Happy holidays! I’m in Swakopmund, Namibia and I’ve just returned to connection to the outside world after spending a few days in Etosha National Park searching for rhinos, lions, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, ostriches, buffalos, leopards, and elephants. We spotted most of those animals, but most of all we saw springboks (a kind of gazelle) everywhere.
In the desert-covered Namibia, Christmas is during summer, so people take elements of Euro-centric holiday traditions and fuse them with some local flavor. At one of the lodges in Etosha, someone placed a Santa doll on top of a springbok, the closest thing the country has to reindeer.