In 1973, the founders of Big Five Tours & Expeditions pledged to fulfill a commitment to the fledgling company they launched in Nairobi, Kenya. Their primary mission was to introduce small groups of travelers to both the grandeur and subtleties of this remarkable continent from a perspective of lifelong residents. They succeeded by designing unhurried and insightful itineraries that revealed the unique aspects of Africa’s cultures, wildlife and natural wonders.
Today, with corporate headquarters in Stuart, Florida and a second location in Toronto Canada, Big Five continues to honor that tradition and aims to enrich lives and expand understanding through journeys that deliver style, substance, comfort and value. Each journey seeks to combine the thrill of personal discovery with the pleasure of experiencing the finest services on our thoughtfully planned, custom-designed itineraries in Africa, Asia, the Orient, Latin America, and the South Pacific.
Beyond superior service and amazing adventures, Big Five honors the best practices of sustainable, socially responsible travel, which promotes cultural preservation, community integrity and conservation of the of natural resources. Find out why Big Five is the right choice!
At Big Five the mission is simple – We Don’t Tell Stories Better, We Tell Better Stories.
Nature finds some of its most vivid expressions in the landscapes of New Zealand, from dramatic Milford Sound to the native forests and spectacular beaches of Palliser Bay. Queenstown is the adventure capital of the country with a roster of activities from mountain biking and trekking in ancient forests to encounters with dusky dolphins along the coastal waters off Kaikoura.
New Zealand is blessed with spectacular landscapes from rugged fjords to the rough-cut Southern Alps. It's two principal islands – North and South - are also ripe with adventures from winery tours, to a swim with the dolphins, to a private helicopter excursion of Milford Sound. Hike the magnificent coastline, go trout fishing or kayaking. The opportunities to discover New Zealand are rich and varied.
Explore Ecuador's beautiful capital city, Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, including its old city; and travel to Northern Ecuador to experience life on a century-old working hacienda; meet members of the traditional Zuleta community; and savor a luxury cruise aboard the Silversea Silver® Galapagos.
Chile offers thestunning landscapes of Patagonia and Atacama, rich traditions, sophisticated cities, and enough adventure to call you back time and again.
Few things in the world are more compelling than coming eye to eye with a rare African mountain gorilla! To spend even an hour in their company is for many people a powerful spiritual experience. Only about 700 of these graceful creatures are left in the wild. This is an expedition like no other.
This adventure explores very distinctive environments ranging from the unique and dramatic world of the Southern Ice Fields to the northernmost reaches of Chile. Authentic encounters with Andean cultures, a cruise among glaciers and treks in Patagonia assure travelers of an exceptional adventure.
Explore Uganda's amazing habitats including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to some of the last mountain gorillas; and Queen Elizabeth National Park, which has some of the largest concentrations of hippo in the world.