When you’re planning your perfect safari, the term Big Five will pop up a lot. Coined by early African game hunters, the phrase refers to the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot. Of course, our Big Five safaris are in no way associated with the unethical act of trophy/canned hunting (banned completely in Kenya and increasingly so in other areas of Africa). Today – thankfully – Big Five is used by guides and tourists to group together some of the most popular African wildlife species: African leopard, African lion, Cape buffalo, African elephant and rhinoceros.
The main question we’re asked is ‘where can I see the Big Five?’ They can be found together in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana but not in all parks within these countries. For example, in the Kenyan national park of Lake Nakuru there are black and white rhino and the occasional lion and leopard, while the world-famous Maasai Mara is home to all five species. Down in South Africa, there are private game reserves with ultra-luxe lodges where first-time safari goers have a great chance of seeing the Big Five.
Just remember that – as you’re trying to tick off these iconic animals – all African wildlife is incredible in its own way. Our safaris are about viewing wildlife in its natural habitat so we can't guarantee you will always see all of the Big Five, but our suggested safaris below should give you the best chance.
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This is a honeymoon-worthy blend of cosmopolitan city highlights, epic wildlife and unbelievably dreamy scenes on Mozambique’s beaches. Do it in style with game drives in the private Sabi Sands Game R...