Luxury Travel & Tours from Big Five

Welcome to Big Five Tours & Expeditions, and to the adventure of your life! Visit this link – Explore The Big Five Edge – to learn why Big Five is the right choice for you. Since 1973, we have been creating life-affirming, sustainable journeys for you and your family. You can depend on our knowledgeable Destination Specialists, award-winning adventures and industry-leading 24-hour White Glove Service® guest assistance to create the journey of a lifetime… every time. We believe in the power of travel to change the world for the better, and our goal is that you experience the best a destination has to offer.


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Navigator Series® Edition III 

Front cover arrivedFocus – what we focus on expands, and that applies to everything from politics to adventure travel. At Big Five, we focus on the space between – between what is expected and what is unknown; between where tourism is and where we want to travel. Each of us needs to explore the space in between all the noise in the world today to find what is most important to us while we also strive to meet the challenge to use travel to better the world, to change others’ lives and redefine preservation and conservation in ways philanthropy alone simply cannot. To begin your personal exploration, order your copy today Brochure Order Form.


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Your Travel DNA

Discover Your Travel DNA! Our Distinctive Navigator Analyzer or DNA offers a unique twist on the usual vacation planning. We have reversed the process currently accepted in planning a vacation. Instead of fitting the guest into a destination, with DNA you can discover the best destinations for you that speak to your particular interests and passions whether you are an Adrenalin Seeker, a Culture Junky or something more. With this simple tool, you open up a world of possible destinations that genuinely excite you. Visit to get your Travel DNA profile.


Map your travels differently – This Trio of  Sustainable Tourism Websites can help









We believe the power of travel can serve as a positive force unlike any other to bring people together and help save the planet. They are designed for travelers and travel advisors with simple rankings that tell you how destinations in Latin America are doing regarding sustainable tourism based upon the globally recognized three pillars of sustainable tourism: environmentally friendly practices; support for the protection of natural and cultural heritage; and contributing to the social and economic well-being of local communities.  This sustainable travel website is designed for travelers and travel advisors with simple rankings that tell you how destinations in Latin America are doing regarding sustainable tourism based upon the three pillars of sustainable tourism mentioned above. We selected one of Darwin’s finches as the symbol and call the blog Wandering Finch, which will cover topics related to the region and sustainability. deals with our Africa destinations, which face entirely different problems and require unique and innovative ideas and solutions. The African elephant is the obvious symbol, and the blog for this site is the World of Ellie. Over time, their numbers have diminished dramatically due to changes in habitat, loss of migration routes, increased human settlements, ivory hunting and poaching. encompasses the broad sweep of Asia and the South Pacific with topics related to these regions and how sustainability is bein envisioned there.  Like the elephant, the tiger,  sadly, was the easy choice of a symbol for Asia.  Once roaming across Asia, elephants have lost a startling 93% of their historic range in only a century. There is hope on the horizon for the regal tiger as conservation projects are being carried out across the tiger’s kingdom.  Visible Pause is the blog for this region.


We hope you will join us in the conversation.


Family Focused Adventures 

We developed adventures crafted with children at the center of each of our premier Precious Journeys® explorations.  And, now we have just launched our newest family-friendly initiative – Precious Journeys® College Edition, which challenges tomorrow’s leaders to make a difference as they prepare for college, careers and future lives.  Visit our Kids section to learn more about the Precious Journeys®series. To read related articles and information, visit our Media Center.    

What's New
Big Five is pleased to announce that three of our talented Destination Specialists are on Travel+Leisure’s  The A List 2017.  Big Five’s president Ashish Sanghrajka for India, and Volker Altvater for Kenya, Namibia and South Africa; both of whom have repeatedly been listed. Gisela Polo, for Central and South America, is making her well-earned debut on the A List. Congratulations to you and our entire team. (Click here for more)


New Worlds to Explore

Explore our  President’s Picks, a dozen revolving original and creative adventures in wide ranging regions from Africa to Latin America, to the South Pacific and Asia, that have been hand selected by Big Five’s president, Ashish Sanghrajka.  Three new additions to our collection that reach beyond the expected.  An Adventurer’s Chile, 13 days, that includes explorations from rafting on one of the premier whitewater rafting rivers in the world to discovering the culture and unique architecture of Chloe Island’s 18th and 19th century churches built as a fusion of Spanish Jesuit culture and native population’s skill and traditions. In Colorful Japan, 13 days, discover one of the best-preserved cities in Japan, Kyoto, by bike;  set out to go to Naoshima, aka Art Island, home to the Art Project,  a collection of abandoned houses, workshops, a temple and a shrine converted into art installation; take in Hiroshima with its touching Peace Memorial Park,t 1945; and ravel to the forest island, Yakushima, a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. A Grand Safari in Africa, 24 days, allows enough time for travelers who want an in-depth experience of Africa and encompasses notable areas in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, including an island stay in Zanzibar.


Navigator Series® Edition III - Order yours today!
For more thrilling travel adventures, order your copy of our hardcover Navigator Series® Edition III.  Be among the first to order your copy. Click Brochure Order Form, or call 800 BIG FIVE (244 3483), or use the Contact Big Five links on this page.

Travel Blog
luxury-travel-100-transparent_medExplore our blog to learn about interesting new places, some offbeat like a graffiti tour of Buenos Aires; others unusual like an underground cathedral in Colombia; and still others that introduce you to great finds like an off-the-grid restaurant in Bangkok. We post new blog entries weekly, so please stop by. You can select Blog on the menu item at the top of the page, or click here.  We are pleased to have been selected as one of the Top 100 Luxury Travel Blogs by Feedspot.

In more than four decades, Big Five has garnered many accolades.  They serve to encourage us to continue doing our very best for you and for the destinations we explore. For more information, click here.

Big Five was honored by Virtuoso, the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel with the Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award. This is the second time that Big Five has received this award, and is the only company to have won this valued award twice.  You can also see Ashish and Mahen Sanghrajka’s acceptance speeches here.





Our Mission – We Don’t Tell Stories Better, We Tell Better Stories®

Tours at a Glance

President’s Pick Namibia Desert Quest

Explore the private Neuhof Nature Reserve, where […]

President’s Pick Morocco Mazes & Mysteries

Discover the mysteries of Marrakech, which includes […]

President’s Pick An Adventurer’s Chile

Spend a day discovering Santiago, if vibrant […]

President’s Pick A Grand Safari in Africa

Explore Cape Town, small but sophisticated, the Cape […]

President’s Picks: Australia Down Under Canvas

Discover Australia’s second oldest city, Brisbane, on private bicycle […]

Naturally India

Take the road less traveled on this thrilling safari […]

New Zealand & Australia Land, Sea, Sky

Discover the adventures around Queenstown on a […]

President’s Pick: Historic Routes of Ethiopia

Discover the capital city of Addis Ababa, […]

Cambodia’s Unique Treasures

In Mondulkiri Province, explore the world of the […]

Northern Peru Warriors of the Clouds

Explore the Sacred Valley in depth, with […]

Indonesia’s Forests, Beaches and Traditional Cultures

Travel to two orangutan wildlife centers to spend […]

Guatemala, Colombia & Argentina: Graffiti Art Experience

Explore the fascinating world of graffiti art […]

South Africa Exploration

Begin your South Africa adventure with a zip […]

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Explore the lush cloud forest of Mashpi […]

Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers

For serious hikers, this high-altitude adventure takes you trekking on […]

Australia’s Abundant Adventures

Explore Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s stunning east […]

Private Conservancies of Kenya & Tanzania

Go on safari in Kenya’s game-rich Amboseli National […]

Northern Kenya & The Masai Mara

Explore Kenya’s  Nairobi National Park, which holds […]


Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating cities […]

Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam

Begin your journey in Cambodia at Angkor Wat, one of […]

The Galapagos Islands: Of Fish & Fishermen

Explore an organic coffee plantation to learn […]

Sri Lanka Adventure

Explore the ancient culture of this island  nation as witnessed […]

Australia Active

Explore Adelaide’s elegant tree-lined streets, parks and historic stone […]

Guatemala, Colombia & Argentina: Graffiti Art Experience

Explore the fascinating world of graffiti art […]

Southern Africa: Teeth of the Crocodile

Walking with local Bushmen, you gain amazing insights into […]

Kenya: Kids, Cats & A Tree House

Savor the thrill of camping under stars in Kenya with […]

India: Saving Tigers

Begin this journey with a unique and […]

Namibia Flying Safari

This flying safari makes the most of […]

New Zealand

Discover New Zealand’s welcoming capital city, Auckland, […]

North India

Explore the classic ancient cities of India […]

Legendary China

Explore Beijing in depth, including touring the Hutong […]

Luxury Peru Adventure for Hikers

For serious hikers, this high-altitude adventure takes you trekking on […]

Custom Botswana Tour

About Botswana Travel Makgadikgadi Pan: Makgadikgadi Pan […]

Zambia & Botswana: Uncharted Footsteps

“When I was asked to create an […]

Brazil’s Amazing Amazon & Cultured Coast

Explore in-depth the magnificent Amazon Rainforest, the […]

Custom Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet Tour

About Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet Travel                                    Himalayas: […]

South Africa & Zambia

Discover Cape Town, one of the most […]

Thailand: A Natural Adventure

Explore exotic Bangkok, once known as ‘Venice of the […]

Namibia Flying Safari

This flying safari makes the most of […]

Custom China including Taiwan & Hong Kong Luxury Tour

About China Including Hong Kong and Taiwan Travel Beijing: […]

Zambia & Malawi

Take in the astonishing Victoria Falls, one […]


Experience Victoria Falls, the natural wonder that is […]

Speed Collection Peru

Adrenaline Factor:  4 Fly over the ancient […]

Patagonia, Atacama & Easter Island

Discover the staggering beauty of Torres del […]

Southern Africa: A Connoisseur’s Ultimate Journey

“This trip to Southern Africa is sophisticated […]

Travel Blog

A day late but never short

As a newly appointed FTA board member,

October 12, 2018

Isn’t it grand

Africa at the turn of the 20th

October 4, 2018

What if you are really not crazy

Whether or not you believe in the

September 27, 2018

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Check out our new #Namibia Desert Quest tour. Explore the private #NeuhofNatureReserve, where you can take a dip in magical desert pools & embark on an extraordinary sunrise balloon flight over the Namib Desert. Learn more about this amazing trip here:

The #Futaleufú region in #Chile offers a rich tapestry of landscapes, traditional cultures and outstanding #adventures as you will discover on our new President’s Pick An Adventurer’s Chile. Read our blog post to learn more: #Travel

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