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10 Entertaining Behaviours of Giraffes

10 Entertaining Behaviours of Giraffes

We see a lot of giraffes here at Marataba, and one thing that never ceases to entertain me is their funny behaviour. It really is endearing and has prompted me to list the top 10 giraffe sightings I enjoy most: Seeing a head poking out the top of a tree, with lips pursed in a …
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A journey of giraffes at Marataba

Giraffes are captivating with their size, shape, and unusual yet graceful appearance. They are an iconic species in Africa and a firm favourite to see on safari. One of our favourite views at Marataba is to see a journey** of giraffes from the lodge backdropped by the Waterberg Mountains. Perhaps the most distinct feature of …
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The Story Behind a Once-in-a-Lifetime

The Story Behind a Once-in-a-Lifetime Photo by Chané Jacobs

I took this photo back in the beginning of this year. On that afternoon, I was with a group of guests from England. It was their first safari. I drove them out to Marataba’s open plains where there is a good chance to see general game like zebra, giraffe, and even rhino. On the way, …
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Two male giraffes fighting

Two male giraffes fighting

While giraffes are generally docile giants, there is one instance that will give the males a reason to fight – the right to mate with females. Males can determine dominance without fighting. Instead they just size each other up, but if this doesn’t settle it, they will resort to combat. They do this by using …
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Vlog: Male giraffes fighting

Males giraffes fight at Marataba. Adult giraffe bulls will use a fighting technique called sparring. This happens when they attempt to settle a hierarchical dispute over a female in oestrus. What many do not realise is that this is not for territorial reasons, as giraffes do not have territories. Field Guide Adriaan Mulder captured this …
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