Africa's Big Five Wildlife

The big 5 during the wild life safari

The big 5 during the wild life safari, refers to those animals that were very difficult in hunting. These include the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo. Thus, became a point of interest to many tourists and hence, making up the wildlife.

Africa's Big Five Wildlife
Africa’s Big Five Wildlife

These five large African mammal species were known to be dangerous and it was considered a feat by trophy hunters to bring them home, and same goes to our African safaris, once you witness all the big 5 during our game drives then its worth being called a success of the wild life safari.

Nature is nature and for that Inspire African Safaris is top rated for its expertise in this field. Why? Because they do all it takes for you to have an experience and encounter all the big 5.

Lets have a brief overview of each of the mammals and find out why each is included to be among the big 5 during the wild life safari. Lets start with the;


The lion, known as the king of the jungle, is the most popular wild animal found mainly in Africa. The lion is also referred to by its scientific name, Panthera Leo. We admire the lion for its fearsome roar, beautiful thick mane, and bravery, but that is not all.

Lions in Uganda

#Lions are the only cats that live in groups commonly referred to as a pride, it can be up to 30 lions, depending on how much food and water is available.

#Female lions are the main hunters. While they’re out looking for food, the males guard the pride’s territory and their young. They mark the territory using their wee to create boarders.

#A lion’s roar can be heard up to 8km away.


These large carnivores that are powerfully built with long bodies, relatively short legs, and a broad head. Leopards are extra ordinarily very strong. Almost the strongest of the big cats. They are able to climb trees, even when carrying heavy prey, and often choose to rest on tree branches during the day. One reason why leopards sometimes take their prey up in the trees is to ensure lions or hyenas can’t steal them.

safaris and tours Uganda wildlife by inspire safarisug
Uganda wildlife by inspire safarisug

Leopards are renowned for their agility. They run up to 58km/h and can leap 6m horizontally and 3m vertically. They are also very strong swimmers.

#Like cats kept as companions, leopards will growl when angry and purr when content. They have various sounds made such as, a rasping cough which they perform to announce their presence to other leopards. #Further more, tend to have two or three cubs per gestation. Mothers refrain from wandering their territories after giving birth until their young are capable to come with them. Cubs suckle for around 3 months and are kept hidden for about the first 8 weeks to protect them from predators.


Rhinos are universally recognized by their massive bodies, stumpy legs and either one or two dermal horns. In some species, the horns may be short or not obvious.

rhinoes in ug

They are renowned for having poor eyesight, but their senses of smell and hearing are well developed. Did you know we commonly refer to them as rhinoceros, why? because their giant horns grow from their snouts.

These are some of the biggest creatures in the world hence sometimes referred to as beasts. Here in Uganda they are found only in the Rhino sanctuary. Please click to our page and book the rhino safari to find out why you can only ever find rhinos in the Ziwa rhino sanctuary.


Elephants are the largest land mammals on earth and have distinctly massive bodies, large ears, and long trunks. They use their trunks to pick up objects, trumpet warnings, greet other elephants, or suck up water for drinking or bathing, among other uses.

Elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park

African buffalo

African buffalo are very large sub saharan bovine, even-toed ungulates, characterized by their stocky build and heavy horns. Horns are present on both sexes and they are not ridged. Above their rounded hooves they have dewclaws.

The African buffalo also known as cape buffalo, is the is the only member of the buffalo of cattle species (bovine) that occurs naturally in Africa.


As mentioned above, just a brief review is noted but a lot is said about the animals. Like they say actions speak louder than words, same goes to these amazing big 5. It is always better to see them directly and prove what is said but above all discover the unsaid and be the one to tell that story.

Inspire African Safari is top rated for execution of such activities for their team never fails to splint beyond nature,

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