Let's back up a bit... We left off when we arrived in Morogoro, the least touristed town we will visit.
We spent a day with Raychel going to her place of work, a nursing school of all things. We met the principal who told us about their programs. The 2 year program is for public health and the nurses go to the villages to provide health care in clinics. Part of Raychels job is developing a fund raising program to buy books for the nursing school. They have very few and they are quite out of date. We also met the school director, her boss, Dr Mwampambe.
|Debbie, Raychel, Dr Mwampambe and Gordon|
|The Nursing School|
Dinner was coconut rice and the coconut milk was made from scratch after Debbie learned how to use the umbizi. Vegetables over the rice and a good meal it was.
Wed morning the 8th was Nane Nane day, the national holiday for farmers and we chose that day to take the bus to Iringa. We definitely stand out as mzingu ( foreigners) which can be an advantage when you are at the bus stand, trying to get on the right bus. They knew where we were going and found us to tell us which bus to get on.
The bus ride was 5 hours long and was a wild ride through the mountains. The majority of the vehicles on this 2 lane highway were buses and petrol trucks with buses passing the trucks at every opportunity. The smell of hot brakes and tire rubber was evident in the cabin of the bus, and the police checked at one point to make sure we had seat belts on..not that they would have done much good. Hot, and dusty with one stop along the way at a roadside village for food and the choo (toilet).
|This is NOT a bus, it is a Formula 1 race car....|
|Happy hour on our deck overlooking Ruaha National Park|
|....Happy hour until the sun set....|
Now to the game drive- Alex was our guide for the day in a highly modified land cruiser that started only by compression. We got pretty excited at our first 'game' which was guinea fowl and by the end of the day we were saying - oh it's just another impala.
|National Park Entrance|
The animals were either grazing or standing in the shade. Elephants huddled together and right next to them giraffes eating the pretty little toothbrush flower. Zebra were everywhere, no two alike like fingerprints Alex informed us.
Some of the trees had many round nests making them look like they were decorated for Christmas. These were social weaver nests with 2 openings, an entrance and an emergency exit.
|Three kittens and a mom...|
Many pictures were taken by all except Kris who enjoyed not having a camera. She had a pair of binoculars and put them to good use.
|One of eleventy million Impalas...|
|Bird Life is ASTOUNDING...|
|Giraffes are Alex's favorite|
|Proof of lunch amongst the wildlife|
|Greater Kudzu...has nine (count em) stripes|
|Early morning journal entries from the deck....|