Canopy

Canopy

When it comes to the tallest land animal on earth, Giraffe is the tallest of all. Due to its height, Giraffe always has been the center of attention in safari parks. The average height of a Giraffe is 5 to 6 meters. A newborn Giraffe is about 1.8 meters tall i.e. 6 feet which is almost equal to the height of its mother’s legs. The tallest Giraffe in the world ever recorded was about 19 feet tall and was called George It was a Masai bull that was kept in Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England back in 1959. It was brought from Kenya and it died in 1969.

Tower

Tower

No visit to Golden Gate would be complete without a hike to the top of Brandwag Buttress (Afrikaans for “Sentinal Buttress). This sandstone cliff adorns all the postcards of the park as it has a golden glow at sunrise and sunset; hence the name Golden Gate. The back-and-forth route from the Glen Reenen Rest Camp is just 2.4 km and should take roughly an hour to complete. The majority of the hike is along a very gentle and clearly-marked path with exception of the final stretch before the cliff itself; here you’ll find a moderate rocky outcrop that has to be climbed carefully. Although there is a fixed chain to help you with this, it shouldn’t pose much of a challenge for anyone with the ability to climb a ladder or steep staircase.

Copy-cat

Copy-cat

The Goliath heron, also known as the giant heron, is a very large wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae. It is found in sub-Saharan Africa, with smaller numbers in Southwest and South Asia.
The Pied Kingfisher is a boldly marked black-and-white kingfisher with a short, bushy crest and glossy all-dark bill. Superficially similar to Crested Kingfisher, but smaller, with much more distinctly patterned head and breast and less erect crest.