The big five animals of Africa are Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, Leopard, Lion, & Rhinoceros
These five types of animals were named ‘the big five’ by hunters from African’s colonial era, as they were considered the most difficult and dangerous African beasts to kill whilst hunting on foot. These days, of course, any shooting of the big five tends to be more about choosing the right lens!
Read on below for a more in-depth look at each of the big 5 animals:
Best places to see all of the big five animals
Whilst we’ve highlighted national parks above to see each of the members of the big five, the ultimate thrill is to see all five animals on one safari. It’s not easy – not least because even if all five animals are present in an area they can still be very difficult to see! However, it is possible, as there are a number of hotspots in southern and east Africa that are rich in variety and can support an extremely dense wildlife population. Our top picks to see all of the big five together are:
Other wildlife ‘fives’
Have you seen the big five animals and are are looking for a new wildlife challenge? For safari aficionados up for ticking all the ‘I’ve seen’ boxes, have you heard about the other groups of 5 animals?