Exploring the Kalahari

The Kalahari of Botswana is a hot, desert area where some animals thrive.

One is the zebra, one of my two favorite animals.

Though you may see a zebra or two alone, most travel in groups that are called dazzles .

What is fascinating about them is no two zebras are alike. Each has a unique stripe pattern with some shadowing between each stripe.

Babies are born after an 11 1/2 month gestation, and I was astonished to learn that a female can become pregnant again three days after giving birth. This mama already looks like she may be having another.

A baby can run by the time it is two days old. At about three weeks its legs are as long as an adults which allows the young one to keep up with the herd.

It is not unusual to see zebras and wildebeests together. They appear an odd combination, but the zebra’s sharp eyesight and the wildebeest’s keen hearing allow each extra protection from predators.

My other favorite animal is the giraffe, awkward in a lovely kind of way.

Something about their long eyelashes and soulful eyes touches my heart.

The most adorable animal is the meerkat. We had to get up early be in time to see them come out of their burrows, but it was well worth it.

The entire family greets the day looking all around to see what is going on.

Once satisfied they begin foraging for food going as far as three miles from their home.

Safari days can be quite long and not always rewarded with many animal sightings. No day is a loss, however, as when the sun is dropping it’s time for a sundowner before returning to camp. It is amazing what magic the guide can perform!

Enjoying a refreshing drink and watching the sun do its thing on the desert is a splendid way to call it a day.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

14 thoughts on “Exploring the Kalahari

  1. Wonderful photos Linda. Did you buy a new camera and lens for the adventure or use the one you use normally?

  2. Oh Linda .. these pics of beloved Africa make my heart happy .. Thank you for trip reporting with such sterling pics . X can’t wait for Namibia . .. Nov 2020

  3. What a wonderful trip Lulu! Wow. I want to do a safari with my kids someday! Magical!

  4. Linda, your photos are magazine worthy! I am loving each post!

  5. The animals are truly magnificent, your photos and info amazing! Thank you again for sharing your experience!

  6. Bonnie Morgan May 12, 2019 — 8:55 pm

    Wonderful photos. What a trip!

  7. What amazing pictures! Truly a dream vacation.

    1. As good as a Foodie Adventure!😉

  8. Marcia Fennell Gardner May 12, 2019 — 2:35 pm

    Your safari photos are spectacular!
    You DAZZLE us with your blogs!
    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY 2019!🥂😉

  9. A group of zebras is called a “Dazzle” such a perfect description !!!

    1. Right you are. Thanks for the reminder!

  10. Alice Gilbert May 12, 2019 — 1:02 pm

    Great photos !!! My two favorite animals are zebras and giraffes, also! So glad you are having such a wonderful adventure!! Take care and enjoy every minute!!!

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