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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

Serengeti Wildebeests in Kenya

Wildlife and culture – the perfect balance

Balance Tanzania's wildlife highlights, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, with the rich cultural heritage of local tribes like the Masai

$ 4,756

£ 3,368

R 55,100

3,794

per person

11 days

Sabi Sand Game Reserve safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Sabi Sand Game Reserve safari

You'll trek Africa's Big Five members in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve

$ 2,971

£ 2,104

R 34,420

2,370

per person

4 days

Romantic view

Cape Town, Kruger and Vic Falls Deluxe Honeymoon

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever

$ 7,034

£ 4,982

R 81,490

5,612

per person

11 days

South Africa and Botswana safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South Africa and Botswana safari

Experience the best that South Africa and Botswana has to offer

$ 6,303

£ 4,464

R 73,025

5,029

per person

11 days

5-day Okavango Delta and Nxai Pan safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

5-day Okavango Delta and Nxai Pan safari

Encounter Botswana's widest range of safari activities and some of Africa's most luxurious wilderness accommodation

$ 2,435

£ 1,725

R 28,210

1,943

per person

5 days

Best of Zambia Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Zambia Safari

With some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent, and a remarkably low population in a massive country, Zambia has an aura of mystery waiting to be uncovered.

$ 5,755

£ 4,076

R 66,673

4,591

per person

10 days

Big Cat safari in the Kruger National Park - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Big Cat safari in the Kruger National Park

Discover the Big Cats in the Kruger National Park and enjoy the bustling harbour, world-class beaches and top-notch vineyards in Cape Town

$ 4,809

£ 3,406

R 55,710

3,836

per person

7 days

Mauritius and South Africa honeymoon safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Mauritius and South Africa honeymoon safari

Start your trip in South Africa and finish in Mauritius. Experience the stunning beaches and the Big Five in the Phinda Private Game Reserve.

$ 5,324

£ 3,771

R 61,680

4,248

per person

11 days

Migration River crossings fly-in special Governor’s Camps - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Migration River crossings fly-in special Governor's Camps

Enjoy the migration and river crossings at Governor's Camp and choose your level of comfort

$ 2,390

£ 1,693

R 27,689

1,907

per person

4 days

Sunset at Camp Xakanaxa

Affordable Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari

Game viewing by land and water come together at Makgadikgadi, Moremi and the Okavango Delta, treating you to a varied Botswana safari

$ 3,880

£ 2,748

R 44,951

3,096

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.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… 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 Tankwa Karoo National Park ?

The best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park is from autumn through winter to early summer of April to September. However, this is a perfect place to indulge in blessed idleness. If you want to see the landscape and animals, you'll… 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.

Big Five safaris in Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

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from United States of America

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

After shopping around for a couple of months, Discover Africa was the one who had the most diverse options for the price. Megan Warrington always responded quickly and was professional and patient with my endless questions. Discover Africa…

Kelly

from United States of America

They organized everything for our first visit to Africa, from the airport meet & greet through to the tours, great hotels and locations.

Michael

from United States of America

From the first approach to the end, Discover Africa, has been excellent . The hotels, the service and every think has been well above our expectation. The perfect choice ! Thanks to all and specially to Megan.

Enrico Liberati

from Italy

My trip last August to Botswana was arranged by Discover Africa and I couldn't have chosen better. Everything was well organised and I didn't have to worry about anything. The safari tour was far beyond expectations; the accommodation was…

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