Leopard in Kenya

HOLIDAY TYPE

Big Five Safaris

Indulge your Big Five aspirations

A Big Five safari is a must-do for any wildlife enthusiast, with days dedicated to the pursuit of lions, leopards, rhinoceros, African elephants and Cape buffalo over the dramatic terrain of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana.

Cross dusty plains framed by rolling hills and rugged mountains, as you tour the national parks and reserves with eagle-eyed rangers. Feel your heart quicken and the hairs on the back of your neck raise as you catch sight of majestic big cats, imposing buffalo and magnificent elephants – as well as zebra, hyena and gazelle.

Opt for Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve to experience the ground-rumbling passage of wildebeest migration; or, for a completely different perspective, take to the skies over South Africa’s Kruger National Park and float serenely above the savannahs on a hot air balloon safari. 

Maybe you’d like to round off your safari with a beach stay – contrasting the thrill of a safari adventure with a Kenyan coastal get-away, or a taste of idyllic island life on nearby Zanzibar. Whatever your aspiration, our Destination Specialists can create your trip of a lifetime. 

Top Tips from our Experts

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

"When going on safari remember to take an extension cable so you can charge your phone, camera, tablet and any other electrical items overnight at the same time.  There's nothing worse than a flat battery in your camera when you spot one of the Big Five!"

Taylor

Destination Manager

"The view of the Masai Mara from 200ft above in a hot air balloon brought a tear to my eye. Elephants grazing, giraffes eating, followed by a Champagne breakfast in the bush. Something I will remember forever."

Top Big Five destinations

Leopard in South Africa

Africa

South Africa

South Africa

Africa

Kenya

Kenya

Africa

Tanzania

Tanzania

Africa

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Africa

Botswana

Botswana

Africa

Namibia

Namibia

Africa

Rwanda

Rwanda

Africa

Zambia

Zambia

Hand-picked Big Five safari hotels

Governor's Main Camp

Governors' Main Camp

Masai Mara

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,229 pp

Governors' Main Camp

Jaci's Safari and Tree Lodge

South Africa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,409 pp

Jaci's Safari and Tree Lodge

The Ocean Spa Lodge

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,589 pp

The Ocean Spa Lodge

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Zimbabwe

H&J Rating
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Frequently Asked Questions

For a chance to track the Big Five on a safari, head to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana or Namibia. You can see all five animals – the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and black rhinoceros – in each of these destinations, although they may be spread across several parks.
You absolutely can. We highly recommend combining a safari with a beach holiday. In Kenya, you could round off your safari with a short flight to the coast. Or, hop over to the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar or Mozambique, or an Indian Ocean island like Mauritius or Sri Lanka. Our Destination Specialist can help you find the perfect combination. 
Lions of Masai Mara Kenya

Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for… Big Five Safaris?

• We’re experts at creating the ultimate safari experience for you – from accommodation to transport • We create safaris based around ethical and sustainable travel • We create bespoke journeys, perhaps combine one of our Big Five safaris with a deluxe beach stay • Your experience is at the heart of everything we do - your enjoyment, safety and comfort come first