What Are Africa’s “Big Five?”

What Are Africa’s “Big Five?”

za-knp-sabi-sabi-game-drive2-carouselIf you’ve ever done any research on Africa, you’ve probably heard of or seen reference to the “Big Five,” but what are they? The animals included are the African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. For today’s visitors to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and several other southern and eastern African countries, spotting the Big Five is often the highlight of their trip.

This month, we’re rewarding your keen eyes with our Big Five Challenge. Tell us how many Big Five animals you see here. Ten winners who answer correctly will receive a $25 Visa gift card. Piece of cake, right?

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Elephant Swimming
African elephants like to splash and spray water to cool themselves. Savute Safari Lodge on the western section of Chobe National Park in Botswana is a fantastic place to see elephants. They love enjoying the water in the channel there.

Lion and lioness sitting on grass South Africa

Lions can kill animals much larger than themselves – they can bring down a kill close to 1,000 pounds. If you visit Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is geographically integrated with the Kruger National Park in South Africa, you could see lions from one of three distinct prides.

A leopard sits on a branch in Botswana

Known for being elusive and solitary, seeing a leopard in the wild is truly remarkable. The Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the heart of South Africa is an outstanding place to find these beautiful creatures.



A Cape buffalo

You may have heard that an elephant never forgets, but Cape buffalo are also known for their extraordinary memory. You are sure to see them if you go to the Savanna Game Lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

Two rhinos

Rhinoceros are some of the most critically endangered species in the world. However, they have been spotted in Shamwari Game Reserve located near the Eastern Cape of South Africa.