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During Africa's colonial period, the "Big Five" were at the top of every European trophy hunter's list, as they were considered the most difficult big game to shoot while on foot. Fortunately, today, most of the shooting of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cape buffalo is done by tourists' cameras.

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Lioness, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Lioness, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Elephants, Eastern Cape

Elephants, Eastern Cape game areas

Buffalo having a mud bath

Buffalo, Kruger National Park

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South Africa

South Africa is one of the best places to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant), with reserves such as Amakhala in the Eastern Cape and Thornybush near the Kruger.


In Tanzania there is Ruaha National Park, a hidden gem with good populations of big cats, large elephant and buffalo herds, hippos galore and more unusual wildlife such as sable antelope.


The Lewa Conservancy in Kenya has hardly any people but an abundance of wildlife plus Mount Kenya as the backdrop to your photographs. It's also home to some of the continent's most endangered species, such as black rhino and Grevy's zebra, to name just two.

Black rhino, Lewa Conservancy

Black rhino, Lewa Conservancy

Leopard in the Ruaha National Park

Leopard in the Ruaha National Park

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