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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