What’s the Big Five? It is precisely the Big Five Game animals: lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. The term Big Five is usually use to define the most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt, but many safari tour operators use it to call the five greatest animals of the wildlife. In my case, Big Five do not have a hunting signifcation, they are the five most beautiful animals I have ever seen.
When I was in South Africa, I visited the Aquila Game Reserve, in the northern cape area. It is a big animal reserve where you can do a safari and visite the animal rescue center. In this place you’ll find no hunter, just people passionate by animals who want protect them. It is just love and preservation. It is not like a zoo, animals are free and care.
We made two safaries, the first one was a sunset safari and the second one an early morning safari. We also visited the rescue center the second day. We stayed one day and half in this beautiful place. Our accomodation for the night was a really beautiful lodge in the middle of the reserve, the night we heard the lions’ call. It is a magical place to stay, in the middle of the wildlife but with all the necessity to enjoy your experience.
The sunset safari was an amazing experience, we discover animals we had never seen before in their real environment. It is beautiful to see the nature just as it is been created, no trick, without artfifice, just nature.
All the big cats were in the special area, it was close to avoid the hunt of the others species, but don’t worry their area was big enough to look for them 45 minutes in a jeep before to find them. We were happy to finally find them because the guide told us that when the night come it is not possible to stay in the lions area because it is too dangerous.
The second day we went to the rescue center to discover the work of all the volunteer. They received hurt animals and they treat them before to let them free. It is a hard work because there is a lot of poaching but it is essential to protect animals.
I don’t want to share here hurt animals, so I prefere share this beautiful leopard which recover health already.
We also had the privilege to have a pre-dinner drinks in the reserve. An amazing memory. During this safari I had not only understand what animals preservation means, but I also saw wonders of nature, beautiful animals and the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen in my life. It was pink and blue without any photoshop. If one day you have the opportunity to travel in South Africa I recommand you this amazing place, the Aquila Game Reserve.
By A. de Villepin