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.


Ngala Tented Camp

Sophisticated ‘camping’ at its best, Ngala Tented Camp’s nine luxurious safari tents overlook the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River. Each suite boasts simple elegance, sophistication and comfort under the romance of canvas. While Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp. Big night sounds…

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Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, Kruger

The distinct thatched peaks peeping over the tree-line with hints of burnt orange flashing through lush Leadwood indicate your imminent arrival at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, set on the banks of the Mluwati River in the heart of the Kruger National Park. The unique architecture is a celebration of the local Tsonga culture and integrates the rondavel rooms with splashes…

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Kirkman's Kamp

Take a step back in time at the gracious and historic Kirkman’s Kamp. The original homestead of Harry Kirkman has been beautifully restored; the 18 charming suites overlook the bushveld and beautiful lawns surround the lodge and swimming pool, with spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape surrounding the Sand River. The moment you walk into the main guest area at…

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Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sands

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is ideally located in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger, considered by many to be the premier reserve within South Africa due to large concentrations of wildlife and in particular, leopard. Animals roam freely throughout as there are no fences between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands. Umkumbe is…

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NThambo Tree Camp, Klaserie

nThambo Tree Camp is an intimate bush camp in the exclusive Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Unfenced and open to the wild, nThambo invites guests to relax at the main pool and bar area, or to retreat to their individual treehouse chalets and embrace the slightly lofty view. The unique accommodation consists of 5 timber, thatched chalets set on wooden stilts,…

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Amani Safari Camp, Klaserie

Amani Safari Camp is based deep in the Klaserie Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park’s vast block of privately-owned wilderness. The conservancy of 3500 odd hectares falls along both sides of the Klaserie River, attracting herds of elephant, buffalo and of course, the big cats that hunt them. The affordable safari accommodation is in 4 en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms. Each…

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Governors' Camp, Masai Mara

Created in 1972, Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp and today it’s still considered one of Africa’s best. Governors Camp was erected on a a prime spot of land in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, which, almost a century ago, was first exclusively reserved for Kenya’s colonial Governors. The luxury tented camp…

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Serengeti Wilderness Camp

Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a ‘seasonal’ camp located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. The style of camp is simple but with every comfort being taken care of. Seasonal camps have the benefit of being able to move to some of the best game viewing areas of the park and every three to six months we move to…

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Sanctuary Masai Mara Seasonal Camp

Sanctuary Masai Mara Seasonal Camp is set on the banks of the Mara River. This unique type of safari camp allows for a cherished bush experience without leaving a lasting footprint on the environment. This small and intimate tented camp is open from the end of June to the end of October each year and offers guests a front row…

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela is an authentic tented bush camp situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests and is unfenced, making one feel very much part of the wilderness. Shindzela is not built by an award winning architect, nor is it furnished by an interior designer.…

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