While on safari in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, I was lucky enough to see three of the big five!
One: this impressive male lion.
Two: this huge hippopotamus in the Zambezi River.
Three: this huge herd of African Buffalo.
So amazing...and my heart beat a bit faster the closer they got to us.
Even with their beauty, you can see how they are the kings.
We didn't see a leopard sadly..but one was spotted while we were there. So close!
(African Buffalo skull...)
Two hippos on a small island in the middle of the Zambezi River.
We weren't lucky enough to see the fifth of the big five: the rhino.
They apparently don't come to that part of Zimbabwe anymore and those that used to had been poached.
(Why are these the big five? They are the most dangerous animals to hunt.
In particular, they are the ones that will charge you vice run from you when threatened.)