Habari za Twiga?

When Suzanne and I were in Tanzania, we would sometimes greet the village children in Ndengele with a hearty, “Habari za Twiga?” which means in Swahili, quite literally, “What is the news of your giraffe?”  Habari… is a quite accepted greeting in Swahili and so we decided to spice it up a bit.  The children always giggled with delight at the thought of our polite inquiry after the state of their giraffe. 

In South Africa, the words of my mother were quite true, “Giraffes are so photogenic!”

Yes they are, and don’t they know it!


Also, if these giraffes in Shamwari ever wanted to start some prog rock band, they would make some pretty awesome album cover art. Their long necks and inquisitive looks are pretty much what great album covers are made of:

We saw giraffes practically every day that we were at Shamwari.  It was delightful each time.

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