In Africa there’s an endless array of life that roams free into the glorious sunlight of Africa. Packs of painted dogs, crashes of rhinos, cheetah coalitions – a complete selection of distinct groupings of creatures dwell in Africa. After your fascinating game drives you are able to relax in comfort at a great number of game lodges and safari escapes in many lands such as Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. These countries are some of the final places on the planet to see free-roaming wildlife in such profuse profusion. All set to welcome you to their lands, are the cheerful people of the various nations.

One of the things you will most likely need to see on the safari is the Big Five. These five animals are the lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino. You can evaluate a male lion’s age by his mane. Male buffaloes have longer and thicker horns than the females. They have a terrific sense of smell. Leopards are solitary creatures and do not put up with invasions into their home span, except during mating time. Male and female African elephants have tusks. Elephants love swimming. Despite their labels, Black and White rhinos are both grey. As you can see these are five very fascinating, and extremely contrasting animals.

If you are a cat person you might discover much to amaze you in the African bush. For starters there is the sleek and eye-catching cheetah to look out for. On the plus side they are diurnal so there is a good shot of seeing them during the day. Unluckily, however, there are no more than 10 000 positioned in the wild, so if you do see a cheetah, count yourself as lucky to witness this glorious circumstance. If you want to see even more there are African wild cats, Golden cats, Sand cats and Black-footed cats. The African Wildcat is found throughout Africa, except for the Sahara and rainforest sections. The African golden cat crops up from western Senegal to eastern Kenya and even in the Central African Republic in the north and Angola in the south. Sand cats are brilliant at digging burrows, which allows them to reel in animals and shelters them from the sun. The ground of the Black-footed cat overlaps the territory of one to 4 females. It is constantly found in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Angola.

You need not fret if you see none of the cats, for there are a sufficient amount of antelopes to see. These include lechwe, kudu and the sable antelope. Antelopes are only the beginning of your safari journey. You will need field glasses to concentrate on animals that are miles away or small such as the Banana bat, the banded mongoose or the bat-eared fox. At night the bush is still very much alive with prowling animals looking for a nibble to eat. Or what about a cheeky monkey or three? The chattering of monkeys and the grinning baboons are the next element to look forward to; just make sure you do not chatter or smirk back! A sensible curio store should be on site to pack you with lots of knowledge and material about the animals you can see.

This is not all that you will see. If you like animals that creep, crawl and soar look out for reptiles such as Nile crocodiles, Yellow-throated day geckos and Western green mambas; rodents such as Barbary striped grey mice, Emin’s gerbils and Naked mole rats or birds such as frigate birds, egrets and storks. Another thing to keep in mind is that Madagascar, although a standalone island, is part of Africa and here you will find a profusion of wildlife, 80% of which is found nowhere else on Earth. Lemurs are only found in Madagascar and include ring-tailed, mouse, red-ruffed, indri and collared brown lemurs. And to think that we have not even covered marine animals – so you can see how much lives here and relies on Africa for a home.