Photo du Jour: Giraffe Mug Shots – Johannesburg, South Africa

A giraffe, just outside the South African city of Johannesburg, flashes playful expressions.

Giraffes South Africa

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Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved. 

Published by Tricia A. Mitchell

Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and a co-founder of Eloquence. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta, as well as Heidelberg, Germany. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene. A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia. Though they are currently nomadic, they look forward to establishing a European home someday. Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.

19 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: Giraffe Mug Shots – Johannesburg, South Africa

      1. Oh wow!!! I didn’t know you’ve also been here to Egypt! Next time please tell us of your coming!!! I’d be delighted to meet you for sure! Where have you been in Egypt and when?!

  1. Our trip there was back in January 2004 – we visited the Pyramids, Saqqara, the Egyptian Museum, and beyond. We also met up with my parents’ sponsored child in the outskirts of Cairo. I’m hoping to visit the Valley of the Kings someday soon!

  2. hilarious, looks somehow like a camel
    How did you get up so close to her, hope you did not scare her?

    1. PicCap, welcome! She was just on the other side of a fence at the Lion Park outside Johannesburg, towering over me. Indeed, she was as curious about me as I was about her. I stood underneath with my camera as she popped her head over the fence to say hi. :-) Such a playful creature!

    1. Thanks, Sonia. With such a playful personality, this giraffe was fun to mingle with. I never did make it to Kruger National Park, opting to visit the closer Pilanesberg. Did you get to spot the Big Five? I recall seeing three during my time in South Africa.

    1. Hi Ron, with that brilliant blue sky, and the giraffe’s curious demeanor, I was drawn to the face, and not just the gentle’s giants towering form. :) Thank you for your comment, and happy travels!

    1. Ceece, glad you enjoyed the series! Indeed, I had a wonderful time in South Africa. Now that I’ve been able to explore Jo’burg and Pilanesberg National Park, I’m eager to make it to Cape Town too. Thank you for stopping by.

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