posted by Colm Hanratty | 2 Comments
Upon arriving in South Africa, if you decide to do a safari, or visit a private game reserve, one thing you’ll repeatedly hear about is the ‘Big Five’. So what are the big five, you must be thinking?
The ‘Big Five’ are lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. The reason they’re part of this elite group is because they’re the hardest to hunt. So essentially it was hunters who created this group, not tour guides.
Tour guides now in fact hate this whole ‘Big Five’ thing. Too many people feel that if they haven’t seen the ‘Big Five’ then their safari has been a tiny bit of a let down. This isn’t true. Sadly, I didn’t see one of the ‘Big Five’ – the leopard. But, along with the other four, I got to see lots of other animals that are just as fascinating – the mischievous warthog, the gracious giraffe and the beautiful impala to name but a few.
So if you’re planning a trip to South Africa and are planning on doing safari just remember one thing – it’s not all about the ‘Big Five’!
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