Sitting near the waterhole at Okakuejo camp in Etosha National Park is a little like holding vigil. The waterhole is located right near several bungalows with bench seating for at least about 100 people around the perimeter of the viewing area. However, as you approach the waterhole you see dozens of people sitting in silence as they take in the amazing sight of the large game visiting the waterhole for a drink. I've been to this waterhole now probably a half dozen times and it still is one of the most remarkable game viewing experiences. If not for the amazing game the waterhole serves a reminder to all its human visitors that you are now in the presence of nature and the unsaid expectation is to sit quietly and forget the modern world for a few moments with your game viewing neighbors.
These giraffe were only at the waterhole for a few minutes when we first arrived at the park but as the sun was setting I grabbed as many shots as I could. At the time I wished I had my tripod to get a nice long exposure, but the walk to the room was too far as the light was fading fast. Animals are also so unpredictable that if the moment arises for a shot you have to take it as you never know when the next opportunity will arise. Despite being a high ISO handheld shot this still turned out to be one of my favorite from our recent three days in Etosha.