Seeing Africa's Big 5 is one of the most exhilarating things you can do. Some people spend a lifetime trying to see them but fall short. We were fortunate enough to see the Big 5 many times over! (Yes, we saw three leopards, four rhinos, a half dozen lions, and countless buffalos and elephants!) It was absolutely remarkable and something that I can say with utmost certainty will be with each member of my family for the rest of our lives.
I mentioned that seeing these majestic creatures is rare and yet many people back home think these are the animals I see every day since, after all, I live in Africa. I want to introduce you all now to the animals I do actually see with frequency. They are the "Village 4" and require no formal introduction...
Not gonna lie, I am quite grateful that these are the creatures I see as I walk through my village because it offers some sort of comfort that I'm not being tracked by a lion or fear being trampled by an elephant. Plus it makes the fact that I did actually see the Big 5 all the more special. So three cheers to the Village 4 for being so humorous and the Big 5 for their glory.