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While the Big 5 is surely in need of no introduction, it makes sense for us to give credit where credit is due. As the most famous and celebrated collection of animals on the African continent, a Big 5 safari is on every tourists’ bucket list when visiting.
What could be better than seeing a leopard in a tree; a rhino browsing through the bush; elephants on their stately trudge through grassland; buffalo and their companions, the ox-pecker; and lions – the king of them all? Take a look at some of our favourite photos of Africa’s most iconic wildlife grouping and we’ll tell you just where to go to see them all.
Cat got your tongue? It certainly got ours when we locked eyes with this beauty. This leopard was spotted while on safari in Moremi Game Reserve, the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Cue The Lion King theme song, because this photo, taken in Botswana’s Khwai Concession, is one of those set to become iconic – it simply screams movie magic.
It’s no surprise we have a really special place in our heart for our namesake. This mother and her baby were spotted while on safari at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa.
The late afternoon sun provides the most awe-inspiring light to capture this rhino wading through tall grassland on Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta.
Palm trees? Check. Blue skies? Check. Elephant standing in tall grass? Check. There’s something about this image, captured in Botswana’s Jao Concession, that simply oozes African allure.
Dust flies as a herd of elephant briskly make their way through the dense brush of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
In Southern Africa, old bull buffaloes who have separated from their herd are called ‘Dagger Boys’, while in East Africa they are called ‘The Generals’.
This incredible aerial footage of a herd of buffalo puts them in a whole new perspective. They were spotted in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve close to the western borders of Chobe National Park.
Furtive and aware, young lion cubs need to stay alert to stay alive. They may be Africa’s apex predator in the wild as adults, but as cubs they could fall prey to hyena. These two were spotted in Moremi Game Reserve.
This regal, young male paints a pretty picture as he rests in the sweeping grasslands typical of the landscape in the Khwai Concession Area.
This illustrious and majestic menagerie can be found in several countries across Africa and we know just where you can go to see them.
Now that you’ve marveled at them, do you know what member of the Big 5 is your spirit animal? Find out here.
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Jozi-born, Knysna local, and recovering yachtie, Melanie decided that she missed being land-based after 18 months sailing the seas. Now that she lives in the most beautiful city in Africa (she is adamant about this fact), you will find her trying out new things around Cape Town, dreaming about her next holiday, and using Wikipedia to enhance her skills as an encyclopaedia of useless information.
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Great Issue Melanie,
Hope you have solved the water problem and can now have a long shower/bath.
Sorry about the Aussie cricketers, but hey, they lost on every count!
Very best regards from Kiwiland
Robert Wilson Auckland
Hi Robert, I’m so pleased to report that the water problem is under control 🙂 Thanks for the kind words. Looking forward to another exciting weekend of cricket!
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