South African Animals: The Big 5!

The Big 5? More like The EPIC 5!



Did you know that South Africa is the only country in the world that is home to The Big 5…but what is it?

The Big 5 consists of the Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark!

The team at HQ have decided to list them in order of just how epic we think they are, along with plenty of random facts about each of these beautiful creatures and exactly where you can find them in South Africa!

Planning on going to Camp this year? Ensure you leave plenty of time to see these stunning South African Animals during your Post Camp travel!

5 | Leopard

These beautiful South African animals are built for hunting. They are mainly found in Sub-Saharan Africa. If you have seen Planet Earth recently then you’ve seen how incredibly fast these big cats are. When in South Africa, you can check these out at the Shamwari Game Reserve, which is in Port Elizabeth right by Camp!

Leopard, Mala Mala, Mpumalanga, South Africa

4 | Buffalo

African Buffalos sometimes live in herds of up to one thousand! Not that is an epic posse! Imagine seeing that in the distance coming towards you? If you fancy seeing some buffalos up close, we recommend checking out Kragga Kamma Game Park, again based in Port Elizabeth (yay!) so this can always be an option for a weekend during Camp!


3 | Rhino

There are 5 types of rhinos in the world, 3 from Asia and 2 from Africa. They have been around for over 50 million years. Did you know that a Rhino can stay pregnant for up to 16 months? Rhinos can also be seen at the Kragga Kamma Game Park, meaning you don’t have to travel too far to see these special South African animals up close.


2 | Lion

Random fact, we bet you didn’t know that lions actually rest for up to 20 hours a day! Isn’t it funny, they are so fast at running even though they spend so much time resting? These can be found at the Seaview Lion Park in Port Elizabeth, meaning that you can go and see the animals during one of your weekends off at Camp! Why not get together as a group, rent a bus and go around together seeing both the lions and the baby cubs?


1 | Elephants

Elephants are incredibly sacred in Africa. There are now only two types of elephants left in the world, African and Asian. African elephants are actually the largest mammal on the planet, and although you may not find anything bigger, we also feel that you will not find anything more sweet. Elephants are known for showing their sense of humour, compassion, playfulness and awareness. Get yourself to Schotia Safaris Game Reserve and see these adorable South African animals.


If you want to see all these amazing creature and more, apply to Camp South Africa now. Have the summer of your life!