Big 5 Safaris

The term 'Big 5' originated from big game hunters who referred to their most desired prizes - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo - as the Big 5. These are also the most desired 'prizes' for most safari visitors.

A rhino sighting - Game drive at Motswari Game Reserve Male lions yawning at Amakhosi Game Lodge on a Big 5 safari Nsefu Game drive elephant sighting with Robin Pope Safaris

A Big 5 safari is also another way to describe a more traditional 'savannah' safari experience in Africa as opposed to wildlife experiences such as primate safaris. Whilst the vast majority of parks across Africa feature the Big 5 animals as well as an abundance of other wildlife, it is important to note that not all parks feature rhinos that have unfortunately been severely affected by poaching.

These 'traditional' safaris are the most common and most recognisable form of safari. The vast majority of camps and safari lodges across Africa operate guided safaris. These involve largely game drives (although other activities are often provided such as walks, boat trips etc) whereby a specialist driver guide will 'guide' you through the wildlife experience. The drives are either privately operated or shared with other guests from the camp or lodge. Various countries and camps operate differently but by in large these guided drives are offered in the early morning and late afternoon / evening, providing the best opportunities for game viewing. Some camps and lodges will also offer night drives.

The advantage of this type of safari is that you can rely on the guide's specialist knowledge and tracking skills to locate the animals you wish to see, describe their behaviour and provide you with specific information on the fauna and flora which you will encounter.

First timers to Africa or those looking for a hassle free and exclusive experience should always consider a guided safari to make the most of their experience.

Selected Big 5 Safaris Itineraries

All Big 5 Safaris Itineraries
Balloon into the sunset by Dana Allen

Stunning Zambia Falls and Sky Safari

Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $8,920 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Zambia
Locations
Kafue National Park, Livingstone & Victoria Falls
Rhino Ridge Lodge

South Africa KwaZulu-Natal Winter Sun Special

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $6,310 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Elephant Coast
Pool and view at Four Seasons Serengeti

The Ultimate Summer Tanzania Family Holiday

Days
14
Cost For Family of 4
From $29,060 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island
Game drive amidst the wildebeest

Tanzania Longer For Less Special

Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $6,620 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves
The beach at The Makokola Retreat

Exclusive Zambia and Lake Malawi Family Offer

Days
9
Cost For Family of 4
From $12,080 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Malawi
Zambia
Locations
Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park
Twin room

Best of Botswana Special Offer

Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $12,180 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Locations
Linyanti, Okavango Delta
Little Makololo Camp

Wilderness Victoria Falls and Hwange early bird special

Days
9
Cost Per Person
From $5,390 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Locations
Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park
Heritage Awali

Kenya and Mauritius Family Safari and Beach Holiday Special

Days
13
Cost For Family of 4
From $19,430 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya
Mauritius
Locations
Masai Mara, Nairobi