I’ve never stayed anywhere like Sujan Jawai. Though I’ve been on Safari, in Africa and India, my accommodations were never anything close to as unique as this place. Sujan Jawai really feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. You can’t take regular cars there, instead you’re greeted a few km outside of the camp with welcome drinks and and a safari truck to take you in on winding dirt roads, or occasionally, over giant boulders where you question the truck’s capabilities. Once you arrive, you’re greeted with a champagne welcome, tour, and introduction to your luxury tents. The staff takes care of absolutely everything, but without a pretentious or stuffy air. It’s a pretty magical place.
Elephant in Mole National Park
This morning started out with pancakes and nutella and filter brewed coffee. It was a great start, even if emblematic of how much we both miss good food. Our driver and guide picked us up at 8am. The sky was perfect, only a few wisps of clouds, and easily one of the best (and hottest!) days yet. After half an hour the road turned from paved to dirt. For the next two hours, we bounced, literally our whole way there. The road is the worst I’ve ever seen, in part because it’s so long, and even in a 4×4 you could hear the suspension whining in protest. We passed idyllic villages, mud and thatched roof circular huts, children playing on the road side, waving as we passed. We also passed a multitude of public transport vehicles, all stuffed, incredibly dirty, and if moving the passengers were visibly unnerved. Private transport was certainly the right choice.
As per Alex’s request for the baboon story…On the second day of Safari we stopped for lunch at a campsite in Tarangire National Park. There was an overlook facing the park, so we took our boxed lunches to the ledge. Then a baboon literally ran up and stole half my lunch from the box and ran away. scared me so much, but it was pretty funny.
Other than that, everyone is still sick, so far so good but everytime my throat hurts a little or I have a headache I’m convinced I have Malaria. I’m sure I’ll be fine, hopefully won’t get sick at all!
Just got back from Safari. Loved it. It felt like it was straight out of a movie. We saw so many animals, many right on the side of the road. We went to the Ngororo crater and Taryingere national park where we were almost charged by an elephant…and a baboon stole part of my lunch! It was so beautiful, can’t wait to try and upload some pictures. Placement is going well, did CD4 tests and HIV rapid tests today (luckly all negatitive) as well as sit in on OPD consultations. The diagnostic ability of the doctors is so impressive, with little technology they rely heavily on knowledge and patient history. Genny and I even got to do a consultation with a student, with the doctor overseeing us of course. Wednessday we go to the waterfall as well as a few other “cultural activities” so until then….