Sunday, 13 March 2016

Rhinos in, but Hippos out

What is the big five? Are Hippos in the big five? And if not then why not?
All good questions, especially when one sees a lot of the tourist hype around seeing the big five.

Bottom line is that is exactly what it is, tourist hype. Our guests want to see as much as possible, and often when asked at the beginning of any safari they answer with one word. EVERYTHING.

The origin of the term big five is also quite distasteful. Although now used in tourism across Africa it actually denotes the five most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Black Rhino.
At On Track Safaris, we'd much rather aim for EVERYTHING.


  1. Thank you Will, I don't like that term, especially will all the decimation taking place in the populations of some of the "Big 5". Maybe we should start a new tradition AMA, Africa's Magnificent Animals"...