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.


Ngorongoro & Manyara Budget Camping Tour

This budget-friendly camping tour takes guests on a camping safari adventure through Tanzania. It starts off with a delicious lunch in Arusha, before guests head off to Karatu, where the night is spent under canvas. Guests are taken into the Ngorongoro Crater, descending 2000 feet to the floor of the crater to explore the forests that are inhabited by monkeys…

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Tanzania Northern Circuit Camping Tour

This camping tour takes guests on a safari tour of Tanzania, with accommodation provided in the form of “budget camping”, and is ideal for those who like to “rough it”. A two-man tent with mattresses, blankets and pillows are provided. A safari vehicle tows a trailer with camping equipment and provisions. The camp is set up on arrival at the…

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Encounter Mara Camp, Masai Mara

Encounter Mara is a super luxury tented safari camp, situated in a stunning location in Kenya’s Masai Mara region. This award–winning camp is set out underneath towering acacia trees, with breathtaking views of the surrounding savannah plains. The camp is made up of ten tented suites, each beautifully designed to provide the best in comfort and luxury. Each features en–suite…

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Xobega Island Camp, Okavango

The great value Xobega Island Camp is located in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, one of the world's most phenomenal nature and safari destinations. Situated on a tree-filled island among the Delta's lagoons and waterways, the camp is accessed by boat and is surrounded by wildlife, birdlife and spectacular natural beauty. The camp consists of 10 Meru-style canvas tents, each…

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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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