Taking in a variety of safari animals on a trip to Africa must be hands down one of the most thrilling natural attractions in the world.
Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying:
‘There is no greater sight than that of a full-maned lion on the plains of Africa’.
However, the continent provides an infinite opportunity for incredible wildlife sightings, with a very broad cast of characters. Over 1,100 mammal species live in Africa, 2,600 bird species spend part of all of their lives in Africa, and the African rivers and great lakes are home to around 3,000 species of fish.
Along with the diversity of wildlife, Africa is a continent where wildlife can be showered with the most superlatives – the biggest animals, the most dangerous animals, the fastest animals, the strongest animals, the largest herds, the longest migrations and so on.
With this variety in mind we’ve put together the below list of the 15 most iconic animals to roam the continent, along with the best places to spot each of them:
So there you have our take on the 15 most iconic safari animals you should be looking out for when on your next trip. What do you think – any controversial picks… or animals that are missing from the list? Let us know in the comments section below!
And if you’re looking for more in-depth information on any of these – or other – safari animals, you can access this via the links in the sidebar on this page, or check out our animal lists or animal comparisons.
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