Looking for the best places to go to on a Big 5 safari holiday on the African continent? The Safari Index team highly recommend 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.

The Ultimate Northern Kruger Experience

The Kruger National Park is a vast expanse of beautiful, undisturbed bushveld. It is one of the best places in the world to encounter the Big 5, and is a must-visit part of South Africa. This tour will give you a great opportunity to explore this beautiful area without breaking the budget. The tour starts in the Pafuri region, located…

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Okavango Hot Air Balloon Safari

This incredible experience takes guests on a breathtaking, unforgettable hot-air balloon trip over the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The Okavango is one of the world's premier safari destinations- teeming with wildlife and rich in biodiversity. This hot-air balloon experience allows guests to soar above the Delta's plains and swamps, drinking in the sweeping views and marvelling at the sunrise. The…

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Mtomeni Wilderness Trail

South Africa’s Greater Kruger region is legendary. Vast and wild, this pristine part of the country is renowned for its thriving biodiversity and populations of free-roaming wild animals. This includes the iconic African Big 5. The Mtomeni Trail is a 3-night walking safari experience that will give you a taste of this magnificent wilderness. The trail is based at the…

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Jackalberry Lodge, Thornybush

Jackalberry Lodge combines luxury and rustic charm to provide an unforgettable safari experience. Located in the Big 5 Thornybush game Reserve, right on the edge of the world-famous Kruger National Park, the 4-star lodge can accommodate up to 16 guests. The well-appointed chalets are air-conditioned, with a full range of facilities and amenities, including an en-suite bathroom, private patio, mini-bar,…

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Kenya and Tanzania Highlights Tour

On this camping safari tour, guests will be taken on a 12-day adventure that showcases the best of Kenya and Tanzania. Visit their most famous nature destinations, as well as the lesser-known safari gems. The tour begins in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. From here, guests head to the Great Rift Valley to visit the Mount Longonot Volcano, where they will enjoy…

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16-day Zimbabwe Tour

Zimbabwe is one of Africa's key wildlife, nature and safari destinations. The landlocked Southern African country is home to the mighty Zambezi River, one of the largest in Africa; the legendary, world-famous Victoria Falls; and several parks and reserves that are sanctuaries for a plethora of large and small game species. The country also features several ancient and historically-significant sites.…

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South Africa Eco-Explorer Tour

For those who love nature, wildlife and adventure, there aren’t many better destinations to visit than South Africa. The country boasts a variety of attractions that includes breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and diverse people and cultures. This 18-day tour provides a complete South African experience. You will visit a host of different ecosystems that range from remote bushveld to snow-capped…

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Imvubu Private Lodge, Greater Kruger

Imvubu Lodge is an undoubted masterpiece. Finished with glass, stone and steel this lodge oozes modern elegance while offering gorgeous bush views and manicured surrounds. The 5 standard suites and 2 family suites are super luxurious, and are designed with the intent of making you feel one with nature. Each suite offers an en-suite bathroom, consisting of inside and outside…

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Rukiya Safari Camp

Set beneath the shade of old riverine trees on the banks of the Blyde River, Rukiya Safari Camp provides a classic Kruger safari experience. This intimate tented camp is low-impact and eco-friendly, designed to blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. The 6 canvas tents, two of which are family-friendly, are raised on timber decks overlooking the river. Each features…

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Pilanesberg Game Drives

A traditional game drive is a classic way to experience a safari in Africa. The Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa spans over 55 000 hectares; its open grassland plains and rolling wooded valleys are home to a wide variety of wildlife species. This includes all 5 iconic members of the African Big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.…

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