The big five animals in Kenya have been renowned around the world, and nothing compares to seeing them in their natural habitat. From the majestic lion to the agile leopard, Kenya is home to some of Africa’s most iconic big game animals.
Whether you’re planning a safari or just want to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures, here is your ultimate guide to the big five animals in Kenya!
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Most national parks in Kenya protect the big five animals, namely lions, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants and leopards. These large animals are known as the ‘big five’ because they are the most difficult to hunt on foot.
The lion is the top predator in Africa. These cats have distinctive manes and are very social animals, living in pride of up to 30 individuals.
They usually hunt during the night, preying on antelopes, zebras or wildebeests. Their roar can be heard up to 8 kilometres away.
Elephants are the largest land animals in Africa, with their tusks being used for defence and for digging up roots and water. They have excellent memories and use various sounds to communicate with each other.
Elephants can roam around 30 kilometres a day and can live up to 70 years.
The cape buffalo is known as Africa’s dark horse as they are not often seen by tourists, preferring to stay in grassland areas in large herds. They have curved horns that are used for defence against predators.
They are tough animals, able to survive in extreme weather conditions and can even survive without water for periods of time. African or cape buffalo is the most dangerous animal in any national park and should be treated with caution.
The white as well as the black rhino, especially the white rhinos, is an endangered species due to poaching for its horn, which can fetch thousands of dollars on the black market. It is estimated that there are only about 20,000 rhinos left in the wild.
In fact, there are only 2 northern white rhinos left in the world and are found in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Rhinos have thick skin and two horns and can reach speeds of up to 50 kilometres an hour.
Leopards are known for their stealthy hunting ability, as they can climb trees and pounce on prey from above. They have spotted coats that help them to camouflage in the tall grass of the savannah.
Leopards can live up to 20 years and are solitary animals, only coming together during mating season. They are also great swimmers, able to cross rivers with ease.
All the Big Five and other wild animals can be found in Kenya and other parts of Africa. Below are some of the interesting facts about the big animals such as the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo.
Where can you find most of the Big 5 animals in Kenya? You can visit several national parks in Kenya to see the big five such as:
Below are the most commonly asked questions about the Big Five animals in Kenya.
The Big Five refers to the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot and includes lions, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants and leopards.
They are the Big Five plus hippos and cheetahs.
The Big Five and other wild animals can be found in several national parks in Kenya, such as Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Tsavo East and West National Parks.
There are estimated to be around 20,000 rhinos left in the wild, making them the most endangered of the Big Five animals. The other four members of the Big Five can still be found in national parks throughout Africa.
The best way to see all the members of the Big Five is to visit several different national parks in Kenya. That is enjoying the best of Kenya on a safari – Kenya the capital of wildlife safaris.
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