Can you name the “Big Five”? This term originally referred to Africa’s mammal species that were most dangerous and difficult to hunt including: the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Today however, the expression takes on a much gentler form as we use it to describe safari guests’ wildlife bucket list. Here’s some fascinating wildlife fun facts about about each of these majestic animals that are sure to impress your fellow safari mates.
A standard game viewing moment on the Serengeti Plains took a dramatic turn when safari guests witnessed a pride of lions attacking a subadult male lion. It appears the young male lion had wandered far from its own territory and accidentally to a kopje (granite outcropping) that was inhabited by a neighboring lion pride. Lions are not tolerant of other lions from different prides and can be especially aggressive towards unknown male lions. Our guests have captured a rare look into the dark side of lion pride behavior.
This video was filmed in the Serengeti on January 2018 near Seronera Sametu Camp by Lesley Young and Lon Hall. Thank you for sharing!
Captured by Safari Guest: Lesley Young / Jan 2018
I just returned home from a 10 days safari with a single guest named Tom S. from California, USA (safari dates were March 7, 2014 to March 16, 2014). It was a trip of a lifetime for him as he had always dreamed of visiting Africa. The trip was so amazing and we saw all that Tom dreamed about except only one species (The Porcupine). Most of the expectations revolved around seeing the big cats and the famous big five. The locations in our itinerary made all the incredible sightings of all the big cats possible (Leopard, Lion, and Cheetah). We enjoyed 2 nights in the North Serengeti at Buffalo Springs Camp, 2 nights in the Central Serengeti at Sametu Camp, 3 nights in the South Serengeti and Ndutu Lodge and 2 nights in Ngorongoro Crater at Lion’s Paw Camp.