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Africa’s Big 5 - The quirky facts!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
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What are Africa's Big 5? They are the elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, and are as quirky as your friend who enjoys dabbling in dead fly art. Here is a pictorial safari in Africa of Africa's Big 5, along with each animal's most unique attributes. If you think humans are interesting creatures, you should take a closer look at Africa's Big 5!

Elephant

1. Baby ellies sucks their trunks for comfort. 2. Elephants are either right-tusked, or left-tusked, just like humans are either right or left-handed. 3. An elephant's skin is an inch thick. 4. When swimming, elephants use their trunk as a snorkel. 5. Swinging their trunks up in the air and from side to side help elephants smell better.

Elephant

Photo by: Craig Thomson

 

Lion

1. There are two subspecies of the African Lion that are both extinct: the Barbary lion and Cape lion. 2. Simba is the Swahili word for lion. The word also means aggressive, king and strong. 3. Male lions are slower and less agile than lionesses. 4. 21 hours of a lion's day is spend simply lying around. 5. Lions can survive for about 6 days without drinking water.

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Photo by: KCZooFan

 

Leopard

1. As strong tree climbers, leopards often climb a tree while carrying a prey their own weight. 2. Leopards are great swimmers and therefore hunt on both land and in water. 3. Leopards are nocturnal predators. 4. Leopards are solitary animals. 5. Leopard does not normally chase its prey. They stalk their prey and when a few feet away they pounce.

leopard

Photo by: Tambako the Jaguar

 

Rhino

1. Due to poaching, Rhinos are critically endangered. 2. Rhinos make their own sun block by covering themselves in mud and letting it dry. Once the mud is dry, it also protects rhino's from most blood sucking insects. Nifty! 3. Black rhinos run on their toes. 4. The closest relative to a rhino is most likely a horse. 5. If a rhino horn is cut off or broken, it can grow back.

Rhino

Photo by: Craig Thomson

 

Buffalo

1. A full grown adult bull can weigh around 2000 pounds. 2. Oddly enough, Buffalo calves are usually born in May. 3. When attacked, adult buffalo in a herd form a circle around the young and face outward. 4. Buffaloes can live in herds consisting of over one hundred, but are known for congregating in thousands in the Serengeti during the rainy season. 5. A buffalo's sight and hearing are both rather poor, but their sense of smell is very well developed.

buffalo

Photo by: Chadika

 

If you're keen to see Africa's Big 5 why not choose an overland trip to Kruger National Park? Alternatively, browse through the Top 5 Best Big 5 Safaris in Africa and book your dream overland trip.

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Top 5 Best Big 5 Safaris in Africa

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
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The phrase 'Big Five game' originated when hunters came to the conclusion that these five animals in Africa, are the hardest to hunt on foot. Nowadays tourists travel to Africa simply to get a glimpse of these awesome animals on game viewing safaris in Africa.

Travel to Africa for Big 5 Safaris in Africa

1. Southern Safari

From Nairobi to Johannesburg on a southbound budget safari, experience Kenya and Tanzania's beautiful game drives, the slow pace of Zanzibar, the majestic Victoria Falls and the sought after Big 5 in Kruger National Park. Experience the Southern Safari in Africa.

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2. Kenya, Uganda and Gorilla Trek

Trekking for gorillas in Uganda mixed with five star wildlife encounters in Kenya. Enjoy prime bird watching and track Africa's Big 5 in Lake Nakuru National Park before kicking back and relaxing at Lake Bunyoni. Experience the Kenya, Uganda and Gorilla Trek safari adventure.

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3. East Africa Photography Tour

Every shutter's dream safari in Africa. This fortnight specialty tour takes you to the best game parks, and on the best safaris in Africa that Kenya and Tanzania have to offer! Keen wildlife photographers have the opportunity to drool on their shoes as they point and shoot. Did I mention that the trip is right in the middle of migration season? Experience the photographic safari of a lifetime.

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4. Complete Desert and Delta

The best highlights of Namibia, Etosha National Park and Big 5 safaris in Africa, the Namib Desert and Spitzkoppe with the Okavango Delta and the famous Victoria Falls. Experience the Complete Desert and Delta safari in Africa.

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5. Best of East Africa

Spot lions and the other members of Africa's Big 5 in the Masai Mara, watch the Flamingos and also see Black Rhino meander the plains of the Ngorongoro Crater. The best of East Africa on the safari of a lifetime! Enjoy the Best of East Africa safari experience.

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