We arrived at Camp MitiMirefu at Ndarakwai Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday 2nd August and were greeted by the friendly staff members who gave us a quick tour of the camp and the area which we would be staying. This place was very different from the other camps we have been staying at, from having a small local community to our neighbors being zebras, baboons and elephants which was both a surreal and an amazing experience for all of us!
Our first day of wildlife conservation consisted of deepening and widening a stream that supplies the wildlife with water. Although this project was hard work and consisted of getting very muddy, it was also rewarding that we were helping the beautiful wildlife surrounding us such as the orphan elephants. We then later finished our work on the stream later within our stay at Ndarakwai. Other project work consisted of removing weeds that affected the living area of the plants that many animals depend on for their main source of food. Although, like the digging of the stream, the weeding under the hot African sun was tiring, but it gave us all time to appreciate the landscape that lies under Kilimanjaro Mountain.
What most of us looked forward to during our stay at Ndarakwai was going to and meeting the Masai and their lifestyle. We asked questions about their way of living such as diet and marriage revealing that the leader of this Masai village had nine wives, the youngest thirteen and had seventy children in total which was a shock to everyone in the difference to our Western lifestyle! After this we were taken into the Masai huts and learnt how to make jewellery Masai style! When leaving the boma we were lucky enough to see the Masai women perform a few songs to their culture which we then matched with an interesting rendition of the Hokey Cokey!
We have all learnt something about African culture and the wildlife in Tanzania, and cannot wait until we arrive at Camp Tanga.