If you are planning a trip to East London, make sure you head to Areena Riverside Resort, which is home to Abby the male giraffe. Abby, whose mother was poached when he was young, is no ordinary giraffe you would see on a safari.
The 13-year-old loves interacting with humans, be it with a selfie or being fed by guests. This is through the interaction with humans he had at an early age. He was adopted by owners Ed and Karen Rathbone of Areena Riverside Resort.
The Rathbones fed and offered the giraffe the tender love and care he needed. After spending a few years wandering around the resort, Abby was put into the reserve to connect with the wild.
The resort, about 35km from East London, offers interactions with Abby via game drives or segway tours. Carolyn Turnbull, the manager of Areena Riverside Resort, said Abby is an international star.