Spotting the Big 5 on Safari

On my recent trip to South Africa, I spent 3 days at the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, located within the Kruger Park. It was my first safari experience organised by Hands Up Holidays – and I have to say, I loved it. During our stay, we went on 4 game drives (2 in the evening and 2 in the very early morning) and we were incredibly lucky to spot the ‘Big 5’.

The ‘Big 5’ is a term coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. They include the African lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the African leopard, and the White/Black rhinoceros.

My sister Renata was with me on this trip and helped me test the Leica D-Lux.


African Lion

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera


African Elephant

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera


Cape Buffalo

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera


African Leopard

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera


Black Rhinos

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera

Photo taken with Leica D-Lux camera


I am testing various Leica cameras over the year, with a view of understanding if a ‘pretend iPhone photographer’ can have a chance at taking decent photographs. I have received no training other than a quick introduction and my purpose is to see if I can use the camera or not! The Leica D-Lux model was very light and easy to carry around (it did fit in a LV clutch), and once we finally figured it out, it was easy to transfer the images to my phone via the built-in WiFi capability. I still need to understand more how the focus and the exposure works as it wasn’t as intuitive, but there is hope.

This is just a little taste of what our safari experience was like. I shall be writing a full review of our trip very soon.


Mrs. O


Fact box:  The Leica D-Lux costs from £749 and you can find out more information about the camera at Leica’s website. I have been provided with a camera for this trip and opinions are, as always, my own.

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  1. Josephine

    September 20, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Wow!. These are amazing photos, Ana.
    It is good to know you had fun on this trip. South Africa has amazing wildlife the only problem is the poaching which is prevalent. I was reading through some of your posts and I handed here. This post gives me good memories of my years in South Africa.
    Thank you so much for bringing good memories back.

  2. Stuart Forster

    October 22, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I’ve enjoyed your post and have to admit I’m slightly envious that you’ve seen all of the Big Five. I’m yet to see a lion in Africa, though I did see them in Sasan Gir National Park in India, and a leopard. My favourite spot in Africa for safari has been Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. I look forward to heading to South Africa at some point.
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  3. Leanne

    June 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    What an amazing experience you went on. The photographs look incredible and you looked like you had such a wonderful time.

  4. Christopher Hill

    April 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Fabulous shots Ana – and Renata!
    Where did the one of the leopard come from??
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  5. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    April 10, 2015 at 11:41 am

    So glad you loved your safari!! And the pics are great 🙂 I’ve had a soft spot for safari ever since I did my first one on honeymoon – desperately longing to return to Africa to do another one one day, maybe even South Africa later this year with a bit of luck!
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  6. Becky Padmore

    April 10, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Great photos I’m trying out the Leica camera at the moment too, very impressed so far!
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  7. Renata Graça da Silva

    April 10, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Great pictures!!

  8. Suzanne - Travelbunny

    April 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    This is something I’d love to do – there’s nothing like seeing wild animal in their natural habitat and you’ve caught some fabulous images. Looking forward to seeing more from the Leica D-Lux

  9. Mira

    April 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. I am with Natalie, I can’t wait to hear more about the trip, especially how you enjoyed all your luxury accommodations, the wine you tasted, the food you enjoyed and the charity work you did. 🙂

  10. Pedro @travelwithpedro

    April 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    That must have been really amazing. Well, safaris usually are, right? On my last day on a Kenyan safari I found myself 1.5 metres away from a male lion. It was very interesting the way he just ignored my presence and licked his paws, just a like a house cat.
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  11. Hannah @Getting Stamped

    April 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    We love Africa, we are headed back in 3 weeks!
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  12. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    April 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Mrs. O! I’m excited to see more from your trip to SA!
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