The team were up at the crack of dawn. We wearily packed up the last of our belongings and loaded the safari vehicles ready for a long day ahead.
Prior to our departure from Malangi School, we said our goodbyes to the wonderful fundis, beautiful Cook Helena, and the legendary Uhana. Once again, tears were flowing and Nina's heart was broken in the knowledge she may never see Robson again. #sozCoops :/
We promptly headed off to the Tarangire Safari Park in our pimp mobiles: the French Krew (plus Anna & Matt); the Gyaldem (plus Ollie & Slim); and The Banter Bus (plus Breezy).
Our day was filled with ticking off the cast of Lion King and Jungle Book including Lions, Zebras (lots of Zebras) Wilderbeast, Antelope, Elephants, ostriches, Hornbills, Giraffes, Warthogs, Cheetahs, guinea fowl, vultures and more...!
A highlight was when we first spotted Giraffes lolloping across the plains with Ollie shrieking "My People!!!" Another was Angharad's recurring comments: "look, it's a Zebra crossing" every time the jazzy animals took to the road.
More majestic moments involved the encountering of a herd of Elephants 🐘that were arm's length away, and the lioness who was strolling just 10m from our vehicles. Wow.
The Safari was a perfect way to wrap up our fantastic trip.
We now sit by a campfire having reflected on our experiences of the past two weeks. Many expressed heartwarming feelings of pride and sheer happiness as well as a huge sense of achievement for our completed project work over the past two weeks. We are playing our final rounds of mafia, ensuring high levels of killing (gotta maintain a balance).
The team await midnight to celebrate a happy birthday to Megan, followed by a long journey back to Heathrow. Looking forward to integrating ourselves back into mzungu-land and being hit by the familiar smells of London's fumes.
On that note, we would like to take this opportunity to thank family, friends and other loved ones for their responses to the blog. We have appreciated every message and embarrassment (the soppier the better. Haha). We are all looking forward to return and share our experiences, develop our camera films as well as catch up with everyone.
Signing off for the final time,
Breezy and Victor
A note from the Inspire Leaders:
It was a pleasure working with your young people and they are a credit to you and their school. They achieved above and beyond what was expected, both in terms of the work and their community engagement. We've had such a fantastic trip with them and please look after them over the coming weeks as they readjust - we hope you enjoy hearing all of the stories! Thanks for all your blog comments they really carried them through. All the best! Ellie and Matt
P.S collection is at Heathrow, landing at 4:10pm 22/07/17
See info below!!