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.

Rhulani Safari Lodge

At Rhulani Safari Lodge, nine comfortable rooms are dotted along an open plain landscape in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Each room has a private plunge pool, and indoor and open outdoor showers with their own view of the surrounding reserve. The rooms are comfortable, well-equipped and spread out to offer maximum privacy. European-styled cuisine with South African influences is prepared…

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Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated on a private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park and shares a 15km unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. Rhino Post is set under magnificent Tamboti trees on the banks of the Mutlumuvi Riverbed, with a small waterhole positioned in…

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Nottens Bush Camp, Sabi Sands

Nottens Bush Camp is a family-managed camp in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It is a small camp with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where guests are made to feel right at home from the minute they arrive. There are eight rooms which are laid out as intimate garden cottages around camp. There is plenty of space…

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Nyathi Rest Camp, Addo

Nyathi Rest Camp is located at the foot of the Zuurberg mountain range in South Africa’s Big 5 Addo Elephant National Park. The lodge is a haven of seclusion and tranquillity, surrounded by the majesty of nature. The luxurious camp is set on the banks of a floodplain, with each unit raised on stilts to provide spectacular views of the…

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Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge offers guests 25 suites in the renowned Sabi Sabi Game Reserve. It has undergone various refurbishments to offer multiple communal areas, two swimming pools and spacious dining areas. The lodge has plenty of vantage points from which to sit back and enjoy the views of a busy waterhole and the savannah plain beyond it. Bush Lodge…

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Makalali River Lodge

Makalali River Lodge retains a rustic feel whilst offering a luxurious safari experience. This award-winning camp's design is truly unique. There are three individual camps, each with six luxury en-suite bedrooms that sit along the banks of the dry Makhutswi riverbed. This effectively forms one large camp. There is a standard layout and design for each of the camps. Each…

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

A warm welcome by a professional team sets the tone for your stay at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. The impressive walkways meander along the rocks and through the trees to lead you to your room. There are eleven lavishly decorated rooms, all overlooking the plains and watering hole in front of the lodge. Little Madikwe is a smaller version…

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Kings Camp, Timbavati

This colonial-styled and lavishly decorated lodge is situated in the heart of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, providing guests with luxurious accommodation and exceptional service. The main lodge is set in green gardens overlooking an active waterhole. There is a raised viewing deck under a thatch roof where guests can watch over the waterhole or read a book whilst sipping an…

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Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger

Jock Safari lodge incorporates elements of a colonial past with unspoilt wilderness. Situated on a 6,000 hectare private concession in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge offers its guests absolute exclusivity to an area of the Kruger regarded by many as the best for game viewing. The lodge is named after a local legend, Jock…

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Elephant Plains, Sabi Sands

Elephant Plains is a family run 4 Star camp situated on the banks of the dry Manyelethi River bed in the northern sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The camp is primarily split into 2 sections. The more affordable accommodation type is the ‘rondavel’ huts based on the setup of the original hunting camp. There are 5 rondavels set…

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