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.

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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Hlathikhulu Bush Lodge, Hluhluwe

Overlooking the Black Mfolozi River and nestled amongst Tambotie woodland, Hltatikhulu Bush Lodge is the perfect location for an affordable Big 5 safari holiday. Located in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, the self-catering lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this gem of a safari destination. Four 2-bed accommodation units are available, each…

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Flatdogs Camp, South Luangwa

Flatdogs is located in the South Luangwa National Park - one of the last great wildlife wonders of the world. It is nine thousand square kilometers (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness in Zambia’s Eastern Province. Flatdogs offers one of the best safari experiences in the Luangwa Valley - with a relaxed and informal atmosphere, great game viewing, expert guides,…

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Lokuthula Lodges

Located on the grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Resort are 31 rustic, timeshare self-catering units known as Lokuthula Lodges. Some of these units may be booked on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Situated on the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge property, 24 kms from Victoria Falls Airport, it is surrounded by 80,000 hectares of pristine African bush and borders…

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Serolo Safari Camp

Set in the heart of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Eastern Botswana, Serolo Safari Camp (previously known as Tuli Wilderness Camp) is an unfenced camp, located along the shady floodplain of the Limpopo River (600 metres from the river itself), with 15,000 ha traversing rights on your doorstep. It’s a place to go for a real, authentic ‘wilderness experience’.…

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White Elephant Bush Camp

White Elephant Bush Camp offers the perfect family getaway with their self-catering bush camp in the Pongola Game Reserve. With panoramic views of Lake Jozini and the Lebombo mountains, the camp offers guests a scenic, natural environment. The camp sleeps 16 people, with 6 twin rooms and one family unit which can sleep 4. All rooms are en-suite and suitably…

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Galago Self-Catering Lodge, Sabi Sands

Galago is the perfect retreat for small groups looking for an exclusive safari experience in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. As the lodge is self-catering, guests can bring their own food and cook for themselves in a basic kitchen. A chef can be hired at an additional charge. The lodge has five spacious en-suite bedrooms, two of which have both…

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