Kileva Eastfield Primary School Safari to Tsavo
From: MR. BENARD MWANGOME
SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER
KILEVA EASTFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
On Tuesday 28th September it was a wonderful morning for the Kileva Eastfield school trip to Tsavo West National Park. Everyone prepared himself/herself for a trip and we were told to meet at school by 6.30 am as the bus which was to pick us up was to come at quarter to seven in the morning.
We all did as agreed. Every pupil came to school very early and by seven the bus arrived.
Boarding the bus
We all boarded the bus and we started our journey to Voi. Everyone was very happy about it. We went up to Voi then we diverged to another road which led us to the reception of the National Park. This was at around 8.30 am.
Call of nature
We had a short break, when we were told to have short calls. Boys had to go with the male teacher, while girls were to go with female teacher. Our trip was accompanied by two teachers and two game wardens plus a driver.
After we came back from the latrines we found the biggest baboon I ever saw, eat almost 30 bananas which was meant for us to eat while we were on our tour to the park. Immediately we called a driver to come and chase away the baboon. It was hard for him because the baboon did not want to go away. The baboon wanted to fight the man but the other two men came to assist him. They then told us not to leave the windows and doors open. We were wondering how a baboon can peel off 30 bananas just for a fraction of a minute. It was just luck the baboon could have also eaten the sweets too. They also told us that those baboons know women and they hate women. They are always rude to women once they encounter them.
We went back on our seats and started our journey. Along our way to the park we were surprised find a gate meant for keeping away the elephants. The gate is made of very big rollers laid on the ground and some wires which are hanged along two poles with high electric volts which make shocks according to each ones weight, i.e. if your body weighs 70kg the electric current will shock you according to your 70kg weight. It is totally dangerous for human beings as someone might end up being electrocuted.
We then proceeded straight to Dololo Swamp where we found 3 lionesses and after some time one lion appeared when he was hunting the warthogs. Everyone was told to remain calm as the animals do not want the noise. We proceeded moving along to Aruba Lodge and we saw a windmill which is used to pump water around the park.
There was a small dam called Aruba Dam and there were zebras, waterbucks and elephants. The zebras were so many in numbers in such a way that someone couldn’t count them.
Journey to Animal Orphanage
After that we took another way to the animals orphanage. On the way we met many elephants, one of them being very dangerous, which we were told he chase the cars in the park. We waited until they all passed away and we proceeded. We met a buffalo and some impala. The impalas were so many. Immediately the buffalo saw the bus he rushed away to hide. The journey was too long while we were moving to the animal orphanage. We eat some few bananas left by the baboons to sustain hunger.
At the Orphanage
At 1pm we were at the orphanage. This is where we met World Surprise. We found young elephants being given milk like the small babies. Each kid and us teachers were given bottles of milk of 5 lts and 3 lts to give the young elephants of age 2-5 years and a small one of 2 years. We were all fearing to do such an activity because we all fear the elephants. But we were told elephants are good animals once they get associated to all human beings or have close contacts to human beings.
Lunch followed by Lions
After we finished giving them milk we went for lunch. We took juice and loaves of breads. We therefore relaxed for an hour and kicked off again to another animals site where we saw so many zebras along the way, at the same time we saw 13 lionesses just relaxing. Everyone settled quietly. There were so many safari buses which had many tourist in them busy taking videos and photos. We were not luck to have one such that we could also have taken photos that day.
Ellies, Giraffes, Wolves & Ostrich
We then met many elephants accompanied by their calves. We also saw giraffes, wolves and five ostrich. The male ones were black in colour and the female ones were grey in colour. We were told that the female ostrich lay two eggs each. The female sits on eggs during daytime and the male sits on eggs during night time. They make shifts.
Manda rock & swamp
We continued with our journey towards Mdanda rock. After we had reached to the Mdanda rock we were surprised to see a huge rock. The Mdanda rock was named after the great people who used to go hunting and after they hunt the buffalos and elephants they sun-dry the meat on the rock. The rock itself is very long and existed for several millions years ago. So the name Mdanda rock was named after a Taita word Mdanda – meaning a dry meat (meat which was salted and dried in an open sun).
Around the Mdanda rock there is a big swamp which was surrounded by giraffes, zebras and one elephant. Inside the water there were some two birds cooling themselves. There was cool breeze which was coming from the main park and we also saw the Yatta plateaus when we were standing on top of Mdanda rock.
Home with a song
We ended up our journey after visiting the Mdanda rock and we went home through the Manyani Gate which is found along Voi-Nairobi highway.
The kids were happy and went home singing. We were back to school at 5pm.
The Kileva Foundation are very grateful to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/) who funded the trip in cooperation with the Kenya Wildlife Service ( http://www.kws.org/)