When mentioning a Safari to Africa, the first thing that pops into mind is The Big Five, and only after that do other thoughts tag along.

Once we all packed and depart home for Africa, we settle down in our tents anxious for our safari, all we can think about is spotting the Big 5, oh and not forgetting the other Smaller animals which are just as eye-catching and fascinating.
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The Elephant

These colossal mammals spend most their day eating, giving them the nickname, "the Gardeners of the Savannah", while flapping their ears to keep them as cool as can be. An elephants tusks grow throughout its lifetime, and just as us humans prefer either being left or right handed, an elephant prefers one tusk over another. With over 40 000 muscles in its trunk, it makes for a good snorkel when swimming.

big five of africa wildlife adventure

The Rhino

It is believed that Rhino's have been around for more than 50 million years, and yes, rhinos are indeed short-sighted, a little bad tempered, but magnificent to look at. Even with its bad temper, the rhino does have a very good friend - The Oxpeckers eat the ticks off a rhino's hide and also warn of danger.

big five of africa wildlife adventure

The Lion

For thousands of years these cats have been admired for their strength, beauty and hunting skills which have given them the label of the "King of beasts" by many. These grandiose animals love resting, so much so that they can rest for up to 20 hours of the day. Lions do not purr like house cats, neither do they enjoy swimming.

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The Leopard

This shy solitary cat spends many hours up in the trees, using them as observation platforms and also for protection. These eye catching cats stalk and pounce their prey, usually dragging it up a tree, allowing them to keep the catch all for themselves. Leopards are generally excellent swimmers - Weird, but true.

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The Buffalo

The Cape buffalo can be found in herds throughout the major game parks within Africa where surface water can be found. Flanks of ebony and horns of steel is what this fierce yet placid animal can be described as.

Trips that include the big 5

Best of East Africa

Best of East Africa

10 Days Nairobi to Nairobi
Trip Price: ZAR 20895
Northern Adventure

Northern Adventure

11 Days Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Trip Price: ZAR 10395
Southern Adventure

Southern Adventure

11 Days Victoria Falls to Johannesburg
Trip Price: ZAR 10395
Gorillas Game Parks Safari

Gorillas & Game Parks Safari

14 Days Nairobi to Nairobi
Trip Price: ZAR 14595
Bush Beach Falls Safari

Bush, Beach & Falls Safari

14 Days Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Trip Price: ZAR 795
Southern Sun Southbound

Southern Sun - Southbound

21 Days Victoria Falls to Cape Town
Trip Price: ZAR 14595
East South Safari

East - South Safari

26 Days Dar Es Salaam to Johannesburg
Trip Price: ZAR 20895
Southern Safari

Southern Safari

32 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg
Trip Price: ZAR 25095
South East Explorer

South - East Explorer

35 Days Johannesburg to Nairobi
Trip Price: ZAR 1495
Journey to the South

Journey to the South

37 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg
Trip Price: ZAR 39795
Southern Explorer

Southern Explorer

42 Days Nairobi to Cape Town
Trip Price: ZAR 31395
Northern Trek

Northern Trek

46 Days Johannesburg to Nairobi
Trip Price: ZAR 39795

The Small 5 of Africa

Now that we have covered the Big 5 of Africa, let's move onto the Small 5 of Africa - Yes that's right, Africa has a Small 5. It's just a fun idea, and not based on anything except the fact that their names correspond with those of the Big 5.
small five africa Elephant Shrew

The Elephant Shrew

The Elephant Shrew is a small rodent which is active during the day, runs extremely fast and loves feeding on small insects. It gets its name from the elongated snout that resembles an elephant trunk.
small five africa Rhino Beetle

The Rhino Beetle

The Rhino Beetle is one of the largest beetles and is often mistaken with the dung beetle. If you spot one, make sure to take a closer look at the horn-like structure to identify it.
small five africa Ant Lion

The Ant Lion

The Ant Lion is a very sneaky insect, as it burrows its way into the sand and then waits there for its prey to fall into the trap before ambushing it and munching away with its large set of sickle-like jaws.
small five africa Leopard Tortoise

The Leopard Tortoise

The Leopard Tortoise is the most common of the "small 5", and most certainly the slowest. The leopard tortoise gets its name from its black and yellow spotted shell that resembles the leopard's rosettes.
small five africa Buffalo Weaver Bird

The Buffalo Weaver Bird

The Buffalo Weaver Bird can be very deceiving; as elegant as it looks, it builds and stays in very untidy nests high up in the trees. They are a sociable and noisy flock of birds.