My husband and I took an incredible trip to Namibia, Africa in August. To say it was a trip of a lifetime would be an understatement! I’m still trying to find time to go through the more than 2K photos I took with my camera, and several hundred I took with my iPhone. I don’t want to rush through them either. Instead, I want to relive those moments and really tell the story of where we were and what we did.
Last night, my husband and I were talking about the trip and I pulled up a few photos. The first ones that popped up were of our last full day in Namibia among the beautiful giraffes! We were riding along in the jeep when we spotted one after another. Our PH (Professional Hunter), Johnny, stopped the jeep and told us to slowly get out and walk toward them. We couldn’t believe our good fortune in seeing these beautiful creatures of all ages and sizes!
Johnny took my camera while Martin, our Tracker, took my iPhone and they began taking pictures of me, Eddie and Eddie’s cousin, Myrk, standing in front of several giraffe. What a treasure! We kept walking slowly toward them after our impromptu photo shoot and I started clicking away with my camera. They moved with such grace and elegance. I particularly loved the babies because they were so curious about us and would stare and then their tails would swish back and forth. They almost appeared to be smiling at us! The mamas, of course, were standing nearby and keeping a side-eye on us and their youngsters.
By the time we got back in the jeep and rode on a ways, we had stopped counting at 80 of these magnificent animals! We learned later that a group of giraffe is called a “safari.” Safari means “journey” and giraffe typically travel for food from the Acadia trees. The trees eventually start to defend themselves from being feasted upon and increase their tannin output causing the giraffe to journey on.
I can’t wait to share more about our trip…what I saw and what I learned. Meanwhile, please enjoy a few of my photos from the Safari of Giraffe we encountered.