The votes have been cast and counted, and a name for the young male giraffe has been chosen – welcome “Bukekayo” the newest addition to the PheZulu family.
The Highway Mail, PheZulu Safari Park and 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation hosted a competition to name the new giraffe born in PheZulu.
“The PheZulu team settled on the name Bukekayo, meaning beautiful, fine and handsome – which suits our little man perfectly!” says Leo Kroone: Owner of PheZulu Safari Park. “
Congratulations to reader Cindy Alborough who came up with the winning name.
A tower of giraffes
His Mum is Nicolette (well “Neckolette” actually!) and his Dad is Dancer.
Bukekayo is sweet, and shy, and is still a bit un-elegant when he tries to stand after a nap…. And he has long long eye lashes!
Bukekayo is one of the tower of giraffes resident in PheZulu. That’s the collective noun for giraffes – “tower”. It can sometimes also be kaleidoscope, journey or herd of giraffe. In fact, the name giraffe is derived from Arabic word: “Zarafah” which means “he who walks swiftly.”
When the Private game reserve was started in 2005, there were two giraffes – Neck and Neckolette. Their offspring are all happily settled into the park. Every now and again they introduce new giraffe into the tower – Dancer is new to the park, and this is his first child.
We would love you to come and see our little chap for yourself. There are game drives offered throughout the day, six days a week. You can book your space at reception.
“Whether you are after a tranquil light snack overlooking the extraordinary Valley of a Thousand Hills, on a 4×4 game drive through the PheZulu Safari Park, enjoying an exhilarating live crocodile show, or marvelling at a wide variety of indigenous snakes at PheZulu Safari Park – we will make you feel welcome,” says Leo Kroone: Owner PheZulu Safari Park.
Apart for the giraffe, there are families of kudu; wilderbees; blesbok; zebra; impala; bush pig; warthog and jackal.
PheZulu offers hiking trails; safari game drives; reptile park; segeway tours; light meals with a view at the Nguni café; accommodation (B&B and self-catering) and a gift, curio, clothing and décor shop.
Good to Know:
- PheZulu Safari Park is 190 Old Main Road, Botha’s Hill
- To find out more about PheZulu – visit https://phezulusafaripark.co.za/
- PheZulu is closed on Mondays.