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"For The Love of Africa"

AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime

Kodak Moment

Country: Botswana 
Location: Okavango Delta
Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve 
Camp: Mombo Camp  

Kodak Moment

Definitely a Kodak Moment! This picture shows a mother and her juvenile youngster in their ideal habitat - acacia and tall grass - examining the intruder entering their space. Their favorite acacia have long thorns that keep most animals from eating the leaves. However, those thorns don't stop the giraffes. They simply use their 18-inch tongues to reach around the thorns. Giraffe habitat is limited primarily to savannas, and dry, open woodland.

Nice details of the beautifully spotted coats of giraffes are clearly shown by mother and youngster. Born quite light in color, the giraffe coat intensifies color with age. While no two individuals have exactly the same pattern, giraffes from the same area appear similar; and in groups, 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 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 this wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert. The Okavango is world's largest and most beautiful oasis. The water of the Okavango literally floats on a saturated sea of sand.



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