Spectacular Serengeti

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Camped by the Serona River

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Monday, June 18, 2012

    On the way to the Serengeti we visited a Masaai village. A tradition of the Masaai people is to curcumsize both the boys and the girls. I'm glad I'm not part of a Masaai tribe! They performed 2 traditional dances for us, one of which was mostly jumping. After that one of them showed us the inside of their house. It was small, dark, and filled with smoke from a fire going inside. They had just one bed for the whole family, with a "matress" of sticks. We also looked at all the jewelry and other thing the Masaai women had made. I bought a small necklace. It looked like a little purse you wore around your neck, but when I bought it I found that it was sewed shut. I think it is still pretty cool though. The last thing we did at the Masaai village was visit the schoolhouse. It had only little kids in it, the oldest looking around 8. It was sad, because all the kids were very dirty and had flies crawling in and out of their mouth, and flies crawling on their eyeballs.They showed us what they learned in English. They learned the ABCs, and the numbers up to 100. Going to one of the Masaai villages was a good experience to learn about different types of environments and people.

    In Serengeti National Park, we saw 30 lions, 6 hyena, 3 leopards, and 2 cheetah. Of course, that's not all we saw. There were also lots of zebras, wildebeest, elephants, giraffes, baboons, warthogs, hippos, antelope, and birds. It was so awesome that we got to watch the Great Migration! We only saw wildebeest, but we learned why. Zebra are much more intelligent than wildebeest. They let the wildebeest go first, because the wildebeest cross the water and the crocodile get all filled up on them. When the zebras go, the crocodile are full, so they don't bother the zebras. Before the Great Migration, we saw 2 cheetah take down a wildebeest, and actually got it on the camera! Beat that, Animal Planet! Cheetah usually hunt small things, like antelope. They never take down a wildebeest, because they're half its size! Mosses kept muttering "Fantastic!" Even though he was our guide, and had been a guide for a while, Mosses said he had never seen a cheetah take down a wildebeest. The Serengeti is the best place  EVER to see wild animals. It was amazing! We stayed in Serengeti National Park for 3 days.
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Everywhere we went in Tanzania people immediately learned AND remembered Sophia's name. Jesse and I just started looking at each other after about the tenth time. When we got back to Arusha after the Serengeti people were excited... "Sophia is back". Jesse and I were standing next to Sophie. Really- we were there. Haha. (It has to be that the names "Cheryl" and "Jesse" are just too hard to say, right?)

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