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.

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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Jabali Ridge, Ruaha

Jabali Ridge is a super-luxury safari lodge set in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, a vast wilderness of savannah plains and wooded valleys that teem with wildlife. The camp is made up of 10 suites, nestled into the rocky ridges of the kopje on which the lodge stands. The views from the suites are breathtaking, with private decks providing the perfect…

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Tshukudu Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg

Tshukudu Bush Lodge is found in South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park. The Pilanesberg is a malaria-free reserve that is located only 3 hours away from Johannesburg. It is home to a wonderful variety of wildlife and birdlife species, including the iconic African Big 5. The lodge occupies a prime spot high up on the slop of a rocky outcrop, providing…

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Selous Wilderness Camp

Selous Wilderness Camp is located on the banks of the mighty Rufiji River in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Selous is the biggest game reserve in Africa, and provides a classic African wilderness experience. The reserve is home to a remarkable variety of wildlife species. Look out for the famous members of the African big 5 on traditional guided game drives,…

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