For many the safari was the highlight of the week. Students were transported to Tarangire National Park on big open-top safari vehicles. The journey allowed students to observe local Maasai villages, witness them herding cattle and learn a little about their culture from our local guides. In the afternoon we entered the park and students were lucky enough to observe most of the wildlife the park had to offer. Some groups were lucky enough to see lions and leopards, and all groups spotted lots of elephants, giraffe, zebra, wilder beast, warthogs and many species of birds including ostriches.
In the evening students camped out amongst the wildlife in the national park. They battled bugs, rain and one group even got stuck in the mud, however all found it an amazing experience!
On the way back from the National Park, student stopped at a local arts and crafts shop to purchase some hand-crafted souvenirs. They visited a special charity facility that employs local disabled people who produce clothing, jewellery, glassware, art and ornaments all from recycled materials. Some of our students even got to try glass-blowing!
Long journeys, all types of weather, wildlife encounters and making a difference to the local community made this a trip to remember! It is great to see that students came away with a sense of achievement after working hard and being pushed out of their comfort zones. For many, this was a unique opportunity to gain a new perspective on life based on their experiences of local culture on this trip. Well done Year 12s!
Ms. Lucy Thompson
Tanzania Trip Leader
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