So once again, I did not update my blog. But I am home now, so I will try to re-cap the end of my travels.
After Kilimanjaro, we had one night in a hotel, and then we began our safari. It was a two day safari, which was plenty! You can only see so many elephants and giraffes. The first day we were at Lake Manyara and saw zebras, elephants, impalla, wildabeasts, wart hogs, hippos, baboons, monkeys, lots of birds, buffalo, a dung beetle, and im sure i forgot something. We stayed at a really nice hotel that night and we were the only people staying there because it is the low season!
The next day we went to the Ngorongoro Crater. It was huge and so cool to just see the landscape. We drove in around the rim of the crater to get to the bottom.. it was just a huge open space, you could see all the way across the crater! We saw lots of elephants, tons of zebras, giraffes, ostrichs, wart hogs, buffalo, wildabeasts, hippos, birds, lions, hyenas, a jackle, black rhions, dik diks, and antelope..again, im sure i forgot something! But that day was amazing, we were there for so long and saw so much!
Later that afternoon we headed back to Moshi. We stayed there for the night and then got up early to catch a bus to Morogoro. The bus ride went fine..it was a perfect example of how crazy the drivers are there in Tanzania! It would normally take about 7.5 hours to get to Morogoro in a coach bus, and it took us 6!!! Normally coach buses pass cars and trucks when they are driving, but we were even passing other buses!!! it was crazy, but we got there safely and in good time! We were evan able to go walk around morogoro for the evening.
The rest of the days spent in Morogoro were pretty busy. I wanted to show my mom all that i could! We went to the tailor the first day to get some clothes made, we walked to Chamwino and i showed her the school i taught at and the area i played netball in. Then we took the daladala back into town and walked to the Faraja head office and i was also able to show her the other school i taught at. It was really cool to be able to show here all that.
She even got some of the same experiences that i was so used to. such as children running up to you and constantly being covered in dirt! Morogoro is so much more rural than moshi and there isnt the “tourist” atmosphere that you can get else where. it was a perfect place to end the journey and to relax before we started our trek home.
ufortunately we didnt have the same flight home so i spent a day in Dar es Salaam by myself while my mom spent the evening in Amsterdam alone.