As you reach Nambiti Hills, the first sign of wildlife you will encounter are zebras but as you make your way towards the lodge, it’s hard to miss the towering height and beautiful spotted coats of our giraffe herds. Often found in small groups of about half a dozen, they can be seen grazing on treetops (acacias being their favourite).
Their stature can sometimes be a disadvantage as it is difficult for them to drink at a water hole. To do so they need to spread their legs and bend down in an awkward position which often makes them vulnerable to predators. However, they aren’t entirely defenceless. The upside to having such long, strong legs is that one powerful kick, can not only kill a lion, but actually decapitate it.
Common amongst herds, are males fighting over females. Giraffe males (aka bulls) are no different and will use “necking” to defeat their opponent. They will battle one another by banging and twisting their long necks and heads, repeatedly, until the other gives in and walks away. These battles can get rather brutal and last for anything up to 20 minutes. Watching them from afar, their entwined heads almost take the form of a heart, which can be misleading because it’s actually quite the opposite.
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