The group on their waterfall hike in Arusha National Park. | Photo by Louise Johns

The group on their waterfall hike in Arusha National Park. | Photo by Louise Johns

Townsend and Sivan brush wax onto their batiks, a form of art created by layering dye onto fabric. The batik experts who came to talk to us have been teaching batik since the 1970s, and they also hung up some of their batiks, which are visible in the background. We used wax to control which areas of the batik would be a certain color, before moving to the dyeing and drying stations. | Photo by Kayla S.

Townsend and Sivan brush wax onto their batiks, a form of art created by layering dye onto fabric. The batik experts who came to talk to us have been teaching batik since the 1970s, and they also hung up some of their batiks, which are visible in the background. We used wax to control which areas of the batik would be a certain color, before moving to the dyeing and drying stations. | Photo by Kayla S.

A batik is dyed with sunrise-inspired coloring. | Photo by Kayla S.

A batik is dyed with sunrise-inspired coloring. | Photo by Kayla S.

We spotted a variety of wildlife on our day-long drive from Maji ya Chai to Noloholo, including giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest, and zebras. These two zebras are in a resting position that enables them to see the entire surrounding savannah and thus protect themselves from possible predators. | Photo by Kayla S.

We spotted a variety of wildlife on our day-long drive from Maji ya Chai to Noloholo, including giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest, and zebras. These two zebras are in a resting position that enables them to see the entire surrounding savannah and thus protect themselves from possible predators. | Photo by Kayla S.

On Thursday, we also had the much needed opportunity to wash our clothes; we did so using a series of buckets (one with powdered laundry soap, one for rinsing) and hanging the clothes to dry on clotheslines. Although it was a new experience for most of us, we’re very glad to have clean clothes! | Photo by Louise Johns

On Thursday, we also had the much needed opportunity to wash our clothes; we did so using a series of buckets (one with powdered laundry soap, one for rinsing) and hanging the clothes to dry on clotheslines. Although it was a new experience for most of us, we’re very glad to have clean clothes! | Photo by Louise Johns

Upon arrival at Noloholo, we gathered on the patio (which also serves to collect rainwater) to admire the expansive view of the savannah visible thanks to the camp’s relatively high altitude of about 4,000 feet. | Photo by Kayla S.

Upon arrival at Noloholo, we gathered on the patio (which also serves to collect rainwater) to admire the expansive view of the savannah visible thanks to the camp’s relatively high altitude of about 4,000 feet. | Photo by Kayla S.

After we ate dinner, we watched the sun set from out new campsite at Noloholo. | Photo by Casey G.

After we ate dinner, we watched the sun set from out new campsite at Noloholo. | Photo by Casey G.