I haven’t written for a while. We went to Ethiopia and we had a problem with the internet. Daddy said that the government had turned the internet off.

Ethiopia is very big and we did a lot of driving. On the first day we saw men dressed in orangey, brown clothes, with painted faces and holding spears. Then we couldn’t get to the campsite because the road had been covered in stones. The taniwha drove over the first few, but there were too many and we had to turn round. We spent the night in a hotel in Dilla. I had a pizza but I didn’t like it because it had a hot chilli on top of it. We watched Pollyanna, because we had just finished the book.

The we went a long way north. We stayed at a Soda Lake. There were lots of pumice stones. Vivi and I liked throwing them into the water because they float!

We went through Addis and stopped at a camp on the edge of a cliff. We did a walk to a portuguese bridge. There was a waterfall and the view was really good. We played with two little girls.

Then we went to Gonder. We went to see some castles. They had big wooden doors with staples to hold the wood together. There weren’t very many signs to tell us about them. Some emperors lived there in the 17th century. They had lion cages!

Then we went to a church. We had to take our shoes off. Daddy went in a different door to us girls. The church was all covered in paintings.

Then we went to Lalibela. There were lots of churches that had been cut into the mountain. They are very old and must have taken a loooooong time to cut out. My favourite was the St. George’s church, because I was born on St. George’s day! This church was shaped in a cross. We had to take our shoes off to go inside. Some had paintings in them. There were lots of paintings of St. George killing a dragon. At one church there was a skeleton of a pilgrim.

We saw an old man weaving at the side of the road. We bought a white scarf with a coloured border from him.


Then we drove back south.  We saw a special typed of Monkey called a Gelada Monkey.It has a red triangle on its tummy and so it is sometimes called a bleeding heart baboon. They are really furry and they are the only monkey that eats grass and they live up really high in the mountains. We took a high road that went to 3,240m!

One day we drove all day and it got dark and it was wet. We couldn’t find our campsite so we stayed at a very nice lodge. My bed was up a ladder and I loved it. The next morning we smashed the breakfast buffet. There was lots of fruit salad, with strawberries and watermelon and pineapple. There was cereal and pikelets and doughnuts and they made us each a fresh omlette.

I was glad to get back to Kenya. I didn’t like it when people called us farangi (foreigner). The roads in Ethiopia are crazy too. There are lots of mountains, crazy buses, rickshaws, and motorbikes, judder bars, and donkeys/goats/cows/camels on the road. Daddy didn’t like it very much, he is going to write a blog about Ethiopia too.

Baby Animals in Nairobi

Yesterday we drove to an elephant orphanage. They have 15 baby elephants. They were really cute. The elephants came to an area and some people fed them milk from massive milk bottles. Then the elephants played. Some picked up big branches and others rolled in the mud. One tried to climb on top of another. The elephants were really wrinkly and I could touch one. It felt hard and prickly. It had little black hairs on its back. The elephants have come from all over east Africa. It is sad because their Mummies have died, lots of them were taken by poachers for their ivory. One elephant had a hole in its trunk where it was caught in a snare. When it drank water you could see it come out of the hole. Some of the elephants had fallen down old water wells.

We also drove to a giraffe orphanage. They have 12 Rothschild giraffes, and they are endangered. We learnt that there are three different types of giraffe in Kenya. The Masai, The Rothschild and the Reticulated giraffe. We got to feed the giraffes, they have a really long sticky tongue! I was a bit scared but I eventually did it.

The Rothschild giraffe has spots only down to its knees, then it is white coloured. Also the spots can have some black in them. The Reticulated giraffe looks similar, but no black and the spots go all the way down the legs.

The Masai giraffe is the most common in Kenya. It has a spikey spot pattern. We saw lots outside the Masai Mara.


For dinner we went to a big restaurant called Carnivore. It was really good. At the entrance was a big charcoal BBQ pit. Lots of meat was cooking on big Masai Swords. We had hot plates and the waiters came round and gave us whatever meat we wanted. There was lots of duck, turkey, steak, chicken, and pork. I also tried ostrich and crocodile! My favourite was the ostrich. When you had had enough to eat you lowered the white flag, which means you surrender. For pudding I had pineapple pie.

I was very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very full.




Going to Nairobi

After the Serengeti we drove to Lake Victoria. We stayed at a fun campsite that had lots of really big rocks on the lakefront to climb on. There were lots of rock hyrax, and a naughty vervet monkey jumped on the Taniwha!

Then we went to Kenya. The border crossing was ok, but they wanted to scan our clothes boxes when we left Tanzania. That was a bit weird!

In Kenya we found a good supermarket but when we came out we couldn’t close the door of the car!!!! Daddy had to tie it closed with a ratchet strap!!

car ratchet

We stayed at a camp above the Masai Mara. There were lots of zebra and giraffe there. We saw lots of animals on the plains.

Can you see the funny looking cow?


Then we drove to Nairobi. Daddy was worried about the door falling off when we were on the dirt road. But then we got to tarmac and it was better. We drove through the great rift valley. It is about 50km wide – that is 10 park runs! It is where the african plate is breaking apart 2mm every year. There were lots and lots of trucks climbing the hill out of the valley.

We are now staying at Jungle Junction in Nairobi. It is a campsite where lots of overlanders go – but at the moment we are the only ones here! There are friendly dogs though.

There is internet, so if you would like to Skype me, then tell your parents to talk to my parents.


Serengeti Park

After the crater we went to the Serengeti National Park. We had a big queue to get in, because there were lots of safari groups. It was also very expensive.


On the way to our camp we saw lots of spotted hyenas. Our camp had lots of little tents for some safari groups. We were the only roof tent. There were some kiwis there too, Daddy gave them a light to help them put up their tent.

I had a good sleep, but Mummy and Daddy didn’t. That was because they heard a lion roaring. It started far away and got closer and closer. They even heard it rustle in the grass and then it roared right outside the tent! I am glad I didn’t hear it!

The next day we wanted to go driving, but we couldn’t open the boot of the car. Mummy and Daddy had to take everything out through my seat and Mummy squeezed in the back, and we still couldn’t open it. So Daddy took the car to a garage. He said it took 5 men to get it open! We were worried he had marooned us!

When he came back the door was better and we did a little drive. We went to a hippo pool and saw lots and lots of hippos. They were very smelly and made lots of farting noises.

We saw lots of animals, especially wilderbeest and zebra. In July they all come to the plains of the Serengeti and try and cross the river together. It is called a migration. They cross together to try to not be eaten by a crocodiles. We only saw 3 crocodiles, and the river was quite dry. Can you spot the croc in the river?

We also saw lots of lions! We even saw lion cubs. There were also lots of horse flies. We haven’t seen any tsetse flies though. We could tell where there was something to see because there would be lots of safari trucks stopped.

These are my other favourite photos!

We didn’t see any rhino’s, cheetahs or leopards, But we made up a song: (to the tune of ‘we’re in the money’)

Give us a rhino,

A white or black one,

Give us a Cheetah

Or a leopard in a tree.

Because of the door, we spent 2 nights in the park. Daddy wasn’t happy about the state of the roads, especially because you pay lots of money. On the way out of the park, we saw a big fire burning.





Ngorongoro Crater

We went to the Ngorongoro Crater. We got up really early to get to the park gates. It was very expensive and we wanted to spend as much time as possible. It was still dark when we got there and Daddy got the tickets. There were lots of other people queue too. When we got in the gate we saw some cape buffalo!

We had to drive up to the top of the crater rim, and we looked over the top. Ngorongoro Crater is a volcano. Scientists think the volcano was as big as Mt. Kilimanjaro, but it erupted and collapsed on itself, making a big cauldron called a caldera. It is really big. The walls are 600m high and its area is 260 km².  The view was good. There is one steep road to drive down and one steep road to drive up. There were lots of safari cars, but it was no problem for the Taniwha!

There are lots of animals inside. The only animal that is not in the crater is giraffes, because it is too steep for them to climb down. I also learnt that the lions in the crater are really big because there is lots of prey. The lions chase off any other lions that try to come in the crater.

These are the animals we saw:

  • Antelope
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Ostrich
  • Elephant
  • Wilderbeest
  • Hippos
  • Zebra
  • Hyena
  • Jackal
  • Baboons
  • Lots of lions!!

I have chosen my favourite animal photos. There were also lots of safari trucks….

We left the crater at lunch time. Mummy and Daddy wanted to go to the Olduvai Gorge, but it was too expensive. I learnt that there are lots of early human bones and footprints found there.  Then we drove to the Serengeti Park…