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The Big 5 in Two Days

When on a safari, the big goal is to see the quintessential large game species. We were lucky enough to tick one of the safari musts by 9am on day two of our 43-day safari with Acacia Africa.

From Nairobi, we headed south toward the border of Tanzania, to the Maasai Mara National Park.  The park is named for the traditional people that live in the region. The park is home to all of the big five: water buffalo, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros, and of course the lion.

Cape Buffalo

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One of the easier of the big game to spot, due to their size and their numbers, we spotted several large groups in the Mara.  I caught this shot while the Oxpecker birds game him a spa treatment cleaning and removing the ticks.


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Another easy to spot target is the largest land mammal on earth, the African elephant.  We got within a few feet from these oddly beautiful creatures in the park.  Several families with calves roamed the park.


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On the first day, we saw a black rhino, one of the 15 estimated to live in the Mara.  We may not have gotten the greatest views, but never the less we saw him.  We will be on the lookout for a better angle on the Rhino, but our guides tell us we may have to wait toward the end of our safari in Namibia for the best viewing.


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Notoriously elusive, the leopard hid from us until the second morning, but then came within a few feet of our vehicle through the tall grass.  Many safaris go without seeing the spots of a leopard, so we are lucky, and even luckier to see them all in a matter of a few hours.

Related Article: Leopard Spotting In Yala National Park


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The king (or queen) of the jungle was the highlight of our trip to the Maasai Mara park.  We saw this lioness with her four cubs just a few minutes before sunset of day one.

Related Article: Real Life Lion King In The Serengeti 

Next time I go on safari I want to time it with the wildebeest migration, my friend went and it looks epic! When you go on safari you never know what you are going to see or not see, that’s the thrill of going on game drives.

If you are looking at taking a safari on your own, we’d recommend booking with Tour Radar and getting on an Acacia Africa operated overland.

Samantha at Our Traveling Blog

Thursday 7th of January 2016

Great post and I love the pics. The big cats have always been my favorite and I would love to see them. Thanks for sharing your amazing pictures.

Carla Wojahn

Thursday 29th of May 2014

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Love to hear them and see those beautiful pictures.

Sarah @ A Week at the Beach

Thursday 15th of May 2014

Great to see some fellow Sconnies traveling the world:) And glad you're loving Africa. I have worked over there for years in tourism, feel free to give me a shout if you need any help/info/intros!


Wednesday 7th of May 2014

And are you already head over heels in love with Africa????? Isn't it possibly just the most amazing place you will ever hope to be? Have a fantastic time, the culture, scenery, tribes, and, of course, the wildlife, just never get old!


Monday 12th of May 2014

In love! We are having a great time, another 35 days left on our safari. So true that it never gets old. Loving every animal that blocks the road!


Wednesday 7th of May 2014

Love the leopard shot - agree, incredibly lucky to spot so many wildlife in the first two days!