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.

3-day Kruger and Lowveld Safari

Experience the magic of one of the world's greatest wildlife sanctuaries. The Kruger National Park is renowned for its incredible diversity of wildlife, which includes the iconic African big 5. This three-day/two-night packaged safari takes you to the Hazyview area of the Kruger National Park, where you stay at the popular Hippo Hollow Lodge or similar on a half-board basis.…

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Kruger and Zululand Explorer Safari

This seven-day packaged safari lets guests experience two of South Africa's premier safari destinations: KwaZulu Natal and the Kruger. You will first visit the Kruger region, where you will stay at the popular Hippo Hollow Lodge or similar, which is situated near Hazyview. The package includes all transportation and game drives. On your transfer from Johannesburg, you will be taken…

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Jabali Ridge, Ruaha

Jabali Ridge is a super-luxury safari lodge set in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, a vast wilderness of savannah plains and wooded valleys that teem with wildlife. The camp is made up of 10 suites, nestled into the rocky ridges of the kopje on which the lodge stands. The views from the suites are breathtaking, with private decks providing the perfect…

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Tshukudu Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg

Tshukudu Bush Lodge is found in South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park. The Pilanesberg is a malaria-free reserve that is located only 3 hours away from Johannesburg. It is home to a wonderful variety of wildlife and birdlife species, including the iconic African Big 5. The lodge occupies a prime spot high up on the slop of a rocky outcrop, providing…

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Selous Wilderness Camp

Selous Wilderness Camp is located on the banks of the mighty Rufiji River in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Selous is the biggest game reserve in Africa, and provides a classic African wilderness experience. The reserve is home to a remarkable variety of wildlife species. Look out for the famous members of the African big 5 on traditional guided game drives,…

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Morokolo Game Lodge

Morokolo Game Lodge is located in the Pilanesberg National Park of South Africa, a true safari and nature gem. This park boasts a number of advantages that make it the ideal safari destination. It is located just a convenient three-hour drive from Johannesburg, and is malaria-free, making it perfect for weekend and family getaways. It is home to an abundance…

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Chacma Bush Camp, Balule

Chacma Bush Camp is found in the heart of the Balule Game Reserve in South Africa's famous Greater Kruger Park. Nestled against a spectacular rocky outcrop, this bush camp offers calm and serenity in abundance, and is perfect for small groups or for a quiet family getaway. It comfortably sleeps up to 10 people. Guests will enjoy daily game drives,…

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Mankwe Bush Lodge, Moremi

Mankwe Bush Lodge is found in the Moremi region of Botswana, a wild and beautiful area. The camp is set among thickets of mopane trees, overlooking the valley below. The lodge feature tented suites, as well as campsites for those who prefer to “rough it”. The 8 tented suites are raised on wooden platforms, providing wonderful views from the private…

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Sable Sands, Hwange

Sable Sands is a classic safari lodge, located on the edge of Zimbabwe’s magical Hwange National Park. The lodge exudes a rustic charm, while still featuring all the modern facilities and amenities necessary for a comfortable, relaxing stay. The accommodation is made up of 16 thatch “rondavel” chalets, each with en-suite bathroom facilities, and able to accommodate single, double and…

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Greenfire Game Lodge, Balule

Greenfire Game Lodge is situated in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, a 50 000-hectare reserve adjacent to South Africa's legendary Kruger National Park. The lodge is made up of just nine luxury suites, each overlooking a seasonal riverbed and featuring en-suite bathrooms and private patios. Guests can relax at the main lodge area, which features a shady verandah with panoramic…

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