Looking for the best places to go to on a Big 5 safari holiday on the African continent? The Safari Index team highly recommends 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.

Namiri Plains, Serengeti

Namiri Plains Camp is a luxury tented safari camp located in a remote corner of the Serengeti in Tanzania. This camp offers the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity. It is the only camp for miles around, and is situated in an area known for its high density of wildlife, most notably the big cats. The camp consists of eight luxury…

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Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari

Enjoy one of the iconic experiences of Africa on a hot air balloon safari floating gently over the Maasai Mara. Your hot air balloon safari starts before dawn, with a fresh, early morning game drive to the launch site within easy reach from the lodge. If you’re still waking up, enjoy another cup of coffee and watch as the balloon…

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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, Hluluwe

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is located in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal Province, in the spectacular Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park. The 4 star lodge is a luxurious haven in the heart of the Big 5 wilderness. If offers various accommodation types that can house up to 36 guests. The decadent luxury villas and the spectacular honeymoon suites are all outfitted with en-suite…

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River Lodge, Lion Sands

Lion Sands River Lodge is an ultra-luxury safari lodge situated in the private Lion Sands concession within South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Sabi Sands is part of the Greater Kruger region, an area renowned worldwide for its incredible wildlife populations and biodiversity. The famous African Big 5 can be seen here, as well as a host of other game…

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Narina Lodge, Lion Sands

Located on the banks of the Sabi River in South Africa’s wild and spectacular Kruger National Park with traversng in the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, is the magnificent, ultra-luxury Lion Sands Narina Lodge. This intimate lodge features 9 opulent suites, each made out of wood and thatch and perched on stilts overlooking the river. Each suite provides the ultimate…

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Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands

The spectacular Ivory Lodge is located in the private and exclusive Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa’s world-renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The Sabi is part of the Greater Kruger, an area famous for its wildlife. Ivory Lodge provides luxury in the heart of this wilderness. It is made up of 8 private suites, each located on the banks…

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Tinga Lodge, Lion Sands

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge is a luxury safari lodge found on the banks of the Sabi River in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The park adjoins the world-famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve, allowing wildlife to roam freely between the reserves. Game drives traverse both the Sabi Sands and the Kruger, resulting in spectacular game-viewing opportunities for guests. The lodge consists…

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The Bush House, Madikwe

The Bush House is found in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. It is owner-managed lodge and is one of the original farmhouses in the area. The lodge is a home in the bush: it allows guests to feel part of the family. Enjoy delicious meals and South African wines in the Boma under inky skies and the…

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Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Okavango

Nestled in-between a Leadwood forest, overlooking the Khwai River and beyond which joins the Moremi Game Reserve, sits the beautiful Mogotlho Lodge.The lodge boasts a majestic thatch roofed dining and lounge area which leads out onto an elevated viewing deck over the riverbank. Spectacular sunsets can be admired over sundowners from the quaint bar or from the deck of your…

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Ngorongoro Farm House

Ngorongoro Farm House is a small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate. The Farm House offers 52 roomed cottages, 49 standard rooms and 3 suite rooms, all with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of…

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