You are going to hear a lot about the Big Five Safari trip to Africa. Big game safaris are so popular around that everyone who visits African safaris opts for big game to see those daunting big fives – The Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Cape buffalos and the gigantic Elephants. You must be wondering why these five only, why not others the gorilla or giraffe may be. Actually, the phrase big five was given by white hunters way back in time considering the inimitability and menace hounding these five.
These five hold big fascination among tourists and wildlife lovers visiting safaris in the entire African continent. Let us know a little more about these big five animals, before you go visiting them.
Lion – the king of beasts, graceful and majestic, a statuesque frame and mane, a roar as macabre as death but spotting a lion on your safari jaunt is certainly breathtaking and a fulfilling adventure. A male lion weights around 250kg and a female about 180kgs. They live with pride having one royal lion with a faction of lionesses. The lionesses hunt zebras, wildebeest and impalas for the king. Lions rest for 20 hours a day generally and become active during dusk and down. On a safari trip to Africa, lions can be majorly spotted in the Maasai Mara national park in Kenya.
The sleek, graceful and furious Leopard is wonderful to spot on a safari trip especially resting up on a tree. The majestic leopard is also called as the Black Panther and belongs to the family of lion, tiger and jaguar. The speedy creature can jump over three meter and climb trees easily even with heavy baggage. You can spot them in a trip to any of Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Kruger, Etosha or Okavango Delta.
Your safari vehicle is going to be dwarf in front of this gigantic grey creature. Watching them in a herd is a sight to endure and watching them swim is even more exiting. They are herbivore and live approximately 70 years. They are certainly the biggest living creature on earth and the African elephants are generally bigger than their cousins found in other parts of the world. An elephant’s trunk is used for smelling, drinking, eating and snorkeling when swimming. You can enjoy them in herds in Tanzania especially in the Selous game reserve.
They are the most difficult prey for their predators. They are strong, robust and can run at the speed of 35 miles per hour. When they run in heap, they pound the terrain leaving a cloudy smoke trail behind. The Cape or African buffalo give birth only in wet season. They are generally found in a large heap of around thousands of them together and are seen protecting their young by forcing them in the centre of the group. As buffalos need water daily, they are found near floodplains or swamplands and can be spotted around Chobe and Kruger national parks in an African safari.
The warrior-like and splendid, rhinos are dodgy yet fun to spot on a safari trip. There are only 4000 rhinoceros left in the world and by opting to visit them you’ll count on their survival. A heap of rhinoceros is known as crash and they can run up to 30-40 miles per hour. They are generally poor sighted but can smell and hear very far. Major difference between black and white rhinos is the type of their mouths as prior have pointed and the later has broad flat mouth. You can find rhinoceros majorly in South Africa, Tsavo, Lake Nakuru and the Ol Pejeta conservancy.