Looking for the best places to go to on a Big 5 safari holiday on the African continent? The Safari Index team highly recommends the following Big 5 safari holidays at these exceptional lodges and camps. They are situated in prime Big 5 safari areas in Africa where you have a great chance of seeing lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard. Many places claim to host the Big 5, but you have very small chance of seeing all of the members of the Big 5 on a safari holiday. However, the lodges and camps below offer a safari traveler extremely good chances of seeing all the members of this famous group on an average 3-4 day Big 5 safari holiday.

Sibuya Bush Lodge

Sibuya Bush Lodge is set in a pristine wilderness paradise in Sibuya Game Reserve. Malaria-free Sibuya is South Africa’s only game reserve accessed solely by boat. After departing from Kenton and enjoying a unique boat cruise up the Kariega Estuary, guests embark on a short game drive to the lodge. This stylish bush destination, which mushrooms from an indigenous forested…

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Sibuya River Camp

Malaria-free Sibuya is South Africa’s only game reserve accessed solely by boat. It is home to nearly 400 species of birds and 45 species of game, including the Big Five. After arriving at reception near the river mouth in Kenton-on-Sea, guests embark on a meandering 45-minute boat cruise to River Camp. A favourite amongst friends, families, and sole-use groups, this…

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Ku Sungula Safari Lodge

Experience the magic of the African wilderness at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge. Located in South Africa’s famous Greater Kruger Park, the lodge offers comfort and convenience, while still retaining a romantic and rustic atmosphere. Accommodation at Ku Sungula is made up of safari-style rondavels (round huts), each tastefully decorated and designed to blend in with the surrounding bush. Luxurious interiors…

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Bateleur Safari Camp

Experience the true magic of the African bush at Bateleur Safari Camp. Designed to blend in with the wilderness, this luxurious tented camp is found in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, in the heart of Big 5 country. The camp has been designed and constructed in such a way as to have minimal impact on the environment, and features eco-friendly…

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Rhino Watch Lodge

Rhino Watch Lodge is located on private property in the region of the Aberdares in Kenya. It is set in close proximity to 3 game reserves: Solio Game Reserve (the best place to see black and white rhinos), Aberdare National Park, and Ol Pejeta Game Reserve. This makes it the ideal destination for game-viewing. There are also other exciting activities…

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Nedile Lodge, Welgevonden

Nedile Lodge is a luxury 5-star safari lodge, situated in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in South Africa. The lodge is located in the heart of the wilderness, offering luxury, comfort, and first-class service. Welgevonden Reserve is malaria-free and is part of a World Heritage Site. It is home to a rich variety of wildlife species, including the famous African…

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Geiger's Camp

Stunningly set in the heart of Big 5 territory, Geiger’s Camp is the ideal luxury safari getaway. Four lavish private suites each have a private deck that looks out onto the bushveld. The camp is perfect for families and small groups. Formerly a traditional family house, the camp retains a rustic, charming atmosphere, without compromising on comfort. Each spacious suite…

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Essential Kruger Park Overnight Tour

Spend 5 days in the iconic, world-famous Kruger National Park. This overnight guided tour will give you a taste of true African wilderness, and the chance to experience for yourself just what makes the Kruger so magical. The tour starts with your pickup at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. You are transferred to Dullstroom, a little town 2077m above…

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Shiduli Private Game Lodge

Situated in the vast wilderness of Limpopo, with the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains as a backdrop, lies Shiduli Private Game Lodge. This luxurious lodge is found within the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, a 9000-hectare expanse of African bushveld that houses a plethora of wildlife species, including the iconic Big 5. Shiduli features 24 elegant suites, each luxuriously outfitted with every comfort…

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Karongwe River Lodge

Dine out under the stars, surrounded by the vast African bush. Sit around a crackling fire in the boma, swapping safari stories and tales of the day’s adventures with your fellow guests. Head out on foot or on a game vehicle to explore the wilderness, seeking out the famous African Big 5. Shelter from the African sun in the comfort…

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