A crowd gathered Saturday morning, members of Victoria and Godfrey’s extended family along with teachers from various schools and a group of students from Chumbageni, to say goodbye and wish us a safe journey. Over the past eight days, each had gone above and beyond to make us feel at home while educating us about their community and culture. We know we will stay in touch with these wonderful friends. We agreed not to say goodbye as we left, but tutaonana, Kiswahili for we shall meet again.
The drive to Arusha took most of the day. We have learned that traveling anywhere by car in Tanzania takes at least twice as long as expected. Although the road was paved all of the way, it was just one lane in each direction and there were speed bumps to slow down for at each town, as well as random police check points along the way. We finally settled into our hotel a little before dinner, met with the safari operator, and prepared for the following day’s safari to Tarangire National Park.
It was cool and drizzly as we climbed into the Land Rover Sunday morning.