Wednesday, February 21, 2007

What will we do this weekend?

Well, if you have gone to work at St Judes like many other long term volunteers, you might fancy a bit of sightseeing.

Rachel and Simon have described their recent weekend in the nearby Arusha National Park.

Simon says –

Arusha is actually quite close to most of Tanzania’s big game parks with Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara about a 3 hour drive away, and the Serengeti beyond that. Generally you do these over 3 or 4 days in one ‘safari loop’ as its called locally. As we didn’t want to do 3-4 hours each day in the car, plus the safari time, we opted for the local quieter option which would still get us to see some of the animals but being only 30 minutes away, was also going to allow us to relax and enjoy ourselves.

Source: Simon

As you can see, the animals were just what you might hope to see!

From where I am, it seems surreal to have these almost mythic African animals living so casually right on your doorstep. Here in Sydney, this is how I am used to seeing giraffes!

The giraffes at Taronga Zoo enjoy views of Sydney Harbour

The School of St Jude is located at the foot of Mt Meru which can be seen in this picture taken in the school grounds.

Source: Simon

Can you tell that I'm REALLY looking forward to our visit in September?

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