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Top 10 Animals to See on a Safari

By Edited Jul 18, 2016 0 4

Going on a Safari is a great opportunity for photographers and vacationers. You will get a chance to see animals that are unique to the area you are traveling in. You can experience a safari in any Country; however a Safari is normally associated with Africa. All of the animals listed on here can be seen on African safari’s, with the exception of 2 of the listings. Here is my choice for the top 10 animals to see on a safari. Challenge: Two of the ten animals do not live natural in Africa.
If you know which then mention them in the comment box. Or if you have a favorite safari animal let us know by leaving a comment.

10. Giraffe


The giraffe’s colors and markings will vary depending on which part of Africa you visit on Safari. Wild giraffes as a whole are a threatened species, but not endangered. There is however some giraffe breeds that are endangered such as the West African giraffe.

The giraffe is an iconic safari animal that is instantly recognized by people of all ages. You will never hear anyone say “What kind of animal is that?” A giraffe is one of the few animals that people everywhere will instantly recognize and know the name of, regardless of what part of the world they are from.

At many zoos children and adults are allowed to help feed the giraffes by hand. Although this is generally safe in a zoo style setting, you do not ever want to approach a giraffe in the wild when you are on an African safari.

9. East African Crowned Crane

East African Crowned Crane

This is one of those animals that are often not thought of when a person thinks of a safari style animal. When people see these while on a safari they always get excited and ask “what kind of bird is that”? The Mohawk looking haircut on the East African Crowned Crane always makes families with kids laugh and giggle when they are on a safari.

8. Zebra


Zebra’s are one of those iconic animals that you have to see on a safari. If you don’t get the chance to see a zebra then you may feel a little disappointed. Luckily almost every Africans Safari will give you numerous opportunities to see Zebras in the Wild.

7. Elephant


Elephants may end up being the largest safari animal you see. If an elephant rams into your safari truck then you could be killed, of course this is extremely rare. Safaris are generally pretty safe as long as you follow the tour guides instructions and don’t attempt to pet the “pretty little tiger cubs”. Elephants are definitely one of the coolest animals to see in the wild. unfortunately poachers continue to kill elephants simply to sell their ivory tusks on the black market.

6. Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger(89725)

The Bengal Tiger is one of the most beautiful animals in the world. A White Bengal tiger is never seen in most Countries unless you get luck at a zoo, but when you are on a safari you have a great chance of spying one of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

5. Gnu


The Gnu is also called the Wildebeest. Although a Gnu may be small compared to a hippo or elephant, they can still reach weights of up to 600 pounds. Most of the Gnu’s you see will not weigh that much, however they are still really cool to spot on a safari. A Wildebeest can reach speeds of up to 40 MPH when running at full speed. Never approach a mothers calf, or you will be maimed and or killed. As with all safari animals, it is much safer to watch from a distance and from the relative safety of your safari truck. Notice the little bird that is perched on the Gnu in the picture?

4. Hippopotamus


Many people often think of a lion as one of the most deadliest of all the various predators that you will see on a safari, but a fat old hippopotamus can be much more dangerous. The hippopotamus is probably the most dangerous animal you will see on a safari. These guys are big, fast, mean, and will deal with dangers in a ruthless manner. Nobody messes with the Hippo!

3. Leopard


Leopards are primarily found in Africa. The spotted pattern that these large cats feature is beautiful. To see a Leopard on safari can feel almost magical. The Leopard can run well over 30 miles per hour. They can attack their prey in a manner that appears to happen extremely quickly, because it does. A leopard’s skin pattern can vary depending on which part of Africa you are on safari in.

Generally a leopard will strive to avoid any interactions with humans. A Leopard attack on a human is very rare, but definitely not unheard of. As rare as a leopard attack on a human is, there have been a few extreme cases such as the “Panar Leopard” which had supposedly killed around 400 people.

2. Orangutan


An orangutan will only be seen on a safari to one of the tropical rain forest regions. You will not see an orangutan on an African safari. Not everybody is able to go on an African safari, but you may get a chance to go on a safari in another Country such as Malaysia. If you do go on a safari in one of the regions where Orangutans live then your eyes peeled for these majestic creatures. Although an orangutan is a really nice animal to see on a non-African safari, overall you will probably enjoy an African safari much more because of the huge diversity of animals you can see.

1. Lion


A male lion can weigh over 500 pounds. The wild lion population count continues to be degraded each year as wild lions become harder to find. On any safari in Sub-Saharan Africa spotting a Lion is definitely the highlight of the trip for many people. A lot of us have seen lions that were raised in a Zoo, but seeing one of these spectacular animals in the wild is truly breathtaking.

Did you find the two species that do not live in the African nature?
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Mar 27, 2012 3:12am
You have some great pictures here - and an interesting article. Thanks for sharing.
Mar 27, 2012 8:24am
Thanks for your comment!
Mar 27, 2012 3:12am
The East African Crowned Crane is such a beautiful animal. I would love to see one.
Mar 27, 2012 8:24am
Yes, the East African Crowned Crane is very beautiful; it isn't surprising that Uganda has an image of the Crowned Crane in their national flag.
I have oftentimes seen cranes in natural surroundings in Kenya; one time I was even so lucky to see a pair of Cranes performing their ritual dance before mating.
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