Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffes are common throughout virtually all safari areas. This iconic species is a real favorite that most safari goers are very keen to see and will frequently encounter. In fact, giraffes often seem to be the first major animal sighted on a safari. While the International Union for Conservation of Nature still lists giraffe as one species, there are actually four species, each found in distinct regions of the continent and include Masai giraffe, northern giraffe, reticulated giraffe, and southern giraffe. Subspecies include Kordofan, Nubian, West African, Angolan, and South African. The Rothschild’s giraffe was formerly considered a unique subspecies, but is genetically identical to the Nubian giraffe based on genetic research by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
Giraffes enjoy grazing on acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot trees, and are found in landscapes where their preferred food sources are abundant. There are a few parks where giraffes have been extirpated (locally extinct) and have yet to be reintroduced, so if seeing giraffes is important to you, it’s best to mention that to your travel planner during the planning process.

Giraffe Itineraries

Big Five of Southern Africa

From $7,995 per person Southern Africa is an incredibly diverse region with varying weather, landscapes, cultures, and wildlife. This itinerary covers three major highlights of Southern Africa: The Greater Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta.

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Essential Tanzania: Best of Wildlife and Ancient Culture (Origins Collection)

From $3,595 per person Our Essential Tanzania Adventure brings you the best when it comes to safari - outstanding wildlife viewing in the Serengeti; the awe of exploring a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater; an authentic deep-dive into local culture and ancient history with visits to a Maasai village and the Olduvai Gorge; and top-notch guiding with your elite, naturalist guide from The Wild Source.

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Botswana Elephant Safari

From $8,125 per person This elephant-focused safari takes you to some of the best locations in all of Africa for seeing and interacting with elephants.

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Ultimate Uganda

From $9,775 per person This safari has been custom designed to provide an in-depth adventure in Uganda featuring some of the most intimate and immersive experiences on the continent – primate trekking.

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Zambia Walking and Waterways Safari

From $8,395 per person Zambian safaris are distinguished by the vintage expedition-style adventure delivered under the care of exceptional guides in remote wilderness areas teeming with wildlife.

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Tanzania Frontier

From $11,395 per person This safari is the ultimate trip for those who truly want to get away from it all, exploring some of Tanzania's less-visited gems.

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Kenya Luxury For Less

From $9,995 per person This safari includes some of our favorite unique Kenyan accommodations and a huge variety of activities, all for an incredible discount- over 40% off of the high season rate.

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Kenya Family “Lion King” Safari

From $9,950 per person Kenya is the original safari country and still delivers the classic game viewing experience. This family safari is inspired by Disney's 2019 remake of its classic animated film, "The Lion King."

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Wild Kenya: Big Cats and Biodiversity in the Mara

From $3,995 per person Kenya is the original safari country and still delivers the classic game viewing experience. Featuring the Masai Mara Reserve, which is quite likely the most productive wildlife viewing area in all of Africa, this is a superb location for serious game viewing and photography.

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Ultimate Predators of Botswana

From $7,650 per person This safari includes our favorite private concession areas which have proven to provide exceptional opportunities to view Botswana's iconic predator species including lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog.

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Giraffe Videos

Best Places to See Giraffes on Safari

A journey of giraffe in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Giraffe on Safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem has large numbers of Masai giraffe, and it is common to encounter gatherings of more than 30. Kenya’s Laikipia region north of the Masai Mara is a great place to see the reticulated giraffe. Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley has an isolated population of Masai giraffe, which were formerly known as Thornicroft’s giraffe, but research is inconclusive as to whether they are a distinct subspecies. Botswana’s Okavango Delta is another great location for giraffe.

Other Areas of Note

Chad
The Kordofan giraffe subspecies is found in the historically-unstable range from southern Chad, Central African Republic of Congo, northern Cameroon, northern Democratic Republic of Congo, to western South Sudan. It is estimated that only 2,000 of the subspecies remain, a decline of more than 80% over the last 30 years. It is estimated that 60% of these giraffe find refuge in Zakouma National Park in Chad where the first conservation research project is underway through the collective work of African Parks and the Giraffe Conservation Fund.
Uganda
The Nubian giraffe subspecies is found in western Ethiopia, eastern South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda with the largest populations in Kenya and Uganda, including the formerly recognized Rothschild’s giraffe. With a decline rate of 95% over the last 30 years, the subspecies is listed as critically endangered. They are best encountered in the wild from Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.

Something Extra

The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, Kenya is a convenient location to visit Nubian (aka Rothschild’s) giraffe. The center was established to educate Kenyan youth about their unique wildlife, and all visitors have the chance for a close encounter with the giraffes. These are the same individuals who visit the Giraffe Manor, which is also on the grounds, but exclusive to overnight guests.

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