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.


Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

Selati Camp takes its name from the original lowveld railway line that used to run through the Sabi and Kruger reserves. Each room has been named after a stop along the railway line. At night, the lodge is adorned with paraffin lanterns and railway antiquities to create a bygone atmosphere. Guests can enjoy the modern conveniences with old-style twists –…

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Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Rhino Post is found in the central Kruger National Park between the Sabi River and neighboring Mala Mala Game Reserve. The eco-friendly lodge is hidden in the mixed woodland on the Mutluvumi River, with a small waterhole positioned in front of the main deck. The lodge is natural in both its design and materials, with no concrete having been used…

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Nottens Bush Lodge, Sabi Sands

Nottens Bush Camp is a family-managed camp in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It is a small camp with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where guests are made to feel right at home from the minute they arrive. There are eight rooms which are laid out as intimate garden cottages around camp. There is plenty of space…

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Shamwari Bushman’s River Lodge

Bushman’s River Lodge offers 4 rooms inside a renovated farmhouse. The building has retained most of the old farmhouse charm which is reflected in the classic décor. Delicious meals are served around a communal table either in the old dining area or outside on the porch. On alternate nights, guests can enjoy a meal in the outdoor boma that overlooks…

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Makalali Lodge

Makalali retainins a rustic feel whilst offering a luxurious experience - the award-winning camp design is truly unique. There are three individual camps each with six en-suite bedrooms all in close proximity to each other along the banks of the dry Makhutswi riverbed - effectively forming one large camp. There is a standard layout and design for each of the…

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

A warm welcome by a professional team sets the tone for your stay at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. The impressive walkways meander along the rocks and through the trees to lead you to your room. There are eleven lavishly decorated rooms, all overlooking the plains and watering hole in front of the lodge. Little Madikwe is a smaller version…

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Kings Camp, Timbavati

This colonial styled and lavishly decorated lodge is situated in the heart of the Timbavati Nature Reserve providing guests with luxurious accommodation and exceptional service. The main lodge is set in green gardens overlooking an active waterhole. There is a raised viewing deck under a thatch roof where guests can watch over the waterhole or read a book whilst sipping…

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Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger

Jock Safari lodge incorporates elements of a colonial past with unspoilt wilderness. Situated on a 6,000 hectare private concession in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge offers its guests absolute exclusivity to an area of the Kruger regarded by many as the best for game viewing. The lodge is named after a local legend, Jock…

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Mala Mala Main Camp

The world renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve was the original private safari destination on the continent making the transition from a hunting camp to a safari camp almost fifty years ago. The wildlife viewing on the property is exceptional. Main Camp still has a hunting and colonial feel with skins and trophies of wildlife displayed on the walls of the’…

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Africa on Foot, Klaserie

Africa on Foot is a safari company offering a great combination of walking and game drive safaris in a remote part of the Klaserie Game Reserve - a conservancy of privately owned game farms open to the Kruger Park. The camp is a traditional family-run bush camp where the atmosphere is homely and relaxed and the facilities rustic yet comfortable.…

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