Looking for where to see the big five in South Africa? Then read on below, where we’ve asked travel experts and bloggers from around the world to share their tips on the best places in South Africa to spot the big five animals.
South Africa offers a fantastically accessible way to see some great wildlife in a country that’s tourist-friendly and great value. Not only that, but there are plenty of national parks and private game reserves that are home to the big five, meaning you can see them all on one safari – or, if you’re exceptionally lucky, on just one game drive!
Not sure what the big five animals are? The short story is that the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, and Rhinoceros were named ‘the big five’ by hunters, as they were considered the most difficult and dangerous African beasts to kill whilst hunting on foot. Find out all about the big five animals here.
So below we list the nine best places in South Africa to see the big five animals. If you’ve been on safari in South Africa and seen the big five we’d love to hear from you – leave us a comment and let us know where you went and what you saw!
Jump to section: Addo Elephant Park | Aquila Game Reserve | Klaserie Private Nature Reserve | Kruger National Park | Madikwe Game Reserve | Pilanesberg National Park | | Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve | Pumba Private Game Reserve | Samara Private Game Reserve | Sabi Sands Game Reserve | Timbavati Game Reserve | Map
South Africa’s best big 5 locations mapped
That’s our list of the best places to see the big five in South Africa. Have you experienced the big five in any of these places? Or have any suggestions of other places to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!
Other wildlife ‘fives’
Have you seen the big five animals and are are looking for a new wildlife challenge? For safari aficionados up for ticking all the ‘I’ve seen’ boxes, have you heard about the other groups of 5 animals?