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The big five

© Jennifer Stern© Jennifer SternYou may have heard the term “Big Five,” which is a throwback to the heyday of big game hunting safaris, and has metamorphosed into a handy marketing gimmick. The big five are elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo. They’re not really the biggest, and they’re certainly not the prettiest and not even the most interesting, but they are all well worth looking at. If you have a specific reason for wanting to see the big five, choose a reserve or park that offers a good chance of seeing them, but you’ll probably have just as good an experience if you don’t get to tick them all off.


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