Last year, pupils from Newcastle’s Sacred Heart School explored Kenya with Willetts Safaris.
This time, another group of Geordie students from Newcastle High School for Girls flew out to East Africa to join the safari company for an unforgettable Kenyan experience.
Rafting with Savage Wilderness was the first stop on their journey, where the girls enjoyed some outdoor activities at the Wildebeest Eco Camp, before heading to Maasailand.
During their first day in Maasailand, the girls shared stories about the differences and similarities between their cultures at Maji Moto, which proved to be an insightful day for all involved.
After a fun and educational day in Maasailand, during which the girls visited a school and played games with the pupils, they were all presented with a gift which proved to be an emotional experience for some.
Meanwhile Anne got to see the new shower block that was funded by Sacred Heart Newcastle, the school where she teaches.
Next followed a busy couple of days in Maasailand, full of culture and adventure.
One morning began with a walk at the northern end of the Loita Hills, which was about 3.5km from camp but 1000ft climb up, all worth it for the views.
Afterwards the girls visited the hot springs where they had the chance to wash their hair, helping save on shower water in camp.
It was then time to visit the women’s village, a great project helping young Maasai widows, followed by a bit of shopping for traditional jewellery and souvenirs.
While in the wilderness of Olorte, the girls enjoyed the camp and it’s natural spa facilities. They were also welcomed by local Maasai women with a traditional song and dance.
This wasn’t the only musical treat for the girls, who joined pupils from Enkiteng Lepa School for a great rendition of ‘You Are My Sunshine’.
An early 6am start was required for an early morning forest walk, before heading up to spend the night under the stars at the Edge of the World viewpoint.
After spending the night under the stars at the viewpoint, the girls visited the Maasai Academy to see first hand the great work taking place in the school, which is supported by many of the Willetts Safaris’ customers.
The girls also visited the community vegetable garden which is providing produce for the school and the local market, before a trip to the RedTribe beadworks where the girls got to admire the handy work of the local women.
The next day saw the girls travel from Olorte, through Maasailand, to Labentera where after setting up camp, the girls helped Gideon Kimonyi in the kitchen and enjoyed some down time. On the journey, they saw a bounty of Kenyan wildlife including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, antelope, monkeys and baboons.
A visit to the local market gave the girls the opportunity to complete the Dollar a Day challenge where the girls got to appreciate how fortunate they are whilst gaining an insight to how difficult life is on the poverty line across Africa.
They spent the morning working, clearing a new road in camp before having to spend their wage on food for the day.
The next morning the group visited the local nursery before making a trip to the local cattle market in Ngoswani.
After enjoying a picnic lunch the girls enjoyed a swim in the plunge pool, before a great evening in the village with Moses and his extended family.
Next followed a couple of days in the Masai Mara seeing the wildlife of Kenya in its natural habitat.
During their last few days at Lake Naivasha, the Newcastle pupils went on a morning boat ride on the lake, home to hippo and a host of bird life before setting off on the long journey home.