Best places to spot Africa’s Big Five

Whenever you’ll hear a discussion about wildlife safaris, the term ‘big five’ will pop up sooner or later. As you might know already, the term refers to five of Africa’s most fascinating animals: lions, leopards, African elephants, black rhinoceros and African buffaloes. So why these five and not some others? Some of them are obviously not the biggest… Well, hunters account for these animals to be the fiercest, and safari guides and travel agencies did nothing but borrow the term. Unfortunately, many of these species are now endangered due to excessive hunting and pouching. Therefore, the best places to spot Africa’s big five often coincide with protected areas such as national parks or game reserves. Here are some suggested destinations for each of the five animals:

Lion

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With its impressive profile and incredible power, the lion has earned its place in popular culture as ‘the king of animals’. It may as well be so, as few animals even dare to confront a lion. The most common places to spot it are the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania, Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Leopard

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Leopards are fast and very powerful, which makes them some of the most feared predators in the bush. They can reach impressive speeds within seconds and spend much of their time climbed up in trees. Leopards can be spotted in mostly the same habitats as lions so all the above mentioned parks are likely to have them.

Black Rhino

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Just like elephants, rhinos were hunted for their horns so today they represent a highly endangered species. Rhinos can be quite moody and they are responsible for many of the attacks against humans. Some of the few places where you can still watch a rhino are South Africa (Kruger), Kenya (Tsavo National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservatory) and Namibia (Etosha National Park).

Elephant

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Elephants are generally known to be smart, peaceful and very sociable animals. However, if threatened or attacked, elephants can become very dangerous. The African elephant is the largest of all varieties and lives between the tall grasses of the savanna. You’ll get a chance to spot these impressive creatures in Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park in Botswana, Etosha National Park in Namibia, Kruger in South Africa, as well as Maasai Mara and Serengeti in Kenya and Tanzania, respectively.

Buffalo

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The African Buffalo, also known as the Cape Buffalo is quite massive and pretty dangerous, as well. They can run very fast and have no fear to attack a man. A buffalo habitat is similar to that of elephants so the above listed parks remain valid.

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