The Big 5 – rather grimly – originally referred to the 5 hardest animals to hunt in Africa around the turn of the 20th century, when thousands of hunters came from Europe and North America to hunt them for sport. They were considered the hard to hunt animals because they were either very difficult to track, dangerous when cornered or wounded, or a mix of all of these aspects. Although hunting these animals is now rare, sadly it has continued amongst a few wealthy individuals, amidst much controversy and international outrage mainly via social media outlets. These days though, thankfully the vast majority come to see the ‘Big 5’ on safaris out of appreciation for the opportunity to get a special encounter with these unique animals, rather than to hunt them for trophies. The ‘Big 5’ include the lion, the leopard, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, and the rhinoceros. Although it’s unlikely (though not impossible) to see them in one single safari, this article gives you insight into some of the best places where to see each individually.