Botswana Giraffe – Trinkets and Memories #21

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Being a big fan of several Photo Challenges, I am now hosting one myself.I would love it if you could take part! This is the 21st week to date.  Please click here for the challenge outline. Please post a link to your post on this page and I will make sure I put it on my challenge page for others to see too!

I look forward to checking out your posts!

So without further adieu here is my 21st trinket.

Beaded Giraffe from Botswana

In 2007 I took my first trip to Africa. I stayed with friends in Jo-burg and then ventured off on an overland truck safari for three weeks starting in Zambia and heading for Capetown,South Africa via Botswana and Namibia.

This fine young giraffe was purchased at a road side stall in Botswana. These beaded creations are common souvenirs but being handcrafted every one is unique. I had fun squatting on the roadside and chatting to the old lady while looking through her wares.

This trip was my first experience of a safari and game drives, we visited Chobe  Game Park and the Okavango delta. Giraffes are fascinating animals. Their coats are stunning, those long necks and legs lead to a leisurely swaying gait. They have big brown doleful eyes with amazing eyelashes. Their height is impressive and though gangly, they are oddly graceful.

I remember vividly our game walk through the Okavango Delta. We had an armed guide in front and an old chap with a pronounced limp behind. We saw gorgeous giraffes. Our guide was tracking some elephants and trying to get up wind of them. We were told to be very quiet. We got to them and got close. Possibly too close as suddenly, the mother started flapping her ears. The guide shouted something and “old gimpy” who was keeping the rear suddenly bolted past us and took off. We figured that was safari international sign language for follow me and get your butt out of here. We duly followed!

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