Where to See Africa’s Big 5

October 31, 2019

Come on a Big 5 safari in one of these outstanding wildlife areas in Africa’s vast wilderness. 

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Rhino (both black and white), leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant were first crowned the Big 5 by game hunters who found these animals particularly hard to successfully hunt. Today, this collective is still highly regarded for their strength and fearlessness, and to sight them all in one safari is a travel goal for many wildlife enthusiasts.

Here are some of top safari destinations to see Africa’s Big 5 in their beautiful natural habitats:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

South Africa is known internationally as a veritable stronghold of the Big 5 with the Kruger National Park being the country’s flagship destination for a Big 5 safari.

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Big 5 sightings in Kruger are reliable and although the park is vast (two million hectares to be exact), it has an impressive density of animals and many safari-goers have been lucky enough to spot all members of the Big 5 within just a couple of days. Wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts are a top priority in Kruger and its neighbouring private reserves, with particular attention paid to protecting rhino and elephant from the scourge of poaching.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Kenya’s Masai Mara has more to offer than just the famous Great Wildebeest Migration; it is also a Big 5 safari destination where uncrowded sightings can be enjoyed in the various private conservancies that fall within its borders.

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The chance of seeing lions and leopards on the hunt over the savanna plains increases between August and November, when this mass movement of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and impala make their way into the reserve. Along with these big cats, the Mara holds healthy populations of elephant and buffalo along with other amazing wildlife life cheetah, giraffe, hippo and crocodile. There is a small population of rhinos here.

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

With its well-established commitment to wildlife conservation and home to all members of Africa’s Big 5, Botswana is a firm favourite among safari-goers.

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Although known as the world’s predator capital, Moremi Game Reserve – found in the celebrated Okavango Delta – boasts impressive populations of buffalo and elephant. Rhinos are a little harder to spot but the abundance of other Big 5 members will make up for their lack. Along with prides of lion and generally solitary leopards, Moremi is a natural refuge for packs of highly endangered African wild dogs.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Tanzania is another favourite destination for authentic safaris in Africa as the millions of game animals pass through into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in their annual migration.

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Once a gigantic volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater is now the site of exceptional wildlife and Big 5 safaris in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. Healthy numbers of black rhino find sanctuary amidst the thriving vegetation as well as fascinating variations of some of the usual Big 5 members, like black-maned lions and large tusked elephants. Great herds of ungulates attract all of Africa’s big felines and over 500 bird species have been recorded in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Chat to us about planning your Big 5 safari adventure in one of Africa’s premier wilderness destinations.


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