Africa’s Big 5 game should need no introduction; they are, of course the Lion, Rhino. Elephant, Leopard, and Cape Buffalo. The opportunity to get up close and personal to these legendary animals is a huge factor in so many people travelling to Africa, so to celebrate National Wildlife Day which was earlier this week, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the Big 5; giving you fascinating facts and very useful information on when and where you can find these famous five creatures.
The peak safari season across Africa runs from around July to October. This coincides with the continent’s cool, dry winter. It becomes easier to find the Big 5 during these times because the lack of rain means the vegetation dries up and thins out, making the likes of a rhino or buffalo compared much more visible to the long, dense grass and heavy foliage of summer. This particularly applies to leopards, which spend much of their time in trees - in winter, the trees will have fewer leaves, making the sleek felines easier to spot.
Another reason for the animals being easier to spot is that the lack of rain also means that ponds, streams, puddles and smaller water courses dry up, forcing animals to congregate around the remaining large lakes and rivers.
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