Everyone must start somewhere and if it’s your first time on an African Safari you will probably have questions about the must see animals on your trip, this article takes a look at the top four
The most popular of our top four is the mighty lion, getting to see one of these creatures in their natural habitat is the one of the main attractions for safari first timers. Luckily they are also one of the easier animals to find in the national parks, with their pride based living. However you will need a lot of luck to seeing a lion actively hunting as they spend most of the day lounging in the shade rather than hunting, sometimes up to 20 hours a day of resting!
Next on the list is the other African staple, the elephant. This majestic creature is enormous, the African elephant is one of the largest mammals on the planet, a truly awe inspiring sight when you first catch a glimpse on your safari. The elephants are resilient creatures and live across the majority of Africa from the forests to the savannah found in 36 different countries in Africa. Size wise they can grow to be 30 feet long and up to 14 feet high and because of this incredible size the consume up to 40 gallons of water every day along side the large amounts of vegetation they eat.
Close on the heels of the top two spots comes the giraffe. One of the easier animals to spot on safari, thanks to its long neck, this animal makes for a fantastic sight. Their long slender legs and neck, the odd knobbly bits on their heads and their long blue tongues make them a popular and unusual animal to look for on safari. They stride around the African savannah with a surprising grace and silence and seeing them swoop their necks down to drink is a sight to behold.
Finally in position four we come to the hippopotamus. These fantastic creatures can be found in many of the lakes and rivers of Africa, with one of the best place to see them being in the Luangwa River in Zambia or in the Namibian Wetlands. Like many of the animals they are social animals and spend a lot of their time in large groups, sometimes of as many as 100 animals, and so make for a breath taking sight. They must be treated with care though as the humble hippo is one of Africa’s most dangerous animals.