African Wildlife Guide

© Buffalo face off with lions at Duba Plains. Botswana

The highlight of any African Safari is undoubtedly the wildlife viewing. Game drives and walking safaris will bring you closer to the species mentioned in this African Wildlife Guide. Some lodges have waterholes so the wildlife comes to your doorstep.

African Wildlife Guide

The Big 5: Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino

Best place to see the Big 5 in Africa: Sabi Sands, South Africa, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania


Lion: Panthera leo

Best place to see lions in Africa: Moremi, Botswana; Kruger Park, South Africa, Masai Mara, Kenya; Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania


Elephant: Loxodonta Africana

Best place to see elephants in Africa: Chobe River, Botswana, Linyanti, Botswana; Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania, Samburu, Kenya


Leopard: Panthera pardus

Best place to see leopard in Africa: Sabi Sands, South Africa; Luangwa Valley, Zambia; Masai Mara, Kenya


Buffalo: Syncerus caffer

Best place to see buffalo in Africa: Chobe River, Botswana; Okavango Delta, Botswana; Selous, Tanzania


Black rhino: Diceros bocornis sp.

Best place to see black rhino in Africa: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania; Kruger Park, South Africa


Cheetah: Acinonyx jubatus

Best place to see cheetah in Africa: Kwando, Botswana; Serengeti, Tanzania


Wild Dog: Lyacon pictus

Best place to see wild dog in Africa: Kwando and Linyanti, Botswana; Selous, Tanzania


Spotted Hyena: Crocutta crocutta

Best place to see hyena in Africa: Kruger Park, South Africa; Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania


Giraffe: Cameleopardus giraffe sp

Best place to see giraffe in Africa: Moremi, Botswana; Luangwa Valley, Zambia; Samburu, Kenya


Hippo: Hippopotamus amphibious

Best place to see hippo in Africa: All major waterways of Africa


Plains Zebra: Equus quagga [burchelli]

Best place to see zebra in Africa: Etosha, Namibia; Moremi, Botswana; Kruger Park, South Africa; Serengeti, Tanzania


Grevy's Zebra: Equus grevyi

Best place to see Grevy's Zebra in Africa: Samburu, Kenya


Impala: Aepyceros melampus

Best place to see impala in Africa: Etosha, Namibia; Kruger Park, South Africa, Moremi, Botswana; Selous, Tanzania; Samburu, Kenya


Springbok: Antidorcus marsupialis

Best place to see springbok in Africa: Etosha, Namibia, Central Kalahari, Botswana


Grants Gazelle: Nanger granti

Best place to see Grant's Gazelle in Africa: Serengeti, Tanzania; Masai Mara, Kenya


Thompson's Gazelle: Eudorcas thompsonii

Best place to see Thompson's Gazelle in Africa: Serengeti, Tanzania; Masai Mara, Kenya


Gerenuk: Litocranius walleri

Best place to see them: Samburu, Kenya


Oryx: Oryx sp.

Best place to see them: Central Kalahari, Botswana, Etosha, Namibia; Samburu, Kenya


Sable Antelope: Hippotragus niger

Best place to see them: Moremi, Botswana; Hwange, Zimbabwe


Greater Kudu: Tragelaphus strepsciceros

Best place to see them: Eastern Cape, South Africa; Kruger Park, South Africa; Moremi, Botswana

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