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Wednesday 19 Jul
Arusha, Tanzania

The Lion King

Hakuna Matata!
What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata!
Ain't no passing craze

It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!

Yes, its true! they actually say Hakuna Matata in Tanzania. every time a local says it to me i feel like breaking out in song!

I write this now from Arusha in northern tanzania. From where I left you in Nungwi, we headed back to Stonetown, then back to Dar, then jumped on a bus to Arusha. The joys of traveling came streaming back (after my relaxing time in Zanzibar) as we had to have a massive argument with the bus company aboard the bus to Arusha after they tried to scam more money out of us. It is unfortunate but in Africa a westerner is seen as an 'endless pot of wealth' and some people will try and charge double or triple the price just because you are white. However, with the right knowledge and some major persistence, you can normally avoid getting ripped off.

Well, on a happier note, I have just come back from an amazing 5 day safari!!!! Rusty and I joined three other tourists and along with our driver/guide, and our cook, headed into the wilds of africa. Our itinerary included Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater (a volcanic calderathe). It was great! I particularly enjoyed the Serengeti. How do I describe it? Absolutely amazing! It is exactly how i pictured africa. In a sad confession I will admit that one of my main images of africa from come B-grade movies such as 'the lion king' and 'the gods must be crazy'. For those who love the Lion King, it is just like the movie (expect not a cartoon of course). We spend a good couple of days exploring the safari and were amazingly lucky enough to see heaps of animals including a Leopard (which is very rare to see). In an even more rare experience we say a lion kill a gazelle as well as a group of lionesses fighting each other over territory. We camped in the middle of the Serengeti and one night were woken by a herd of unknown animals trampling through the camp. I cant describe how amazing the Serengeti is. It is definitely a MUST do in Africa. So now i have officially seen the Big 5 (Simba [lion], Tembo [elephant], Chui [leopard], Kiboko [Hippo], and Faru [black rhinoceros]). I am proud to say that my Swahili is getting better and i can name a heap of animals. unfortunately being able to name a 'grant's gazelle' in swahili doesn't come up that much in normal conversation. oh well!

keep up the emails and i hope everyone is well!

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