It would be an understatement to say that my three weeks in Africa was filled with new experiences. It was my first time visiting a third world country, my first time climbing a mountain and my first time ever seeing animals truly in the wild when on a safari.
With group of people who I had only just met, I had the most amazing time and was able to experience so many new things and as always I wrote a list…
1. Using long drop toilets
Imagine the worst toilet you’ve ever been to and times it by 10 and then imagine it being just a hole in the ground sometimes without a door.
2. Going on a double decker plane
By flying via Dubai to Nairobi we were able to go on a double decker plane with Emirates which was really fancy and absolutely huge.
3. Seeing a solar eclipse
Whilst in Zanzibar I watched a solar eclipse happen from my sun lounger. I had no idea it was going to happen but when it did I was really quick and I just stared right at it.
4. Camping above the clouds
Each night on the mountain our campsites were above the clouds that we had walked through. The stars were amazing every night and you could see the Milky Way so clearly.
5. Getting sea sick
After all the hours spent on coaches and planes it was the bumpiest ferry ever which sent my stomach upside down.
6. Doing yoga on the beach
I love yoga and at the resort in Zanzibar we did yoga on the beach, it was more like random stretches but it was still a lot of fun.
7. Seeing sandstorms and tumble weeds
When driving from Kenya to Tanzania we could go for miles without seeing much by the sides of the roads. It was quite surreal especially when seeing sandstorms in the distance and tumble weeds randomly dotted about.
8. Watching the sunrise on summit night
6 hours into our freezing and what can only be described as hellish summit night we took a short break to watch the sunrise over the mountain. It was breath-taking, not that I had any breath left by then.
9. Learning about the Maasai tribe
I have never met anyone from a tribe before but on the trip we came across members of the Maasai tribe a number of times. They kept a traditional way of life and I was so curious about the way in which they lived.
10. Watching a herd of elephants at a watering hole
I love elephants so much and when our safari truck stopped just as a heard of elephants were walking in a line to the watering hole I couldn’t believe it. We camped in the safari park and in the night elephants wandered past our tents.
11. Seeing a shanty town
In Kenya we passed a shanty town and I was heartbroken when seeing the living conditions for so many people.
12. Visiting an African school
We stopped for a toilet break just outside a school on the way to Moshi and it was overwhelming. The children were so happy and made the most out of what they had and even washed the toilets for us to use. On the trip I saw so many children walking by the sides of the road on their own in the middle of nowhere, some in school uniforms and carrying water they had collected.
13. Visiting a tortoise sanctuary
In Zanzibar we took a day trip to Stone town and got a boat to Prison Island where there was a tortoise sanctuary. They were so big and there was so many of t
hem just walking around. We were allowed to feed and stoke them which was so good.
Apart from the toilet situation and camping above the clouds everything else was pretty unexpected. Even though I like planning and knowing what is coming next I was definitely surprised that some of the best moments of the trip were those which were not planned or even thought about.