The best self-catering camps in Big 5 game reserves offering guided game drives twice daily. These affordable self-catering camps are taken out on an exclusive use basis. There are often cooks on hand (sometimes at an additional charge) who can help prepare the food for you. Safari Index can arrange to have food delivered to the lodges before your arrival. Twice daily game drives included in the rate. These camps are in high demand so best to book well in advance.

Walker's River Camp, Timbavati

Walker's River Camp is a self-catering safari camp, located in the heart of the renowned Big 5 Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in South Africa. The camp is set on the banks of the Klaserie River and accommodates a maximum of eight guests. The chalets feature en-suite facilities, as well as outside showers and mosquito netting on the beds. The lodge…

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Desert Camp, Namib Desert

Desert Camp in Namibia provides self-catering accommodation at its best! It is situated on the doorstep of the park, only 5km from the gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. It provides a fantastic 180-degree view of the surrounding desert landscape and mountains. The camp is the perfect base for nature and landscape photography enthusiasts. Desert Camp is made up of…

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Komati River Chalets

Situated on the border of the southern Kruger National Park, Komati River Chalets is nestled on 12 acres of Komati river front wilderness in the Southern Kruger Park region of Mpumalanga. The chalets, cottages, restaurant, bar and pool facilities are located no more than fifty meters from the water’s edge, where pods of hippos and an array of spectacular bird…

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Ntshondwe Lodge, Ithala

Ntshondwe Lodge is found in Ithala Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal South Africa. Its location is spectacular - perched at the top of a mountain in the reserve, it provides superb views of the valley below. The lodge can accommodate six guests. Each of the three bedrooms is en-suite, with fans and heaters. The lounge and dining area opens onto…

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Thalu Bush Camp, Ithala

Thalu Bush Camp is a small and intimate safari camp, located in the beautiful Ithala Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. This charming self-catering camp accommodates just 4 people. It is made up of two bedrooms, on either side of the central dining, lounge and kitchen area. A special braai (barbecue) facility is located above a pool, perfect for…

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Nselweni Bush Lodge, Umfolozi

Nselweni Bush Lodge is situated in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, on the banks of the Black Mfolozi River. This small lodge, which consists of 8 chalets, provides beautiful views of the river and lush surrounds. Each chalet can accommodate two people, and has en-suite bathroom facilities, as well as self-catering kitchen facilities. A cook is provided for…

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Muntulu Bush Lodge, Hluhluwe

Muntulu Bush Lodge is an affordable self-catering safari lodge, located in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Vast and picturesque, the reserve is home to a plethora of wildlife and birdlife species, including the Big 5. Muntulu is a self-catering lodge that provides accommodation for private groups of up to eight guests at a time. It consists…

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Mthwazi Lodge, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi

Mthwazi Lodge, situated in the beautiful Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, is the perfect destination for a relaxing and affordable Big 5 safari experience. This luxurious lodge accommodates just 8 guests. It is situated in a lush garden beneath sycamore trees, and consists of three en-suite bedrooms, a spacious dining room, lounge and kitchen, as well as a garden…

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Masinda Lodge, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi

Masinda Lodge is a luxurious yet affordable safari lodge, situated in the Hluhuluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa’s stunning Kwa-Zulu Natal region. This reserve may not be as well-known as other wildlife regions such as the Kruger, but is in fact home to an incredible variety of wildlife species. All the members of the famous Big 5 are found in…

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Gqoyeni Bush Lodge, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi

Gqoyeni Bush Lodge is situated on the banks of the Black Mfolozi River in the vast and spectacular Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. This intimate lodge provides uninterrupted views of the river from its accommodation units, each of which features en-suite facilities. The lodge accommodates eight guests in four chalets; the camp must be booked out…

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