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Thursday, April 3, 2008

And the other favourite is...

this place. Nearly nine months in Africa and I hadn't seen a single drinking giraffe. And here in my final game park I was lucky enough to see six at once. With a flock of ostriches behind just to top it off. About five minutes after I took this photo three young cheetahs came down to drink and one of them ended up having a staring match with a giraffe.

And about ten minutes after that a giant herd of elephants came down to drink. And the best thing is that one of the best waterholes is right next to the campsite so you can sit on a bench with a cold beer, camera on tripod and just enjoy the view. Game viewing just doesn't get much better than this.

This country is also home to giant 500 metre tall sand dunes, one of the world's largest seal colonies and miles of spectacular coastline bordered by one of the driest deserts on the planet. It's in the southern corner of Africa, just above South Africa and if you hadn't guessed already - it's Namibia.

Sealed roads to pretty much everywhere you'd want to go. Friendly people and to crown it all the amazing Etosha National Park. This is where my giraffes made an appearance and was without a doubt one of the most amazing national parks I visited in the whole of Africa.

There's not much to say photographically in this one I'm afraid. It was taken with a 300mm lens on Kodachrome 64 slide film. The camera was on a tripod and I was sitting on top of a truck just photographing away as the sun went down. Another one of those pinch me I'm dreaming moments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Paul,
This is a great idea! Well done! Thanks for coming down last Tuesday, we're all looking forward to next weekend.