At Journeysmiths, we’re not generally ones for tick lists: often the experiences and encounters which thrill us most are the ones which are completely unexpected. That said, there is something very special about spotting all of the Big Five in the wild. Yes, zebra and antelope are beautiful, fascinating creatures too, but nothing beats the adrenaline rush when you see your first lion or rhino.
In South Africa, some of the highest concentration of the Big Five - elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo - are in private reserves such as Sabi Sands and Timbavati. We prefer these locations to the Kruger National Park, which is extremely busy with safari vehicles and you have to stick to the roads. Big game spotting in the private reserves bordering the national park is much more flexible and the animals are less disturbed by vehicles.
You can fly directly from Victoria Falls to the Kruger region, so it makes sense to combine the spectacular waterfalls with a Big Five safari. We are huge fans of Singita Boulders Lodge and Mala Mala, both of which deliver action packed game drives and superior levels of service.