I want to share with you some of my experiences from my recent journey to Tanzania, what a trip it was!
When we touched down in Tanzania and started our journey to the first camp all I could think was, wow-what a country! It’s very hot, humid, dry and dusty but equally as friendly and inviting! You will always need to carry water and drink at least 4 litres a day. This may seem a lot more than your usual but you will need it. It’s so important to remain hydrated from the get go because you will be losing a lot of water through sweat, phew! The food in Tanzania is great! If you like flavours, rice, potatoes and lots of scrummy fruit and veg – you’re in for a treat. You will never go hungry, some camps also occasionally have a ‘western’ approach, but I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone – you won’t be disappointed!
Considering the living conditions of the villages, visiting a school completely blew me away. Never have I seen so many happy, smiling faces! We helped build a concrete step up to one of the newly built classrooms, it was hard work but very rewarding. The students loved watching us get involved and were extremely appreciative in their own little ways. I soon realised that money really can’t buy you happiness and these children know no different. They make do with what they have and enjoy life as much as possible. It had been pouring with rain and as I watched a young girl tip the puddles from her shoes without a care in the world, I couldn’t help but think what a fuss we would make if our shoes were soaked through!
When visiting the camps, we were lucky enough to spot some amazing African wildlife, elephants, giraffes, gazelle and zebras! These were roaming the wild plains surrounding the camps without a care in the world, it was truly incredible and a sight I will remember forever. I won’t tell you any more, you need to see it for yourself!
I have been so lucky to visit such a great place and the journey I took will stay with me forever. To anyone lucky enough to visit such a place or considering visiting, you must. It’s not up for debate, do it! Get fundraising, get on that plane and explore the extraordinary country that is Tanzania.
Until the next time…