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Friends Reunite in Tanzania

Petros He Da Man

Madie & Ruby from New Zealand first meet Pietros back in 2008 at Meserani Snake Park, in Tanzania.

Every year they reunite. They have played and been friends ever since. 

He’s such a little gentlemen, he gave the girls the biggest hug when he saw them again. Bought tears to my eyes.

We went off around the park to show Pietro’s the snakes, Ruby’s jandal feel off so Pietro grabbed her foot and put her jandal back on for her, it reminded me of the Cinderella movie lol.

Madie is standing clear while Pietro’s holds a harmless grass snake.

Pietro’s showing the girls how brave he is holding the snake, as they wouldn’t hold it.

Then it was time to relax with a bit of coloring in.

He’s wonderful little boy, I’m sure he is going to grow up to be a fine young man.

“Good friends are like stars.You always don’t see them but you know they are always there….”

Kind regards

Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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Stupid Questions Common Sense is No Longer Common!

Day 3 in Tanzania

I’m living here at Meserani Snake Park visiting my mother and father in law.

The place gets many overland tourists passing through that ask the most bizarre questions whilst in the bar or on safari.

I’ve just been reading the Stupid Book that Ma has in the bar to record some of the funniest questions asked.

My ribs hurt from laughing so hard, so I decided to compile a few of them together out of hundreds for a bit of amusement, Enjoy. 

Q. Can we drink the water out of the toilets?
A. If you want to

Q. How many animals in the big five??
A. Ahh Duh 5

Q. If I phone my Mum now will she be home?

Q. Do Orphans go home on school holidays?
A. Far Out!!!!

Q. So what kind of animals do Zebra eat?

Q. So how do the animals walk into the
Ngorongoro Crater?.
A. Hmm they walk in!

Q. Eva asked if there was a different moon here than Australia?
A. Are you serious?

Q. Do you have the big five in your snake park?
A. Oh Lordy

Q. In the Serengeti “Are those white birds Penguins?” and again “I can’t wait to see Tigers” again Instructions given when rafting in Junja, ” Swim to the left” “How will I know which way is left” and again “Are Ostriches birds?”
A. Oh Dear from New Zealand right!!!!

Q. Do Giraffes hunt in packs?”
A. Hmmm let me google that lol

Q. Is that machine a Juke Box?
A. NO it’s a ice machine.

Q. After 3 hours in the crater, a girls asks “So where is this crater everyone talks about?”
A. No comment.

Q. So what time is it going to rain?
A. Where you born blonde?

Q. What is the gestation period for a Maasai woman?
A. That’s a trick question right?

Q. When will I see the naked people?
A. She seemed disappointed when told “People wear clothes in Africa”

Q. What type of animal is Mickey Mouse?
A. We’ll ummmm

Q. Are the beers in the fridge cold?
A. No the fridge is just there for show

Q. Will I need money in this country?.
A. No everything is free, Duh

Q. How do I hand wash my trousers?
A. Maybe with your hands.

Q. Can we buy slaves at the slave market?
A. W.T.F

Q. Can I have my Archers in a glass please?
A. We’ll where else am I going to put it?

Q. How long does it take for a Giraffes eggs to hatch? How do they berry the eggs?
A. I’ll just find out for you, and get back to you soon.

Q. What do you put in your ice machine to make ice with?
A. Ahhhh some mothers children.

Q. Why doesn’t that Cheetah have any spots?
A. Erm….because it’s a dog.

Q. If it rains in the Ngorongoro Crater will the Lions get wet?
A. Of Course!!!!

Q. Do Lions speak or understand Swahili?.
A. No comment

Q. Can we hold poisonous snakes?
A. Give it a go and see what happens

Q. How do you get your snakes?
A. Ebay

Q. What’s that lorry thing over there called?
A. I reckon it’s called a truck, but I could be wrong!!

Q. Do Vervet monkeys grow up to be Baboons?
A. Nuff said.

Q. Have you ever had a Lion walk through the bar?
A. Not for a few days, but you never know when they will walk in.

Q. What do Wildebeest do for visa’s when they get to the migration river?
A. There will be a immigration officer waiting at the river to issue 1.5 million visa’s to the wildebeest before they can cross.

Q. Passenger asks tour guide “Hey Amy are these African Elephants or Asian?
A. For frig sakes.

Q. Can we buy drinks in the bar?
A. No we just have them to make the place look pretty.

Q. If I do my own laundry will it dry faster? A. Probably not.

Q. Do Lions eat raw meat or cooked meat?
A. They actually prefer cooked meat, so after they have caught their prey, they gather around to build a campfire and then they BBQ it.

Q. Is the Kilimanjaro walk uphill?
A. If you can walk 19000ft high not uphill, you’ll get a medal.

Q. On the way to the crater a girl passenger asks the tour guide ” Do Elephants have belly buttons?” after stunned silence followed up with “Would they be innies or outies?”
A. No reply

Egyptian guy aged 42, says “This is my first time in Africa”
A. “Really…I wonder where Egypt is?”

Ma showing photo album to Jess “We came here in 93” Willy 14 says quietly to Jess ” “so is she 93”

Passenger says: “I think I have Malaria” Guide says “How many mozzie bites have you got?” Passenger replies: ” None” Stunned silence!!!!!

Passenger says “Oh look it’s an Emu! Oh no it’s an ostrich”. Guide says: ” We’ll obviously because Emu’s are extinct!”

Heaven help us!!!!! and some of these people teach our children….

Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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Tanzania Safari

Day 1

Hi all arrived safe and sound, had a great  trip  over to Tanzania, 5 planes plus a 4 hour entertaining road trip, dodging camels, cows, donkeys, goats and sheep strolling across the road on their way back to their village after a day out grazing in the wilderness,  

It took us approximately 36 hours to get here from New Zealand, all worth it though.

We arrived at Meserani Snake Park in the evening, all totally exhausted so it was off to bed for us.

I’m traveling with my 6 year old twins on my own, so even that can take it’s toll

Day 2

Bit jet lagged, wide eyed and bushy tailed, woke up at 4.30 this morning, listening to the creatures of the night, amazing sounds.

Had a lovely cooked breakfast yum, yum, have had about 4 cups of delicious Africafe coffee, god that’s the best coffee ever!

Had my morning  groom with my buddy Shawawa, she’s so cute.

Wildlife Anti poaching department confiscated her and bought her to the park to be looked after.

She comes from Southern Tanzania so it would be virtually impossible to introduce her to another troop of baboons. Baboons are very tribal and do not take lightly to strangers joining their troop. She would be injured in the process. Shawawa is very well looked after and loves the interaction with the visitors to the park.

The Snake Park looks awesome, so nice to be back and see everyone again.

We’ve got our summer gear on, sorry had to rub that in lol, we just left -8 back home.

Look we even have a gym in my lounge, no excuse now not to exercise.

We have some friends here from New Zealand, they just climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level, they are pretty impressed with themselves. Thumbs up to them.

They have a beer here called Kilimanjaro, and a t-shirt that says, “If you can’t climb it drink it” I won’t be climbing it so I guess I better drink it..

Look what I found in my room!!! I’m such a girl lol, I had to get Ma to get this little fella out haha, We all know what eats frogs around the snake park!!!!

So for the next few days I’ll just be chilling before the adventures being.

Chat soon


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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Words of Appreciation Dedicated to Meserani Snake Park

This project work is dedicated to Mr. BJ for his kind filled heart for making Meserani Snake Park a home for us and all other university students who wished to conduct their practical training in the snake park.

This is project is to show you that we appreciate the chance you have offered us, hopeful this work will be useful to you in advertising Meserani snake park all over the world as it is surely a place with unique attraction, for me its a splendid deposit of culture and nature all mixed up together magnificent way that can blow hearts away with joy that they have experience the view of reptiles like no other and understanding maasai culture that deep to the extent of feeling part of it.

For we have seen how hard you work in helping the local people fight against poverty, ignorance and diseases. You inspires us a lot BJ for the lives that you have touched in million numbers of way. The most inspiring part is when you have empowered women as their the main pillar in society development, We promise to be a good ambassadors of Meserani snake park..

Cheers to you for what you have achieved and best of luck for the upcoming achievements. We will forever be honored for the chance you have given us.

Words of appreciation from Erca G. Uisso, A University Student from Dodoma.

Kind  regards

Tania Bale
African Art Online.Com

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