There’s nothing quite as amazing as the site of wildlife in their natural environment. The site of a lion making a catch, of a baby rhino walking with his mother, of elephants taking a bath, are all amazing to see. And there’s no place more spectacular than an African Safari.
Whether you want to see the Big Five or you’re just happy to see some Impala, an African Safari is the place to see it all. Game drives are a popular favourite and many take a drive through the game reserves in comfortable cars. If you’re planning on seeing some spectacular animals on a safari tour, make sure to pack some binoculars and plenty of water.
The Big Five
A stunning site to see, the Big Five are five animals everyone wants to see in their natural habitat. Known around the world, the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros roam South African safaris freely and are spotted daily.
The name ‘Big Five” was coined by a hunter after he declared these the five hardest African animals to hunt on foot. These five animals were chosen as the Big Five because of their difficulty to hunt and not their size.
Other South African Animals
While the Big Five is a huge draw to safaris, there are other stunning animals to see in South Africa. Some of the larger animals are the hippo, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest and zebra, which are all frequently seen on African Safaris. There are also plenty of native birds and reptiles to see, as well as the smaller animals like warthogs and hyenas.
Taking a game drive with a knowledgeable tour guide will give you the best chance of spotting some rarely seen animals. But don’t forget those amazing creatures that roam freely through the African landscape.