Flat Stanley Tracker

Follow Flat Stanley as he travels around the world.


Hello, friends! I’m sorry it has been so long, but I didn’t have access to Internet until recently. I have so much to tell you,  so hopefully you will forgive me after you read my post.

I traveled through seven countries in Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and Botswana. Here is a map:

In Arusha, Tanzania, I taught at a school for local village children. It was fun to work with them even though they only spoke Swahili and not one word of English! I did learn a few words of Swahili, which you may recognize from The Lion King: Rafiki actually means friend, and Simba means lion!

I then went on to Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. I had a lot of fun at the beautiful beaches and trying different spices and fruits on a Spice Tour! Zanzibar is home to many different plant life, including some fruits they don’t even have in grocery stores in the U.S. Here are some pictures, including one of my friend Aaron trying to climb a coconut tree. When the local people collect coconuts, they don’t rely on machinery, but rather do it themselves! Aaron says that it isn’t easy, and I believe him.

After Tanzania, I headed into Malawi for some more beach time. I was actually there during Halloween, and I really wanted to celebrate with a Jack-o-Lantern. Unfortunately, there are no pumpkins in Malawi, so I had to substitute with a pineapple. It actually turned out pretty well!

In Zambia I went to Victoria Falls, some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The waterfalls were not at their full flow since it was spring in Zambia when I was there. You may be confused because it was fall in the United States in November. You see, Zambia is in the southern hemisphere while the U.S. is in the northern one. Because the earth is at a tilt, the southern hemisphere experiences the opposite season as the northern hemisphere. For example, when it is winter in the U.S, Zambia will have its summer. If you have any more questions, I’m sure Mrs. Williams will be happy to answer them.

I did get to see my friends bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge. Here is a video, and don’t try this at home!

After Livingstone we headed to Botswana and the Okavanga Delta. The Okavanga Delta is a wildlife preserve that is home to lions, giraffes, hippos, elephants, zebras, leopards, and many other types of animals. There are no roads in the Delta, and lots of channels of water. To get around we used a type of canoe called a mokoro. Here are some pictures:

We went on a bush walk and saw a herd of zebras and a couple elephants! We didn’t get too close, though. In the Delta the animals are very cautious around humans. We were sure to keep our distance.

We also saw a hippo while taking a ride in the mokoro. We observed it again from a safe distance. Hippos may look cute, but in fact the hippo is one of the most aggressive animals in Africa. They kill more people each year than any other on the continent.

I traveled from the Delta into Namibia and Etosha National Park. Etosha is set in the middle of a dry desert environment with numerous waterholes in the preserve. It is one of the best wildlife viewing experiences in Africa. The key to the park is to stay by a waterhole and wait for the animals to arrive. I saw elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, a leopard, a hyena, ostrich and numerous types of antelope all around the park.

I was disappointed because I hadn’t seen any lions the first day in Etosha, but when we were on our way out of the park, guess what should walk right in front of our safari truck? LIONS!

I traveled a to the Skeleton Coast at the coast of Namibia to check out the Cape Fur Seals. There were thousands of seals at this one spot!

I headed to Cheetah Park in Namibia after Etosha. Cheetah Park is a rescue organization that rescues, well, cheetahs! When the cats prey on livestock in Namibia, the farmers are given permission to shoot the cheetah. Instead of killing them, they can send them to Cheetah Park to be kept in a reserve. I got to see the cheetahs up close.

They also have a domestic giraffe that was really friendly!

Next up was Spitzkoppe and gorgeous desert scenery. I took a hike up a mountain and saw some amazing views:

We also saw Fish River Canyon, the second biggest canyon in the world next to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

I made my way down to Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is much different than the rest of the continent. While taking in the beautiful scenery surrounding me, such as Table Mountain, I also enjoyed the local mall. It is very similar to the United States in a lot of ways.

I am off to Thailand in Southeast Asia. Until next time, Trackers!

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