Dangerous Game Hunting in South Africa – Big Five Hunting Safaris
Dangerous game hunting in South Africa is a classic hunting safari.
More commonly known as “The Big Five”, hunting pioneers have used this phrase to classify the five most dangerous animals one can find in Africa. The title doesn’t refer to their size but to their potential to kill a careless hunter with ease.
Dangerous game hunting in South Africa is the ultimate hunting adventure and it is seen as an achievement for many serious hunters. Today, hunters can hunt four of “The Big Five” in a sustainable manner.
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Our safaris, led by professional, experienced hunters, provide an exceptional big game hunt adventure for hunters of this caliber.
The Big Five
On your dangerous game hunting safari, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter:
The African Savannah elephant is the largest land mammal in Africa. An elephant provides sustenance for impoverished populations and its hide and ivory helps boost the economy through cultural applications.
Professional hunters consider The Cape buffalo as the most dangerous animal to hunt on a big five hunting trip. Its abundance and affordability makes the Cape buffalo one of the most hunted animal in the group.
There are hair raising stories told by hunters about the buffalo’s ability to ambush even the most experienced of hunters. And, although it is much smaller in size to that of the elephant, it is certainly the only species to have killed the most hunters.
However, its dark bulk and impressive horns will surely make you pay attention when on the hunt for this beautiful animal.
Nothing more majestic than the African lion. A big five hunting safari isn’t complete without hearing a lion’s roar in the bush.
In 2016, however, the African lion finds itself in a situation where its habitat is decreasing rapidly because of human intrusion. Along with the debate around lion hunting in modern day Africa shows the lack of an alternate means to hunt lions in a sustainable manner.
The fourth member of the big five group is the leopard, or more affectionately, “Mr. Spots.” If you hear the rasping call of a patrolling leopard at night followed by the blood curdling yelps of a troop of baboons then feel blessed as you will have experienced Africa in its most raw form. An encounter with a wounded leopard won’t end result in death. Even when wounded, a leopard remains a dangerous animal indeed.
The final member of the group is the mighty black rhino.
With a slightly bigger temper than its relative, the white rhino, their penchant for “charging” if disturbed gives it its reputation. Its large body, unusual horns and high pitched squeaks make the mighty rhino a unique sight to behold.
Today, the rhino is endangered once again due to the ongoing threat of poaching. South African populations of the African rhino have carried the brunt of this which have sparked proposals to have the animal be removed from CITES as well as having hunting bans put in place, all in an effort to curb poaching.
Many hunters believe that a big five hunting safari isn’t complete without the addition of the Nile croc or the hippo. It is considered that because they are also dangerous, they can make for fine hunting in their own ways. This has spawned a new term, “Dangerous Seven.”