The Cape buffalo is the most of common of the four subspecies of African buffalo. They’re distinguished by their curved horns and huge size, reaching up to seven feet from tip to tail. If you manage to spot a buffalo on your game drive they most likely won’t be alone, as Buffalos are extremely social and live in large herds of up to 2000 members.
These are the largest of the Big Five, in fact African elephants are the largest animals walking the earth! Elephants are known for their large ears, tusks made of ivory and their skilful trunks – which are possibly the most sensitive organ found in any mammal, with each one containing around 150,000 muscle units.
Leopards are the smallest and most elusive of the five, making them the hardest to spot. However, don’t be fooled by their small stature, leopards are natural athletes – they are pound for pound the strongest of the big cats, they are able to run up to 36 miles an hour, leap 20 feet and jump 10 feet high.
The king of the jungle is the second largest big cat and the only one that lives in groups, with a pride being up to 30 lions. Female lions are the main hunters, they hold the territories and stay with the pride they are born into, which means in real life it would be Simba’s mum who would be running the pride.
The Rhinoceros is famous for its large horns and big physique, they can weigh up to 1,400 kg, they also have a unique way to communicate with each other – pooing! Yes that’s right, Rhinos use dung to share information with others nearby. So if you smell something a bit whiffy during your game drive it might just be a couple of Rhinos talking to each other.