Spot some of nature’s most impressive beasts on a Big 5 safari

When choosing a safari holiday, the term the ‘Big Five’ will often crop up and refers to some of Africa’s most popular wildlife, the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.

The phrase itself was coined by African hunters and refers to the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot. Of course, 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) but the term is still used by most guides and tourists as an easy term to encapsulate the must see animals.

The Big Five can be found together in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana, though obviously not in all parks so do make sure you research thoroughly to avoid any disappointment. African wildlife species are each incredible in their own way.

Our advice would be: don’t speed past an elegant giraffe or beautiful cheetah to seek out an elephant just because it’s on your Big Five check list.

The Big Five Safaris

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Leopard Safari

This is an extensive and beautiful journey across Kenya. You’ll travel in a 4x4 vehicle to many of the main parks, culminating in the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara. As well as wildlife viewing, in...

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Porini Wilderness Safari

This is the ultimate itinerary for an authentic, adventurous and responsible safari. With Porini, it’s all about wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism – they use local guides and lease Maasai ...

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Cheetah Safari

The Cheetah Safari is our most popular itinerary, covering a wide area and showcasing the very best of Kenya including Samburu, the Rift Valley, and the world-famous rolling plains and big cats of the...

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Governors' Safari

It’s all about big cats and the Big Five on this classic six-night safari. Travel to a colonial farmhouse where you can explore two of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Then fly over the rolling plains to ...

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Samburu & Mara Family Safari

With stays in fantastic kid-friendly camps, this short safari has been created for families. Visit two of Kenya’s breathtaking national parks – Samburu and the Maasai Mara – and make memories together...

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Taste of Kenya

Taste of Kenya offers a wonderful introduction to this wild country. Travel to the Eastern Rift Valley’s scenic lakes, best known for their birdlife and large rhino herds. Then head deep into the worl...

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Kenya Beach & Safari

Embark on a scenic rail journey as you’re whisked through the countryside from Kenya’s tropical coast to the heart of its wildlife-rich national parks. See hundreds-strong elephant herds in Amboseli a...

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Kenya in Style

This luxury safari takes in Kenya’s breathtaking lakes, mountains and most iconic wildlife reserve, staying at exclusive hotels and camps along the way. After travelling to the foothills of Mount Keny...

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Unsurpassed Kenya

This blow-the-budget itinerary captures the romance of the classic safaris of the 1920s, staying at some of the very best safari accommodation.

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Kenya & Tanzania Safari

This extensive safari combines our Taste of Kenya and Taste of Tanzania itineraries. The Mara-Serengeti eco-system is one of the richest on Earth and you’ll get to experience both sides of the border....

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Big Five Safari

The Big Five Safari is a short, value-for-money itinerary ideal for first timers or those with time constraints. You’ll get to visit the wilderness of Tsavo West on a full-day game drive followed by A...

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Tanzania in Style

Discover the highlights of Tanzania’s national parks – including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti – without compromising on comfort. Tanzania in Style s...

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Taste of Tanzania

This concise safari is ideal for those seeking to discover the highlights of northern Tanzania, including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and open savannah of the Serengeti. With lovely lodges to s...

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Tanzania Migration

This Northern Circuit safari visits the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, elephant hot spot of Tarangire National Park and wildlife-rich Serengeti. Two Serengeti stops – central plus northern or southern ...

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Classic Tanzania Safari

The Classic Tanzania Safari offers the ultimate all-round experience of Tanzania’s popular northern circuit. It combines quality lodges that sit in fantastic locations with scenic overland journeys an...

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Essential Tanzania

A great introduction to Tanzania’s must-see highlights – the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. See superb wildlife like big cats and elephants, and stay in scenic lodges close to the action. This short...

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Ultimate Tanzania

This breathtaking overland journey offers the ultimate safari experience in Tanzania. Highlights include discovering the dry savannah of Tarangire, the animal-rich plains of the Serengeti and the beau...

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Under Serengeti Skies

An authentic wildlife-rich safari where the highlight is three nights under the stars in a semi-permanent camp inside the Serengeti.

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Unsurpassed Tanzania

This luxury twin-centre safari stays at two extra special properties, using them as a base to explore the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

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Elewana Sky Safari

Safaris don’t come much better than this. Travel in style between northern Tanzania’s game-rich parks, in a bespoke Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.

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Safari experiences

Great migration safaris

This annual cycle sees over one million wildebeest and other grazing herbivores journey 1800 miles from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara.

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Big Five safaris

The Big Five refers to Africa’s most dangerous animals: the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino.

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Elephant experiences

There’s something special about these gentle giants. Spot huge herds on safari, or visit the remarkable Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage.

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Gorilla trekking

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see mountain gorillas in their natural environment. Welcome to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

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Chimpanzee trekking

Spend time with chimpanzees in the mountainous Nyungwe Forest as they feed, play and swing through the vines.

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Safaris over water

Travelling by boat or being ‘poled’ in a traditional mokoro offers a completely different safari experience from a 4x4 game drive.

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