Big 5 Animal Peg Solitaire
Big 5 Animal Peg Solitaire
Big 5 Animal Peg Solitaire
Big 5 Animal Peg Solitaire
Big 5 Animal Peg Solitaire
Big 5 Animal Peg Solitaire
Big 5 Animal Peg Solitaire
Big 5 Animal Peg Solitaire

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A beautifully crafted peg solitaire board game by Amazing Africa Gifts with pegs crafted as Africa's Big Five Wildlife. The board has a frame of intricately designed African scenes and wildlife. The solitaire pieces are initially sculpted by hand, then crafted in moulded polystone and finally hand painted as true pieces of animal art. This solitaire board game captures the Big Five African wildlife and will be a perfect gift for that special person, or as a collector's item to spoil yourself with.

The standard game fills the entire board with a peg, which are the Big 5 game pegs

  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Elephant
  • Rhino
  • Buffalo 

The objective is, making valid moves, to empty the entire board except for a solitary peg in the central hole.

Made from high quality and durable polystone with hand painted peg pieces and board, this is truly a piece of animal art.

Amazing Africa Gifts crafting details

The unique peg solitaire pieces and board are all crafted and had cast in durable polystone (crushed stone and resin). Thereafter they are all hand-painted with beautiful detail by our African artists in South Africa.

The pieces and board of the set were hand-carved by one of our artists. Limited life moulds are then created for hand casting of the solitaire pegs and board from polystone. The pegs (solitaire pieces) and board frame are then hand painted by our team of South African artists using Windsor and Newton oil paints.

The board has a felt base underneath to ensure durability.

The full chess set takes approximately four (4) hours for our craftspeople and artists to create with some time between for drying of the paint.

Animal Peg Solitaire Set details

  • 33 peg pieces per set (Big Five wildlife - Lion / Leopard / Elephant / Rhino / Buffalo)
  • Height of animal-themed pegs: 3.2 cm
  • Base diameter of pegs: 1.2 cm
  • Size of circular solitaire board: 28 cm diameter x 3 cm height
  • Packed size: 31 cm x 31 cm x 7 cm
  • Weight fully packed: 0.25kg


Our peg solitaire sets are packaged with the utmost care to ensure that they arrive safely with you after even the longest shipment.

The board is wrapped in bubble wrap to avoid damage while in transit, and placed along with the pegs in a double walled cardboard box that is filled with polystyrene packaging fillers. The pegs are placed in small packets within this box to limit the movement of the individual pieces.

Of course if after all this care is taken any of the pieces or the board ever do arrive damaged after shipment we will take 100% responsibility and replace any damaged pieces at no cost to you.

Production and Shipping details

All the Kumbula iAfrica collection products by Gala Star are hand cast and hand painted and therefore take some time to produce.

From the time your order is placed the production and packaging can take up to 4 working days. Shipping around the world is expected to take anywhere up to 12 working days from completed production giving maximum total delivery time from your order as 16 working days.

We do aim for a total time of 8 to 10 days to the USA, UK, and Europe but please be patient... South Africa is quite far away!

Shipping costs

Shipping costs for this set to the USA, UK, and Europe from South Africa vary, but we want to make sure you know exactly what you are paying for so we charge a fixed shipping fee for these regions. For the rest of the world, we charge a slightly higher fee as shipping costs are higher outside of these regions.

  • United States of America / United Kingdom / Europe: $95
  • South Africa: $30
  • Rest of world: $120

VAT, Taxes and Customs duty

Please note for all our customers outside of South Africa, we do not calculate sales tax, VAT, import or customs duties and these may be due upon the product arriving at your customs office. From our experience, this may be in the region of 20% to 40% of the product value but we will always work with our shippers to ensure that the most efficient process is followed to reduce this amount where possible.

For our South African customers, please note that all prices including shipping are quoted excluding VAT and that VAT of 15% will be added to the price at checkout. Gala Star is a registered VAT vendor in South Africa.

More about the Big Five African Wildlife 

The Big Five consists of the Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and Buffalo and was first used by big game hunters who hunted in Africa. These five magnificent animals are often described as the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot in Africa, but more recently has become the term used for African safari tour operators and game lodges.

An interesting fact, South African banknotes (currency is the Rand) released in the 1990 and later notes, feature a different big 5 animal on each denomination.

The Big Five are not just found in Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia Zimbabwe), but can also be found in Angola, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Malawi.

Any visit to Africa must include a safari to witness these truly amazing animals, and then, of course, you can take home our Big Five range of gifts to keep that memory close to your heart! 

More about the game of Peg Solitaire:

Peg Solitaire is also called Solo Noble, and is originally thought to have originated in Madagascar. A similar game called Bainvita is also found in India and surrounding countries. First evidence of written rules of the game along with board design have been found to be published in the August 1687 edition of the French literary magazine Mercure galant.

The standard game uses pegs to fill the entire board except for the central hole, and the player aims to make valid moves to empty the entire board until only one peg remains.

A valid move is to jump a peg orthogonally over an adjacent peg into a hole two positions away and then to remove the jumped peg.

There are two types of boards, the English and the European. Our sets use the English Board and does not have the additional four holes of a European Board.

Some complex mathematical strategies have been developed to master this game, but to be honest we just enjoy playing it to relax and enjoy ourselves, especially with these beautifully crafted animal pieces and designed board. 

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