Jun 10, 2012
Aug 17, 2013
The first thing we did on the way to Lake Manyara was stop so see a huge termite mound (taller than me!). As we are looking (this is in the middle of a field, by the way) a little kid, dirty and dressed in rags, appears out of nowhere. He says "hallo!" I said "jambo." He stuck out his hand to beg. I turned to my mom, feeling bad because I didn't have anything to give him. As we were leaving, another kid ran up. My mom had a chocolate bar in the jeep so she gave it to them. They looked so happy! I'm glad we gave them something. That was the only time I have seen beggers in Tanzania, even though everyone is so poor. Today we did a tour of the village. It was so sad to see how the people lived. Houses made of mud, sticks, sheets of metal or straw. We saw how people cooked, got their food, washed their clothes and slept. I couldn't imagine living like that, but they all looked truly happy. The little kids are so cute! They love following us around. When we take their picture, they love to see it. Every time they do, they all giggle. When we were walking, a few kids suddenly ran up and grabbed mine and Sophie's hands. They smiled really big and called us "rafiki," which I found out meant friend in Swahili. After the village tour, we went to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara was so lush and green, and it looked exactly like a scene out of the jungle book. We saw a lot of flamingoes along the lake. Most of the animals we saw were just tons of monkeys and baboons. We also saw more elephants, giraffes, nothing too exiting lol...It was more like jungle than safari, and I think the scenery was better than the animals today.