Safari Tours

African Safaris and Worldwide Safari Tours

No one knows how to take you on safari better than Big Five. Our roots date back to 1973 in Nairobi, Kenya. Our primary mission then was to introduce small groups of travelers to both the grandeur and subtleties of the remarkable African continent from the perspective of lifelong residents. Today, that original spirit guides us still as we continue to design unhurried, original and insightful safari itineraries. Our classic African safari tours explore the cultures, wildlife and natural wonders of this phenomenal continent, including the finest exclusive safaris lodges, inns and private camps. But we don’t stop there. We have taken the safari model into other regions of the globe, which you will find here. When it comes to safaris, we don’t tell stories better; we tell better stories.


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Zambia & Malawi 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $9,995

Discover the wealth of natural adventures in this journey into Zambia and Malawi. Enjoy a cruise on the fabled Zambezi River, Go on safari in Zambia for elephant, antelope, buffalo, kudu, zebra, Thornycroft's giraffe and wildebeest as well as lion, wild dog, hyena and leopard. Experience Malawi's Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, the country's oldest and least-developed protected and home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including more than 280 species of birds.


South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $6,550

Take in the famous Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe and and enjoy the wide range of activities ranging from a cruise on the Zambezi River to bungee jumping. Explore Botswana's remarkable national parks and private game reserves teeming with animals including huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Discover the Okavango Delta's rich waterways by canoe and boat and travel into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, where the ancient Mopane forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains coexist. Savor the experience of staying in small, luxury safari lodges and tented camps that recall another, slower time.


President’s Picks: Colombia’s Gems 10 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $20,000

“A sleeping giant… that was the nickname Colombia earned 10 years ago as it took the first step towards opening up to international tourism. That was the first time I visited that amazing country and I am proud to say that we were among the first to recognize its potential. Fast forward a decade and that giant is clearly no longer sleeping. Colombia has blossomed and has so much to offer. It still has its doubters, even among its own population, but that leaves Colombia for the rest of us to enjoy.”


President’s Picks: South Africa 10 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $9,000

“Change is the name of the game in Africa and this is especially true in South Africa. As a second generation native, I have witnessed everything from government changes to the rise of leaders such as Nelson Mandela. Through it all, South Africa has always carried a special place for me because of its dynamic blend of the modern metropolis of Jo’burg and small cosmopolitan Cape Town with the quintessential safari experience. And, it serves as a gateway to the entire continent. Some things never get old.”


President’s Picks: Adventure Australia 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $13,000

“I have been traveling to Australia for more than a decade now, and it keeps drawing me back again and again because I discover more to enjoy single every time. The country is vast and has so many facets, so many nooks and crannies as yet unexplored by travelers that the opportunities to find something unique, something off the beaten track are almost endless. This journey fits in well with our other adventures in this country in terms of Big Five being fully sustainable in Australia.”


President’s Picks: Morocco 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $7,700

“The long drives that are involved in traveling in Morocco have always bothered me; especially when they yielded disappointment. Over last 10 years of travel to Morocco, repeatedly searching for new places and exciting opportunities, I can say “success.” Finally, I have found the Morocco no one else knows – even the carpet salesmen. And it begins with original Van Gogh art in Marrakech and culminates in the Agafay Desert. I invite to discover unexplored Morocco.”


President’s Pick: Ecuador & Galapagos 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $11,200

“Remember 25… That represents roughly the percentage of Ecuador’s population on the mainland who are indigenous. For years, I have been concerned that Ecuador was seen only through the lens of the Galapagos Islands. Virtually all travelers were being funneled into the islands, putting pressure on the island’s resource while bypassing the rest of the nation. Yes, the islands are genuinely amazing and worth exploring, but there is more to the country. The pre-Incan cultures of Ecuador, which were later unified in the interior, all exist in areas outside the few gateway cities. These cultures still exist today, but for how much longer? Many are leaving their communities and often their traditions behind to find work in the cities. This has the effect of disrupting, sometimes permanently, their heritage for future generations. By including these traditional communities in the tourism equation, we create a win-win for all, and help us fulfill our sustainable promise. In the Galapagos, we bring the African experience to the islands using a family-owned luxury tented camp deep inside Santa Cruz National Park combined with a small vessel cruise through the outer islands. What results is a perfect marriage.”


President’s Pick: Namibia & Botswana 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $18,200

“Conservancies are the future of Africa. There is no stronger example of the conservation model put to use in southern Africa than in Botswana and Namibia. From the intentional cap on the number of visitors through pricing in Botswana, to the constitutional amendment for sustainability in Namibia, southern Africa is facing a new frontier for remote safaris. The open ranges of northern Namibia, where the real Namibia can be found, to northern Botswana’s Selinda Spillway, where you witness the lesser-known zebra migration offer a different view to than the crowds of Chobe experience.”


President’s Pick: Private Conservancies in Tanzania 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $14,850

“When a country struggles for tourism the way many in Africa have in the last 18 months, there is something special that comes out of that journey – innovation. Over the last decade, the resistance to poaching and the need to preserve indigenous cultures became so strong that the notion of community-based conservancies was born. It was pioneered in countries like Namibia and Kenya. That same idea spread like wildfire into Tanzania, where the commitment to the conservancy model of safaris is now thriving. We hope that the cliché of the mass of tourist buses surrounding animals and Maasai villages that are more like gift shops become a thing of the past. This safari is an example of what the future of safaris in Tanzania will look like in the years to come. Why wait for the future when it can be your present.”


The Silken Thread – Tribal Connections 18 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Step off the well known trails to carve out a one-of-a-kind travel experience that is uniquely yours, Northeast India is home to more than 200 ethnic groups, each with its own tribal language. This journey takes you into villages rarely visited and offers a wealth of cultural encounters with traditional people who still operate under the tribal system. Most of these people can trace their history directly back to Southern China, which you will see in their faces and in their handed-down traditions.


Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter 8 Days Precious Journeys™ Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $4,370

From making chocolate and peanut butter, to climbing a volcano, to ziplining in the rainforest, this amazing family adventure encompasses some of the best experiences Guatemala has to offer. Go on a jaguar footprint scavenger hunt, and wander the stone monuments of the Mayan city of Tikal. This is a journey your family will long remember.


Heritage of a Nation 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $9,530

This adventure is unlike a typical India tour. On this journey, you have the rare opportunity to experience an ancient Hindu festival in Haridwar - the wildly colorful spectacle of Ardh Kumbh Mela, a festival that rotates to one of four destinations in India, Your journey will be tailored around one of the seven sacred bathing dates (see Day 4). You will discover the rich heritage of a nation, and savor the spiritual ambience found in Haridwar and its Hindu temples and ashrams. Witness the sacred Ganges River during a twilight Ganga aarti ceremony. Enjoy ride on a local train. Explore the great global cities of Delhi and Mumbai. You will leave India with a greater understanding of this vast, ancient and complex land.


South Africa’s Unique Lodges 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $11,350

South Africa is home to a variety of outstanding and unique lodges and tented camps. This adventure offers three very distinctive properties that give travelers experiences ranging from the classic African safari in search of the 'big five' in Sabi Sands, to the rare and unique fynbos plant kingdom of Grootbos, with its remarkable whale watching opportunities, to grass lands of the Kalahari, home to the traditional San people.


Australia’s Primeval Landscapes 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $7,700

Australia offers unique natural wonders including Ningaloo Reef, an extraordinary yet largely unknown jewel, where you can, depending on season, swim with the giant whale shark, the world’s largest fish, and witness turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in summer. Discover Flinders Ranges, a timeless terrain molded by hundreds of millions of years of geological activity resulting in some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery during guided excursions highlighting the geology, history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the region. Experience sophisticated Sydney with its eccentric history, beautiful harbor, fine dining, galleries and Adelaide's elegant tree-lined streets, stone churches, Central Market. Sample wines from more than 60 wine regions across Australia at the National Wine Center.


Tanzania: Into the Wild 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

Starting Price: $16,290

Explore Tanzania's unique ecosystems and abundant wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti Plains. Travel into Mahale Mountains to discover the world of chimpanzees.


Peru’s Amazon, Andes & the Coast 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $7,800

Explore some of Peru's extraordinary landscapes from the amazing Amazon Rainforest, where you stay in a treehouse and take an unforgettable journey from the Andes to the Pacific Coast on the brand new Interoceanic Highway. Encounter with river communities to learn how they coexist with the remarkable environment. Travel by train through simply spectacular mountain scenery as your train winds through dramatic scenery to reach the monumental mountain fortress of Machu Picchu... the Lost City of the Incas. Get an aerial look at the mythic Nazca Lines and Palpa Lines, ancient geoglyphs in the desert as well the oldest Chakana (Andean Southern Cross) that can be seen from the air.


India – Saving Tigers 12 Days Precious Journeys™ Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $5,350

Explore India's natural wonders on this dynamic family adventure that includes learning to be a junior naturalist with stays in luxury tented camps. Track tigers and sloth bears and so much more.


Private Conservancies of Kenya & Tanzania 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $8,865

This Kenya & Tanzania Safari Classic is a perfect adventure for the first-time safari traveler. Explore game-rich private conservancies and national parks in search of the famous big five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Experience the open plains of the Serengeti and the fabled lands of the Mara. Learn about the traditional Maasai culture.


Namibia Flying Safari 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $15,450

Go on safari in the remarkable landscapes of Namibia, from Etosha National Park to Damaraland. Visit a traditional community of one of the last nomadic people in Africa. Discover the 2,500-year-old prehistoric rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.


Kenya: Kids, Cats & A Tree House 11 Days Precious Journeys™ Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended

Starting Price: $14,490

Children and animals are a natural mix. What could be more thrilling for your family then walking with an elephant in the wild; or the first time you hear a lion roar; or watch a cheetah race across the plans? Your family also experiences an unforgettable night in a treehouse. You learn, firsthand, from Maasai warriors about their customs. Your family will be forever changed by this amazing safari in Kenya.


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