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Trans Africa Update

Nancy & Chris sent us this Trans Africa trip update:

Kituo cha Elimu Meserani Education Center near Arusha, Tanzania

When you’re on a Trans Africa trip, one of your biggest hurdles is obtaining visas.  And when you find yourself at the mercy of groups like the Ethiopian embassy in the UK, and DHL Tanzania, you may find yourself trying to fill in a few extra days in places you wouldn’t normally linger: camping next to the dog kennels in the Sheraton in Nigeria, dodging corrupt Christian missionaries in Cameroon, or sinking a few Kilies in Tanzania.

But on our latest foray into the frustrating world of visas, several members of Team Nala had the unique opportunity to work with a charity called LivLife, which is currently overseeing the operation of the Kituo cha Elimu Meserani Education Center next door to the Meserani Snake Park in Arusha, where Oasis has stayed for over a decade. LivLife has also been involved in the building and development of an outreach kindergarten and adult education center nearby, whose aim is to provide academic and vocational training to the local Massai community.

Oasis Overland Trans Africa group working at the CentreOur group spent two days there, and very successfully painted part of a new kindergarten, and dug a pit latrine (nearly 2.5 metres deep!). This project was particularly special for us, as our very own Tour Leader Kate was one of the original volunteers who helped to build the Education Center.

We’re not sure who had more fun – the passengers doing the work or the children watching and touching their white skin and straight hair!  But to be sure, a great few days was had by all, with a tremendous amount of assistance provided for the Meserani community. Not a bad way to kill a few extra days in Tanzania!  To learn more about LivLife, check out their website at Overland Trans Africa group at Meserani Snake Park in Arusha

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