Giraffe, Namibia

NOVEMBER 2006 – A giraffe at approaching sunset, Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

For our 2006 trip to Namibia, Petra had booked an excellent lodge – the Etosha-Aoba-Lodge – for our night before entering the Etosha National Park from the eastern entrance (the “Von Lindquist Gate”). Back then, they did offer sundowner trips on their property, and they were performed by the owner, Georg.

Georg immigrated to Namibia in 1993 after having run the IT department of the trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. He built up the lodge and retired in 2003. His 7,000 ha property is now home to plenty of animals. And while Georg drove us slowly through his “garden”, as he called it, we suddenly encountered zebras on the road! Wow.

And then, just a minute later, we discovered Peggy – one of the many resident giraffes on his property. We were stunned by the beauty of the animal and by the fact that Georg could apparently distinguish all his giraffes. But he smiled and said, “well, I call all my giraffes Peggy, because that was one of the sentences I started my English lessons with – ‘This is Peggy, the giraffe.'” 🙂

Since our visit 15 years ago, the Etosha Aoba Lodge has merged with several adjacent properties and is now called the Onguma Forest Camp, part of a huge private game reserve. Most certainly worth considering for your night before entering Etosha.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time28-NOV-2006, 18:09
LocationOnguma Forest Camp, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/2000 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3328 x 4992 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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