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Big Five safaris, holidays & tours

A sighting of one of these five incredible African animals can change your life forever 

Big Five safaris, holidays & tours available in Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania

A sighting of one of these five incredible African animals can change your life forever 

The Big Five was traditionally used as a hunting term to describe the five most dangerous animals in Africa to hunt. Their reputation has spilled over into the tourism industry and now elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino remain the most sought after species to see on the continent. 

But they're not really the most dangerous animals in Africa. In fact, the two species that kill the most people are not even part of the Big Five; they are the tiny mosquito and the lazy hippo. Out of the Big Five, the black rhino is the hardest to find by far, with the leopard coming in at second place.

Popular Big Five safaris in Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Two weeks in Botswana - a luxury safari itinerary - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Two weeks in Botswana - a luxury safari itinerary

The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens

$ 6,895

£ 5,260

R 98,463

5,979

per person

14 days

Guests going on a Bush Walk

HerdTracker Kicheche Camps safari

The best of Mara North and Olare Orok Conservancies with Kicheche

$ 4,145

£ 3,162

R 59,192

3,594

per person

7 days

Midlands meander in South Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Midlands meander in South Africa

Explore the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal

Price on Request

per person

15 days

Chobe National Park - Savuti package - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Chobe National Park - Savuti package

If seeing African elephants is on your travel bucket list, then the Chobe National Park should be right at the top

$ 1,870

£ 1,427

R 26,704

1,622

per person

3 days

Sabi Sands & Madikwe Combo - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Sabi Sands & Madikwe Combo

Our selection of South Africa's top safari lodges and game reserves are guaranteed to suit every taste and budget. Consider this exciting safari package

$ 5,420

£ 4,135

R 77,400

4,700

per person

7 days

Tanzania wildebeest migration safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania wildebeest migration safari

This tour is designed to allow maximum exposure to the Great Wildebeest Migration

$ 6,860

£ 5,233

R 97,963

5,949

per person

11 days

The Serengeti on Foot (EA 9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

The Serengeti on foot

There's no better way to get close to nature and feel alive than on foot, and no better place to walk than the remarkable Serengeti

$ 5,230

£ 3,990

R 74,686

4,535

per person

10 days

Nature, Romance, Exclusivity and Luxury - A Complete African Honeymoon - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Nature, Romance, Exclusivity and Luxury - A Complete African Honeymoon

This exclusive African honeymoon through East and Southern Africa is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new journey together

Price on Request

per person

14 days

Big Five safari in the Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Chobe and Moremi Adventure safari

Encounter the extraordinary herd of elephants and other species that will make your safari remarkable

$ 3,480

£ 2,655

R 49,695

3,018

per person

7 days

Masai Mara safari adventure - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Masai Mara safari adventure

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve

$ 3,170

£ 2,418

R 45,269

2,749

per person

7 days

More on Big Five safaris in Africa

There are a few sweet spots in southern Africa - the easiest places to spot the Big Five.

Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater combined with the Serengeti are the most sought after Big Five safari experiences. Ngorongoro has a healthy black rhino population and some leopard in the Lerai fever tree forest. It also holds some of Africa’s biggest elephant alive today and good buffalo and lion numbers. It's tricky to spot leopard in Ngorongoro, but if you combine it with the Serengeti then you'll almost certainly see leopard in its Seronera or Lobo areas.

Namibia’s Etosha is an incredible dry season park and wonderful for black rhino. Lion, elephant and leopard are often seen at Etosha's waterholes but there are no buffalo. The Caprivi strip and the Waterberg close by are great for buffalo.

In Kenya, the Masai Mara may be a tricky place to see black rhino, but the rest of the Big Five is guaranteed. Combine the Mara with Lake Nakuru and you're bound to see the entire Big Five in Kenya.

In South Africa, it's easy to spot all the Five in the Sabi Sands, as the rangers and guides are excellent trackers and communicate constantly. Finding the Big Five in Kruger National Park on a self drive is far more challenging. The south of Berg-and-Dal is good for rhino, the north of Satara for lion and Lower Sabie and the Sabie River loops for leopard. Buffalo and elephant are easy to spot.

Frequently Asked Questions about Big Five safaris in Africa

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

When is the best time to visit Camdeboo National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.

When is the best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve?

The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.

When is the best time to visit Marakele National Park?

The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during May to September. Since animals tend to seek for reliable waterholes and stay close by during the dry winter months. However, this is the best time for wildlife viewing. Marakele is a… go there.

When is the best time to visit Augrabies Falls National Park?

Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and September. When the popular three-day Klipspringer Trail is open. However, the waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood -… go there.

When is the best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park?

The best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southern Rwanda is during the drier months of June to August or December to January. Even though June to August or December to January are categorically referred to as drier months… go there.

When is the best time to visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve?

You may visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve all year around - winter (during the months of June and August) are chilly, and summer (during the months of November and January) are hot. Enjoy horse rides, mountain bike and game drive. go there.

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar Island

The best time to visit Zanzibar Island is from June to October - during the dry months of spring. However, another popular time to visit the tropical Island is from December to February - when it’s hot and dry. go there.

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