The term Big Five was originally used by hunters to describe the five most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa. Their reputation has spilled over into the tourism industry and now buffalo, elephant, leopard, rhino and lion, leopard and rhino remain the most sought-after animal species to see on the African continent and a sighting of one of these five incredible African animals can change your life forever. Currently, of the Big Five animals, the black rhino is the hardest to find by far with the leopard coming in at second place.
In East Africa, the most sought after Big Five Safari experiences can be found in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater combined with the Serengeti National Park. Ngorongoro has a healthy black rhino population and some leopard in the Lerai fever tree forest. The park also holds some of Africa’s biggest elephant alive today and good buffalo and lion numbers. It’s tricky to spot leopard in Ngorongoro but if you combine it with the Serengeti then you’ll almost certainly see leopard in its Seronera or Lobo areas.
You can also see the Big Five animals in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo National Park and Kenya’s major parks of Masai Mara combines with Lake Nakuru.
Other places to see the Big Five animals in Africa include Namibia’s Etosha National Park where you can only be able to see the black rhino, Lion, elephant and leopard, Sabi Sands and Kruger National Park
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