The Big Five in Kenya

In the same way that many have a travel bucket list, most people come into a safari with a bucket list of animals that they want to see during their game drives. The Big Five is a list of five large African animals that always seem to make the most desired sightings;

The lion, leopard, African elephant, rhinoceros and cape buffalo.

Unfortunately, the origin of the Big Five is that of a negative one of poaching and trophies. The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size.

The lion and elephant are classified as endangered. The leopard and white rhinoceros are classified as vulnerable and near threatened. The black rhinoceros is classified as critically endangered so cannot be hunted at all. The African buffalo’s conservation status is least concern.

The one animal that I wanted to see most while on safari in Kenya was the leopard; it is a rare sighting and in my opinion, the most beautiful of all African animals. I was fortunate enough to have seen a family of three leopards during a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. It was probably my favourite part of the entire trip.

Here are the Big Five:

Thanks to My Adventure Store & G Adventures for making this trip possible.
All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Tour: Kenya Safari Experience 
G Adventures Africa Tours

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23 Responses to “The Big Five in Kenya”

  1. Natalia | Always Trekking
    February 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Umm..wow! I’m speechless. This is spectacular. What camera and lens do you have?
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    • Seattle
      February 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      Thanks! I used a Nikon D300 + 70-300 lens for these.

  2. Cam @ Traveling Canucks
    February 14, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Well done! You’ve got some National Geographic shots here!
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    • Seattle
      February 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      Haha, best compliment ever! Thanks 😀

  3. Jason's Travels
    February 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Wow. Amazing shots. Really impressive.

  4. Becky
    February 15, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Hi Seattle. The pictures are beautiful! Would love to see more as I’m sure there are quite a few fabulous shots. Hope you had a lovely time in Paris too. – Becky

    • Seattle
      February 15, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks, Becky! There will definitely be more, and Paris was great, too. Hope you enjoyed Tanzania :]

  5. Amanda
    February 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Hollllllyyyyy cowwwww. Amazing photos. That last one of the lion is NatGeo-worthy!
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    • Seattle
      February 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      Haha, thanks 😀

  6. memographer
    February 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Breathtaking photos, Seattle! Unbelievable closeups! Very inspiring. I can’t wait for my trip to Africa!
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    • Seattle
      February 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks a bunch! When are you heading there?

      • memographer
        February 17, 2013 at 12:25 am #

        Later this year… or maybe next year. Too many places, to little vacation 🙂

        • Seattle
          February 17, 2013 at 11:32 am #

          I know how that feels, but Kenya is definitely worth bumping up to the top of the list ;]

  7. Ryan
    February 17, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Stunning photographs, you must have a crazy telephoto lens or maybe you are just as crazy as me and would go frolicking amongst lions and elephants. These are amazing Seattle!
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    • Seattle
      February 17, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Haha I would totally frolic with lions and elephants if they allowed me to leave the vehicle (National Park rules), but I think the 70-300 lens helped ;]

  8. Lilian
    February 17, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Wow…gorgeous shots. Well done!

  9. Debbie
    February 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Absolutely stunning photos. WOW!, WOW!, WOW!

  10. Danielle
    April 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Can I just say every single one of your photos were amazing but especially the Lion ones, such intensity! Great job! I’m also really jealous lol. I hope I get to do this one day!

  11. holly
    January 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    What an amazing adventure, & such wonderful photography. Its a shame these beautiful creatures are still hunted to extinction.

    http://hollyemeryphotography.blogspot.co.uk

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