The Gracious Giraffe

It might not be a member of the famed African Big 5, but the Giraffe is certainly one of the top mammals to see on safari in Namibia. The country boasts about 12,000 of these animals, with Etosha National Park being the stronghold of their population within the country.

These long-necked, beautifully patterned ungulates possess a few interesting characteristics that make it worthwhile watching them closely when you see one on safari.

• These gentle giants are the world’s tallest living land animals, with adult males reaching up to 18 feet (5 and a half metres) high!

• Males fight for dominance by swinging and hitting each other with their long necks and heads, sometimes leading to injuries and in some cases even death.

• Although they look slow and graceful, they can reach speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph) over short distances!

• Giraffes’ tongues can be up to 20 inches (51 centimetres) long and very mobile, helping them to reach all the good leaves in amongst the thorns on their favourite tree, the Acacia.

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

• Despite their characteristic long necks, Giraffes actually have the same number of neck vertebrae as humans – 7.

• Giraffes need less sleep than any other mammal, with only 5 to 30 minutes in a 24-hour period being sufficient.

For even more cool facts and information on these wonderful animals check out: https://www.animalsaroundtheglobe.com/where-to-see-giraffes/

The gentle giants of Namibia

When you travel through Africa, you will be sure to spot Elephants and enjoy the mesmerizing experience to watch them in their natural habitat.

In Namibia, you’ll be treated to wonderful elephant sightings as you travel through the beautiful country,  including the desert-adapted elephants in their unusually arid environment.

Whether you spot an Elephant or family of Elephants in Etosha, Damaraland, the Kunene- or Zambezi region, these gentle giants will leave a lasting impression on you as you watch them silently trawl through their Namibia.

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…and then sometimes you’re treated to an up-close and personal encounter…magical!

Join us on safari in Namibia for more magical moments like these. Get in touch with our team at info@naturetravelnamibia.com

 

The dream destination…Namibia

Whether it will be your first visit to Namibia our you are returning for more, our country is the heart of Africa. Where else will you find sand dunes, wildlife, seals, great birding opportunities, the desert, rich culture,  lush riverbanks…? the list goes on and on.

When you’ve travelled to Namibia it’s actually difficult to choose that one favourite place, it’s just all immensely beautiful!

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We would love to show you our wonderful Namibia! Join us on your next trip and experience the best of this amazing country.

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Because we care

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In difficult times one’s mind often wanders to special memories, almost comforting yourself with what you have experienced and in our case, been so privileged to experience.  To do a walking safari tracking one of the most endangered African mammal species, the desert-adapted Black Rhinoceros, is top of the list of such special memories.

It’s almost indescribable; the anticipation, the awareness of the breathtaking surroundings and the overwhelming feeling of appreciation of being in the presence of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

You leave with the feeling of  “I care”. I care about the beauty of our world and it’s animals and the protection thereof because it gives so much back to us.  The serenity that nature offers is priceless.  Read more about the once in a lifetime trip itinerary on Save the Rhino Walking Safari

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Namibia…it’s a photographer’s paradise!

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Nature offers beautiful opportunities to take that unforgettable photograph. Now in Namibia you have the unique combination of the desert, wildlife, birding, open spaces and just that little something extra.

See what we are talking about…

zebra stallions fighting - etosha NP

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greater kestrel - etosha NP

You will have wonderful photography opportunities on any of our safaris as Namibia is just one of the most beautiful countries to visit. Let us take you there!

Get in touch on info@naturetravelnamibia.com for more info on safaris or to customize your own trip.  Photo credit: Julian