People often ask us for our African safari tips for the best wildlife encounters and what they MUST see. Well, seeing the Big 5 in Africa is the ultimate experience and challenge. As far as African wildlife goes, the “Big 5” refers to the five most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt on foot, and not necessarily their size.
The members of the Big 5 consist of the Lion, the Elephant, the Cape Buffalo, the Leopard, and the Rhinoceros. Countries where the big five can all be found include Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.
If you are considering budget travel in Africa, make sure you leave yourself enough money to go on an African wildlife safari and pursue the Big Five…
Lion: considered by many to be the best of the Big Five.
Elephant: The elephant is difficult because despite its large size, they are able to hide in tall grass and are more likely to charge than the other species
Rhinoceros: may refer to both Black Rhinoceros and White rhinoceros. Among Big Five game hunters, the Black Rhinoceros is preferred.
Buffalo: are sometimes reported to kill more people in Africa than any other animal, although the same claim is also made of hippos…
Buffalo in Kruger Park South Africa
Leopard: The leopard is solitary by nature, and considered the most difficult of the Big Five to hunt because of their nocturnal and secretive nature (hence we only saw one at a distance)!
Which of the Big 5 would you MOST like to see and photograph?…