Your African Scrapbook!
Hi, it’s Zoom here from Birmingham Airport!
And I’ve been keeping track of all of your adventures!
When I’m not hanging out in the Sky Zone, I’m jetting off around the world – exploring some of the amazing places you can visit flying from Birmingham Airport!
I’ve seen so many countries and cities it’s hard to keep track of them all – so it’s lucky I’ve got my trusty scrapbook!
And it looks like you’ve been creating your very own scrapbook entries on your adventures at home or abroad too.
Here are your scrapbook entries from Africa!
Morocco is a country in the north of Africa. It has lots of different cultures and history, as it has been home to the berber people, Arabian and European people. Marrakech is the capital city of Morocco, which has medieval buldings, markets, and a 12th century fort overlooking the sea.
Aicha from Bruton wen to Morocco!
I visited Morocco to see my family as my daddy was born in Casablanca. I saw all my Aunties, Uncles, Cousins and their very kind friends and one of them drove us all the way to Essaouira and then Marrakech! This was very exciting and there was lots to see. We stayed in a hotel and I played in the pool, I was very surprised to see pond skaters in the pool, and excited! We saw lots of snake charmers with cobras and other snakes and lizards. I was upset to see monkeys dressed up in human clothes and nappies, they are not supposed to be like this, so I didn’t have my photo taken with them so not to encourage them. Daddy tried a local herbal tea and its smelt and tasted of oblate oil that made him pull a funny face! This made us laugh 🙂 In Cassablanca i got lots of hugs and kisses from my family and played with them lots, I took them some loom bands and showed them how to make them, which they enjoyed. I liked playing in the big waves in the sea and searching the rock pools and found a baby octopus that crawled along the sand and was hard to catch, but my brave mummy helped me, as well as squid, crabs and little fish. Catching the baby octopus was my best bit! My family miss me and although I can’t speak their language we have lots of fun and hugs and love, they cry when we go home.
Fin from Warminster went to Marrakech!
Wow it is so busy and there are snakes and monkeys in nappies. The worst place we visited was the tannery where they make leather out of dead skin. It is so stinky we had mint leaves under our noses! We also saw the local meat market with cow hoofs and sheeps stomach. Glad Mum and Dad didn’t buy dinner from there! Best bit was relaxing in the swimming pool after all that exploring and drinking the fresh orange juice as we were soooo hot.
Kenya is in East Africa, and it’s cost is on the Indian Ocean. It has savannas, lakes, mountain ranges, and the famous Masaai Mara Reserve, known for its wildlife and views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Izzy from Kent went to Kenya!
I saw thousands of animals: wilderbeast and zebra on migration, lions, cheetahs, Nile crocs and very noisy hippos – they sounded just like motorbikes! We found a rock just like Pride Rock from the Lion King and guess what? We saw a lioness with 3 cubs – it was amazing and definitely the best bit! One cub was being cheeky trying to wake up its mum!
So did Edward from Southgate!
My best holiday was to Kenya. We saw loads of animals on safari, including lions, elephants and giraffes. We had to get up really early in the morning to see the animals, because that is when they are most active. But the best experience we had on this holiday was when we visited the Maasai. They are the local tribes who have been living in Kenya the same way for thousands of years. When we first arrived in their village, I was amazed to see that they were wearing clothes completely different to modern dress. They wore red, purple and dark blue robes with beaded necklaces and head-dresses, and leather sandals, or were even barefoot. The men of the village performed a dance called the Adumu, which is where they all try to outdo each other by jumping higher and higher in time to the music. The music is hypnotic, continuous chanting, which is sung (mostly by the women) and played on percussion such as drums and bells. We were shown around the village by a young man who told us that he is a sort of deputy to the Chief. The houses are huts made of mud walls, with roofs of tree and shrub branches and grass. Everywhere you look you see the colour red because the dusty earth is a deep, terracotta colour, completely different to our dark brown soil. The huts have no windows, and inside, the fire is kept going constantly so that the air smells of smoke and it is quite difficult to breathe. There was no furniture inside the huts, except simple, low, flat beds made of wood. The Maasai rely very much on cattle to survive. They eat beef and they drink cow’s blood. They have a way of collecting the blood, but still keeping the animal alive. They also drink water, which is collected daily by the ‘Water Mana’, who walks miles with huge containers to collect water from a leak in an enormous water pipe, which runs along the length of the main road and presumably supplies the local town. Everyone in the village has a role to play. The ‘Fire Mana’ showed us how to make fire by simply using two pieces of wood, one hardwood and one softwood, rubbed together. The heat from the friction creates fire when dry grass and elephant poo is added. The Fire Man said you could use cow poo instead if you didn’t have any elephants in your country! He gave me and my sister the bits of wood we used to take home. They are on my bedroom shelf as a reminder. The older children of the village were at school, but, before we left, we played hide and seek and football with the younger children. It was brilliant. I will never forget it.
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