African Big Five Safaris


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Tsavo Safari Holiday October 20
£569 – £2976

Kruger Guided Safari Holiday September 26
£880 – £4135

All our African Big Five tours, wildlife holidays and safaris all over the world are listed below:

The classic safari: Africa, open topped jeeps, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos! Well yes that is the classic safari and Royle Safaris offers plenty of these tours; however there are more to our classic African safaris than that. We travel throughout Southern and Eastern Africa and in each location focus on the mammals; from the above mentioned classic big five we have giraffes, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, African wild dogs, cheetahs and more antelopes and gazelles than you can shake a stick at!

Africa is the birthplace of safaris, in fact the word safari is a Swahili word meaning literally journey. And when you journey into the savannas, grasslands and bushveld of Eastern or Southern Africa you enter a world made famous by explorers, scientists and more recently wildlife film makers documenting every aspect of life in the wild here.

The term Big Five is an old one and one that was originally based on the five most dangerous animals when you tried to hunt them. A term that obviously nowadays is not relevant to safaris goers, but also a term that is readily used by people and understood now to mean exploring Africa in search of the best that the vast continent has to offer in terms of wildlife.

Our carefully designed African Safari Holidays and Big Five Safaris aim to showcase not just the large and easily recognised species, but all of the animals that make these incredible and well known ecosystems function. By travelling with Royle Safaris into the heartland of Safari country you will learn more and see more and experience more than any amount of watching wildlife documentaries could produce. We hope that whether it is your first ever safari holiday or your annual trip to Africa that you fall in love with places such as Ngorogoro Crater, Kruger National Park and the Masai Mara and want to explore more of Africa and the world in search of wildlife and become an integral part of the ecotourism movement that is helping to save wildlife and habitats globally.

All these tours are available on other dates (subject to availability) than the dates listed. Please contact us to arrange a tour on a date which suits you.

African Big Five Watching Holidays

Aug 08

Tanzania Week Long Safari

August 8 - August 13
Aug 21

Garden Route Wildlife Holiday

August 21 - September 5
Sep 01

East African Safari Exploration

September 1 - September 20
Sep 20

The Best of Botswana Safari Holiday

September 20 - September 30
Sep 20

Masai Mara & Tsavo Safari Holiday

September 20 - October 5
Sep 20

Tsavo & Amboseli Safari Holiday

September 20 - October 3
Sep 26

Kruger Guided Safari Holiday

September 26 - October 6
Sep 30
Oct 02

Luxury Namibia Safari

October 2 - October 12
Oct 10

Masai Mara & Amboseli Kenyan Safari

October 10 - October 19
Oct 14

The Best of Namibia Safari

October 14 - October 23
Oct 20

Mara & Arabuko Sokoke Safari

October 20 - October 30
Oct 20

Tsavo Safari Holiday

October 20 - October 30
Feb 18

Southern Rift Valley Kenya Safari

February 18, 2025 - February 28, 2025
Apr 23

Luxury Flying Safari of Botswana

April 23, 2025 - May 2, 2025

Top Animals

  • African Bush Elephant
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • African Buffalo
  • White Rhino
  • Black Rhino

Other species of note…

  • Common Hippopotamus
  • Cheetah
  • Nile Crocodile
  • Common Osrich
  • Masai Giraffe
  • Plain’s Zebra
  • Common Ground Hornbill
  • Nile Monitor
  • Thompson’s Gazelle
  • African Wild Dog
  • Blue Wildebeest
  • Southern Gerenuk
  • Village Weaver
  • Spotted Hyena
  • Rock Hyrax
  • Serval
  • African Crested Porcupine
  • Banded Mongoose
  • Grevy’s Zebra

Fact of the Day

Sir Charles Darwin and the crew of the Beagle took over 300 Galapagos giant tortoises with them and used them for food as they continued their journey



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