The phrase "Big Five game" was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. The term is still used by most guides that discuss African wildlife safaris. These animals are the Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, and Rhinoceros.
Big Game Hunters
A big-game hunter is a person engaged in hunting for large animals for trophies or game. The pursuit of the major objective might place the hunter at risk of personal harm.
With the addition of Crocodile and Hippo the list is now sometimes referred to as the "Dangerous Seven". Rhino hunting can still be done in South Africa with a special permit.