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.

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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Chief’s Camp

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located in Botswana, in the exclusive Mombo Concession in the Moremi Game Reserve on Chief’s Island; one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. The Moremi is known as the “predator capital of Africa” due to the abundance of big cats. Elephant, hippo, buffalo and giraffe are frequently spotted. There…

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Zebra Country Lodge

Whether it is wildlife, culture, or peace and quiet that you seek, Zebra Country Lodge is the ideal getaway for special events, weddings, conferences and family leisure time. Discover this exclusive retreat in a tranquil bushveld setting, only 30km from Pretoria, and rejuvenate your soul. Various species of game, including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and antelope, can be viewed on guided…

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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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Rhulani Safari Lodge

At Rhulani Safari Lodge, nine comfortable rooms are dotted along an open plain landscape in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Each room has a private plunge pool, and indoor and open outdoor showers with their own view of the surrounding reserve. The rooms are comfortable, well-equipped and spread out to offer maximum privacy. European-styled cuisine with South African influences is prepared…

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