Written By Rishi Nair (Grade 4)


I was very excited when my father told me that we were going to Tanzania. I had always longed to see lions in the wild, and this was my big chance! So, we packed up and finally set off to the airport. During the flight, I kept wondering when we were going to reach, and what the food in Africa would taste like! The suspense was so high, that even after 4 years I still remember it!!!

Then, at last, we reached Tanzania. Oh, and what a sight to behold!!! It was a modern airport with glass walls that depicted Tanzania teeming with wildlife! I was so excited, I could hardly wait to pass the immigration desk!!! When we left the airport, we went on a bus that took us to a campsite. There, we met our guide, a merry man. He had a very endearing name – Dotto. It was also an easy name to roll off my tongue. We must have called out that name hundreds of times during the 7-day safari, because throughout that period we were dependent on him for everything from breakfast to dinner and small breaks in between. We traveled 7-8 hours every day in his safari jeep over a rough terrain. He drove us around and paused at vantage points from where we had a good sighting of various animals

Every day, we would visit a new campsite with new food and tents and leisure activities. When we reached a forest area, we saw an African Elephant on the road. Dotto told us to be very quiet, to not provoke the elephant. I actually thought he meant elephants have sharp hearing skills and I should not even breathe! I held my breath till the elephant calmly passed our jeep. That was the highlight of the trip, and the reason why it is my favorite holiday! 

We have a private family tradition. After every visit to a restaurant, theme park or movie, my father would ask me how the experience was, and give me five options – Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair or Poor. When we were on the flight home, my father asked me my feedback about Tanzania. I told him it was off the charts!


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Rishi Nair
Hello, my name is Rishi Nair, and I am from Kerala, India. I live in Ulm, Germany with my mother and brother because my mother works with BMW, and we attend the Ulm International School. My father lives in Dubai, where he works with a bank.

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