I guess I never mentioned it on this blog, but I had gone to Africa almost a year ago now and I want
to share some of the highlights of the trip. This is a small photo diary of the time I got to spend with some very special people in Tanzania as part of my final year in school.
We stayed at the TEMBO Guest House. Project TEMBO is a non profit organization we worked alongside with which supports micro businesses and education for female members of the Londigo District. Many girls miss out on education and this organization brings light to a lot of important issues that are faced by women in Tanzania. You can learn more about their mission here.
Their Guest House is super unique and built to have an enclosed community feeling (see sunset photo above), the staff are extremely kind and friendly, couldn't of asked for a better group of women to make me feel at home in a place so far away!
As a foreigner beware of some foods, my main diet there consisted of a lot of rice, beans, local vegetables and some fresh fruit. Definitely a different fare to what we are use to back in Canada, none the less it was all delicious and kept me fueled through long grueling days in the African sun. Do drink a lot of water!!!
We stayed primarily in the Longido Village, visiting other nearby towns but this is definitely not your luxury vacation.Towards the end of the trip we were fortunate enough to participate in two safari's which were such a contrast to the bucket showers we were having earlier in the week. We did the Tarangire Park and Ngorogoro Crater and never ever in my life have I seen anything more spectacular and magnificent than the animals in those sanctuaries. Our guides were fantastic and put up with a bunch of eager crazy students so shout-out to you guys!
You would think the Safari was the highlight of the whole trip but to be honest it was those day trips to surrounding villages, learning the stories of the people living there. The Maasai are a colourful and inspiring group which I barely got to know Their history is so rich, overcoming so much and surviving like they did hundreds of years ago, they have an extremely ingrained culture which is fascinating to hear about. If you get a chance, alongside Project TEMBO, please visit one of these bomas and just take it all in. To see more of the trip and a bit about the project you can watch the video diary below!