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.


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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Umlani Bush Camp

Umlani Bush Camp is a relaxed and informal bush camp in the heart of the game-rich Timbavati Nature Reserve. It is a rustic camp site made up of eight small reed huts with open air mesh-covered windows, providing a refreshing breeze and an orchestra of interesting sounds at night to fall asleep to. As soon as you arrive at Umlani,…

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Motswari Game Lodge

Motswari is one of the oldest private game lodges in South Africa and as such retains a traditional safari camp feel, with the atmosphere in camp being relaxed and informal. Fifteen double rooms are located among thick bush and natural gardens, which enhance the feeling of being out in the wild. The rooms are all slightly different being individual units…

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Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Tanda Tula has the honour of being the first commercial safari lodge in the Timbavati Nature Reserve. The camp is made up of 12 spacious tented suites that are affably furnished and made from natural materials. Each room has a deck with attractive views of the dry river bed below (which flows only after heavy summer rains), and a spacious…

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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 Safari Lodge is situated on a private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park and shares a 15km unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. Rhino Post is set under magnificent Tamboti trees on the banks of the Mutlumuvi Riverbed, with a small waterhole positioned in…

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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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