Giraffes at Shindzela Safari Lodge

Spotting our first herd of giraffes while on Safari at Shindzela Lodge!

While on my first Safari at Shindzela tented safari lodge within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve I got to see some of the most beautiful animals. Giraffes have always fascinated me and getting to see them up close was amazing!!

They such regal looking animals, and moved at a slow and relaxed pace, even though we were just a couple of meters away. It is quite hard to imagine that these tall creatures can run at speeds of up to 35 mph over short distances.

Giraffes only need to drink water once every couple of days. As they get most of their water from their plant-based diet. I guess this is a good thing considering their height makes the process of drinking quite difficult.

Giraffes’ tongues can be up to 20 inches long and are darkly coloured, which is thought to help protect them during frequent sun-exposure. I tried to get a glimpse of this darkly coloured tongue but it seemed quite impossible, even though we were so close.

You can tell if a giraffe is male or female by looking at the horns. Both male and female giraffes have horns, but the tops of the horns on a male are almost always bald while a female’s horns will be completely covered with hair. Females don’t fight, so they never lose the hair on their horns.

They are beautiful creatures and I would love to see some more of them.

Giraffes at Shindzela Safari Lodge

The giraffe’s scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis, comes from the ancient Greeks’ belief that it looked like a camel wearing a leopard’s coat.