Big 5 Safari
No safari to Africa is complete without marvelling at an elite grouping of her most famous residents: The Big 5. Comprised of the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino, the Big 5 are the crowning glories and likely the most recognised symbols of Africa. The mere mention of the one cannot continue without the other!
Thankfully, this illustrious and majestic menagerie is found in several countries around Africa, from Kenya and Namibia to Botswana and South Africa, making a Big 5 safari a no brainer to your African holiday. Take a look at the countries that the Big 5 call home to get a quick taste of what is on offer before booking a trip of a lifetime with one of our expert travel consultants.
East Kenya is home to thousands of hectares of national park and protected land, most notably in the form of the celebrated Maasai Mara and the Amboseli National Park and Tsavo National Parks. The sheer collective size of these parks and their diverse terrain provide habitats for an array of wildlife—including the Big 5—and an assortment of activities. Not to mention, if you visit at the right time of year, you may bear witness to the The Great Wildebeest Migration.
The Greater Serengeti Ecosystem and its neighbours offer some of the best Big 5 safari opportunities in the country. Volcanic grasslands and vast plains are interrupted by rocky outcrops, rivers, volcanoes, and forests. The wildlife wanders freely across the Serengeti’s 1.5 million hectares, into Kenya’s Maasai Mara, and back.
To the south is the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that, aside from being the only intact caldera in the world, boasts a fertile floor and an abundance of wildlife along with (you guessed it) the Big 5. Fun fact: many speculate—before Ngorongoro erupted—it would have been higher than the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.
Undoubtedly South Africa’s most iconic game-viewing destination and Africa’s second-largest park, the Kruger National Park is spread across an impressive two million hectares of land in the far north-eastern corner of the country. As the oldest, largest, and most well-established park, Kruger is home to the highest population-density of the Big 5 in South Africa. It’s unfenced neighbour, Sabi Sand Region, shares the park’s prolific abundance of wildlife.
Despite its obvious appeal, you’d be remiss for thinking the Greater Kruger Area is the only place to enjoy a Big 5 safari in South Africa. From a low-yield cattle farm to a flourishing conservation area, Madikwe Game Reserve is a land of bushveld and grassland, sloping mountains and rocky outcrops. Brushing against Botswana’s border and the tip of the Kalahari Desert, the park has not only provided a haven for wildlife including the Big 5, but has also been a fierce proponent of community upliftment initiatives.
Etosha is home to one of Namibia’s most iconic attractions – and with good reason. It offers some of the best safari territories in the country, from the iconic Etosha National Park that lies centred in the land to a variety of private game reserves on its outskirts. Etosha boasts four of the Big 5, needing only the buffalo to complete its ranks. Both the park and surrounding reserves and concessions offer wildlife experiences that are as rewarding as they are memorable.
Hwange National Park is arguably one of Africa’s very best game-viewing destinations. This massive park and its creatures can be explored on foot, on horseback, or on a game drive. Its impressive range of wildlife—from the Big 5, giraffe, hyena, wild dog, and more—is mirrored by the diversity of the park’s environment: the sandy southern part of the park skirts along the Kalahari Desert and is dotted with semi-arid shrubbery, while the northern grasslands are thick with granite outcrops and groves of teak and mopane trees.
Hailed as one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, South Luangwa National Park packs a massive punch within its 9,050km² boundaries. Situated at the tail-end of the Great Rift Valley and skirting along the Luangwa River, this park’s savannah grasslands are populated by 60 species of wildlife and over 400 species of birdlife – making it great for both game viewing and bird-watching. Plus Luangwa’s remote location and relatively low number of visitors mean you’ll be guaranteed an exclusive safari experience in an unspoilt environment.
Chobe is home to four of the Big 5 and its population of elephants is especially impressive, said to exceed 50,000 in number. From the verdant and lush marshlands of Savuti and Linyanti to the extensive floodplains running along the Chobe River, Chobe National Park is one of Botswana’s flagship safari destinations - thanks to its population of elephants and its status as the most biologically diverse park in the country.
Spread across less than 5,000km² of the Okavango Delta and home to the iconic Chief’s Island, Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for being a protected area of incredible biodiversity. While Moremi is home to an array of prolific birdlife and wildlife (including the magnetic Big 5) the local Basarwa Bushmen also reside in the area, offering visitors an intimate look into their traditional way of life.
Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Zanzibar
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East Africa Bush and Beach Escape
Choosing where to go and what to do in East Africa is a daunting task. But why pick between a bush safari and an island getaway when you can have both?
Tailor-made East Africa Tour
At Rhino Africa we specialise in putting together tailor-made trips to Africa, you choose your destination and we'll help you decide on all the details. We are East Africa experts and you can trust us to help you find the best options to suit your needs.
Bianca’s African Spectacular
16 days of the best of Southern Africa's luxury and beauty
Highlights: Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park, Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Whale Route
Tailor-made Tours to Kruger Park
At Rhino Africa we specialise in putting together tailor-made trips to Africa, you choose your destination and we'll help you decide on all the details. We are Kruger Park experts and you can trust us to help you find the best options to suit your needs.
Responsible Rhino Tour
At Rhino Africa we take our impact on the environment very seriously, which is why we can plan your tour to be as green as possible. This Responsible Rhino Tour incorporates some of Southern Africa's most responsible hotels and eco-lodges.
Kruger Park Fly-In Safari
We can have you in the heart of the Sabi Sand private game reserve in less than an hour and a half from Johannesburg! This four-day luxury safari is a popular add-on to other attractions in Southern Africa.
From the open plains of Masai Mara, the waters of Lake Nakuru and swamps of Amboseli, this safari takes in three of the most picturesque regions in Kenya. It also provides the perfect opportunity to spot the Big 5 and capture diverse scenery.
Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro
This safari tour includes the best of Tanzania when it comes to wildlife, with sights totally unique to this part of Africa. Visit the National Parks of Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro and enjoy excellent wildlife viewing and landscape panoramas.
Samantha’s Ultimate Safari Adventure
20 days of classic Southern African attractions: After your trip to Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls, you will spend a few days at one of Cape Town's best hotels, Cape Grace - the perfect place from which to explore Cape Town's highlights.
Safaris and Sandy Beaches
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This two-week self-drive tour starts and ends in Durban. With the Drakensberg and Midlands, historic Battlefields and exclusive Phinda Game Reserve as well as Rocktail Bay sandwiched in between, it is easily the best of KwaZulu-Natal.
Cape Town, Kruger Park and Victoria Falls
This is once in a lifetime stuff! Our 'Three of the Best' special incorporates the very best of Southern Africa, from the beaches of Cape Town to the Big 5 in the Kruger. And it's all washed down with one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World.
Dee’s Ultimate Tanzania Experience
12 days of the best of East Africa
Highlights: Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater National Park, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar
Rwanda - Kenya - Serengeti
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Tailor-made Botswana Tour
At Rhino Africa we specialise in putting together tailor-made trips to Africa, you choose your destination and we'll help you decide on all the details. We are Botswana experts and you can trust us to help you find the best options to suit your needs.
Kruger Park Safari and Victoria Falls
This tour combines 3 nights in Kruger National Park with 3 nights at Victoria Falls. Marvel at the Big 5 in Sabi Sand Game Reserve & one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World!
North Coast - KZN Safari - Drakensberg
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Desiré’s Romantic Holiday
A 12-day city, bush and beach holiday
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An 18-day elegant tour of Southern Africa
Highlights: Cape Town, Hermanus, Franschhoek, Kruger National Park, Bazaruto Archipelago
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