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.


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 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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