Looking for the best places to go to on a Big 5 safari holiday on the African continent? The Safari Index team highly recommends 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.

Camp Shonga, Kruger

Camp Shonga is an intimate tented safari camp, located in a private concession in the legendary Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Kruger is known worldwide as one of Africa’s foremost wildlife destinations- at Camp Shonga, you will have the chance to enjoy the Kruger in all its glory. The camp features just 5 luxury tented suites, each luxuriously…

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Shishangeni Private Lodge, Kruger

Shishangeni Private Lodge is a luxurious safari camp, situated in a 15 000-hectare private concession in the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Kruger is legendary for its staggering diversity of wildlife species, most notably the famous African Big 5. Shishangeni offers a classic safari experience, combined with a range of modern comforts, including a gym and a…

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Bayete Private Camp

Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal is a vast and beautiful wilderness. It comprises 23000 hectares of mountains, open plains, and dense riverine woodlands. The big five roam freely here, along with a wide variety of other wildlife. Manyoni is one of the most ecologically-balanced reserves in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Reserve, is the…

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Setari Camp

The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. This magnificent wilderness, which features a mix of rivers, wetlands, savannah, and grasslands, absolutely teems with biodiversity. Wildlife species are found in abundance, including the legendary Big 5 and over 400 bird species. On a palm-fringed island within this natural wonderland lies Setari Camp. This brand-new camp has been specially…

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Kuname Lodge and Manor House

Kuname Lodge and Manor House is located in the exclusive Karongwe Private Game Reserve, a lush, thriving ecosystem that is set against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. The iconic African Big 5 are found in healthy numbers here, and game drives and bush walks provide the ideal opportunity to spot these amazing animals. Kuname Lodge is intimate and…

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Leopard Mountain Lodge

Experience the magic and wonder of Africa at Leopard Mountain Lodge. This intimate, exclusive lodge is set within the magnificent Manyoni Private Game Reserve. It overlooks a spectacular Zululand landscape, with a meandering river below and the Lebombo Mountains in the distance. This tranquil setting is complemented by a diversity of habitats that support an abundance of wildlife species. Wild…

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Greater Kruger Backpacking Trail

This is the authentic walking safari you have always wanted to go on. It is an immersive experience that is exciting, interpretative, exploratory, educational, ethical, and safe. We try to encounter nature as purists and explorers. The trail is run within what is known as the Greater Kruger National Park [forming the unfenced western Kruger National Park boundary, including the…

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Tuskers Safari Camp, Kruger

Tuskers Safari Camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in South Africa, in the heart of the famous Greater Kruger region. It is the ideal safari getaway destination for families or small groups. Accommodating a maximum of 10 guests, the camp is a private and intimate retreat in the wilderness. It is surrounded by pristine African bushveld, home…

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Matetsi Victoria Falls

Come and experience the magic and splendour of the Victoria Falls. The largest waterfall on earth, “The Smoke that Thunders” is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just 40km upriver from the rush and spray of the Falls, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers a world-class safari experience. This ultra-luxurious retreat is an idyllic oasis from which to explore, relax, and recharge.…

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Saguni Safari Lodge

Saguni Safari Lodge is situated in the Moremi East region of Botswana’s stunning Okavango Delta. It is nestled in an island of typical Delta trees, overlooking a lagoon known as Mbudi. This is a beautiful and game-rich area. The word "Saguni" means “an area with an abundance of game and spectacular sights”- a truly apt name. The lodge offers the…

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