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.

Oddballs' Camp

Oddballs' Camp is a classic safari camp situated deep in the heart of the Botswana’s famous Okavango Delta. Tented rooms make up the accommodation. These are comfortable canvas rooms raised on elevated wooden decks, with rustic en-suite bathrooms that include hot and cold running water for the alfresco bucket shower – true safari style! Each tent is shaded by a…

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Aspect V: Aspects of the Lowveld

The Lowveld is South Africa’s wild heart. It is a low-lying region of magnificent savannah woodland interspersed by rocky outcrops and flanked by majestic mountain ranges. Restricted to broad valleys below 1000m above sea level, the Lowveld is what many people consider to be the "real" Africa. In this subtropical climate, broad-leaved trees and thorn trees co-exist in relatively open…

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Aspect X: Iconic Aspects of Tanzania

Watch the Great Migration happening in real time as herds of wildebeest and zebra move across the plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, hotly followed by an array of large predators. See a whale shark swim by as you snorkel alongside it. See thousands of flamingos flocking at a lake, or a lion climbing a tree. Imagine if you…

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Aspect X: Ultimate Aspects of Kruger: North v South

Experience the best of the Greater Kruger with our North vs South safari extravaganza. The north is the most beautiful region in the park, and hosts some of Africa’s most beautiful and dramatic landscapes. The busier southern parts are where the big cat action is at its best. These apex safaris take place in private concessions and reserves within the…

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Eastern Aspects of Southern Africa

The eastern part of South Africa offers some of the most diverse landscapes imaginable. Pristine tropical beaches, undeveloped and vast, stretch the coastline. The Big 5 roam the savannahs and the forests are enchanting. The lakes and rivers contain a myriad bird, aquatic, and tree life. This trip offers a diverse range of experiences, from snorkeling to Big 5 safaris,…

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Ulusaba

Ulusaba, which means “place of little fear” in the local Shangaan language, is located in the world-renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Part of the Virgin Limited Edition group of super-luxury properties, it is Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve in South Africa. At Ulusaba, you are able to experience the magic of the African bush in the utmost luxury and…

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Mosetlha Bush Camp

Mosetlha Bush Camp is located in Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North-West Province. This rustic unfenced bush camp provides a true taste of the wilderness while still ensuring a comfortable experience. Madikwe is only a 3½-5 hour drive from Johannesburg (depending on the route). It is a malaria-free Big Five region, rugged, with an untouched beauty. At almost 70…

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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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