These are the best safari destinations in Africa for spotting giraffe in the wild 

Tall, majestic and graceful, giraffes are one of the must-see quintessential African savanna species.Watch as these awe-inspiring creatures reach their mouths up into the highest branches of an acacia tree or bend their long necks down to the waterhole for a drink with their legs spread wide apart. The Safari Index team recommends the following parks and reserves in Africa for being spectacular places to see giraffe as well as a number of other species whilst on safari. 

Nkomazi Game Reserve

Nkomazi’s combination of rivers, mountains, and open grassland makes it a diverse and unique safari destination. In addition to giraffe, guests can also see lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and rhino on the reserve. The region is also home to several archaeological and cultural sites, ensuring an interesting and well-rounded safari experience.


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Shamwari Game Reserve

Found in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve blends several different types of habitats that results in an area rich in game and wildlife species. Birdlife is abundant, with the Bushmans River attracting species such as the African Fish Eagle and Blue Crane. Guests can also expect to see the Big 5, in addition to giraffe.

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Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

Found conveniently close to Johannesburg and Pretoria in a malaria-free area, Welgevonden is a combination of rocky terrain and open woodland among the wilderness of the Waterberg mountains. Besides giraffe, guests can also expect to see members of the famous Big 5 on the reserve. South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, is a rare treat for birdwatchers.

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Kruger National Park

As one of South Africa‘s, and the world’s, most iconic safari destinations,the Kruger National Park is essential on any list of the best places to see a species of wildlife. Home to an incredible diversity of plant, animal, tree and reptile species, including Africa’s famous Big 5, the park will not disappoint those looking to spot giraffe.

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Ngorongoro Crater

Dropping 600m into the caldera of an extinct volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most unique safari destinations, and a must-see. An abundance of plains game, as well several large game species, roam the plains of the crater, including elephant, black rhino, thick black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, and, of course, giraffe. Several lodges are situated on the edge of the crater, allowing for an unforgettable safari holiday.

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