons as they are so wide.

The interesting fact about these trees is that they are also in Australia and they used to us them as prisons as they are so wide.

A pic of the truck, just after I finished using the bush toilet. You will note the lack of 'bush'

A pic of the truck, just after I finished using the bush toilet. You will note the lack of ‘bush’

Malawi

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.

Village Tour

We paid a guide to show us around the village and how they do things.  It was an eye opener.

These guys were intimidating. They came to practice their english on us as we were on our tour. They also wanted to sell us stuff. I want to say I wasn't annoyed.

These guys were intimidating. They came to practice their english on us as we were on our tour. They also wanted to sell us stuff. I want to say I wasn’t annoyed.

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.

Crushed by cute kids wanting in on the selfie.

Crushed by cute kids wanting in on the selfie.

Just sitting outside sifting some flour.

Just sitting outside sifting some flour.

This is where the chickens live. They know how to climb that ladder. By day they walk around and eat. At night they make their way back and up the ladder. Smart chickens.

This is where the chickens live. They know how to climb that ladder. By day they walk around and eat. At night they make their way back and up the ladder. Smart chickens.

A kitchen in the village.

A kitchen in the village.

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.

If you want to send some school supplies or money to this school.

If you want to send some school supplies or money to this school.

Controlled chaos is the only way a classroom of 121 grade 3 kids could be described.

Controlled chaos is the only way a classroom of 121 grade 3 kids could be described.

Lake Malawi

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.

It was about 40 degrees in Malawi and the snorkelling was a dream. The water was barely cold, but better than not being in the water. And my back didnt burn.

It was about 40 degrees in Malawi and the snorkelling was a dream. The water was barely cold, but better than not being in the water. And my back didnt burn.

Yeah, i jumped off a cliff in Lake Malawi. After that bungee jump, no big deal.

Yeah, i jumped off a cliff in Lake Malawi. After that bungee jump, no big deal.

Zambia

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.

Our group on the safari.

Our group on the safari.

This just looks too perfect. Like a 'prop'.

This just looks too perfect. Like a ‘prop’.

Ok, turns out I need to break this last post into two posts.  Next up-Zimbabwe and South Africa.

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. Reply

    Aunty Sheryl

    December 4, 2016

    Looking forward to part 2 ?

  2. Reply

    Mom

    December 4, 2016

    It is all so interesting and some of it hard to believe. Your group looks like a fun bunch.

  3. Reply

    Auntie Donna

    December 4, 2016

    Your pics are like looking through a National Geographic magazine.

  4. Reply

    Beck

    December 5, 2016

    Amazing pictures!

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