What Makes The Big Five The Big Five?
When planning for a Tanzanian safari, you’ll quickly start to learn about “the Big Five.” The Big Five refers to the African: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo. While all of these animals are amazing to view on safari, many may wonder how these animals, and not others, made the Big Five list. For example, what did the hippos or cheetahs do wrong?
The term “Big Five” was first used by African big game hunters. These hunters did not create the term due to a specific animal’s size or rarity. They used the term because the Big Five were viewed as the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot. But, what difficulties could these animals pose? Well, let’s take a quick look.
Elephants are difficult? They look so peaceful though, right? Well yes, but the elephant is the largest land-mammal on the planet. Elephants are also pretty good at hiding in tall grasses and will charge when they perceive threats. Further, while they can’t run for long distances, elephants can reach speeds of up to 25 mph in small spurts.
The Cape Buffalo
Like rhinos, Cape buffaloes are also aggressive. In addition, they are quite large, possess thick skins, and are known to have a tad bit of a temper. They also come with two very large and thick horns. The complete package makes for one fiery and quite difficult animal for any foot traveler.
The Big Five are exhilarating animals to view on safari. Tanzania is home to all of them. If you are contemplating a visit, please contact us so that we can better introduce you to the five most difficult animals Africa has to offer.