East Africa is renowned for offering visitors the chance to spot some of the world’s most iconic wildlife species in their natural habitats.

The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem covers around 30,000 km² of Kenya and Tanzania and encompasses a wide range of habitats. Among the best-known animal groupings you can spot, there are the Big 5 (rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard) and the African big cats (cheetah, leopard and lion).

The term ‘Big 5’ was originally coined to refer to the five most dangerous species to hunt on foot: rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard. While these individual species can be observed in various parks throughout East and Southern Africa, it remains an achievement to spot them all, and East Africa is one of the few places in the world where safari-goers have a good chance of doing so. Lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant are abundant and can be found in most areas where we operate. Rhino are a bit harder to find, especially in Tanzania, where their numbers suffered due to poaching in the 1960s and ’70s.

Good areas to see the Big 5 are Ngorongoro, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara If you’re particularly interested in spotting elephant, you’ll find plenty of them at Tarangire National Park and Ruah National Park in Tanzania.

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