The real deal

Trip Start Oct 31, 2012
Trip End Nov 28, 2012

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Masai School - the real deal, Mount Kilimanjaro, Elephants, baboons, hippos

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Morning brought a clearer view of Mount Kilimanjaro so it was going to be a good day.  The first stop was at a real Masai school.  We rocked up to the school where a new school building was being built.  In the meantime, classes were being held in the shade of a tree.  Although we had brought along a few school supplies for the children, I wish we had brought so much more.  I know it would have gone to good use.  The cute little ones were so excited that we had come to visit and they showed their appreciation by reciting the alphabet (in English) and high fives all round.  When the school building is completed, they will sacrifice a goat and have a party to give thanks.  

Driving around Amboseli NP in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, we watched the elephants wallowing in the swampy grasslands and came upon a congress of baboons hanging out at their local swimming hole.  The closest we came to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was to ascend the observation hill and read the information boards en route.  Must say it was rather exciting to be allowed out of the vehicle within the park and to get a bit of exercise.

The five of us, and our driver, were treated to a lovely bush lunch, catered by our Lodge, so we didn't have to go back there at lunchtime.  However, the early afternoon freedom of returning to the lodge was most appreciated as it gave us time to relax and enjoy our surroundings.  Hanging out in the bar, we were amused by the antics of the banded mongooses (not mongeese!) and nothing could be left unattended else a monkey would nick it in a flash! It was advertised that in the evening at about 9 pm we could go and watch them feed some of the little animals - mongoose and the African civet cat.  So, cameras in hand, we went down to the location after dinner and proceeded to marvel at these little animals.  Imagine our thoughts when, thinking we were watching native exotic cats, we were informed that they were just domestic cats that hang around to get fed.  The civet cats weren't there any more.  Oh well, now I can add the common house moggy to my list of sighted African cats!
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