Big Five Safari - Africa

The second-largest continent with 54 countries - Africa covers six per cent of the Earths surface. It also has the second-largest population in the world with 1.3 billion inhabitants (2018) after Asia. Did you know Africa has between 1500 - 2000 spoken languages? The most widely spoken is Swahili and with over 100 million is a Bantu language believed to have originated from other languages such as Arabic. It is also considered to be the oldest inhabited territory on Earth, with occupation perhaps dating to as early as 7 million years ago. Today it is the source of the world's longest river - The Nile and home to the big five.

View From Sun City Resort ©MDHarding

Big Five Safari - Africa

One of the most popular things to do in Africa is to see the big five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and cape buffalo) in their natural habitat. There are a few ways you can do this including a lodge stay, pre-booked safari for multiple nights or day trips.

We decided to do two guided safari drives from Sun City to Pilanesberg National Park. It's right on the doorstep of Sun City and Malaria free. It's also the location of one of the world’s outstanding geological phenomena: a crater of a long-extinct volcano and the result of eruptions some 1,200 million years ago – the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Home to the big five and an abundance of flora and fauna.

Senegal Parrot, Mocking Cliff-Chat and Red-Eyed Yellow Southern Weaver Bird ©MDHarding