Introducing the Big Five

Posted by Africatime team     Posted on 29/11/2016
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    One of the iconic features of an African Safari Holiday is the famed “Big Five”. Here we look at these amazing animals that are the focal point of any African Safari Holiday.



    The king of the jungle; the African Lion is one of the most iconic animals in the world. Their impressive manes as well as their intelligent hunting skills, make lion watching one of the most memorable sights on an African Safari Holiday. Lions are true apex predators, and are the dominant predator in their habitats, earning them their nickname.


    African Elephant

    The African Elephant is the largest land animal on earth. These gentle giants are a popular sight on African Safari Holidays. Their impressive tusks, that make them a target for poachers, are incredible to see up close. A herd of elephants marching across the plains, is a must see on safari.


    African Buffalo

    The African Buffalo is a large bovine animal. The buffalo is often regarded as the most dangerous animal in Africa, with a poor temper and the tendency to ambush and attack threats. The buffalo is only distantly related to cattle and other large bovines, and is very unpredictable. However, watching buffalo interact with one another and other animals on your African Safari Holiday is one of the most memorable experiences of your trip.



    Both the black and white rhinoceros can be included as part of a big five safari. These large herbivores can reach almost a tonne in weight. With their numbers dwindling, seeing them in the wild is an incredibly special experience.


    African Leopard

    The leopard is a large feline, with rosette markings. The leopard is sometimes considered the ultimate sighting on an African Safari Holiday, given its nocturnal and elusive nature. Leopards are very difficult to find, and spotting one on safari is an unforgettable and fortunate experience.

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