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Plan a Perfect African Safari in Kenya: 2 – 10 Must-See Animals

Posted on 30 May 2012 by David

Today, we are on the second part of our seven-part “Plan a Perfect African Safari in Kenya” series.  Traditionally when you go on a safari, you are going on a big game hunt.  Your objective is to successfully shoot and bring back  some of the largest and ferocious animals on the planet.   These days the objective of a safari hasn’t changed except now you’re shooting the animals with your fancy DSLR and bringing them all back in your memory cards!

You must first hunt down the Big-5.  Once you’re done with that you can go for many others.  Here are the Big-5 we captured, plus five others you may also want to hunt for.

The Big 5:

1. African elephant – You’ll have no trouble finding them.  However you’ll need to keep your distance as the last thing you want is for an angry mom to charge at you!

African Safari Elephant in Kenya

2. Black Rhinoceros – Here we caught a pair of African White Rhinos, a mother and son staring at at each other.  The black rhinoceros is very difficult to find!

African Safari White Rhinos in Kenya

3. Cape buffalo – There are a few of these around.  Not too hard to find.

African Safari Cape Buffalo in Kenya

4. Lion – There is nothing like hearing a lion roar in person in the wild (especially when you are sleeping in the tent)!

African Safari Lion in Kenya

5. Leopard – You need luck to find leopards.  They like to hide up in the trees.  We got lucky and found this one cooling off in the shade.

 African Safari Leopard in Kenya

Others worth searching for:

6. Crocodile – They’re huge, about the size of a hippo!

African Safari Crocodile in Kenya

7. Cheetah – Beautiful animal.  Looks like a leopard.  Compare their coat pattern!

African Safari Cheetah in Kenya

8. Giraffe – Once you see them in a herd in the wild you’ll never want to see them in a zoo.

African Safari Giraffe in Kenya

9. Topi – The males of this type of antelope mark their territory by standing on a big pile of dung, ready to fight any other male that tries to invade.  The taller the pile of dung, the better it is for them!

African Safari Topi in Kenya

10. Warthog – They were very funny to watch.  They always ran with an urgent purpose, like they were late to a meeting or something.  Now we know why warthogs always wear business suits in cartoons!

African Safari Warthog in Kenya

 

Stay tuned for our post on “5 tidbits you should know about the Mara Crossing” tomorrow!

Seven Part Series of our Safari in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya:

  1. Introduction
  2. 10 Must-See Animals (including the Big 5) – Current Post
  3. Five Tidbits about the Mara Crossing You Should Know
  4. Our Wildebeest Crossing Experience 
  5. Choosing When and Where to Go
  6. Kicheche Camp Review
  7. Getting to Maasai Mara

You may also enjoy our Picture of the Week:

  1. Maasai Warriors Jumping Contest (Adumu)

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Samantha Says:

    These are great pictures. What is the weather like there? Sunny everyday?

  2. onthegroundtravel Says:

    Surprisingly, Kenya can be quite cool. Most of the time, it’s sunny. But there were definitely times when we felt we needed a light jacket!

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