The big five animals refer to the leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and the buffalo. There are, however, other big animals which are not included in the list of the big five, for instance the cheetah, zebra, hippos and the giraffe. The big five was introduced by the early hunters for certain reasons. These animals are very hard to hunt, they are very dangerous when shot at or cornered.The leopard is a very shy animal and you will not often spot it compared to other wild animals. The population of the black rhino has decreased over the years and although the tour operators will guarantee you to see all the big five, you will actually see the white rhino instead.
There so many parks and game reserves where you can have your safari and spot all the big five including other wild animals. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park in South Africa which was once the ancient hunting ground of the Zulu people has the largest population of white/black rhino in the world. You will also easily spot the other big cats in this park as well as the hyena, cheetah, antelopes and gazelles. Phinda Private Game Reserve, also in South Africa is a world heritage site covering a wide area of 23,000 hectares. Initially, it was a big farmland and later conserved into a wildlife area. This reserve has a wide variety of wildlife species including the big five and, about 400 different bird species.A safari to Kenya will not only be about the big five, you will also have the opportunity to visit the five most important tourist attraction sites. In the Amboseli National Park you will see a big herd of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, rhino and the buffalo. You will also see Mt. Kilimanjaro from here. The Samburu Game Reserve is famous for it’s exotic wildlife making it a perfect place for game viewing including the big cats. A safari to the Masai Mara Game Reserve will leave you with amazement. It’s in the Masai Mara where you will adventure one of the worlds greatest annual wildebeest migration. Game viewing includes the big five, zebras, hyenas, antelopes, ostrich, gazelles and many others. Lake Nakuru Game Reserve is a bird watching paradise where you can also spot wild animals.
Other places where you will find the big five include the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This park is just next to the Masai Mara and since there is no fence between the two parks, wild animals migrate freely in search of green grass, leaves and water. A part from wildlife, your safari can also include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, watching bird species and cultural activities.