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Safari Types: Big 5 Safaris

Big 5 Safaris offer exhilarating encounters with Africa's most iconic wildlife: lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and buffalo, in their natural, breathtaking habitats.

Find the best Big 5 Safaris in Africa for you

Embark on a breathtaking journey with a Big 5 Safari, the quintessential wildlife adventure that beckons nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike to the heart of Africa. This immersive experience offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the famed Big 5—lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and Cape buffalo—in their natural environments. These safaris are meticulously designed to provide guests with authentic, eco-friendly encounters in some of Africa’s most renowned reserves and national parks.

A Big 5 Safari isn’t just a tour; it’s an adventure that connects you with the raw beauty of the African wilderness. From the sweeping savannahs of the Serengeti to the dense bushveld of the Kruger National Park, each location offers a unique ecosystem brimming with diverse wildlife. These habitats provide not only a haven for the Big 5 but also a landscape rich with hundreds of other animal species, including cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, and numerous bird species.

The safari experience is enhanced by professional guides whose expertise and knowledge of wildlife behavior and conservation efforts add immense value to your adventure. These guides are passionate about preserving the delicate balance of these ecosystems and share insightful stories and facts during guided game drives.

In addition to game drives, Big 5 Safaris often include options for bush walks, night drives, and even photographic workshops, making them perfect for those looking to deepen their understanding of wildlife and nature photography. Accommodations on these safaris range from luxury lodges to tented camps, all designed to blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings, ensuring that your stay is comfortable while minimizing environmental impact.

Booking a Big 5 Safari is more than just planning a trip; it’s investing in a life-changing experience that offers a unique blend of adventure, education, and relaxation. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor to Africa, these safaris promise unforgettable memories and the thrill of the wild. Join a Big 5 Safari to explore the unparalleled beauty of Africa, engage in active conservation efforts, and create lasting memories in the world’s most spectacular wildlife setting.

Our top Big 5 Safaris

Embark on an Unforgettable Kenyan Safari Adventure
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Samburu NR | Ol Pejeta Conservancy | Masai Mara NR | Lake Naivasha | Amboseli NP | Tsavo West NP | Nairobi
$2900.00
10 days
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Ultimate Kenyan Safari Experience
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Amboseli NP | Ol Pejeta Conservancy | Samburu NR | L.Naivasha | Masai Mara NR
$2500.00
10 days
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Midrange Kenya and Tanzania Safar
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Samburu NR | Ol Pejeta Conservancy | Masai Mara NR | Lake Naivasha | Amboseli NP | Tsavo West NP | Nairobi
$2500.00
10 days
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Adventure in Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, and Masai Mara
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Samburu NR | Lake Naivasha | Masai Mara NR
$1925.00
6 days
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Safari Amboseli, Naivasha, and Mara
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Amboseli | Lake Naivasha | Masai Mara National Reserve
$1200.00
5 days
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4×4 JEEP MASAI MARA SAFARI
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Masai Mara NR
$540.00
3 days
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NATURE OF MASAAI MARA SAFARI
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Maasai Mara Game Reserve
$525.00
3 days
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Tsavo East from Nairobi
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Tsavo East NP
$500.00
3 days
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Big 5 Safaris in Africa

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Kenya
Experience the thrill of wildlife in Kenya's expansive, breathtaking safaris, a true adventure.
Tanzania
Explore Tanzania's stunning landscapes and rich wildlife on an unforgettable safari adventure.
Uganda
Discover Uganda's lush landscapes and diverse wildlife on an exhilarating safari journey.
Masai Mara
Witness the majestic beauty and diverse wildlife of the Masai Mara, Kenya's premier safari destination for an unforgettable experience.
Serengeti National Park
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Amboseli National Park
Explore Amboseli National Park in Kenya, famous for its stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and large elephant herds.

Our Safari Types and Experiences in Kenya

Expert Africa knows Kenya better than any other safari operator: our specialists combine decades of experience travelling and living in the country. So when we say we’ll guide you to make the best choices for your trip from our own experience we say so with honesty and enthusiasm.

Kenya’s key wildlife area is the Mara ecosystem; that includes the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the neighbouring Maasai Mara Conservancies. The majority of travellers include a visit to this region that has an iconic reputation for the Mara River that runs through it and the annual wildebeest migration – that also runs through it. We’ll help you decide whether to stay inside the reserve or in one of the conservancies.

Easily reckoned as the second best wildlife area in Kenya, Laikipia consists entirely of private and community conservancies. You can easily see all the “Big Five here, as well as less obvious species such as wild dog and Grevy’s zebra. And the region has also become famous among keen mammal-watchers and photographers for its black leopards.

Kenya’s other principal safari areas are Samburu National Reserve and neighbouring conservancies, Amboseli National Park and the nearby Chyulu Hills, and Meru National Park (not to be confused with Mount Meru in northern Tanzania). We love them all, and many travellers have favourite camps that they return to year after year.

Please browse through our selection of safari and beach holiday itinerary examples below, then call us, so that one of our Kenya experts can help you to design an individual, tailor-made trip that will suit you perfectly..

A rough guide to Big 5 Safaris FAQs

The best time to visit for a Big 5 Safari generally depends on the specific region in Africa. However, the dry season, typically from June to October, is often considered ideal as wildlife is easier to spot around water sources, and vegetation is less dense.

Essential items include light and breathable clothing, a warm jacket for cool mornings and evenings, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), a good camera with a zoom lens for wildlife photography, and binoculars for better viewing of animals at a distance.

Yes, Big 5 Safaris are generally safe when conducted with reputable safari companies. Experienced guides who know how to navigate the wildlife environment and respect animal behavior lead these tours, ensuring safety for both the guests and the animals.

Many safari operators welcome children and offer family-friendly activities and accommodations. However, it’s important to check specific age restrictions and whether the itinerary is suitable for younger children, as some activities may have age limits for safety reasons.

Look for safari providers who prioritize sustainability, such as those using eco-friendly lodges, practicing responsible waste management, and supporting local conservation efforts. Additionally, choosing a safari that educates guests about wildlife conservation can also contribute to eco-friendly travel practices.

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