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.

Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge

The unique Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is nestled among the pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Olooloo Siria Escarpment in a beautiful part of the Masai Mara known as the Wilderness Triangle. At 6000 feet above sea level overlooking the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, the views are quite simply breathtaking. In Masai belief, Mara means the spotted Land,…

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Bundox Safari Lodge, Greater Kruger

Bundox Safari Lodge is located ona small game reserve in South Africa’s renowned Greater Kruger region, on the doorstep of the world-famous Kruger National Park. This safari camp offers a variety of accommodation types, as well as access to a range of safari activities. The lodge consists of luxury safari tents, perfect for families. The tents feature en-suite bathrooms as…

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Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sands

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is ideally located in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger, considered by many to be the premier reserve within South Africa due to large concentrations of wildlife and in particular, leopard. Animals roam freely throughout as there are no fences between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands. Umkumbe is…

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NThambo Tree Camp, Klaserie

nThambo Tree Camp is an intimate bush camp in the exclusive Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Unfenced and open to the wild, nThambo invites guests to relax at the main pool and bar area, or to retreat to their individual treehouse chalets and embrace the slightly lofty view. The unique accommodation consists of 5 timber, thatched chalets set on wooden stilts,…

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Amani Safari Camp, Klaserie

Amani Safari Camp is based deep in the Klaserie Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park’s vast block of privately-owned wilderness. The conservancy of 3500 odd hectares falls along both sides of the Klaserie River, attracting herds of elephant, buffalo and of course, the big cats that hunt them. The affordable safari accommodation is in 4 en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms. Each…

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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge, Balule

Mohlabetsi is situated in the game rich Balule Nature Reserve which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, this is Africa at its very best! The lodge is easily accessible, yet one enters an entirely different world once within the camp. Life slows down to the rhythms of nature and the rising and setting of the sun dictates our…

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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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Royal Kruger Lodge

The Royal Kruger Lodge is situated close to the Crocodile River and forms a natural border with the Kruger National Park. It is conveniently located 50 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Besides the standard game drive safaris in to Kruger, Royal Kruger Lodge also prides itself in its exciting offerings including Romantic,…

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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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