What Are the Top 5 on Safari?  refers to five of the largest animals that can be seen in certain areas of Africa on safari such as; Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and African buffalo. Also referred as the ‘’Big Five’’.

The term ‘’Big five’’ was originally used by trophy hunters as the most dangerous animals to hunt.  In recent times the term Big five is referred to some of the most exciting animals to adventure on safari.

Below are the best safari destinations to spot the Big five in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda;

In Uganda the Africa’s Big five animals can be seen in three Savannah National Park; Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, only Big four can be seen in these three national parks. Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth national park are found in far north region of Uganda and Queen Elizabeth National Park in western region.

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the few savannah game parks in Uganda where travelers can see all the big four of the big fives which include; the African elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Cape buffalos. Same as Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park.

Murchison Falls National Park is located in northwestern region in Uganda, approximately 4 to 5 hours’ drive. The park is home to over 76 mammals and over 450 bird species among others, habitat on an area covering 3840 square kilometers.

Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda

Kidepo Valley National Park known as untouched wilderness on the African continent in the Pearl of Africa, located in northeastern region of Uganda and best accessed by air transport means. This is because it lies in far northern Uganda region, which takes 10 to 11 hours’ drive a day. You can book Aero link Uganda as a domestic flight from Entebbe International Airport to fly you to Lomej Airstrip.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Uganda

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only home safari in Uganda where you can watch rhinos on a wide plain grazing. This sanctuary is located on same route to Murchison Falls National Park, meaning you combine the two destination in regard to watch all the ‘’BIG5’’ on Uganda Safaris.

Akagera National Park Rwanda

Akagera national park is the only national park where you can spot Big five in Rwanda and among the few game parks in Africa to go for wildlife safaris. The park is one of the biggest national park in Rwanda and the best wildlife safari tours in Rwanda, because it harbors all the Big fives and other animal species such as lion, African leopard, African bush elephant, Rhinoceros and African buffalo and other include; giraffe, zebras, leopards, hyenas, bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, Water buck, Roan antelope, duiker, Klipspringer, Impala and the Cape eland among others.

Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park

Maasai Mara Game Reserve Kenya

 The Maasai Mara sounds as one of the world’s most popular game reserves, covering an area of 1,500 square kilometers. The reserve boosts for hosting one of the largest concentration of animals anywhere in the world.

The best time in search of the Big five in Maasai Mara is during morning and afternoon game drives. The best wildlife viewing in the year is during the months between July and October – perfect time to watch huge herds of wildebeest and Zebra migrate into the Mara, when migrating from Serengeti National Park in search of fresh grasses that flourish after the rains, though many cannot make it due to predators which kills them. Such predators; hyena, lion and cheetah.

Best Time to Go On African Wildlife Safaris;

The best time to go on African Wildlife Safaris is throughout the year. We recommend you to use a 4X4Wheel safari vehicle.

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