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Giraffe Experience

East London

Activity Description

Abby is one of our star attraction at Areena Riverside Resort. He is a hand reared male Giraffe, and as a result he is very close and comfortable with humans. He has free reign of the 350ha property that is Areena’s Private Game Reserve and of course being a rather large creature that is designed to eat off trees. He and his herd of female giraffe roam freely over a large distance browsing on a variety of trees, shrubs and bushes.

Abby came to us from a near by game reserve at just a few months old, we were tasked with bottle feeding this relatively large baby, OR Abnormally Big BabY… A.B.B.Y and this is how he got his name. During this time he lived in Areena’s Animal Touch Farm and became good friends with the goats and the people who came to feed and touch him, this is how he became so tame.

Later Abby was released into Areena’s Private Game Reserve, where he sired many a giraffe calves, but still Abby gravitated towards the entrance of the Resort and the main road in the hopes of encountering people to give them kisses and get some treats.

His kisses are legendary and many a Facebook profile picture consists of an individual getting a sloppy kiss from Abby.

Abby is so popular that he has his own blog section on this website. We would love to receive your pictures taken with Abby or hear about your interaction with him so we can add your story to his blog. Of course the #abbykiss can only grow from here.


Duration1 hour
When7 days a week
WhereAreena Riverside Resort
WeatherWe only operate this service in good weather condition
What to WearComfortable clothing and shoes with good grip
Things to BringCamera/Go pro
Guests or SpectatorsFULL PAYMENT REQUIRED TO CONFIRM BOOKING Persons under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed on this trip Cancellations within 48 hrs are non refundable. By taking part in any adventure activity you agree to cover any costs incurred by way of damage to equipment either on purpose or accidentally No refunds for late arrival to your activity.


Minimum Age18 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNo Experience Required This Activity Takes Place "At Your Own Risk"
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

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Customer Reviews

We all had a lovely experience and the kids enjoyed being able to see and touch the giraffe - Tayla

Brilliant experience! Tarzan is a guide in a million, being so interactive with us , offering to take photos, telling us Abby's story, being patient while we all took hundreds of photos!! We really came away with another thing happily ticked off our bucket lists. Thank you for the experience - sharon

Greatest experience we enjoyed each moment with the Giraffe, she is soo cute and kind to her visitors. - Lona

The Abby experience is so much fun! I bring all my visiting family here. And Tarzan is a great guide. Last time we went, not only did we get to see Abby, but he took us to see, and feed, some Nyala. Well worth it! - Rob

The Giraffe experience was the best and the kids love it. Mostly enjoyed that you do not only see the Giraffe but even other wild life animals around, the drive from the resort to the wild life animals is a cherry on top and our tour guide Tarzan was the best. - noluvuyo

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