Witness the Big 5 on an Africa Safari Vacation

If there’s one thing Africa does better than anywhere else in the world, it’s wildlife and there are few wildlife experiences that can beat the undiluted thrill of a face-to-face encounter with a member of Africa’s Big 5. Traditionally those animals who pose the greatest danger to their hunters, the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – are still commonly found throughout South, Southern and East Africa and their collective presence in a national park or game reserve adds an exhilarating edge to your safari experience.

Our Big 5 safari destinations range widely and we advise planning carefully with your safari expert to ensure your expectations are met. Safari first-timers would do well to choose Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater or private Kruger reserves such as the Sabi Sands which deliver virtually faultless Big 5 safaris where you’re more than likely to tick off each of the Big 5 after a couple of game drives.

For something wilder and more remote Zambia’s South Luangwa is not only known as the birthplace of walking safaris but also for its intense concentration of big game including an abundance of four of the Big 5 – don’t expect to see rhino. The same is true of the wetlands and grassy plains of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve: consistently good leopard sightings, big herds of elephants, lions, cheetah and packs of wild dogs, although once again no rhino.

But we know how important it is to see Africa’s signature animals, which is why on our recommended Big 5 tours and safaris you have a good chance of seeing all of Africa’s Big 5. We also know where to go and at what time of year: Botswana’s Chobe River during the dry season for example sees concentrations of elephants and buffalo that are hard to comprehend, we can tell you the top destinations to see rhino and leopard, or the best time to go on a Serengeti safari to catch the huge herds of migrating wildebeest with big cats hot on their hooves.

Simply browse our range of Big 5 safaris and accommodation or contact your Africa Safari Expert for assistance with planning a tailor-made vacation.

 

Big 5 Africa Safari Tours (Tailor-Made Big 5 Safaris)

Tanzania's Serengeti and Katavi

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8 days
This Positive Impact Safari includes a donation to a Wildlife initiative
This Positive Impact Safari includes a donation to a Community initiative
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Highlights

Great combination of the Serengeti and Katavi for diverse wildlife and landscapes. Excellent for heavyweight game viewing of elephants, big cats and buffalo.

Destinations visited
Serengeti Tanzania
10 days
This Positive Impact Safari includes a donation to a Community initiative
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Highlights

First night spent on a coffee estate with Mount Meru as your backdrop. Big Five encounters at the famed Ngorongoro Crater.

Destinations visited
Arusha Kenya Masai Mara Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti
8 days
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Highlights

Well-paced, balanced itinerary in three major Kenyan reserves. Fly between destinations – no long drives!.

Destinations visited
Kenya Masai Mara Nairobi Samburu

10 Day Family Livingstone, Linyanti & Delta

From $8,240 per person sharing
10 days
This Positive Impact Safari includes a donation to a Community initiative
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Highlights

Marvel at mighty Victoria Falls. Safari in the game-rich elephant paradise of Chobe National Park.

Destinations visited
Botswana Okavango Delta Victoria Falls Zambia

Family Botswana's Khwai River & Linyanti Channel

From $7,875 per person sharing
7 days
Glide along in a traditional mokoro. Exceptional wildlife encounters on game drives. Child-friendly, safari activities. Kids can enjoy the swimming pool while mom and dad relax. Linyanti Ebony exterior at night. Take a walking safari. Massive elephant herds crossing in front of camp. Share stories of the day and its adventures at Khwai Leadwood.
Highlights

Air transfers between camps. Spacious family suites throughout.

Destinations visited
Botswana Chobe National Park Linyanti Moremi Game Reserve Okavango Delta

Family Zimbabwe's Falls, Hwange & Kariba

From $7,460 per person sharing
10 days
Exterior view of Victoria Falls Lodge. Amazing pool and drinks with a view. Somalisa Acacia in Hwange. Photographic opportunity with an elephant at Somalisa Expeditions Camp. Game sighting in Hwange  National Park. Bumi Hills swimming infinity pool with an exceptional view of Lake Kariba. Game drive on the shores of Lake Kariba. Families welcome!
Highlights

Perfect for families with children. 3 of Zimbabwe’s most grand natural spectacles.

Destinations visited
Hwange National Park Lake Kariba Zimbabwe
10 days
This Positive Impact Safari includes a donation to a Wildlife initiative
This safari is a Trip With A Purpose
Safari luxury at Saseka Tented Camp. Enjoy sumptuous cuisine in the African wild. Engage with the local community and their inspiring upliftment projects. The gorgeous bedrooms at Tswalu The Motse. An afternoon game drive sighting. The perfect gathering area after game drives. Wild dog in the Kalahari. Private plunge pools off the rooms.
Highlights

Search for the Big 5 in Thornybush Game Reserve. Engaging community tour at Nourish Eco Village.

Destinations visited
Kruger National Park South Africa