Breakfast with a Giraffe
Updated: Mar 31, 2019
I have always loved these long-legged, lanky creatures found in the sub-Saharan regions of Africa. Just outside of Nairobi is a place called Giraffe Manor which is home to a herd of Rothschild's giraffe. Each morning these gentle creatures poke their long necks into the windows of the manor..... ever hopeful for a delicious treat from one of the guests.
Breakfast with a giraffe is definately on my bucket list. So too is a visit to one of Africa's Wildlife Parks and Reserves.
Recently my son enjoyed a self drive camping trip for five weeks through Namibia and Botswana. His photos were unbelievable. The wildlife he saw far exceeded his expectations ...... and mine too! And the amazing thing was it didn't cost a fortune. He and three friends rented a Toyota 4WD equipped with camping gear and cooking utensils. Each night they'd pitch their tents in a fully fenced campground within the reserves. These places also offered motel style accommodation. They purchased their food from local grocery shops and cooked most evenings.
If you too have a hankering to see the Big Five (and dozens of other animals) then look into these self drive holidays. Sam rented a vehicle from Johannesburg Airport but -- with hindsight -- he would have been better off flying into Windhoek (capital of Namibia). It would have saved many hours of driving.
He loved the Etosha National Park in Namibia, and Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Camp fees were very cheap and the camp facilities were excellent. Some had pools and restaurants, and many were positioned next to waterholes. This meant he could get a bird's eye view of the animals at dawn and dusk.
Sam is a professional guide and photographer who travels the world snow skiing, surfing and mountain biking. He is a guide in Niseko, Japan and Lofoten, Norway.