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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.


ProviderAreena Riverside Resort
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 SpectatorsPersons under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed on this trip


Minimum Age18 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

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Customer Reviews

Exciting and Fun!!! - Yamkela Mshweshwe

Wooow! The activity was the best and Aby is very friendly. Learning about Aby's history was the best part of the girraff experience, touching it for the first time was very fun?. - Sanelisiwe Notyesi

?? great ,exciting and very informative - Siya Sangmkohlwa

It was great I enjoyed it, the staff is super nice and helpful. I loved it - Nolo Belle

Very friendly guide. Super fun. Have already done it 3 times and will come back. - Nadine Graser

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