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.


Rekero Camp, Masai Mara

Rekero Camp is a luxury safari camp located deep within the wilderness of the famous Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. The camp is located right on the banks of the Talek River, on the doorstep of the Great Migration. This natural spectacle occurs when hundreds of wildebeest make their way across the plains of the Mara and Serengeti, closely hunted…

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Kimondo Camp, Serengeti

Kimondo Camp is tented safari camp, located in the heart of the famed Serengeti in Tanzania. This luxurious camp exudes an authentic African charm, with its eight tented suites constructed from wood and canvas. Each suite is comfortable and spacious, with en suite facilities that include safari bucket showers and flushing toilets. Each suite also has its own private veranda…

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Namiri Plains, Serengeti

Namiri Plains Camp is a luxury tented safari camp located in a remote corner of the Serengeti in Tanzania. This camp offers the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity. It is the only camp for miles around, and is situated in an area known for its high density of wildlife, most notably the big cats. The camp consists of eight luxury…

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Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari

Enjoy one of the iconic experiences of Africa on a hot air balloon safari floating gently over the Maasai Mara. Your hot air balloon safari starts before dawn, with a fresh, early morning game drive to the launch site within easy reach from the lodge. If you’re still waking up, enjoy another cup of coffee and watch as the balloon…

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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, Hluluwe

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is located in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal Province, in the spectacular Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park. The 4 star lodge is a luxurious haven in the heart of the Big 5 wilderness. If offers various accommodation types that can house up to 36 guests. The decadent luxury villas and the spectacular honeymoon suites are all outfitted with en-suite…

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River Lodge, Lion Sands

Lion Sands River Lodge is an ultra-luxury safari lodge situated in the private Lion Sands concession within South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Sabi Sands is part of the Greater Kruger region, an area renowned worldwide for its incredible wildlife populations and biodiversity. The famous African Big 5 can be seen here, as well as a host of other game…

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The Bush House, Madikwe

The Bush House is found in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. It is owner-managed lodge and is one of the original farmhouses in the area. The lodge is a home in the bush: it allows guests to feel part of the family. Enjoy delicious meals and South African wines in the Boma under inky skies and the…

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Ngorongoro Farm House

Ngorongoro Farm House is a small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate. The Farm House offers 52 roomed cottages, 49 standard rooms and 3 suite rooms, all with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of…

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Perched on the edge of the Crater itself, this award-winning lodge is fit for a king and queen. Guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque chateau - brocade sofas, gilt mirrors,…

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Imbali Safari Lodge, Kruger

This exclusive lodge is found on a private concession in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Imbali Safari Lodge continues the safari tradition of a bygone era. It has 12 private suites, each with their own plunge pool. Each suite has a large king bed and romantic en-suite bathroom with magnificent views of the wilderness beyond. All suites are air conditioned,…

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