Big 5 Safaris in South Africa. Our guide to the best destinations for your South African big 5 safaris.  An extraordinary encounter with South Africa’s bushveld awaits you when you visit a Game Lodge in one of our nine provinces. Come and expose yourself to the Big 5 in their natural habitat. Big Five game animals are the Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and Cape Buffalo. First of all this is an experience that is a must for any nature-lover. Seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat is probably one of the most desired experiences when it comes to visiting South Africa.

Big 5 Safari. Looking for a Game Lodge? Trying to find a Game Reserve? Looking for a Private Game Reserve? Browse our Game Reserves and Game Lodges. Some of the best Game Reserves as well as Game Lodges in South Africa. Find your Big 5 and Safari establishment here.
LEOPARD MOUNTAIN SAFARI LODGE

LEOPARD MOUNTAIN SAFARI LODGE

Our game drives take you through overall well stocked, unspoilt bushveld and endless rivers winding through the indigenous forest, a birders paradise. Our guided walking safaris offer an intimate encounter with the African bushveld and wildlife,
KwaZulu-Natal
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The Springbok Lodge

The Springbok Lodge

The Springbok Lodge epitomises the perfect safari experience with beautifully appointed tented suites, service excellence, superb cuisine as well as prolific wildlife - ensuring an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields,
KwaZulu Natal
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Kapama River Lodge

Kapama River Lodge

Kapama Private Game Reserve is an African Eden. Sweeping across 13 000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest, Kapama represents a piece of Africa as it used to be. With the mighty Drakensberg mountains in the distance and iconic Kruger National Park to the east,
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Manyeleti Private Game reserve

Manyeleti Private Game reserve

With just three lodges in this pristine bush area you can be sure to experience the best of South Africa far away from mainstream tourist areas. Manyeleti is one of those very few remaining 'secret places'.
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Bayete Zulu

Bayete Zulu

Bayete Zulu is perfectly placed in the heart of the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, which is considered to be one of the most densely stocked and ecologically balanced in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The big five roam freely around the reserve along with a wide variety of other wildlife.
KwaZulu-Natal
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Kings Camp

Kings Camp

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp faces an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife both day and night. As part of the greater Kruger National Park,
Limpopo
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Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa is more than just a luxury private game lodge in the bush. It's a holistic and sensorial experience which starts at sunrise and captures the very essence of the magnificent wildlife heritage and natural landscape of Africa before sunset.
Limpopo
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Londolozi Game Reserve

Londolozi Game Reserve

Londolozi is one of South Africa?s original private game reserves. A pillar of global ecotourism, we are also a proudly family-run business. The word londolozi comes from the Zulu word and means ?protector of all living things?.
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SHIDULI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

SHIDULI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

Traversing over 9000 hectares of supreme and diverse vegetation, with its three perennial rivers and huge Jackelberry and Leadwood trees, Shiduli is home to the Big 5, as well as a wealth of other smaller creatures and bird species.
Limpopo
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Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve, offering big 5 safaris two hours from Cape Town, makes it easy for you no matter what your time constraints are, we offer half day, full day and overnight safari package options!
Western Cape
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Masodini Game Lodge

Masodini Game Lodge

A bush-lover's paradise within this 'Big Five' Conservation area, the Lodge itself is surrounded by fever trees and evergreen african date palms creating the perfect oasis.
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Shumbalala Game Lodge

Shumbalala Game Lodge

Your knowledgeable and experienced ranger conducts professional early morning and later afternoon / evening game drives in an informative and relaxed fashion. Fully equipped custom built game viewing vehicles offer all the comfort and luxury for our guests.
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Mhondoro Safari Lodge

Mhondoro Safari Lodge

Mhondoro Safari Lodge and Villa is a luxurious, five-star private safari lodge and villa situated within the malaria-free Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg District of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. In an under three-hour drive or a one hour flight from Johannesburg,
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Cheetah Ridge Luxury Safari Lodge

Cheetah Ridge Luxury Safari Lodge

Situated in the southern section of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, Cheetah Ridge Luxury Safari Lodge is an unrivalled bush retreat, offering fully-catered, accommodation in 10 luxury suites, as well as a sumptuously-appointed family suite which sleeps up to six people.
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Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

Situated in the heart of historic Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the 'Big 5' - lion,
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African Spirit Game Lodge

African Spirit Game Lodge

African Spirit Game Lodge, situated 12 km's west of Mkuze, invites guests to experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is situated within the Manyoni Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, against the backdrop of the Lebombo Mountains.
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Many Game Lodges and Game Reserves have an abundance of wildlife means, therefore, you are more than likely to spot the big 5. South Africa is also home to many Private Game Reserves that offer Big 5 Safaris.  Namely the: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino as well as the buffalo that make up this list. Game drives are in general undertaken in an open safari vehicle with a driver/guide. These guides have extensive experience as well as an intimate knowledge of the area. Guides are experts on the local game movements as well as factual information and other ecological aspects of the region. They can furnish answers to your fauna as well as flora questions.

Big 5 Safaris

In South Africa, the big five (Big 5) game animals are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and finally the rhinoceros. Furthermore the term “big five game” was coined by big-game hunters. They were referring to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt while on foot. Subsequently, the term was adopted by Game reserves, Safari lodges, Game lodges and safari tour operators for marketing purposes. The term is used by most tourists as well as wildlife guides that discuss South African wildlife and tourism. A Big 5 Safaris is always recommended.

In short, the Big Five should be on every bodies bucket list. You are however limited to Southern Africa and even then, probably only South Africa. For this reason, we make it easy to find your Big 5 Safaris experience as well as other wildlife. We list several uniquely situated Game Lodges that can assist you with a Big 5 experience. In addition to the wildlife experience, you will also find great people passionate about saving our heritage.

While being on your Big Five experience you are sure to enjoy some spectacular birding.

A South African safari is truly a unique experience and therefore we encourage everybody to try and see the Big 5 once in their lifetime.

Big 5 Safaris

The 1990 and later releases of South African rand banknotes feature a different big-five animal on each denomination.

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