No safari to Africa is complete without marvelling at an elite grouping of her most famous residents: The Big 5. Comprised of the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino, the Big 5 are the crowning glories and likely the most recognised symbols of Africa. The mere mention of the one cannot continue without the other!
Thankfully, this illustrious and majestic menagerie is found in several countries around Africa, from Kenya and Namibia to Botswana and South Africa, making a Big 5 safari a no brainer to your African holiday. Take a look at the countries that the Big 5 call home to get a quick taste of what is on offer before booking a trip of a lifetime with one of our expert travel consultants.
Where can you go to see the Big 5 on Safari?
East Kenya is home to thousands of hectares of national park and protected land, most notably in the form of the celebrated Maasai Mara and the Amboseli National Park and Tsavo National Parks. The sheer collective size of these parks and their diverse terrain provide habitats for an array of wildlife—including the Big 5—and an assortment of activities. Not to mention, if you visit at the right time of year, you may bear witness to the Great Wildebeest Migration.
The Greater Serengeti Ecosystem and its neighbours offer some of the best Big 5 safari opportunities in the country. Volcanic grasslands and vast plains are interrupted by rocky outcrops, rivers, volcanoes, and forests. The wildlife wanders freely across the Serengeti’s 1.5 million hectares, into Kenya’s Maasai Mara, and back.
To the south is the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that, aside from being the only intact caldera in the world, boasts a fertile floor and an abundance of wildlife along with (you guessed it) the Big 5. Fun fact: many speculate—before Ngorongoro erupted—it would have been higher than the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.