African Big Five: Best Safari Deals

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Sighting the African big five – lion, rhinoceros, leopard, cape buffalo and elephant – is the ultimate reward for any wildlife safari enthusiast. These big five animals are not necessarily grouped together because they are big; they are elusive, dangerous, and almost impossible to track on foot. Most game safari lovers only come to Africa to at least capture these big five animals on camera.

In Kenya, the big five animals inhabit the savannah and woodlands of many national parks. There are reserves where you can spot more of one species, but the big five are almost evenly distributed around the country. For an exceptional big five sighting safari, consider visiting:

  • Maasai Mara National Reserve

A wildlife safari in Kenya is incomplete without a trip to Maasai Mara. The adventures in Mara go beyond traditional game drive experiences. You can tour conservancies around the national reserve with a guide, explore the plains from above in a hot air balloon or sleep in the wild for a fly camping experience.

  • Amboseli National Park

Amboseli has a good population of elephants. This park is just 240km from Nairobi. A 2 to 3 days safari will give you time to explore the savannah as well as the park’s swampy areas.

  • Tsavo national parks

Both Tsavo East and West parks can guarantee you an unforgettable wildlife safari. Combined, these two parks make up the largest conservation area in the country, and you need at least three days to explore it all.

  • Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy

Laikipia, overlooking the captivating Mount Kenya has a rare sanctuary that takes care of the endangered rhino species. At Ol Pejeta, you will meet the rhino, the elephant and the leopard.

  • Samburu National Reserve

The rugged plains of Samburu are hot and dry most time of the year, but this region is one of the best places to see the African big five. In addition to sightings of elephants and lions, you will also spot buffalos, reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras and Somali ostriches. You will be awestruck by the enchanting sunrise and sunset behind a series of hills, when you stay in the lodges and camps within the national reserve. Four of the best lodges in Samburu National Reserve are Elephant Bedroom Samburu, Samburu Sopa Lodge, Elephant Watch Camp and Desert Rose Lodge.

THe lavish interior of cottages in Samburu Sopa Lodge.

The lavish Samburu Sopa Lodge.

3 Best African Big Five Packages

  • 3 days at Mara Sun Lodge

Enjoy three days and 2 nights in Mara Sun Lodge within the Mara Triangle. This safari package is inclusive of accommodation, food and transport to the lodge. Mara Sun Lodge is a 3 star lodge. This offer is on full board basis inclusive of a guide, park fees for the vehicle and the driver as well as 4 game drives.

Mara Sun Lodge.

Mara Sun Lodge.

  • 3 days at Kibo Safari Camp

Search for the African big five in Amboseli while staying at Kibo Safari Camp. Experience 4 game drives and personalised hospitality. The package rates are inclusive of three daily meals and transport from Nairobi.

  • 3 days Aruba Camp and Safaris

Aruba Camp and Safaris is a backpackers haven. The three days package will cater for accommodation in this eco-friendly lodge on self-catering basis. The package is also inclusive of transport from Nairobi and 4 game drives.

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