African Rhinoceros

A rhinoceros safari in Africa is something that all visitors to the continent should consider, not only because these animals are so unique, but also because they are so rare. Absurdly enough to most, demand for rhino horns in the Middle East and the Far East has led to a significant decrease in African rhino numbers. The black rhinoceros has suffered the most from poaching, being less prevalent than the white rhinoceros. Although the two species of rhinoceros in Africa have names that refer to colors, they are all grey. Thankfully, various organizations and countries are teaming up to help conserve the rhinoceros in Africa, and if you can't make it on a rhinoceros safari, you might at least check out a rhinoceros sanctuary.

The African rhinoceros, be it black or white, is obviously a creature that has managed to survive for a long time. It's prehistoric and primitive look is certainly unique, and you might be interested to know that these animals have been around for millions of years. Something that is also very interesting is the fact that the coveted rhino horn is not really a horn at all. Instead, it is nothing but thick, matted hair that does not benefit from any skeletal support. Whereas the white rhinoceros in Africa is more of a grazer that sticks mainly to grasses, the black rhinoceros is more of a browser, consuming a wider range of vegetation. White rhinos are the larger of the two species, weighing from 4,000-6,000 lbs. The black rhinoceros generally falls into a weight range of 1,750-3,000 lbs. The African rhinoceros is a pretty cranky animal by nature, not appreciating too much fuss. Benefitting from good hearing and a strong sense of smell, rhinos are known to have poor eyesight. Should you be enjoying a rhinoceros safari in Africa, you might notice these optically-challenged animals charging nothing more than thin air.

When considering how big and heavy an African rhinoceros is, it might surprise you to know that they can reach a gallop speed of up to 30 miles an hour, which is utterly amazing. Their agility is pretty good, all things considered, but unfortunately, they are pretty easy for man to kill, especially since we can arm ourselves in a variety of fashions. Some of the best places to book a rhinoceros safari are Kenya, South Africa, and Namibia. Lake Nakuru National Park and Tsavo National Park are top spots in Kenya, with the renowned Kruger National Park being South Africa's best bet. Etosha National Park is where to go in Namibia if you want to see a wild rhinoceros in Africa. One of the best African rhinoceros sanctuaries is Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, so you might head there during your Kenya vacation if rhino conservation is especially important to you. The African rhinoceros is a member of the famed "Big Five", which is a term used by big game hunters to label the continent's most difficult animals to hunt. The other group members are the lion, the African buffalo, the African buffalo, the leopard, and the rhinoceros.

When you plan a rhinoceros safari, you will often times also be enjoying a lion safari, a buffalo safari, and a leopard safari all at the same time. With plenty of qualified safari companies to choose from in Africa, booking a safari of any kind is easy, even if you most interested in luxury safaris. The more days and the more destinations you add to your African safari vacation package, the more you will pay, and these trips can be expensive. But, even if you can only afford a one-day safari because of either money or time, the experience will surely last a lifetime.

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