Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Big Five

Before going on a safari I had never heard of "The Big Five." Well, once you're on a safari all you hear about is "The Big Five." According to Wikipedia, "The phrase Big Five game was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. The term is still used in most tourist and wildlife guides that discuss African wildlife safaris."

If you're not sure of what "The Big Five" are, here's pictures I took of all of them:

RHINOS (this baby Rhino was just so damn cute):

BUFFALO (this bird picking his nose reminded me of Vietnam):

LEOPARDS (I was within five feet of four different leopards over our trip):

ELEPHANTS (This guy kept fanning his ears to stay cool):

LIONS (This male lion was taking a rest in the grass after having eaten a buffalo):

I knew our safari was amazing when I was on it, but it really hit home when talking to other people who had been on other safaris. A bunch of people said things to me like, "We saw four out of the five big five on our trip!!!" Not to brag, but we saw four out of five big five on just one of our game drives.

Like I said, I never heard of "The Big Five" before going on this trip. However, when I called home to talk to my parents, the first thing my dad said to me was, "Did you see the Big Five?!" Yeah, my dad needs to go on a safari ASAP!