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Exploring East Africa

Added 08 Aug 2014
Exploring East Africa

Jenni de Burgh is the July 2014 winner of our monthly blog competition. She wins £150 in Explore vouchers simply for sending us this account of her time spent on our East African Explorer adventure.

"Mum and I are not renowned for our luxury holidays - sipping cocktails round a pool is not really our style. So, the East-African Explorer was the purrrfect trip for us. Two weeks in the wilds of Africa, camping in a two man tent - and what an amazing two weeks it was!

First traveling through Kenya's beautiful Rift Valley, exploring the vast gamelands of the Masai Mara & meeting the Masai warriors. Then crossing into Tanzania to discover the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti, so much to see!

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Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Servals, Elephants, Wilderbeats, Giraffes, and Zebras.......the list of animals seen were amazing......but experiencing the Great Migration just topped off the whole experience. It was like being inside a copy of National Geographic, or filming with David Attinborough.

We were essentially too early in the year and so didn't expect to see this wonder. I think that made the whole experience even more exciting. Throughout the day the herds of wilderbeast would slowly make their way to the water, before getting spooked and heading back up the river banks to safety. Holding our breath we would all sit in our truck, waiting in anticipation, as , again they would make their way to the river....would they cross this time?! And then it happened, the first beast braved the water, and they were off, one by one following the leaders into the waters, splashing through the waters to the other side. Soon they were descending on the river enmass, not just from the low river banks, but jumping from the higher banks, like lemmings, one after the other, such an amazing spectacle. I don’t believe you can fully appreciate how amazing a site it is without actually experiencing it.

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As much as I loved the excitement of looking out for all the amazing animals, and the buzz that would go through the truck when someone shouted that they thought they could see a leopard in the distance, the trip wasn’t all about the wildlife. Visiting one of the Primary Schools, participating in their lessons, and joining in with the children’s play ground games was certainly a humbling experience. Seeing how excited they got viewing a photo of themselves....something we take for granted....just couldn't help but bring a smile to my face.  We spent an afternoon viewing the class rooms, answering questions and teaching the children our childhood games, like the hokey cokey.

All in all an amazing tour, and one I would definitely recommend! I came away with some amazing memories, and even some new friends."

By Jenni de Burgh

jenni travelled on our East African Explorer adventure. Find out how you can win £150 in Explore vouchers.