The term ‘Big Five’ was coined by early game hunters in Africa, referring to a group of animals considered the most dangerous species to hunt on foot. Nowadays, the pastime of photography safaris has commandeered the expression, and spotting the Big Five in Africa is a serious highlight particularly for first-time safarists.
The Big Five animals are lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. Many travellers to Safari Africa dream of spotting all members of the Big Five during just one holiday. If you wish to do this, we recommend going on safari within one of the following wildlife areas – the Serengeti in Tanzania, the Maasai Mara in Kenya, the Sabi Sands and Phinda in South Africa, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and Akagera in Rwanda. However, please note that, as the Big Five are all wild and unpredictable animals, sightings can never be guaranteed!
Below, we provide a bit more information about every Big Five animal, as well as recommending our favourite places in Africa where you can spot each wildlife superstar: