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THE BIG 5

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BIG FIVE

In Africa, the Big Five game animals are the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. 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.

ESTIMATE OF  13 750 ELEPHANTS IN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

On the other hand, elephants are the easiest to see of the big five. Plus it’s hard to miss a great majestic elephant lumbering close to you! If you only spend a day in the park you’re almost guaranteed to see an elephant.

Elephants are the largest land animal and can make the vehicle you’re travelling in seem very small! Be careful around them. They always have right of way!

 

ESTIMATE OF  5 500 RHINO IN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

There are two types of rhinos in Kruger National Park. Black rhinos and white rhinos.

There are around 5,000 of the square-lipped white rhinos, but black rhinos with their pointed lips are far rarer. There are only about 350 of them!

If you spend a couple of days in the park, there’s a good chance that you’ll see a white rhino.

ESTIMATE OF 37 130 BUFFALO IN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Buffalo are tough animals. They look like placid grazing animals, but they’re very strong and have sharp horns.

They usually stay together in herds, some of which are made up of hundreds of buffalo. You might have to wait a while for a buffalo herd to cross the road in front of you and, just like elephants, give them right of way.

ESTIMATE OF 1000 LEOPARDS IN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

are the hardest of the Kruger National Park big 5 to find and the sleekest hunters in the bush.  There are 1,000 leopards in the park though.

Seeing a leopard will come down to being in the right place at the right time.

ESTIMATE OF 1 620 – 1750 LIONS IN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

You’ll need to look carefully for lions. Their light yellow-brown colour blends in well with the bush and makes them difficult to see. Sometimes vultures circling in the air can indicate that lions are below them hunting.

Lions are lazy though. When they’re not hunting, they’re lying down, making them harder to see. There are also only about 1,600 of them, which makes your chances of seeing one smaller in the game reserve the size of Kruger National Park.

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