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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President’s Picks: Zimbabwe’s Wild Landscapes 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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“Like the rising sun, Zimbabwe is re-emerging as the safari destination for the ultimate bucket list. Its rich wildlife areas and incredible landscapes are irresistible. Like many other African countries, Zimbabwe has its share of economic problems, yet tourism married with conservation is proving to be the central solution that will help this country continue to emerge."


Indonesia’s Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Indonesia's Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures explores the world of orangutans and allows you to spend some time in the company of these extraordinary animals. Discover the rich cultural tapestry and important historic Hindu temples of Bali and Ubud. Venture out on a thrilling helicopter exploration over villages, deep river valleys, beautiful picturesque rice fields and the volcanic Kintamani Caldera. This is a spectacular Indonesian experience.


Australia Active 16 Days Precious Journeys® College Edition Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel

Starting Price: $9,970

Explore Australia’s remarkable landscapes during trekking adventures in both the ancient Flinders Range and in the Scenic Rim region outside Brisbane. Join in active conservation projects to help conserve to valuable species - the koala and the Tiger Quoll. Experience sophisticated Sydney and take the Sydney Bridge climb challenge and scale stairs and catwalks never previously opened to the public for stunning panoramic views of the city and harbor. This journey is just the right mix of adventure for the outdoor enthusiast.


President’s Picks: Botswana & South Africa 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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"Botswana is truly the last frontier, a pristine safari destination, with a mission to protect the pinnacle of sustainable tourism. This adventure goes beyond conventional safaris, introducing state-of-the-art facial recognition software as the means of identifying and tracking animals. This extraordinary Botswana safari takes place in and around the filming locations used by National Geographic’s Dereck and Beverly Joubert. You end your journey in South Africa's Winelands and with a photographic workshop in Cape Town."


Adventure Botswana & Victoria Falls 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Explore the varied landscapes and environments of Botswana that encompasses Savuti Channel, the Okavango Delta and the dramatic Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Encounter large herds of zebra, wildebeest, elephant and other wildlife. Enjoy outstanding bird watching. Take in the iconic Victoria Falls and explore the range of adventure activities available.


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

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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

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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.


Colombia’s Gems 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Colombia offers the traveler unique adventures from its well-preserved, classic colonial cities of Bogota and Cartagena, to Medellin's barrios that were once the haunt of Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug cartel leader, to Chivor and its active emerald mind where you can try to crave out your own gemstone. Enjoy a flight over the coffee plantations in the heart Colombia's coffee growing zone. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage town of San Basilio de Palenque, which became refuge for the original fugitive and escaped slaves from the colonial period of the 17th century. Colombia is a multi-faceted destination.


South Africa Exploration 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Go on safari in premier game reserves such as Sabi Sands, featuring wonderful game viewing of the big five and more. Take a leap with a zip lining experience in a previously inaccessible UNESCO World Heritage Site. Savor a private tour of the wine estates of the Cape Winelands. Explore the stunning coast on a private tour of the Cape Peninsula. South Africa offers wealth of adventures.


Adventure Australia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Australia is vast and has so many facets with opportunities to find something off the beaten track. This journey explores the desert Outback of the Gawler Ranges and the oldest rainforest on the planet - Daintree. Spend a night stargazing from a hammock as you float on a pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef after a day of underwater discovery. Take in Sydney on a private bicycle tour and, for the adventurous, climb Sydney Harbor Bridge for an exhilarating 360 degree views of the city and its famous harbor. Australia eccentric and exceptional and should be on every serious traveler's list.


Magical Morocco 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Explore ancient Marrakech and its colorful bazaars, Spanish Moorish architecture and iconic sights as well as the small Berber villages of the High Atlas Range. Enjoy a mobile tented camp experience in the lunar-like landscapes of the Agafay Desert and hike the rugged Atlas Mountains dominated by Djebel Toubkal. Venture out on excursions into the desert by 4x4 vehicles or mountain bike; by mule, horse or camel; or by quad bikes or buggies.


Authentic India 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Rajasthan is home to rich traditions and customs that capture the very pulse of North India. Witness an aarti ceremony along the sacred river Ganges, where prayer ceremonies are performed with passion and few tourists are found. Explore the open-air bazaars of Jaipur. Take a local train between Jodhpur and Udaipur and up the scenic Kambli Ghat Pass. Go on Jeep safari into the countryside around Jojawar. This is authentic India.


Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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On this adventure, you will explore the lush cloud forest of Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve and travel into the highlands of Ecuador to the historic Hacienda Zuleta. Explore the Tulipe Archaeological Site, originally built by the Yumbo people between 800 and 1660 CE. Enjoy a five-night cruise of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Athala II, and encounters the endemic wildlife from iguanas to seals both on the volcanic islands and in surrounding waters. Savor an island stay at a safari camp and see one of the few Scalesia forests that remain almost intact. This is a spectacular journey for nature lovers.


Namibia & Botswana 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Conservancies are the future of Africa and Botswana and Namibia are on the leading edge of this movement. 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, this safari offers you a different view, an authentic experience.


Private Conservancies in Tanzania 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Discover some of the next generation of private wildlife conservancies in Tanzania, where the wildlife, the local communities and guests all benefit from your visit. In Burunge Wildlife Management Area, experience a “slow safari” that allows you to look beyond the limits of a vehicle, where you go into the wild on foot to see, feel, touch and smell the African bush. Encounter the Serengeti Plains in depth, tracking Africa’s famous Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Be one of the few to stay in a beautiful region of the Serengeti that has been closed to tourism for more than 20 years. This extraordinary safari offers you plenty of adventure.


Silken Thread – India’s Tribal Connections 18 Days Enrichment Series 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

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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.


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

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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

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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.


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