We had an AMAZING safari last week with the kids, thanks to Marie, Mama Marie, and the donors. The kids were excited for days in advance - we frequently take them on a small safari (safari ndogo) in the afternoon, down to the local field or the store. This was their BIG safari (safari kubwa), and they couldn't have been more psyched! On Mama Pendo's advice, we went to two locations for our trip - first a snake park out towards Maasai country, then to Meru Game Lodge, a local place, for lunch. Due to some communication confusion, my mom, Patty, Adam, Riz and Claire ended up at the wrong snake park - but not to fear, they met us at the game lodge later.
|In their gorgeous donated FredsWorld clothes!|
It was so funny to see who stepped forward - Zi and Abdulli were hesitant but ok with the snake, Simoni, Andrea, and David LOVED it, and Pray was utterly terrified and refused to go near it! Just goes to show that despite his tough exterior, he's still a regular four year old underneath. Mama Pendo was NOT thrilled when the snake guy draped it around her neck, but she held up like a champ! Wish I had space to post each of the photos here - more will be up on our Facebook page, please be sure to check it out and Like it to keep up with all the content that doesn't fit on the main page!
Then we went through a small exhibit showing traditional Maasai life, and into the camel rides area. Marie and I volunteered to take two kids at a time each to ride the camels. Again, it was funny to see who the takers were - Loveness, unexpectedly, LOVED the camels and the whole process, as did Baracka. Teacher Emerte then girded her loins and got up on the camel too - so proud!
After that we moved on to Meru Game Lodge - although the drive was notable as it passed the Arusha air field, which was HUGELY exciting in and of itself to the kids. They adore planes and get excited every time one passes overhead - getting to see them land and take off as we drove by was possibly the highlight of the day. Who knew? Anyway, we eventually arrived back at the Game Lodge, and had a great time. One large antelope in particular was very interested in the kids and kept coming right up to the ledge to get petted and sniff at their hands. They also saw zebras, ostrich, and some monkeys leaping through the trees - check out Adam and Zi's faces as they catch a peek!
|Mama Pendo helping|
the kids with their pasta