African Safari Lingo- Words and Phrases You Should Know

Have you ever been on an African Safari? If not, it definitely should be on your bucket list! Safari is a Swahili word that means “journey,” For many people, safari means an adventure of a lifetime. Even if you have been on safari before, there are some keywords and phrases you should know to make the most of your experience. 

The big Five wildlife animals

This blog post will outline some of the most common words and phrases used in an African wildlife safari. With some preparation, you’ll be ready to navigate the language barrier and truly enjoy your safari experience! The Wild Springs Adventures way.

The African Safari Lingo is a language that Tour Drivers use to communicate with each other while at the park. I’ve heard some exciting wildlife jargon from our guides; what about you?

Kichwa = Lion

Masikio = Elephant

African Elephant one of the big five wildlife animals
African Elephant grazing at Olpejeta Conservancy

Pembe– Rhino

Shingo= Giraffe

Madoadoa Chafu= Hyena

Madoadoa ya juu= Leopard

Madoa doa ya Chini

The Big Five – buffalo, elephant, leopard, lions, and rhinoceros

Hakuna Matata – is Swahili for ‘no problem’ or ‘no worries’

The Ugly Five

The Ugly Five are the unfortunate African animals that do not meet the unrealistic beauty standards set by the Big Five. These poor souls include the hyena, wildebeest, warthog, vulture, and marabou stork.

The Special Five