Big Five

Big Five African Safari Lodges

A selection of safari lodges set in the wilderness areas in the southern part of Africa. Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Phinda, Madikwe, and Okavango Delta host all of the Big 5. Other areas host 4 of the 5. African Sky will gladly offer expert advice on the best choice for your safari.

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Arathusa Safari Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Sabi Sand Private Reserve

Arathusa Safari Lodge overlooks a waterhole in the northern part of South Africa's most famous private Big Five Reserve, the Sabi Sand. Guests are accommodated in luxury bungalows under thatch and can experience the African wild on daily open 4x4 game drives and bush walks.

From USD 517 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Berg en Dal Rest Camp

Type: Rest Camp Level: National Park Camp Destination: Kruger National Park

Berg en Dal is one of the southernmost camps in Kruger Park. It is located in an area with rocky outcrops and wooded savannah. This part of the park has a high rhino concentration, and you will almost certainly spot these ancient-looking beasts on a safari here.

From USD 88 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Dulini Leadwood Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Dulini Leadwood Lodge has four luxurious suites and is one of the smallest and most opulent lodges in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, the most prestigious of the private Big Five reserves in South Africa.

From USD 1,339 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Dulini River Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Dulini River Lodge, located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, offers six luxurious suites with views of the Sand River. Safari activities here expose guests to abundant antelope and other mammal sightings, with close encounters with the Big Five sure to be a highlight.

From USD 1,339 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Elephant Plains

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Elephant Plains Lodge offers exceptional game viewing in the northern part of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Reserve. From this luxury lodge, safari activities focus on exploring the rich fauna and flora. with which this part of Africa is blessed.

From USD 321 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Gorah Elephant Camp

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Addo Elephant National Park

The luxurious tented accommodation of Gorah Elephant Camp lies in the heart of Addo Elephant National Park. It offers endless views across Savannah plains and the opportunity to view the Big Five on daily safari activities.

From USD 578 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Hamiltons Tented Camp

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Kruger National Park

Hamiltons Tented Camp offers the romance and elegance of a luxury tented safari on a private concession in the central Kruger National Park. The area is renowned for its high concentration of predators that pursue large plains game herds.

From USD 722 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Idube Safari Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Idube offers nine en-suite safari chalets and two suites in South Africa's most famous private nature reserve, the Sabi Sand. Highly trained safari guides lead safari adventures searching for the Big Five and the many antelope species in the region.

From USD 615 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Imbali Safari Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Kruger National Park

Each luxury suite at Imbali Safari Lodge boasts a private plunge pool or jacuzzi. The lodge is on a private-use concession in the central Kruger National Park. It offers excellent value on a luxury safari to the most famous safari area in South Africa.

From USD 526 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Impodimo Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Madikwe Game Reserve

Impodimo Lodge overlooks a waterhole in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, which borders Botswana. The five-star lodge is an ideal family safari destination where daily safari adventures are conducted in this unique Big Five reserve in the northwestern part of South Africa.

From USD 508 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Jock Safari Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Kruger National Park

Jock Safari Lodge offers five-star luxury safaris on a private concession in the southwestern Kruger National Park. Wildlife viewing in this part of the park is exceptional, with regular lion and leopard sightings notable.

From USD 579 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Kapama Buffalo Camp

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Kapama Private Game Reserve

Buffalo Camp is an authentic tented safari camp in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The reserve is home to the Big Five, abundant other wildlife, and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

From USD 624 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Kruger Gate Hotel

Type: Hotel Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Kruger Park Border

In a prime location adjacent to the Paul Kruger Entry Gate of the Kruger Park, the Kruger Gate Hotel offers four-star accommodation and views of the Sabie River. The lodge-style hotel has soaring wooden walkways and provides accommodations and meals superior to those in Kruger's national park camps.

From USD 114 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Kruger Pestana

Type: Hotel Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Kruger Park Border

Pestana Kruger Lodge is a four-star hotel on the banks of the Crocodile River, only 800m from the Malelane Entry Gate to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Accommodations are superior to those at the national park camps, making the lodge an ideal choice for safari enthusiasts.

From USD 86 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Leopard Hills

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Exclusive Top-End Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

At Leopard Hills, guests enjoy an exclusive luxury safari adventure in South Africa's premier private game reserve - Sabi Sand. The lodge features eight glass-fronted suites, a traditional Shangaan Boma, and a spa treatment Sala.

From USD 1,236 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Letaba Rest Camp

Type: Rest Camp Level: National Park Camp Destination: Kruger National Park

Letaba commands a prime location on the banks of the river for which it was named. The camp offers comfortable en-suite, air-conditioned accommodation in thatched bungalows. The camp is one of the finest bases to explore the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park.

From USD 96 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Exclusive Top-End Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Ivory Lodge is located on the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in the southern part of the world-renowned Sabi Sand. The lodge overlooks the Sabie River, the region's largest permanent water source and offer some of the most luxurious safari accommodation in South Africa

From USD 2,569 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Lion Sands Narina Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Kruger National Park

Lion Sands Narina Lodge is built on a private concession in the southern Kruger National Park. The lodge offers sweeping views across the Sabie River, which attracts prolific wildlife throughout the year.

From USD 1,550 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Kruger National Park

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge sits in a private concession on the banks of the perennial Sabie River in the southern Kruger National Park. Nine opulent suites provide luxury accommodation, and expert local rangers and trackers lead wildlife adventures into the wilderness of Kruger Park.

From USD 1,550 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Type: Rest Camp Level: National Park Camp Destination: Kruger National Park

Lower Sabie overlooks the river, after which it was named in the southeastern part of the Kruger National Park. The area between this camp and Satara is the most productive game viewing area in the Kruger National Park.

From USD 101 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Madikwe Safari Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Madikwe Game Reserve

Experience luxury and exciting safari activities in the malaria-free Madikwe Private Reserve. Madikwe Safari Lodge consists of three small lodges: Dithaba, Lelapa, and Kapano.

From USD 755 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Mala Mala Main Camp

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Mala Mala Private Reserve

Mala Mala Main Camp is the birthplace of ecotourism in South Africa. During its long existence, the camp has provided unforgettable luxury safaris from a prime location overlooking the Sand River in Greater Kruger National Park.

From USD 1,094 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Mala Mala Rattray's

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Exclusive Top-End Destination: Mala Mala Private Reserve

Rattrays on Mala Mala is one of the most luxurious safari lodges in South Africa. It overlooks the Sand River and Kruger National Park to the east and offers game drives on the largest tract of private land in the Greater Kruger National Park.

From USD 1,784 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Mkuze Falls Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Zululand

Mkuze Falls Lodge offers luxury accommodation in eight thatched suites and one safari suite. It is located in a Big Five wilderness in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Both land and water-based safari excursions are conducted, immersing guests in the African wild.

From USD 285 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Motswari

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Motswari Safari Lodge is in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of Greater Kruger. It is a four-star lodge with a splendid bush setting where visitors can relax and enjoy the fauna and flora for which the area is renowned.

From USD 312 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Nkorho Bush Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The affordable four-star safari accommodations at Nkhoro Lodge are ideal for visitors intent on experiencing the landscapes and wildlife of the Sabi Sand, South Africa's premier private reserve, without breaking the bank.

From USD 566 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Nottens Bush Camp

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

A rustic yet luxurious safari in the Sabi Sand can be enjoyed at the electricity-free Nottens Bush Camp. Views of a waterhole where various animal and bird species can be seen can be savored from the elegant open-plan suites.

From USD 633 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Olifants Rest Camp

Type: Rest Camp Level: National Park Camp Destination: Kruger National Park

Olifants Camp has one of the most beautiful settings of any rest camp in the Kruger National Park. It offers glorious views of the Olifants River Valley and fine safari adventures in the central to northern part of Kruger.

From USD 91 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Phinda Forest Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Forest Lodge features sixteen elegantly styled glass-fronted chalets built in the unique and ecologically pristine Sand Forest of Phinda Private Game Reserve. Guests are accommodated in sixteen 'Zulu Zen' suites with glorious views of the surroundings.

From USD 925 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Phinda Homestead

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Homestead is an exclusive private villa where safaris are conducted in the Big-Five Hosting Phinda Private Game Reserve in northeastern Kwa-Zulu Natal. It is an ideal destination for families who wish to experience a luxury safari in this part of South Africa.

From USD 1,296 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Phinda Rock Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Exclusive Top-End Destination: Phinda Private Game Reserve

Rock Lodge is among the two most intimate and luxurious lodges in Phinda Private Game Reserve, the award-winning conservation area in eastern South Africa. Grand views of rolling hills and a valley in Zululand can be enjoyed from its dramatic setting.

From USD 1,195 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Kruger National Park

Get close to nature at the exclusive, unfenced Rhino Post Safari Lodge on a private concession in Kruger Park. Eight tastefully decorated suites with splendid views of the surrounding wilderness accommodate visitors to the lodge.

From USD 440 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

When staying at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, you can expect luxurious five-star accommodation and exceptional Big Five game viewing in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Bush Lodge is one of the oldest lodges in the reserve, though it has been refurbished numerous times.

From USD 1,174 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

One of Africa's finest luxury safari experiences can be enjoyed when staying at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Reserve, which forms part of the extensive Greater Kruger National Park. The lodge is masterfully designed to blend into the surrounding landscape.

From USD 1,762 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Satara Rest Camp

Type: Rest Camp Level: National Park Camp Destination: Kruger National Park

Satara is in the central part of Kruger and easily accessible from the airport near Hoedspruit. The area surrounding the camp features open grassy plains that attract large herds of plains game and predators that prey on the herds.

From USD 66 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Savanna Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Experience the wilderness and view animals in their natural surroundings while staying at Savanna Lodge in the Sabi Sand, South Africa's most revered private game reserve, where the Big Five and almost one hundred and fifty other mammal species can be encountered.

From USD 861 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Sediba Rock Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

Sediba Lodge is three hours from Johannesburg in the majestic Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. It is one of the most picturesque reserves in South Africa, where a Big Five safari can be enjoyed without the risk of Malaria.

From USD 340 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Shamwari Bayethe

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Twelve luxury tented suites accommodate guests at Bayethe Lodge in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, not far from Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. The lodge offers Big Five safaris in pristine natural wilderness in a malaria-free area.

From USD 748 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Shamwari Eagles Crag

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Exclusive Top-End Destination: Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Eagles Crag is the most opulent luxury safari lodges in Shamwari Private Game Reserve. It features nine glass and stone suites with splendid views of rock faces above which eagles soar. Shamwari is arguably the private reserve in the southern part of South Africa where the Big Five can be encountered.

From USD 842 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Simbavati River Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Built on the banks of the Nhalarumi River in Timbavati Private Reserve, Simbavati River Lodge offers reasonably priced luxury private lodge safaris in the Greater Kruger. Guests are accommodated in either tented suites or bungalows under thatch.

From USD 492 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Singita Ebony

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Exclusive Top-End Destination: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Twelve luxuriously appointed suites and refined central areas at Singita Ebony Lodge provide one of Africa's most luxurious safari retreats. It is surrounded by ancient Ebony trees on the banks of the Sand River, one of the two primary rivers flowing through the Sabi Sand, Greater Kruger's top luxury safari destination.

From USD 2,672 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Singita Lebombo

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Exclusive Top-End Destination: Kruger National Park

Singita Lebombo Lodge is fit for royalty. It is on a private concession in eastern Kruger National Park near the Lebombo Mountains. Guests are accommodated in thirteen extravagant suites with incredible views at this one of Africa's most luxurious safari retreats.

From USD 2,775 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Singita Sweni

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Exclusive Top-End Destination: Kruger National Park

At Singita Sweni Lodge, guests experience lavish accommodation on a private concession inside the Kruger National Park. The lodges are internationally renowned for being among the finest high-end safari retreats on the African continent, offering ultimate luxury combined with exceptional safari experiences.

From USD 2,775 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Skukuza Rest Camp

Type: Rest Camp Level: National Park Camp Destination: Kruger National Park

Skuzuza is the largest of the rest camps in the Kruger National Park; it is built under towering trees on the banks of the Sabie River near the Paul Kruger Gate and a few minutes from the airport with the same name.

From USD 95 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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The Outpost

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Kruger National Park

The Outpost is elevated against an escarpment in the far northern part of Kruger National Park. It offers sweeping views across the Luvuvhu River and the most significant private concessions in Kruger Park, where safari drives and bush walks are conducted.

From USD 603 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Luxury Destination: Pilanesberg National Park

Built on a ridge with expansive views of the landscape of Pilanesberg National Park, Tshukudu Lodge provides luxury accommodation, exceptional service, and Big Five game viewing two hours from the airport in Johannesburg.

From USD 351 Per Person Sharing
  • South Africa
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Umlani Bush Camp

Type: Lodge / Camp Level: Personal and Comfortable Destination: Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Umlani Bush Camp in the Timbavati Private Reserve provides rustic lodgings and a unique safari experience in South Africa. The camp has no electricity and is ideal for the adventurous seeking a mesmerizing safari that will not be forgotten.

From USD 349 Per Person Sharing