School Serengeti Safari – And a meeting with a kindred spirit.

My previous school trips both as a teacher and as a student have included some great places, but also some really crap places.

But on this occasion, I accompanied my year 6 students at Isamilo International School in Mwanza to the Serengeti National Park… not Alton Towers, the Old Warden Aeronautical Museum, Bishop’s Stortford, the Yorvik Centre or Verulamium Abbey, but the Serengeti National Park, yes the flippin’ Serengeti!

I couldn’t help thinking to myself that this could possibly be the best busman’s holiday ever.

I’m still reeling from the experience. The scenery was breath-taking, the animals incredible and my students were fantastic.

A personal highlight was sharing a boiled egg with a pair of very cheeky mongeese. Ever since I was about 7 and knew that a mongoose could kill a snake (an animal I am a little more than scared of), the mongoose became my favourite creature. I was so excited to catch one on camera – from the little glint in the mongoose’s eye I believe he knew we were kindred spirits.

Here are a few snaps from my trip…

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Year 6 Isamilo International Students (and Me… on the far left, which I believe is always the best place to be)
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Serengeti Skies
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Zebras
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Serengeti landscape
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Giraffe
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Mongoose
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Elephant
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Impala in the shade
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Rock hyrax
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Impalas

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann Curran says:

    So pleased you (and your pupils) had such a fantastic trip. What did you bribe the wildlife with to get such fantastic photos !? So pleased you are embracing the whole African experience. Continued enjoyment to you all. Ann xx

    Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:37:34 +0000 To: ann.curran@hotmail.co.uk

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    1. alidunnell says:

      Thanks Ann… Tips for photos… get a good zoom and a bit of nerve! Much love, Ali x

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  2. Bill & Joan Dunnell says:

    Can’t wait to see it for ourselves. xx

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    1. alidunnell says:

      You will love it Joan… so so much. We can’t wait for you and Bill to come and visit. The children are so excited about it. And we are going to the Ngorogoro Crater, which will be out of this world! Much love, Ali xxx

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  3. Natasha says:

    Ha! Ha! Serengeti better than a trip to St Alban’s?! Were there any toffs there that you had to tell to ‘Bog off’? Fantastic to see Ali. Love from your old school trip companion, Tash xxx

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  4. alidunnell says:

    Dear Verulamium Abbey school trip accomplice from 31 years ago… Tash. I did not tell anyone to “bog off”, neither did I kick an expensive lunch box across a mosaic hypocaust floor. But did flout the rules when it came to feeding the mongeese at the Serengeti people’s centre… couldn’t resist! Glad you enjoyed the post. Off to Serengeti again at the end of next month and the Ngorongoro crater. In the meantime I am in charge of the school play and have to get the entire junior school into gear for the greatest performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… Miss you loads and thank you once again for the gifts for the children, they were over the moon. Your old school chum, Ali xxx

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