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Unique collective nouns for African animals

Imagine yourself on an unforgettable African safari, surrounded by wildlife. As you encounter these incredible animals, you might start to notice something interesting: they have pretty unique collective nouns for African animals! These terms go far beyond the typical “herd” or “flock,” adding a layer of intrigue and personality to your safari experience.

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  • Tour Length 24 days
    Group Size Max 16
    Starts & Ends Starts: Cape Town Ends: Johannesburg
    Countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Overview Beginning in Cape Town, sometimes known as "The Mother City," near the southernmost tip of Africa, this journey is the master of tours, offering breathtaking scenery and well-known landmarks. As we move up the west coast, we pass through some of the largest sand dunes on the earth, into Namibia's expansive panoramas, and up to the Okavango Delta, which is a true wilderness. We proceed to the remote Makgadikgadi salt pans and then head north through Kasane to the magnificent Victoria Falls. As we descend, we stop in Hwange, home to sizable herds of elephants, then follow the rhino in Matobo. The voyage comes to a close in Johannesburg, the Gold City, when you finally pass back into Botswana. We go a considerable distance on some isolated and unpaved roads, but the natural wonders we come across more than make up for any hardship for those who genuinely desire adventure.

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  • Tour Length 21 days
    Group Size Max 12
    Starts & Ends Starts: Cape Town Ends: Victoria Falls
    Countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Overview This thrilling Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour is one of Africa's most exciting overland routes. Adventure through the wilderness of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Go where few have gone before as you explore the remote regions of the mighty Fish River Canyon, the beautiful Etosha National Park and the impressive Okavango Delta. Discover ancient rock art and gaze over wildlife basking in the sunlight before finally facing the most breathtaking, Victoria Falls!

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  • Tour Length 20 days
    Group Size Max 20
    Starts & Ends Starts: Cape Town Ends: Victoria Falls
    Countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Overview This 20 day expedition reads like a synopsis for the Amazing Race: scenic flights over the Okavango, white water rafting on the Zambezi, desert hikes, campouts under a sprawling blanket of stars — and that’s just the start! We’ve also included wildlife safari drives in Etosha, Moremi Game Reserve, and a relaxing sunset river cruise on the Chobe River to give you the best chance of experiencing the diversity of Southern Africa.

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This guide will equip you with some of the most fascinating collective nouns for African animals and birds, guaranteed to impress your fellow safari companions and leave a lasting impression. So, get ready to ditch the boring “bunch” and embrace the extraordinary!

Mammals

A cackle of hyena
A leap of leopards
A dazzle of zebra
A pride of lion
A coalition of cheetah
A prickle of porcupine
An armoury of aardvarks
A pod of hippos
A crash of rhino
A memory of elephant
A whoop of gorillas
A business of mongoose
A barrel of monkeys
A cloud of bats
An obstinacy of buffalo
A journey of giraffe (for moving animals)
A tower of giraffe (when the giraffe are standing still)
A romp of otters

Birds

A mustering of storks
A parliament of owls
A flamboyance of flamingoes
A wake of vultures
A pride of ostriches
A descent of woodpeckers
A fling of oxpeckers
A gaggle of geese
A confusion of guinea fowl
A convocation of eagles
A hedge of herons
A pod of pelicans

Reptiles

A creep of tortoises
A mess of iguanas
A bask of crocodiles
A quiver of cobras
A lounge of lizards

Insects

A plague of locusts
A scourge of mosquito
A cluster of spiders
A brood of termites

Trees

A dance of leadwood
A stillness of baobab

So there you have it! Armed with these unique collective nouns, you’re ready to impress your fellow safari-goers and add a touch of flair to your safari stories. But the learning doesn’t stop here! Share your favourite collective nouns in the comments below, and tell us which amazing African animals you hope to see on your next adventure. Remember, the wild awaits!

About Sarah Duff

Documentary filmmaker/ travel writer/ photographer - www.sarahduff.com
Article by: Sarah Duff
on February 8, 2024
Filed under  Africa Blog 
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