The children’s views on Africa

At the end of our two months in Africa, we asked each of the childre these following questions. Their responses are unedited.

What do you think of the food in Africa?

Imogen: very yummy but different to the food we normally eat. In Tanzania, breakfast is fresh fruit (pineapples, watermelon, passion fruit and oranges mainly) with either egg or pancake. In South Africa, most of the food was the same but wth a twist: OSTRICH burgers, CHAKALAKA baked beans and these weird hard biscuits called rusks , which we found out a little late, were supposed to be dipped in tea. In Zanzibar, even the tea was different – we had Spice Tea, which I liked even though I don’t normally drink tea. You also eat food with your hand. Your RIGHT hand always. You also get these delicious chapatis that you use to help you soak up sauce and not get too messy.

Amélie:It’s very different from the food in England because you eat it with your fingers and you get things like chapati and rice and vegetables and beans and they are all very nice and we tried everything a normal breakfast in Tanzania is fresh fruit and chapati breakfast is my favourite meal here and they have nice smoothies that you drink with most meals.

Lachlan: It’s different to the food that I normally eat. I eat the food with my fingers. I eated banana a lot.

What do you think of the people in Africa?

Imogen: The people in Tanzania are very friendly and always say hello to us when we walk past. We didn’t really meet people in South Africa, other than the people who were Iiving in the houses we stayed in, and they were very friendly too. Some of the Tanzanian children we pass come and stare at us. Some giggle or say hello (in Swahili). We always say hello back. When grown ups say hello to us, we normally say shekamou back, which is a little more respectful and tourists hardly ever know it, so they are quite pleased, and some even ask if we speak Swahili! Also, the streetsellers were quite nice, but a bit loud, and very good at bargaining. They also seem very talented. The jewellery that some of them sell are beautifully beaded.

Amélie: They are very friendly and whenever we walk past a house or a school we get said hello to and we get told welcome and what is your name and how are you and they seem kind.

Lachlan:I don’t sea black people so much at home .I don’t sea people in weerd clothes.

What do you think of the places in Africa?

Imogen: Some of the places are very poor and others, very rich, but in most inhabited areas, the poor live next door to the rich and don’t seem to mind. Some areas are not inhabited, but have beautiful mountains, rolling hills and waterfalls, like Lushoto and the view of Kilimanjaro from Moshi. Some places are quite deserty and deserted and have wild animals sometimes too, like ostriches! Even the houses differ – in materials mainly. Some are made of unshapely rocks and twigs and mud, whilst others are concrete or brick.

Amélie:They are all very different in their own way and some of them don’t have many houses and just a lot of scenery and mountains and other places there are a lot of houses and not much scenery and a big city. There are a lot of fruit trees and different plants in the gardens and also in people’s crops. Some places are deserty and others are very green. There are a lot of houses but they are made of mud and things like that but others are made of lots of bricks.

Lachlan: the roofs are made out metal. It’s very green. 

What have you found the most different compared to the UK?

Imogen: The thing that I have found most different to the UK is selling. First of all, you don’t really bargain in England, but you do it a lot here. And you also get shouted at by people in the street to come and buy stuff from them. They also come up to you when your bus stops and prod their goods into the open window and shout stuff like “I’ll give you one bracelet for two thousand,” and we either say no thank you, or say “not TWO thousand. We bought two in Mwanza for one thousand!” Then, the person would either make a lower offer or look stunned at what we just said. The stuff they sell is different too. In England they don’t sell many beaded bracelets, but here it’s full of them.

Amélie: That people make a living by selling things at stalls and to passing buses and they carry things on there heads to sell and they get cloth and put their babies in them then carry them on their backs so they can use there hands for other things all the food is very different and the houses are different and there are no bus stops andthings like that you just jump on and jump off when you need to.

Lachlan: you can see a lion and a leopard. The people wear different and weird clothes. I don’t normally see black people everywhere. 

What has been the most surprising for you?

Imogen: I was quite surprised with South Africa being Westernised and I expected it more deserty. Also the food was quite similar to the UK’s, but I was expecting it to be more like Tanzanian foods (and also the kids portions of food are the same size as the grown ups). In Tanzania, because we had just been in South Africa, I thought it would be more like that. Also,the fact that everyone came and said Jambo! to us was surprising because in South Africa, hardly anyone realised that we didn’t live there.

Amélie:I expected it to be a bit more like a desert but it’s more green than desert and that people make a living with just a crop and a mud house when others have proper jobs and a proper brick house so they are very different from one and other. And how people set stools up by the side of the road to sell things. 

Lachlan:I don’t sea so much green.I don’t sea took tooks. I saw a snake when I was not expecting.

What place did you enjoy the most and why?

Imogen: In S A, I enjoyed Kruger and Addo the most because we saw so many elephants and giraffes and zebras and Buffaloes and warthogs and kudu and Impala and hippos and rhinos, and even a leopard on the last day! In Tanzania, my favourite place was Mwanza, because a) we were with our second cousins b) we got to kind of know what we were doing and learnt stuff like Shekamou c) it wasn’t a tourist area so we weren’t shouted at by random people and d) we got to ride in the back of their truck!

Amélie: I enjoyed all the places because they were all very different and you could do lots of different things. I really liked the Kruger safari camp because it was very exciting and you could see lots of animals. It’s exciting because you drive around in a safari vehicle and the animals are all around you and each time we saw a different animal we would get excited even if we just saw the same animal. I liked Karatu because I really liked Ngorongoro and I also liked Mwanza because we got to stay with the cousins and we got to ride in the back of a pick up truck and we got to catch fish.

Lachlan: Cape Town because I had fun climbing the rocks in that place where we saw penguins and we were with Anthony and Josslyn and Melly and Duncan.

What three words would you use to describe your two months in Africa?




Lachlan:Awesome, amazing and fantastic.


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