South Africa is a wonderland, a part of the world that won’t fail to surprise and astound you time and time again.
One of the South Africa’s most famous draws? Nature, at its fierce, diverse and entertaining best. Kruger National Park is the perfect place to see for one of the most exciting nature encounters there is, spotting the Big 5 – a group of 5 huge game animals – in the wild. The big five are: lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros and coming up close to them is a humbling but thrilling experience.
There are a huge selection of overland trips to help you get up close and personal with the Big Five in South Africa, here are our pick of the top 5 overland trips to spot the Big 5.
Our Big 5 for the Big 5
Kruger Camping Safari
A short, but jam-packed South African camping adventure, spend 2 nights camping and one night in a hotel after leaving Johannesburg for Kruger National Park.
Sleep under the stars, meet the local people of Shalati and of course head out on safari to spot the Big 5.
Gazebo Game Lodge Kruger Safari
This great package gets your right into the heart of the South African bush, with great wildlife viewing opportunities and a laid back yet comfortable base. The Gazebo Game Lodge is an old farm house converted into a safari lodge overlooking a waterhole buzzing with game.
Thornhill Lodge Kruger Package
If you’re short of time and want to see as much wildlife as possible while you’re in the area, this package is for you. You’ll be thrown straight into the action with game drives, tours and bush walks on all three days.
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
Looking for fabulous wildlife and a unique safari experience? Well this great little package is for you. With 2 nights full board accommodation, game drives and walking safaris included, this initimate and friendly safari camp is a great place to explore the animals kingdom in all its glory.
Kruger & Private Game Lodge Experience
Experience Kruger’s wildlife from the comfort of a top-notch private lodge. Power through the bush on 4WD vehicles and search for the ‘Big 5’ by torchlight at night. Learn about the beauty of South Africa’s nature from qualified rangers and guides.
If you’ve been inspired to go off in search of the Big 5, take a look at this video below to bring the experience to life and then head straight to the website for more information on the huge selection of safari tours.