Harriet Smith Photography


"For The Love of Africa"

AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime


Country: Botswana
Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve
Camp:  Mombo Camp


This picture shows a regal giraffe posing for the camera while being groomed by 2 red billed oxpeckers. Red billed oxpeckers are often seen on the giraffe's hide, searching for ticks and other parasites. Giraffes have beautiful spotted coats with very thick skin, providing ample protection and insulation. Their skin coloring also provides excellent camouflage, as it has many different patches of variable size and color. While no two individuals have exactly the same pattern, giraffes from the same area appear similar and in groups; plus their coats seem to blend together, confusing predators.

This picture was taken while based at Mombo Camp. The heart of the Okavango is the Moremi Game Reserve. Mombo Camp - renowned for having what is arguably the best big game viewing in Botswana - lies in the Moremi Reserve on the northern tip of Chief's Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango Delta.

The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa.  It is the largest inland delta system in the world, an area of about 6000 square miles making a mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm-tree islets, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a perfectly constructed puzzle, in which animals wander as they please.  What makes this area most remarkable is that it is a wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert. The Okavango is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis. The water of the Okavango literally floats on a saturated sea of sand.

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