Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo — the Big Five are among the most sought-after animals to encounter on an African safari. While some are widespread, others, such as rhino, are dwindling in number and often require local know-how to find (along with a pinch of good luck).

There are only a few areas in Africa where you have a chance of seeing all five animals on one trip, and each one offers a different safari experience. Our safari specialists discuss the options and the best ways to see the Big Five during your safari.
All Five

The Big Five game animals are the lion, leopard, rhinoceros(both south-central black and southern white species),elephant, and Cape buffalo.[1]The term was coined by big-game hunters, and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot, but is now also widely used by safari tour operators