Spot some of nature’s most impressive beasts on a Big 5 safari

When choosing a safari holiday, the term the ‘Big Five’ will often crop up and refers to some of Africa’s most popular wildlife, the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.

The phrase itself was coined by African hunters and refers to the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot. Of course, Big Five safaris are in no way associated with the unethical act of trophy/canned hunting (banned completely in Kenya and increasingly so in other areas of Africa) but the term is still used by most guides and tourists as an easy term to encapsulate the must see animals.

The Big Five can be found together in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana, though obviously not in all parks so do make sure you research thoroughly to avoid any disappointment. African wildlife species are each incredible in their own way.

Our advice would be: don’t speed past an elegant giraffe or beautiful cheetah to seek out an elephant just because it’s on your Big Five check list.

The Big Five Safaris

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Porini Wilderness Safari

This is the ultimate itinerary for an authentic, adventurous and responsible safari. With Porini, it’s all about wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism – they use local guides and lease Maasai ...

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Governors' Safari

It’s all about big cats and the Big Five on this classic safari. Travel to a colonial farmhouse where you can explore two of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Then fly over the rolling plains to a tented c...

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Samburu & Mara Family Safari

With stays in fantastic kid-friendly camps, this short safari has been created for families. Visit two of Kenya’s breathtaking national parks – Samburu and the Maasai Mara – and make memories together...

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Amboseli, Tsavo & Beach

City, safari and coast are all covered on this 10-night itinerary. You’ll travel from Nairobi to Mombasa and spend a few nights in the beautiful national parks of Amboseli and Tsavo on the way. Head o...

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Complete Kenya

This comprehensive and leisurely paced 11-night road safari will take you around the country’s breathtakingly diverse landscapes. Explore vast national parks and sprawling lakes, and get up close to e...

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Maasai Mara & Indian Ocean

Spot big cats and the Big Five on the Mara’s rolling plains, then relax on the soft white sands of a beautiful island.

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Mara Fly-in Safari & Mombasa

Head out on safari in Kenya's iconic national park, the Maasai Mara before flying over to the coast for some well-deserved beach time.

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Governors' Grand Safari

This extended version of our popular Governors’ Safari includes the collection’s newest property: Mugie House in Laikipia. With stays in three very different areas of Kenya – including a special wildl...

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African Wonders

Combine Africa’s most famous wildlife reserve with an iconic city and a natural wonder of the world.

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Kenya SkySafari

Take to the skies on an exclusive air safari around two of Kenya’s iconic national parks and a quieter private conservancy. You’ll travel in a bespoke Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft and stay at intimat...

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Safari and the City

Get a feel of South Africa’s urban and wild sides on this seven-night itinerary. Soak up culture, natural beauty and brilliant dining in the showstopper city of Cape Town, then go on to the Eastern Ca...

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Cape Town, Sabi Sands & Mozambique – Suggested itinerary

This is a honeymoon-worthy blend of cosmopolitan city highlights, epic wildlife and unbelievably dreamy scenes on Mozambique’s beaches. Do it in style with game drives in the private Sabi Sands Game R...

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Cape Town and Botswana

Spend time exploring the beautiful sights of Cape Town before travelling to the wildlife-rich haven of Chobe National Park.

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Tanzania Migration

This Northern Circuit safari visits the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, elephant hot spot of Tarangire National Park and wildlife-rich Serengeti. Two Serengeti stops – central plus northern or southern ...

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Under Serengeti Skies

An authentic wildlife-rich safari where the highlight is three nights under the stars in a semi-permanent camp inside the Serengeti.

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Unsurpassed Tanzania

This luxury twin-centre safari stays at two extra special properties, using them as a base to explore the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

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Serengeti Fly-in & Zanzibar

Look out for big cats and the Big Five across the picturesque plains of the Serengeti, before unwinding on Zanzibar’s frosted white sands.

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Essential Tanzania

A great introduction to Tanzania’s must-see highlights – the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. See superb wildlife like big cats and elephants, and stay in scenic lodges close to the action. This short...

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Tanzania SkySafari

Safaris don’t come much better than this. Travel in style between northern Tanzania’s game-rich parks, in a bespoke Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.

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Safari experiences

Great migration safaris

This annual cycle sees over one million wildebeest and other grazing herbivores journey 1800 miles from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara.

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Big Five safaris

The Big Five refers to Africa’s most dangerous animals: the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino.

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Elephant experiences

There’s something special about these gentle giants. Spot huge herds on safari, or visit the remarkable Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage.

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Gorilla trekking

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see mountain gorillas in their natural environment. Welcome to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

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Chimpanzee trekking

Spend time with chimpanzees in the mountainous Nyungwe Forest as they feed, play and swing through the vines.

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Safaris over water

Travelling by boat or being ‘poled’ in a traditional mokoro offers a completely different safari experience from a 4x4 game drive.

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