A list of the lodges where you can encounter the Big Five while on a safari in Southern Africa.
Arathusa Safari Lodge offers affordable four star accommodation in a tranquil setting in the northern region of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Cozy thatched chalets face the natural lake, where animals often visit for a drink.
Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp is one of the Kruger National Park's younger camps, situated in the deep southwest of the park amongst rocky koppies. Rhinos love the terrain of this area and are frequently spotted, along with many other mammals.
Leadwood Lodge is one of the smallest and most luxurious safari lodges in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. With only four opulent suites, Leadwood offers exceptional service and a Big Five safari experience second to none.
Dulini Lodge is located in the world-renowned wilderness of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. It is one of the most exclusive properties in the reserve. Enjoy the greater Kruger National Park's wealth of wildlife with an added touch of sheer safari luxury.
With only six opulent suites, Dulini River Lodge is one of the most intimate and exclusive properties in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The handsome lodge is surrounded by towering ebony trees. Enjoy unforgettable Big Five game viewing and luxurious accommodation.
Five colonial-style rondavels and six glass-fronted suites offer guests an extravagant experience at the four star Elephant Plains Lodge. The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve abounds in wildlife and guests will encounter magnificent animals on their daily 4x4 game drives.
A stilted wooden lodge with magnificent views of the ravine rises above and amongst the trees in the Entabeni Private Game Reserve. Each lodge houses 3 to 4 en suite rooms, which have a luxurious yet rustic feel.
Experience a rustic, yet comfortable stay in this tented camp, set against the cliffs of the stunning Waterberg Mountains. Entabeni offers a memorable safari experience with many exciting activities to choose from.
The Klaserie Private Game Reserve is home to the comfortable Gomo Gomo Game Lodge. Thatched en suite chalets provide cozy accommodation, and the wide viewing deck is the ideal place to soak up the sights and sounds of nature.
Gorah Elephant Camp offers exclusive luxury tented lodgings in the Big Five-hosting Addo Elephant National Park. The camp was the first private lodge in a national park. Enjoy uninterrupted views and many sightings of the majestic grey giants.
Located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park, you'll find the very unique Hamiltons Tented Camp. Six individual tents branch out from the main lodge via wooden walkways and exude luxury and style with a touch of old world elegance.
Idube Game Lodge is one of the finest four star properties in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The lodge has 9 very comfortable en suite Safari Chalets and two Makubela Suites - an exclusive upgrade, which can also be converted into a single inter-leading unit for families.
Imbali Safari Lodge is located on a private concession within the heart of Kruger National Park itself. Each luxury suite boasts a private Jacuzzi or plunge pool and uninterrupted views of the enchanting bushveld. Two open 4x4 game drives are conducted on a daily basis.
Located in the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve, the five star Impodimo Lodge offers luxury accommodation in the heart of lion country. Enjoy extravagant lodgings with breathtaking views of the bush and two game drives on a daily basis.
The main Jock Lodge within Jock Safari Lodge's private Kruger National Park concession hosts 12 thatched suites overlooking a dry riverbed in the southern reaches of the park. The five star lodge is family-friendly and offers a 'Kids on Safari' program for the little ones.
Kings Camp's five star colonial-style thatched suites offer a wonderful African safari ambiance, with indelibly plush fittings. Timbavati offers a luxurious Greater Kruger National Park experience without the visitor density of the more popular reserves.
The Protea Kruger Gate Lodge is located just outside the Paul Kruger Gate of the famous Kruger National Park, providing comfortable four star accommodation and easy access for your daily guided game drives in the park.
Pestana Kruger Lodge is located on the banks of the Crocodile River that forms the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park. Relish fine four star accommodation and easy access to the Crocodile Bridge Gate for your daily guided game drives.
Every comfort imaginable can be experienced on South African safaris to Leopard Hills Lodge. Its eight glass-fronted suites are set on a hill overlooking a waterhole in South Africa's premier private game reserve - the Greater Kruger's Sabi Sand.
Letaba Rest Camp is one of the most beautifully laid out rest camps in the Kruger National Park. It overlooks the perennial Letaba River from an elevated perch, and houses the Kruger Park Elephant Museum. The surrounding mopani lures numerous herds.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is one of the world's finest lodges. From a base at one Ivory Lodge's six ultra-luxurious villas, you will experience unforgettable safaris in South Africa's Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Two open-air game drives are conducted daily.
Lion Sands Narina Lodge overlooks the prolific Sabie River from within a private concession in the southern Kruger National Park. The ultra-luxurious lodge boasts opulent suites with private viewing decks and personal plunge pools.
This luxury African safari lodge overlooks the Sabie River. Situated in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Lion Sands River Lodge offers a five star experience in a game-rich area. The spacious lodge hosts 18 lavish suites.
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge enjoys prime real estate on a private concession in the southern Kruger National Park. The luxurious property hosts nine spacious suites that overlook the perennial Sabie River, which lures a wealth of wildlife to its fertile banks.
Lower Sabie Rest Camp enjoys prime riverfront real estate on the banks of the Sabie River in the southern Kruger National Park. The camp offers a variety of accommodations, from fully-equipped tented units to spacious modern guest houses.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge enjoys prime Kruger National Park real estate, located within in a private concession in the park itself. With 8 classic suites and 2 premier suites, the lodge offers five star accommodation with genuine warmth and charm.
Madikwe Hills offers luxury amenities like private suites, outdoor baths and al fresco dining under the starry night sky. Set in the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve, Madikwe Hills offers a wonderful Big Five safari getaway.
Madikwe Safari Lodge consists of three small lodges - Dithaba, Lelapa and Kopano - offering intimate luxury and incredible game viewing. Madikwe's malaria-free wilderness makes it a great choice for a luxury family safari in South Africa.
Mala Mala Main Camp is one of the finest private safari lodges in South Africa. Set in its own private Big Five-bearing reserve, a stay in one of Mala Mala Main Camp's eight luxury suites will ensure spectacular sightings and an extravagant experience.
Mkuze Falls Lodge is located in a private wilderness amidst the rolling green wilderness of Maputaland in KwaZulu-Natal. The lodge offers both land- and water-based game viewing and accommodations with beautiful views of the Mkuze waterfall.
Motswari Safari Lodge is located within the wilderness of the Greater Kruger's Timbavati Private Game Reserve. In addition to the Big Five, this area is famous for the occasional occurrence of white lions within its prides. Motswari offers affordable four star luxury.
Nkorho Lodge offers six welcoming and comfortable en suite chalets, set apart to ensure a feeling of privacy in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Dine in the warm glow of the boma or unwind in the lounge after an exciting day of game viewing.
Luxury accommodation in the form of plush and elegant open-plan suites, each with its own wooden deck, can be experienced at the electricity-free Notten's Bush Camp. The camp overlooks a serene waterhole where animal and birdlife can be seen.
Olifants Rest Camp enjoys spectacular views across the Olifants River Valley for which it its named. The rest camp offers basic yet comfortable accommodation with numerous striking viewpoints from its mountainous perch in the Kruger National Park.
Phinda Forest Lodge is set in the magical sand forest of the Phinda Private Game Reserve. The sixteen 'Zulu-Zen' style suites are truly unique and luxurious. Enjoy an unforgettable Big Five safari in this remarkable wilderness setting.
If you intend to enjoy a safari in northern KwaZulu-Natal in eastern South Africa, Phinda Rock Lodge is one of the finest top-end lodge choices available in the area. It is located in the Phinda Private Game Reserve, perched upon a magnificent rocky outcrop.
No reserve in South Africa offers a better safari experience than Mala Mala Private Game Reserve between Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park. The Rattray's Camp is their premier lodge. It offers true safari style and very luxurious accommodations.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge is located within a private concession in the Kruger National Park itself. The eight plush suites overlook a seasonal river. Guests enjoy two game drives on a daily basis in an area where the Big Five reigns supreme.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is a luxurious five star African safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Enjoy spacious suites, fine dining and premium Big Five game viewing in the wild throes of South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park.
The flagship lodge of the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve offers incredible accommodation and Big Five game viewing in a wonderful part of the Sabi Sand. The lodge'S 13 suites offer truly unique architecture and five star luxury.
Satara Rest Camp is located in the central-southern Kruger National Park in a wilderness of open grassy plains that lure large herds of plains game - and the predators that prey upon them. Satara is known as 'the cat camp' due to frequent sightings of lions.
Savanna Lodge is luxurious safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The intimate lodge hosts only nine suites in wonderfully wild surroundings. The reserve is home to the Big Five as well nearly 150 other species of mammals.
Sediba is a five star safari lodge located in the wild majesty of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. The reserve is home to the Big Five and stretches across a pristine portion of the Waterberg. The lodge hosts fifteen plush thatched suites.
Shamwari Bayethe Lodge is one of the malaria-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve's exclusive lodges. The stylish tented lodge boasts 12 plush tented suites from where families can enjoy two game drives daily in a unique Big Five wilderness.
Eagles Crag Lodge is the finest of the Shamwari Private Game Reserve's luxury collection of lodges. With only nine intimate glass and stone suites, it is characterized by exclusivity. Guests will enjoy two game drives on a daily basis in a malaria-free, Big Five-hosting wilderness.
Simbavati River Lodge is a family-friendly property in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve that forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The plush tented suites have been built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River. Guests enjoy two Big Five game drives on a daily basis.
Skukuza Rest Camp is the Kruger National Park's largest and main rest camp. The sprawling rest camp overlooks the Sabie River and offers a host of restaurants, the James Stevenson-Hamilton Museum and Library, medical services and a nearby airport.
The Outpost is an exclusive five star lodge located in the Makuleke concession in the far north of the Kruger National Park. The elevated lodge overlooks the Luvuvhu River and possibly the most unique wilderness area in the entire park.
Tshukudu Bush Lodge is an intimate five star safari lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Pilanesberg is a mere two hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria, which makes it ideal for those who wish to enjoy a luxury safaris but have little time to venture far.