With the Kruger National Park only an hour’s drive away from us. It is worth to book your accommodation at Nelspruit Lodge because we are in the middle of the most iconic attractions in and around Mbombela/Nelspruit.

The big 5, you have already heard of them. On a safari, you think of nature, but who are these creatures? They search for the most dangerous and difficult African wildlife to encounter on any safari. The big 5 are rhinoceros, lions, elephants, leopards, and buffaloes. On a safari, spotting the big five has turned into a sport.

Rhino:

The black and white rhinos are also the two groups of rhinos found in Africa. The distinction seen between white and black rhinos is the white rhino’s broad lip as well as the black rhino’s curled lip. Even though there are more white rhinos than black rhinos, black rhinos are more difficult to locate. Another contributing factor is that black rhinos prefer to wander amongst bushes. Rhinos eat at night and relax throughout the day, making it much easier for rangers to spot them during safari excursions so that visitors can see the incredible animals up close.

Lion:

On game drives, lions are amongst the most favored animals. The lion is easily identifiable. After an evening of hunting, they are frequently found lying in the street. While hunting, lions have exceptional vision and can see in the pitch-black night. They live in groups called prides and require a lot of social interaction.

Elephant:

On game drives, the elephant is the first of the five animals to be seen. Elephants are abundant in Africa, not just because they are huge animals. Male elephants can often be seen wandering around alone, while female elephants prefer to stay together within large groups with their offspring. These social animals are really respectful to humans, despite the fact that they are still wild, and they deserve to be treated with the same respect.

Leopard:

They are mainly nocturnal animals and are one of Africa’s Big 5. They don’t like to interact with others and tend to be alone. They are fast and good swimmers. They have the ability to jump up to 6 meters and will normally carry their prey into trees where they will be safe from other predators. Leopards can run at speeds of up to 57 kilometers per hour.

For a litter of 1 to 6 kittens, the gestation period is 90 to 105 days. Cubs will suckle for up to three months and be secret for up to eight weeks. Leopards have the most vast territory of any big cat. This ability has enabled them to survive in a variety of environments. Leopards are carnivores and among the strongest ambush predators on the planet.

Buffalo:

Continent of Africa In comparison to their vision and hearing capacity, buffalo have an excellent sense of smell. Owing to the fact that Lions dislike getting wet, Buffalo can fly via water. As a defensive measure, the younger or weaker members of the herd will remain in the middle of the herd while driving. Buffalo are one of the African Big 5 because they are extremely violent when hurt.