Big Five Safaris
If you’re planning a safari holiday, you’ll no doubt have the Big Five on your bucket list. Whether it’s the challenge of spotting them or just the hype surrounding their existence, these fascinating animals provide intriguing facts and stunning pictures. The five fabulous game animals of Africa are guaranteed to make your safari feel out-of-this-world and totally magical.See all tours
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Big 5 facts
We have compiled a list of facts about the Big Five and tips for your safari so that you can show off your African wildlife knowledge on your next adventure!
Why are they called the Big Five?
The term "Big Five" was created as these creatures were chosen as the crème de la crème of African wildlife not because of their size, scarcity, or magnificence, but because they were elected as the five most difficult species to hunt on foot.
Which one is the biggest predator?
Physically, the biggest predator of the Big Five is the elephant. Since elephants form tight herds it is hard for predators to get them alone unless one falls behind the rest. In general, elephants are very healthy so it isn’t often that one is able to become a meal for other predators.
Which of the Big Five is most difficult to spot?
The leopard is one of the most alluring, secretive and graceful of the Big Five and is the most difficult to find. After hunting, leopards drag their prey up into the branches of trees to keep scavengers away, which makes spotting them a challenge as they normally sprawl underneath low-hanging trees.
How likely am I going to see all members of the Big Five?
The Big Five are elusive creatures and are generally hard to spot on just one game drive. To maximize your chances of seeing all of the members, we recommend that you book a tour that contains several game drives at multiple national parks. Browse through all African Big Five safaris.
How can I increase the chance to spot the Big Five?
To spot all five of these animals in one day is a rare occurrence. To maximise your chances, having a guide that knows how the animals hunt, move, think and where they drink is highly advantageous. Embarking on a professional multi-day tour allows you plenty of time to search for these elusive animals.
What precautions should I take?
It's no secret that the Big Five are potentially dangerous, but as long as you listen to your guide, there is little to worry about. Always maintain a safe distance from the animals and for extra caution wear neutral clothes. It's also important to note that hippos are more dangerous than any of the Big Five.
What are the Big Seven animals in Africa?
Witnessing the Big Five animals of Africa is a prominent feature on many bucket lists. The southern right whale and the great white shark are the two most sought after ocean species to spot while cruising the African coastline and have therefore been added to the list to create the Big Seven.
What are the Little Five?
The Big Five are impressive, but there is also a wealth of interesting smaller species roaming the plains. In particular, the elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise form Africa's Little Five. A bush walk is optimal to check these intriguing creatures off of your safari list.
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Best countries in Africa for a Big Five safari
Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa game reserves are optimal for that up-close and personal encounter with Africa's Big Five and witnessing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
Best parks to see the Big Five in Africa
Coming face-to-face with the Big Five is a truly memorable and exhilarating experience. The following game reserves are optimal for encountering the wildlife wonders of Africa in one park.
The only place on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist in harmony. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles with its magical setting and high animal density.
Serengeti is the reserve you have always dreamt of, an untouched landscape of swaying grasslands, sprinkled with acacia trees and great herds. Remarkable predator sightings here make this place a necessity.
Exploring the Masai Mara will accomplish that quest for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, gratifying childhood dreams of seeing African wildlife up close and appreciating the magic of an unfamiliar culture.
Kruger is a top safari destination and is home to a remarkable diversity of wildlife. With such unspoilt beauty, it's the perfect destination for any nature lover in search of the true beauty of Africa.