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How to learn common animal names in Swahili

Here’s a list of the most common animal names you may come across on your African safari, and their direct translation into Swahili.

Enjoy and happy learning! 🙂

Zebra = Punda milia

Animal – Mnyama

Antelope – Paa

Baboon – Nyani

Bird(s) – Ndege

Buffalo – Nyati

Bushbaby (Lesser) – Kombo

Cheetah – Duma

Chimpanzee – Sokwe

Crocodile – Mamba

Eland – Pofu

Elephant – Ndovu/Tembo

Giraffe – Twiga

Hippo – Kiboko

Hyena – Fisi

Impala – Swalapala

Jackal (Black-backed) – Bweha

Leopard – Chui

Lion – Simba

Mongoose – Ngushiro

Monkey (Vervet) – Tumbili

Monkey (Common name) – Kima

Ostrich – Mbuni

Porcupine – Nungu

Python – Chatu

Rhino – Kifaru

Snake – Nyoka

Warthog – Ngiri

Waterbuck – Kuru

Wild Dog – Mbwa mwitu

Wildebeest – Nyumbu

Zebra – Punda milia

Safari njema (enjoy your safari)! 😉

Wonder how these animals are called in other local African languages?

CLICK HERE to find out!

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