Few Unusual Animals You Might Be Lucky To Spot On A Kenyan Safari (Photos)

Check out the amazing leaps of the caracal—it can swat a bird out of the air at 3 meters!

Forget the Big 5—Check Out These 15 Unusual Animals in Kenya!

Smaller than the serval and without patterned fur is the caracal. With tufted ears, the caracal looks a bit like an African version of a lynx, however, it is most likely related to the serval and golden cat.

Those funny looking tufts are more than just a fashion statement. While many theories exist as to their function, many believe caracals use their tufts to communicate with others of their kind.

And don’t let its petite cuteness fool you – these felines are ferocious when attacking prey. With the ability to jump 3 meters (that’s about 10 feet), keep your eyes peeled for the caracal while on the African savannah.

Honey badger ‘don’t care’ that it’s unusual.

The honey badger does not live up to its name – it is not sweet as honey. While the black and white furry creature appears cute and cuddly, in reality, it attacks aggressively, even chasing lions away from their kill to take it for themselves.

A viral video of a National Geographic spot shows a honey badger attacking and eating a cobra, not ‘caring’ about the fact that the snake is incredibly venomous.

After this video came to light, researchers conducted bloodwork and found that the honey badger is indeed immune from the cobra’s poison.

So while the honey badger may not care about much, you may care to see it up close in the Kenyan wild.


Literally laugh-out-loud (LOL) with the hilarious hyena!

Forget the Big 5—Check Out These 15 Unusual Animals in Kenya!

Okay, so maybe the hyena doesn’t actually laugh, but the noise it makes sounds pretty funny! There are many misconceptions regarding hyenas.

For instance, spotted hyenas actually hunt most of their prey, while it’s the striped hyena that mainly scavenges. And contrary to how pop culture typically depicts hyenas as cowards, they will chase lions off in order to get their kill.

Find hyenas while out on a night game drive or even in the early rays of the morning sun.


Giraffe or gazelle? You be the judge of the peculiar gerenuk.

The gerenuk (that’s pronounced gair-uh-nook), or giraffe gazelle, has the body and size of a gazelle, but a long neck like a giraffe.

In fact, gerenuk means “giraffe-necked” in Somali. The extra length allows gerenuks to access branches that are too high for other antelopes to reach.

The gerenuk roams the plains of the Selenkay Conservancy. Make sure to turn your camera to “portrait” when snapping a photo of the remarkable gerenuk.


Sing “Hakuna Matata” with a real-life Pumbaa.

Forget the Big 5—Check Out These 15 Unusual Animals in Kenya!

Have “no worries” when exploring Lake Nakuru for warthogs, the inspiration for Disney’s The Lion King’s comical character, Pumbaa.

While the animated warthog hung out with Timon the meerkat, in real life, these two animals do not actually co-exist in Kenya. Instead, find warthogs drinking from the glassy waters of Lake Nakuru or foraging for food nearby. Just like any other pig, a warthog’s diet consists of mainly what it can find, which includes berries, roots, tree bark, and grass.

It may not be the most glamourous animal on safari, but the warthog sure is one of a kind.



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