Okavango pt 2

If I were to become an animal, it would be a giraffe. I can identify with them. They are lanky and clumsy creatures. Not to mention their height. I definitely identify with that! We both “stick out ” of the crowd: giraffes with their bodies jutting out of the often flat savannah landscape, and me with my tall heels, clicking down the street and seeing the tops of peoples heads. We both have a birds eye view, so to speak. So yes, I would become a giraffe.

Photography by Daniel Tollefsen

IMG_2751IMG_2743IMG_2742IMG_2737IMG_2729We found a pack of wild “painted” dogs in the Khwai Reserve. Despite their seemingly ordinary name, these animals are incredibly rare and there are very few packs left. Botswana is one of the countries with the most wild dogs. Along the roads there are “watch out for painted dogs” signs to prevent road kill. While these animals remind many of domestic pets, they are everything but domestic. They are ferocious killing machines. But still oh so cute.IMG_2662IMG_2649This injury was not sustained from a fight. Moamo, our guide, explained that the dog had obtained the injury from running past sharp sticks during a hunt. This is quite common for these hunters, and while this injury is not fatal it will take a while to completely heal.IMG_2625  IMG_2623The pack was incredible to observe. They were a family and played with each other and nurtured the pups and made squeaking (almost birdlike) sounds to communicate. This all changed when they started hunting near sundown. We followed them and sped across the rugged land in hope that we could see the kill. I have never seen a living being move that quickly!IMG_2621IMG_2617IMG_2661The secretary bird is very rare. The name comes from the feathers over the legs that look like tailored pants. The legs are quite thick, so when it runs it looks like a secretary that is late for a business meeting. This is- and I’m not even lying- one of my favorite animals. The “feet” look like high-heeled shoes. Nature is so absurd, and I love it.IMG_2660IMG_2655IMG_2614IMG_2594IMG_2573IMG_2570DSCF7842This is what our safari looked like. The animals were right there: up close. Nothing compares to seeing the rough skin of an elephant just meters away, or a wild dog running under the still jeep, or watching a mother and child giraffe bend down at a watering hole.

Which animal would you be if you were forced to transform? 


3 thoughts on “Okavango pt 2

  1. martian London

    Great blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any ideas? Thank you!

    • Nora Nord

      Hi! I recommend wordpress if you’re looking for something that can be a bit more advanced. I started with the free version and then bought my own domain and theme after I got more into it. There are also some good free options out there, but I’ve forgotten the names so just google around and see what you can find :-)

  2. Terje Nord

    KJre Nora! Jeg har ordentlig stor sans for din blogg, dvs. spes. det som gjelder tekstene fra afrikareisen isommer. Fortell ogs Daniel at han er en veldig dyktig fotograf. Derimot har jeg mindre sans for bloggene som angr klr, sko o.l., med gratisreklame for dyre merkevarer. Det hadde du vel heller ikke ventet!! Spesielt nr jeg n er her nede blant “de fattige”, som gr barbeint omkring, evt. med billige plastsandaler eller sandaler laget av brukte bildekk, s fr man et litt annet perspektiv p tilvrelsen. Om dette da endrer MINE kjpevaner nr jeg kommer hjem, er jeg derimot mer usikker p ! Glad i deg og dere alle!

    HIlsen Bestefar (hobbymisjonr)

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