10.05.2024 | Engelage Zuzana | Poslední aktualizace: 31.07.2023
South Africa is home to an incredible array of wildlife, from majestic lions to towering giraffes and graceful antelopes. But there are five species that stand out above the rest, earning them the title of Africa's 'Big Five'.

These animals are the lion, leopard - that's leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros and are a must see for anyone visiting South Africa.Lions are the kings of the African savannah, known for their majestic manes and ferocious roars. They are social animals that live in packs, usually consisting of several females and their cubs along with a dominant male. Lions are strong predators with sharp claws and teeth that can catch large prey such as zebras and wildebeest. Seeing a lion in the wild is an unforgettable experience and South Africa is one of the best places on earth to do so. Leopards, on the other hand, are more elusive than lions, but just as impressive. These solitary cats are known for their stealth and agility, their ability to climb trees and carry prey much larger than themselves. They are also some of the most beautiful of the Big Five, with their distinctive spotted coats and piercing green eyes. Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the great places to see leopards in the wild. Elephants are the largest land animals on Earth and their size and strength are awe-inspiring. These gentle giants are also incredibly intelligent, with complex social structures and strong family bonds. Watching elephants interact with each other and their environment is a fascinating experience and South Africa is home to several large elephant populations, including the Addo Elephant National Park. Buffalo may not be as spectacular as lions or elephants, but they are still an important part of the African ecosystem.These massive herbivores can weigh over a tonne and are known for their impressive horns and aggressive nature. They are also surprisingly fast and agile, able to outrun and outmaneuver many predators. Kruger National Park in South Africa is home to some of the largest herds of buffalo in the world. Finally, there's the rhino, one of Africa's most endangered species. Both black and white rhinos can still be found in South Africa, but they are under constant threat from poachers who hunt them for their horn, so prized in Asia. Rhinos are fascinating creatures with thick armour-like skin and a distinctive prehistoric appearance. Seeing one in the wild is a rare and unique experience. South Africa has some excellent rhino conservation programmes. In conclusion, the South African Big Five are among the most iconic and impressive animals in the world. They are a major attraction for tourists and a trip to South Africa is not complete without seeing at least some of them. Whether you want to watch lions hunting, elephants in their natural habitat or track rhinos with experienced guides, South Africa has something for everyone. Come and experience the wonder of the African wilderness for yourself.

Zuzana, your South Africa guide

This site uses cookies to improve your experience.