If you’ve ever considered going on a South African safari, there’s a very good chance that you’ve heard of the African Big Five – our five most impressive, imposing land mammals. The Big Five – lion, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino – were originally identified as the most dangerous African animals to hunt. Today, through global conservation efforts, thousands of visitors flock to national parks and game reserves across the continent, not to hunt, but to admire.
Admire the silent, slinking leopard, capable of hauling a kill up into a tree. Sit in awe of the size and grace of a herd of African elephants as they emerge from the bush. Marvel at the massive Cape buffalo as it cools off at the watering hole, large, black eyes lined with impossibly long lashes. Quake and thrill at the slightest movement of the mighty lion – king of the bush – with his golden mane. And, finally, feel gratitude and wonder at the sight of the endangered rhinoceros, still fighting along the edge of extinction due to poaching. This is the African Big Five and you’ll find them here in Addo. Actually, Addo Elephant National Park is the only Big Seven national park in the world. That’s right, the Big Five plus two! Those two – the great white shark and southern right whale call the marine protected area of Algoa Bay their home, and you’ll need to hop on a marine safari to view these oceanic animals.
However, the Big Five are easily accessible on land and, whether you visit the national park or the following Big Five private game reserves, you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable Addo safari.
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