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.
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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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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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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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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Nambiti Private Big 5 Game Reserve

Nambiti Private Big 5 Game Reserve

Nambiti is steadily becoming one of the best private game reserves in Africa; a vision driven by passionate, committed people with a deep love and respect for our heritage. With the establishment of successful development programmes,
Ladysmith
KwaZulu-Natal
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Ndaka Safari Lodge

Ndaka Safari Lodge

Private Game Reserves KZN - Tucked away in the centre of the picturesque Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a 21 000 acre, Big 5, most noteworthy malaria-free game reserve, lies Ndaka Safari Lodge. Located in central KwaZulu-Natal near Ladysmith,
Ladysmith
KwaZulu-Natal
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RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE

RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers luxury Hluhluwe game reserve accommodation with a choice of four room types: Two Honeymoon Villas nestled in the indigenous bush with private plunge poolsEight Luxury Bush Villas expansive open plan bedrooms with lounge area,
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Rhino River Lodge

Rhino River Lodge

Rhino River Lodge is a family-owned and operated Big 5 safari lodge located in the magnificent Manyoni Private Game Reserve. This 23,000-hectare private game reserve is situated in the very heart of Zululand, 30kms north of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu Natal,
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Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is an unspoilt part of Africa ecologically and geographically integrated with the adjacent Kruger National Park. It is situated within one of South Africa’s oldest and largest proclaimed reserves – the renowned Sabi Sand Wildtuin (Sabi Sand Reserve).
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Sabi Sands

Sabi Sands

The Sabi Sands is in particular well known for its amazing leopard sightings. The most elusive animal of the Big 5 is frequently spotted when going on a gamedrive in the reserve. As such, Sabi Sands offers the ultimate photographic safari one can think of.
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SEDIBA PRIVATE GAME LODGE

SEDIBA PRIVATE GAME LODGE

Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals, including the Big Five, and boasts one of the largest populations of white rhino on a private reserve anywhere in Africa. There are rare and unusual species too,
Muldersdrift
Gauteng
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Shambala Game Reserve

Shambala Game Reserve

Situated on 10,000 hectares in the Limpopo Province, a mere 2½ hour drive or 45 minute helicopter ride from Johannesburg, Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve is set under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque,
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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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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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Tambuti Lodge

Tambuti Lodge

View Africa’s most impressive wildlife, including the renowned Big 5, on our morning and afternoon game drives in an open 4-wheel drive safari vehicle with our expert guide. We pride ourselves on presenting wildlife interaction that is sure to be the highlight of your stay.
North West
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Tau Game Lodge

Tau Game Lodge

27 major species of game roam this South African nature reserve, making Tau Game Lodge the ideal place for a safari holiday, offering Big 5 game safaris and bird-watching safaris. Enjoy an authentic South African safari vacation in the midst of natural wildlife,
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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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