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Today is the second day of Animal Week here on Travel Yourself and I am happy to bring you GIRAFFES!!

While on Safari on the Ngala Game Reserve in South Africa one of the things I wanted to see most was a Giraffe. I wanted to see a Giraffe in the wild so bad that I might of also been wearing a Giraffe scarf every day (and Zebra socks) in hopes that it would bring good luck. In my head the South African wild would be vast and wide open spaces, grasslands without much shrubbery and just a tree here and there. A place where you could see for miles and miles and spotting Giraffes would be simple. This my friends was not so true. The place was so lush! Filled with bushes, plants, trees, it was hard to spot anything, even the tallest animal in the world!

After our first game drive we hadn’t seen a single Giraffe yet, I was saddened by their elusiveness and worried we might not see any. However we had 6 game drives in total and our guide almost guaranteed that we would see many before our time with them was over. It wasn’t until the end of our second drive that I spotted one far off in the distance. I wanted to get closer but since they are not considered one of “The Big Five” they weren’t allowed to go off roading to get a closer look.

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Sneaky Giraffe as seen from afar. My first Giraffe spotting!

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A journey of Giraffes dine on a tasty tree.

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Baby Giraffe!

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A studious looking Giraffe.

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This one was trying to hide on us!

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Gorgeous animals, so tall and graceful yet awkward at the same time.

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Whatchew lookin’ at? This Giraffe had a bird on its neck searching for bugs and parasites.

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Peekaboo! The Giraffes often seemed as curious about us as we were of them but never got too close.

 

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You might be starting to think that a lot of these photos are similar… but I love them all!

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A baby Giraffe with only a stub for a tail. We could see when he turned a around that he had a big healing open wound on his back leg and that his tail had been ripped off. Our guides assumed he had most likely escaped an attack by a lion. So sad especially because without a tail he now doesn’t have anything to swat the flies away with.

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Baby Giraffe, you can see his short tail here a bit better. So cute and adorable!

If you were to go on a South African Safari what is one of the animals that you would want to see the most out in the wild?

Thanks to South Africa Tourism for inviting me on this trip and to the Ngala Game Reserve.