TWIGA, TEMBO AND TUMBILI!
We went to RUAHA NATIONAL PARK with Rachel and Aunty Ann and saw lots of animals! Sadly, we didn't see any lions but lots of others that we haven't seen before like mongooses and pretty birds and lots of monkeys. I love the elephants and cute tumbili (monkeys). We saw five jackels (many more than normal) and lots of buffalo and impala and zebra. But we saw more kudu than any thing else! June is kudu breeding season and we saw a huge Greater Kudu, a big daddy with his many wives!
When we arrived at Ruaha, we went straight to River Lodge which was where we were staying. I have been there once before and loved it. There is a lovely balcony where animals come straight up to you to say hello. The room has a lovely huge shower and comfy couches and beds with massive windows all around you. Anyway, after we had dropped our bags in our bandas we went straight to the living room and dining room where we all had cups of tea and snacks. And then one elephant came down on the side of the river to have a munch. Then his friend came to join him and then another! All three tembo (elephants)! The first elephant came to say hello to a twiga (giraffe) who was gently eating leaves of a tree. The twiga must have been frightened and ran a little distance, but by this time the elephant was already walking across the river, torwards us. He came almost so we could touch it. It was so close, almost 8 steps away. And then his friend came to join him in that delicious patch of grass. The other elephant on the other side looked lonely and then along he came to join them. Lovely TEMBOS!
|An elephant comes for tea!|
On Canada Day, Laura and her friend Sarah came for dinner which was a lovely lasagna (Louisa couldn't remember lasagne noodles and thought it was cardboard!). After dinner other friends came and we had a huge pudding, Pumpkin pie, maple syrup iced biscuits, nanimo bars, watermelon, popcorn and fairy cakes! Laura bought some sparklers and we lit those but Louisa, Ben and Sam and I were a bit nervous at first! I can't remember the last time we had sparklers! Then we played some games and children went to sleep. All the aldults played games and scoffed all the pudding!!!!!! I think it was one of the BEST CANADA DAYS I'VE EVER HAD!!
|Bethany fit right in as a Canadian for the day!|