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.

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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Chisomo Safari Camp

Visit the exclusive and private Karongwe Game Reserve, a vast expanse of bushveld in South Africa’s beautiful Limpopo Province. Chisomo Safari Camp is a wonderful oasis in this wilderness. The lodge is set overlooking the Makhutsi River, with the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains as a backdrop. 22 tented safari suites make up the accommodation. Each is luxuriously appointed, and is set…

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Camp Shawu, Kruger

Located in the legendary Kruger National Park in South Africa, Camp Shawu offers a classic African safari experience. This intimate camp is found in a 15 000-hectare private concession within the Kruger, and is set overlooking the Mpanamana Dam. The camp offers wonderful views over the dam, and guests can enjoy the unique sight of animals coming to the dam…

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Becks Safari Lodge

Intimate and exclusive, Becks Safari Lodge offers a luxurious experience in the wilderness. It is set in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, within 9000 hectares of pristine African bushveld. It is the ideal safari destination for a weekend getaway, a couple’s retreat, or a romantic honeymoon. The lodge boasts 10 luxury safari suites, each offering a view of the Makhutswi…

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Camp Shonga, Kruger

Camp Shonga is an intimate tented safari camp, located in a private concession in the legendary Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Kruger is known worldwide as one of Africa’s foremost wildlife destinations- at Camp Shonga, you will have the chance to enjoy the Kruger in all its glory. The camp features just 5 luxury tented suites, each luxuriously…

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Shishangeni Private Lodge, Kruger

Shishangeni Private Lodge is a luxurious safari camp, situated in a 15 000-hectare private concession in the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Kruger is legendary for its staggering diversity of wildlife species, most notably the famous African Big 5. Shishangeni offers a classic safari experience, combined with a range of modern comforts, including a gym and a…

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Bayete Private Camp

Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal is a vast and beautiful wilderness. It comprises 23000 hectares of mountains, open plains, and dense riverine woodlands. The big five roam freely here, along with a wide variety of other wildlife. Manyoni is one of the most ecologically-balanced reserves in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Reserve, is the…

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Setari Camp

The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. This magnificent wilderness, which features a mix of rivers, wetlands, savannah, and grasslands, absolutely teems with biodiversity. Wildlife species are found in abundance, including the legendary Big 5 and over 400 bird species. On a palm-fringed island within this natural wonderland lies Setari Camp. This brand-new camp has been specially…

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