Get Inspired / Africa / Uganda / South Africa / North Africa / East Africa / Botswana What you need to know about the Africa Big Five Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Africa / Uganda / South Africa / North Africa / East Africa / Botswana What you need to know about the Africa Big Five story by: House of Travel Specialist Who are The Big Five? The term ‘Big Five’ refers to animals most sought after by game hunters due to the difficulty and danger in hunting them. If you are on a safari promising glimpses of this ferocious quintet, then you can hope to see the white or black rhinoceros, African lion, African leopard, Cape buffalo and African elephant. Why are The Big Five are so revered? Armed with your trusty camera and a spirit for adventure, your trophies are elusive photos of some of the most majestic beasts on the planet. Take in the sunset over the horizon while capturing a pride of lions stalking their prey. Observe a colossal buffalo ambling to a water hole with its perilous strength and size. Watch, but don't disturb the mighty rhino, almost extinct, with its incredible horns and bad temper. Admire the sleek beauty, astonishing speed and highly skilled hunting prowess of the leopard. Catching a glimpse of the Big Five ranks high on any adventure lover's bucket list and is essential on any trip to Africa. What makes The Big Five so elusive? Most of the Big Five are in varying stages of endangerment, particularly the black rhinoceros, so get out and see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitat while you still can. Where can I see The Big Five? There are a number of countries in Africa where you can still get the 'full house' of the Big Five, including Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The black rhinoceros and white rhinoceros, distinguishable by the shape of their lips, not their colour, are considered critically endangered. The Western black rhinoceros, a subspecies of the black rhinoceros, was declared extinct in 2011. There are only seven confirmed northern white rhinoceroses left, a subspecies of the white rhinoceros. The leopard is considered 'near threatened', while the African lion and the African bush elephant are classified as 'vulnerable' by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). What if I don't see The Big Five at all? While you're in Africa, you can also keep an eye out for 'The Little Five'; they may not be as big and ferocious as their counterparts, but they make up for it in character. Each has a name corresponding to one of the Big Five, the rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise and the ant lion. By House of Travel Specialist: Katie Searle Click here for the Latest HOT Africa Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Botswana: Wilderness Safaris Trio Luxury Camps Read more Add or remove from Wishlist National Geographic Journeys with G adventures Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.