The elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino came to be known collectively as the ‘Big 5’ in the 1800s when big game hunters found these animals to be the most dangerous and difficult in Africa to successfully – and safely – bring down. Now, many decades later and after significant conservation work, going on a Big 5 safari refers to the spotting those same animals but without any of the hunting.
While they may all be similar in some ways, for instance in strength and size, each animal has its own big personality, unique characteristics and is a spectacular sighting to have in the wild. Whether you see just three or all members of the Big 5, this is an African safari experience that will leave an indelible imprint on your mind.
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