Big Five Safari Tours
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 African Big Five safari tour feel out-of-this-world and totally magical.
Best African Big Five Safari Tours
7 Days - Big Five Safari7 days •From $4,921
Kruger Big Five Budget Safari - 4 Days4 days • (4)From $577
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5 Day Kruger National Park Big Five Safari & Panorama Route Tour5 days • (7)From $687$550
Big 5 Kenya Safari – 4 Days4 days •From $1,130
Six Day Tanzania Big Five Safari6 days •From $1,800
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4-Day Big Five Uganda Safari Experience4 days •From $800$720
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Best Places to See the Big 5
Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa are optimal for that up-close and personal encounter with Africa's Big Five and witnessing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
KenyaExploring 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.View Tours
TanzaniaSerengeti 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 optimal for a Big Five safari.View Tours
South AfricaKruger 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.View Tours
Choose Your Start City for Your Big Five Safari
Africa is a land full of lively cities, wild coasts and captivating landscapes, a perfect base for any safari tour. Select a departing city for the adventure of a lifetime.
How to Spot the Big Five
Going on a safari is an experience like no other, whether you're sitting in a jeep or riding on the back of a horse, getting to see some of the world’s most unique animals is a dream come true.
Jeep tourRugged and tough, these 4X4s are usually open-roofed so that everyone has a panoramic view. These roaring vehicles are not allowed in some areas, however, with the ability to track and get close to animals, a jeep safari enables you to capture those perfect pictures of the Big Five.
Horse safariGallivanting alongside zebras and getting so close to the Big Five that you can hear them crunching on acacia leaves is an invigorating experience. Although horseback riding is not the most comfortable, the whole experience is transformed when you realise that you are not just simply a spectator, you are a participant.
Bush walkExploring the bush on foot opens a whole new world. You feel as vulnerable as prey but also become more aware as you literally walk in the footsteps of animals. There’s nothing like an encounter with the Big Five on foot, the excitement and thrill of hiding meters away is something you'll never forget.
Balloon rideDeparting at sunrise, a hot air balloon provides a superb view of the plains. Flying low over big herds make this one of the best ways to witness the Great Migration. Despite the early wake-up call and freezing temperatures, remaining unnoticed by the Big Five makes the experience completely worth it.
By planeWith spectacular scenes and astonishing views, a bush plane is a time-efficient way of hopping between game reserves. Although the planes are loud and can scare away wildlife, remaining a good distance away creates breathtaking panoramic shots of the Big Five while adding a layer of thrill and excitement.
The Big 5: Facts You Need To Know
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.
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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