Africa #5

Since my return, I have been swimming in requests to share some of the experiences and photographs of my recent travels—camping through the wilds of Africa. I took the pictures seen here in a place called Etosha National Park in Namibia, and at the Chobe River in Botswana.

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Giraffe are poised and graceful creatures, they specialise in pretty posture and perfect balance—until it comes to drinking when their elegance is cruelly betrayed.

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In an ungainly manner they splay their legs, dipping their crane-heads like incompetent gymnasts to lap tentatively astride beside the water. The entire scenario looks as precarious as a house of cards.

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To speak about hippos, I will have to use some extremely crude terminology, because the most interesting thing about hippos was the way they relieved themselves. They spin their tail in a windmill as muck spreads haywire, redecorating the scene in manure brown. I can only imagine this is the hippos’ equivalent of urinating on a fence to claim it as their own. I was extremely pleased to be out of the quite tremendous splatter radius.

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Despite hippopotamuses being anthropomorphised as the slovenly couch-potato who wallows in mud, these creatures can be surprisingly noble.

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As the sun rose at 5am and the sky blistered pink, the hippos rose from the muddy depths of the Chobe River and opened their well-stocked jaws to break the morning.

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Africa #5”

    1. Sadly, I do not have enough time. It sounds like a lovely thing to do if I did. Thanks for the idea! Perhaps after I get back from Japan I will look into it 🙂 I think this is the first post I have managed since before Christmas 😲 not enough time😊

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    2. I am so glad you like the pics. There is an hour long holiday vid, but there is no way I could get it on WP, sadly. It would be lovely to show you you to see what we did and where we went, my lovely friend! The file is too large ☹

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      1. I am very glad to hear that. Where are you now? I am in England, near the pretty hills of the Peak District, it is dinner time and I am about to eat some chicken 🙂 not as good as ice cream, but there are those nefarious devils in ice cream for me, so I tend to avoid it 😊

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      2. Anyplace near mountains is perfect to be. You are lucky enough to be there. I am presently in my home town (a metropolitan by indian population 😅). You might know it as pink city.

        OMG, that must be harsh, to be pestered by those devils. They deserve a kick for sure.

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  1. You are in Jaipur? I was there only 2 years ago. Beautiful place. So busy with so much to watch and see. Jaipur holds a special place in my heart. I very much enjoyed walking around and meeting the people. Perhaps we passed by one another without knowing. It was before I started a blog.

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