Published: July 15th 2012July 14th 2012
It was our last day to see potential candidates for Ruka Juu
, our reality series and we had three farmers to visit... Two in the morning and one in the late afternoon.
I saw more tomatos plants, banana trees, and some very nice scenery that I would never have seen if it wasn't for this position I have. The best part is that I am being taken to homes, farms, and other out-of-the-way places that I would never see if I were a tourist.
At one guy's farm, a couple of teenage boys came around to witness the Muzungu in their neighbourhood. They were fascinated by my camera and wanted their picture taken.
Once our morning candidates were done, we had to wait for our last candidate as he was in another town doing some work. This gave us a chance to visit Lake Manyara National Park for a little while. Instead of going through the front gates like tourists, we took the back roads and ended up in this vast open field on the edge of Lake Manyara. Again, an opportunity I would never have experienced if I weren't with the locals.
Here, we saw wildebeests
roaming freely, an lone impala lazing in the sun, flamingos, and pelicans. This is also the area where the locals come to fish and the Masai bring their cattle to graze. Very cool.
We got out of the car (something you can't do at African Lion Safari at home!) and the animals all kept an eye on us as they kept their distance.
When our time was up, we headed back into the village to meet with our last guy. He is a banana farmer, so while they interviewed him in swahili, we lazed about under the banana trees on some backroad, not farm from his farm.
What a great day.
There are more photos below