The Big Five
With Timbavati Safari lodge you will have the pleasure of going on safari tours of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, which boast a wide array of wildlife and breathtaking scenery. And the Big five are among the vast array of animals that one could possibly see live.
The term king of the jungle is synonymous one animal and one animal only the lion. The lion is among the biggest of the big cats and can usually be seen living groups called prides consisting of about 15 lions with the majority of which being females and their young. Lions live by a hierarchy in which lionesses hunt and males feast first. But that does not mean that males are to be taken lightly after all this majestic creature is not called the king of the jungle for nothing. A lions can be roar as loud as 114 decibels, which is about 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawn mower.
The African Elephant
Weighing up to 6.6 tons and measuring up to 3.3 m at the shoulder, the African elephant is the world’s largest land mammal, aside from its size the great African Elephant boasts an extremely versatile trunk used for a number of things such as smelling, breathing, detecting vibrations, caressing their young, sucking up water, and grasping high objects. But the trunk is not the only feature that defines the African elephant, born with long tusks which are used for digging, foraging, and fighting these gentle giants are never to be underestimated.
Even though this majestic beast is a herbivore and a member of the cow family the buffalo should never be taken lightly, boasting two large horns for use in combat with predators and other buffaloes, the buffalo has been proven to capable of tip over a motorcar and it is said that buffalo have killed more hunters in Africa than any other animal. With a memory that matches that of an elephant, they have been known to attack people that have harmed them even years after the event.
Most people may not know this but the word rhinoceros actually means long nose horn, which makes sense considering the fact that a Rhinos main feature is its horns which unfortunately are the reason why they are poached. But that does not mean that the aptly named rhino is to be taken lightly, the white Rhino is said to be the heaviest land animal second only to the African elephant. A common misconception is that the white rhino is white in truth the white rhino is more of a greyish colour.
Found throughout most of Africa, and parts of Asia Leopards are the loners of the safari, preferring to be alone leopards are most active at night, and spend the day at rest in thick bushes or in trees. These nocturnal animals are extremely agile and excellent swimmers capable of leaping more than 20 feet and able to run at over 36 miles per hour making these cats on of the fasted animals in the safari.
Reading about the legendary big five is not enough. To truly understand how magnificent these beast are you have to see them with your own eyes. And with Timbavati Safari Lodges safari tours you may be lucky enough to see the big five in action.