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.

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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Nogatsaa Pans Lodge

Nogatsaa Pans Lodge is a luxurious safari camp, set overlooking a large pan in the heart of the Botswana wilderness. The eco-friendly lodge is found in Chobe National Park, a vast expanse of bushveld wilderness that teems with biodiversity and is home to the famous African Big 5. Accommodating a maximum of 28 guests, the lodge features luxury twin tented…

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Best of Both: Kruger and Sabi Sands

This five-day packaged safari provides guests with a comprehensive South African Kruger and Lowveld experience. You visit the Hazyview area of the Kruger National Park for two nights, and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve for two nights. Accommodation in Hazyview is provided at at the popular Hippo Hollow Lodge or similar, on a half-board basis. The package includes transportation and…

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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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