Our First White Rhino spotting at Shindzela within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.
The white rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros is the largest extant species of rhinoceros. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species.
We hardly started our drive when we came across our first rino.
These massive animals can measure up to 4 metres long and weigh up to 2.3 tonnes, making them one of the largest land mammals in the world, only behind the three species of elephants.
Isn’t he just stunning?
Despite their name, white rhinos aren’t actually white, but grey. They get their name from the Afrikaans word for wide, which describes their mouth which is designed to graze on grass.
Shindzela tented safari lodge
Rhinoceros horns are made from a protein called keratin, the same substance that fingernails and hair are made of.
My first Rhino spotted at Shindzela tented safari lodge
Rhinoceros have thick, protective skin.
These guys are the most social of all rhino species. A group of rhinos is called a crash and they can live in groups of up to 14, mostly made up of females and their young.
They have two horns, with the front horn the longest, growing up to 1.5 metres long. The males are very aggressive and territorial, and use their horns to warn other males away. The males also mark their territories with large piles of dung called middens.
Such a beautiful creature!
Timbavati Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa