The Swahili word for animals is mnyama (wanyama, pl.). Here are some translations for your “BIG 5” Kenya animals; you might like to brag a little while on your safari. Safari, by the way, is the one common English word that is derived from Swahili. It means a trip or journey of any kind.

Here are the ‘Big 5’:

  • Buffalo – mbogo
  • Elephant – ndovu/tembo
  • Leopard – chui
  • Lion – simba
  • Rhino – kifaru