Sunday, June 12, 2011

Before you can really understand how wonderful yesterday's safari was, you need to have some additional information. First, we did not use a professional safari company. For that many people, the bill would have been well over $1,000 and we didn't have it. What we did have was $300 thanks to my son, Chris, and his wife, Brenda. So the teacher, Queenie, went down to the taxi stand and asked the doladola (little minibus) drivers who wanted to go into the Serengeti. Two or three were willing, but we took the guy with the newest tires. Because the driver, the teachers, and all the kids were Tanzanian, it didn't cost much to get them into the park. The fee for the car was $25 and John had to pay $50 for his entrance fee. We had to pay the driver for his time and buy diesel for the car, and we had to buy and cook the food that they would take as well as a case of bottled water to drink. Of the eighteen kids and five adults, only John had ever even been in the Serengeti before. John had the driver follow other safari company cars and, as a result, the kids got to see crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, elephants, wart hogs, zebras, wildebeests, and impalas. They had a good lunch although the kids ate really quickly because they weren't all that far from the hippos, and the kids were very afraid of the hippos. John made a great five-minute video of the trip that you can see on YouTube at So, enjoy. It was a homemade safari in every sense of the word, but if you watch the video, you can see how much they all enjoyed it. The song they sing at the end is a thank you song that mentions Mama Africa (Karen), Magesa Mamba (me), and John. Do watch it and share the joy.

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