Being a big fan of several Photo Challenges, I am going to try and host one myself. I am not sure how long it will last but would love it if you could take part! Please click here for the challenge outline. I’d love you take part. Please post a link to your post on this page and I will make sure I put it on my challenge page for others to see too!
I look forward to checking out your posts!
So without further adieu here is my 3rd trinket.
2014 Tanzania – Ngorongoro Crater Safari and Zanzibar
This is one of my latest travel trinkets.
In August 2014 my good friend and I met up in Arusha Tanzania for one of my most challenging trips ever. We did an 8 day trek up Kilimanjaro (a mega post in itself), we then visited a wonderful school and orphanage called Peace Matunda (another post in the making)
Peace Matunda organised a fantastic, tailor made safari for us. It was incredibly reasonable price wise and we got to adjust the itinerary to suit our needs. For me the best thing was it was a local operation so I knew the money was going into the local economy and I knew that 15% of the profit went back into the operation of the amazing school and home for the children.
The crater is a spectacular game reserve. We saw so much game, lions, elephants, zebra, warthogs, hyena, hippo, bird life and more. A large elephant came into our camp ground at night to drink from the water tank. I remember vividly seeing a family herd wandering through the grasses and catching glimpse of the baby elephant hold the tail of its elder just like a child holds hands.
I had my birthday in the Serengeti and the day started with a fabulous sunrise and a morning game drive. Memories of the elegant yet gangly giraffes feeding from the tops of trees as the morning dawned.
Zanzibar is known as the spice island and a jewel of a place in the Indian ocean off the coast of Tanzania. It was a stunning place. We stayed several nights in Old Stone town and this is where I purchased this trinket. The food markets and cuisine were superb, we had a wonderful cooking lesson, visited a spice farm and wandered the narrow alley ways.
I love that this elephant is made from a recycled air freshener can. In so many of the poorer countries rubbish is such a big problem. There were others, every one unique as they were made from different tins and cans, everyone different just like the real elephants in the wild, identifiable by a torn ear, a broken tusk or a scarred hide.
So many memories linked to such a small trinket.
Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu