Big Five SAfari in South Africa

When it comes to a true South African Safari, the variety is unrivalled. Kruger Park will always feature being our largest game reserve. Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Madikwe and then Welgevonden Reserves are all excellent Big 5 Game reserves. The question is which is most suitable for you and how much time you have.

With an endearing appearance and interesting social behaviour
Meercats are always special to see on safari

Though they are one of the smaller mongooses, what meercats lack in size, suricates make up for in attitude and powerful curiosity. They have a phenomenal sense of smell, and their front paws are highly adapted for digging and foraging. A generalisation in nature is that the more social animals in a particular group are, the higher the intelligence (as we understand it).

Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining
in Asia and Africa

World Pangolin Day is an opportunity for pangolin enthusiasts to join together in raising awareness about these unique mammals — and their plight.

The shy, harmless pangolin is becoming increasingly well known for one reason: It’s believed to be the world’s most trafficked non-human mammal. Tens of thousands of pangolins are poached every year.

The demand for pangolins comes mostly from China, where pangolin scales are unfortunately believed to be a cure-all of sorts.

Of all Africa’s big cats, Leopards
are objectively the picture of perfection

Unbeknownst to them, leopards are often number one on a safari-goer’s “want to see” list. As the most elusive of the Big 5, they are the drawcard of a safari experience.

There are private game reserves where these big cats have been habituated to the presence of safari vehicles for generations and, as a result, their day-to-day lives have been opened for observation and for us to enjoy.

The Nile crocodile is a large crocodilian
native to freshwater habitats in Africa

Africa's largest crocodilian can reach a maximum size of about 20 feet and can weigh up to 1,650 pounds. Average sizes, though, are more in the range of 16 feet and 500 pounds. Nile Crocodiles are thought to live between 70 – 100 years.

The diet of the Nile crocodile is mainly fish, but it will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path. It doesn't matter if the animal is small or large, they want food that's still wiggling. They're the ultimate carnivores.

The ungainly gnu (pronounced “g-new”)
earned the Afrikaans name wildebeest, or “wild beast”

The blue wildebeest is a member of the antelope family, although its heavy build and disproportionately large forequarters make it look more bovine.

The migration is considered one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth, involving up to 1.5 million wildebeests as well as hundreds of thousands of other animals, including zebra and gazelle.

The Burchell's Zebras is one of the most
popular animals to be seen in South Africa

Many people know them for their iconic stripes and the never ending riddle about them being black with white stripes, or white with black stripes. A group of zebras is called a 'dazzle'.

The Zebra with its beautiful individual stripe pattern belongs to the horse family and they are pure herbivores. The purpose of the special fur colouring of the Zebra has so far not been unequivocally clarified. The black and white stripe colouring is only partially suitable as a camouflage colour. [...]

Hippos rank as one of the largest
animals in Africa

Although its size makes it fearsome looking, the hippo is often one of the most underrated animals in Africa in terms of its fearless and potentially bad-tempered nature. Hippos are not known for their sunny dispositions, causing more human deaths in Africa annually than lions, leopards, crocodiles, or any other of the major predators.Although they are clumsy on land and cannot jump or navigate over obstacles, they can reach speeds of up to 36 km/hour if provoked.

The African elephant is the world's
largest land mammal

Weighing up to 6000 kg (6.6 tons) and measuring up to 3.3 m (10 ft.) at the shoulder, It is characterized by its highly dexterous trunk, long curved tusks, and massive ears.Their ears can reach up to 5 feet long. When flapped, they act as big fans, cooling the blood that runs close to the surface behind their ears.

Having roamed the wild for 15 million years, unfortunatly today, this iconic species faces the biggest threats to its survival due to ivory poaching, human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction.

The Honey Badger is a ferocious, fearless,
and pugnacious animal

The honey badger is a relatively small animal averaging about 25 pounds, with large males occasionally reaching 35 pounds. They are long-bodied with short, powerful legs, standing about 12 inches at the shoulder. But dinamite comes in small packages!

Honey badgers are not only able to accept stings from bees, but can also handle bites from the world’s deadliest snakes, like puff adders, mambas and cobras, which they happily hunt, kill and devour. Up to 25% of their diet is snake.

Everyone recognises giraffes.
They are plentiful and impossible to misidentify

“Oh, a giraffe” is a common response when they are spotted on a game drive. “Lovely eyelashes.” And there the conversation often ends but there is a lot more ...

The name ‘giraffe’ supposedly comes from the Arabic word ‘zarafah’, which means to ‘walk swiftly’. The species name camelopardalis is derived from ancient Greek and refers to a combination of camel and leopard (i.e. a camel with leopard-like spots).

These little beetles are some of the most
fascinating insects out here in the bush

Dung Beetles are unique insects that play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Even their name is very fitting as their life revolves around dung – they literally can’t live without it!

For the whole of winter they have been in a state of torpor waiting for the heat of summer and the first rains to arrive, then bush has started buzzing with the wing beats of these flying decomposers.

The Big Five are Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and Cape Buffalo

South Africa's Big 5 was originally a hunting term and refers to the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt down on foot

Big game hunters coined the term which is now a marketing term used by safari tour operators and indicates that the game reserve is large enough to maintain these amazing animals and offer an authentic safari experience.

The Great Wildebeest Migration SAfari

The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks in Africa and is synonymous with wildlife and classic African scenery. It is Tanzania’s oldest park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and offers top-class wildlife viewing throughout the year.

This annual event is arguably one of the greatest safari spectacles on earth. Although this journey follows a similar annual route, exact timing varies based on rainfall.