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.

Amani Safari Camp, Klaserie

Amani Safari Camp is based deep in the Klaserie Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park’s vast block of privately-owned wilderness. The conservancy of 3500 odd hectares falls along both sides of the Klaserie River, attracting herds of elephant, buffalo and of course, the big cats that hunt them. The affordable safari accommodation is in 4 en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms. Each…

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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge, Balule

Mohlabetsi is situated in the game rich Balule Nature Reserve which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, this is Africa at its very best! The lodge is easily accessible, yet one enters an entirely different world once within the camp. Life slows down to the rhythms of nature and the rising and setting of the sun dictates our…

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Governors' Camp, Masai Mara

Created in 1972, Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp and today it’s still considered one of Africa’s best. Governors Camp was erected on a a prime spot of land in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, which, almost a century ago, was first exclusively reserved for Kenya’s colonial Governors. The luxury tented camp…

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Serengeti Wilderness Camp

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to…

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Royal Kruger Lodge

The Royal Kruger Lodge is situated close to the Crocodile River and forms a natural border with the Kruger National Park. It is conveniently located 50 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Besides the standard game drive safaris in to Kruger, Royal Kruger Lodge also prides itself in its exciting offerings including Romantic,…

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela is an authentic tented bush camp situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests and is unfenced, making one feel very much part of the wilderness. Shindzela is not built by an award winning architect, nor is it furnished by an interior designer.…

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Chief’s Camp

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located in Botswana, in the exclusive Mombo Concession in the Moremi Game Reserve on Chief’s Island; one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. The Moremi is known as the “predator capital of Africa” due to the abundance of big cats. Elephant, hippo, buffalo and giraffe are frequently spotted. There…

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Timbavati Safari Lodge

Timbavati Safari Lodge is situated just a few minutes from the heart of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, making this lodge ideally placed to offer visitors an array of adventures and safari activities. Timbavati's colourful, hand-painted Ndebele 'rondavels' (traditional round huts) are nestled among glades of indigenous trees and offer guests clean and comfortable accommodation. They are all en-suite with…

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Zebra Country Lodge

Whether it is wildlife, culture, or peace and quiet that you seek, Zebra Country Lodge is the ideal getaway for special events, weddings, conferences and family leisure time. Discover this exclusive retreat in a tranquil bushveld setting, only 30km from Pretoria, and rejuvenate your soul. Various species of game, including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and antelope, can be viewed on guided…

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Umlani Bush Camp

Umlani Bush Camp is a relaxed and informal bush camp in the heart of the game-rich Timbavati Nature Reserve. It is a rustic camp site made up of eight small reed huts with open air mesh-covered windows, providing a refreshing breeze and an orchestra of interesting sounds at night to fall asleep to. As soon as you arrive at Umlani,…

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