Naturally India (15 days)

Day 4

Satpura National Park, India

Day 5

Satpura National Park, India

Day 6

Pench, India

Day 7

Pench, India

Day 8

Pench, India

Day 9

Kanha , India

Day 10

Kanha, India

Day 12

Tadoba, India

Day 13

Tadoba, India


Day 1
Delhi, India
The Oberoi, New Delhi None

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport terminal, you are welcomed by a representative at the aero-bridge, who takes you through immigration, baggage collection and customs. You will them be transferred to your hotel, The Oberoi. The hotel is a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication and comfort, and it overlooks Delhi’s prestigious Golf Club on one side and the heritage site of Humayun’s Tomb on the other. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax.

Day 2
Delhi, India
The Oberoi, New Delhi Breakfast

This morning, you transfer to Nizamudin Railway Station to board your train for the trip, about three hours, to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra, a representative meet at the station. You set out to experience the fabled Taj Mahal. The magnificent mausoleum, which Emperor Shahjahan had built for his queen, Mumtaz. This bejeweled masterpiece is on the list of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Let your storyteller guide weave tales of Agra’s and the mausoleum as well as the romantic story of Shahjahan and Mumtaz. After you experience the Taj Mahal, return to Delhi by road.

Day 3
Bhopal, India
Reni Pani Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning transfer to Delhi Airport to board your flight for Bhopal. On arrival at Bhopal airport terminal, a representative will greet you at the visitor’s lounge. You will then drive to Satpura National Park & Tiger Reserve in a private vehicle. Upon arrival at Satpura check into your accommodation. The total travel time is about three and a half hours. This afternoon, you can enjoy canoeing on the river Denwa, which flows right through the national park. Paddle quietly along the shore, drifting into little inlets and bays to look for animals drinking at water’s edge and search for water birds hunting in the shallows or crocodiles basking on a riverbank in the sun. Away from the hustle of cities, the gentle ride helps you settle into the unhurried rhythm of the forest. Reni Pani Lodge offers you options that include game viewing by jeep, jungle walks, elephant safaris* and safari by boat. Located in the heart of Satpura National Park, your lodge’s luxurious accommodation is the perfect end to an active day in the wilderness. Named after the ‘reni’ tree that grows rampantly in the vicinity, Reni Pani is set in a landscape of teak forests interspersed with agricultural lands, which draw herbivores like sambhar, chital, barking deer, nilgai and occasionally big cat predators. The property is also home to a number of bird species and smaller creatures. This lodge plays an active role in the preservation of the forest, its wildlife and the local communities depending on them. Restoration of the forest and its wildlife, employment for locals and spreading awareness on the importance of conservation have been among the lodge’s primary activities. The staff is also working closely with forest officials to promote a completely natural and sustainable experience in the park and reserve. The want to secure the long-term sustainability of the forest as well as benefiting the local community and encourage sustainable travel.

Day 4
Satpura National Park, India
Reni Pani Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will enjoy early morning and late afternoon safaris in a 4x4 vehicle accompanied by a naturalist. These safaris usually set out about dawn and around dusk to experience the forest in its different moods. The vehicles are modified to allow for excellent observation and photography. The terrain of the park is extremely rugged and consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thickly dense green forest of Sal and other medicinal herbs and Tawa, a vast reservoir. Highest peak in Satpura is Dhoopgarh at an altitude of 1,400 m/4,500 ft.

The diversity of flora in the park is stunning with more than 1,300 plant plants, including teak, sal, tendu, mahua (Indian butter-tree) and bamboo as well as lantanas and other medicinal plants. The park’s fauna encompasses a wide range of animals including spotted deer, gaur (Indian bison), leopards, wild boar, sloth bear and black buck, which is unique to this park as well as, of course, India’s famed royal Bengal tigers. Bird watching is rewarding here with several species of eagles, herons, storks, cranes and more than 18 types of ducks.

You can also opt to go on a walking safari to truly understand the ways of the jungle. To appreciate the inner workings of the forest, you learn to spot the signs and tracks wildlife leaves and learn to interpret these as well as savor the smells and sounds of the wilderness. It’s freeing to get out of the vehicle and go off track, striking out across the forest and allowing the wild to envelop you. This is a thrill in any wild place but more so in tiger country.
Day 5
Satpura National Park, India
. Reni Pani Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You set out once again on safaris in the early morning for late in the day accompanied by a naturalist, or, select one of the other options available. Explore several small villages near the lodge. The adjoining village with the same name as well as Magariya, Urdon and Nayapura constitute a village network representing typical central Indian village life. Walk with your guide through these villages to gain a glimpse into the life of these rural villages. About 70 percent of India’s live in villages and rural areas. The houses are based on very interesting architecture typical of the locality. Several residents here create handicrafts that you can buy if you like.

The Denwa River flows into the mammoth Tawa Dam downstream and attracts a variety of bird species and is home to Indian fresh water crocodile. Enjoy the majestic view of the Satpura Hills on a leisurely boat cruise. Upstream from the camp, Son Bhadra River flows down all the way from Panchmari. The Son Bhadra view point, accessible by boat, offers stunning views of the valley. Boat safaris are ideal for a leisurely evening of bird watching, crocodile spotting and are also perfect for soaking in the beauty of a canopy forest view with the Satpura Hills in the background and the sun glittering over the Denwa River in the opposite direction.
Day 6
Pench, India
Jamtara Wilderness Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you set out on a drive to Pench, about a six-hour drive. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation. Jamtara Wilderness Camp sits on Pench National Park’s northern periphery. The luxury tented camp in the rural village of Jamtara provides exclusive access to the park via Jamtara gate, just 2 minutes from the camp. The camp strives to provide the perfect balance between a rustic, wilderness experience and a comfortable stay. The camp’s 12 Africa-style luxury tents in the heart of rural Pench are surrounded by tall Arjuna and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed. Each luxury tent is designed to feel light and open, allowing you optimum views of nature. With the option of rolling up the front panels of the tent, you can bring the outside in but still enjoy privacy. Although, these are tented rooms, the bathroom has been made into a permanent structure for the comfort of the guests. While many may sleep inside the tent, you can choose to sleep out on the patio to feel more connected with nature. Mosquito netting will keep the bugs away, and quilts and hot water bottles will keep the cold away. relax in quiet surroundings. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 7
Pench, India
Jamtara Wilderness Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your discovery of Pench National Park during an early morning safari by 4x4 vehicle with a natural guide. Nestled in the lower southern reaches of the Satpuda Hills, and is named after Pench River, meandering through the park from north to south. The area of the present tiger reserve is part of the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. The rolling landscape supports a montage of vegetation and ranges from sheltered valleys to open, dry deciduous forest. The reserve is dominated by open canopy, mixed forests with considerable shrub and open grassy patches, which favors herbivores. Indeed, with more than 1,200 species of plants, the park has highest density of herbivores in India (90.3 animals per sq km). The area is especially famous for large herds of gaur (Indian Bison), cheetal, sambar, nilgai, wild dog and wild pig. The key predator is the tiger, of course, followed by leopard, wild dog and wolf. Other animals include sloth bear, chousingha, chinkara, barking deer, jackal, fox, palm civet, small Indian civet, jungle cat, hyena and porcupine.

A birdwatcher’s haven, the park supports more than 285 species of resident and migratory birds, including the Malabar pied hornbill, Indian pitta, osprey, grey-headed fishing eagle and white-eyed buzzard. In winter thousands of migratory waterfowl including Brahmini duck, pochards, barheaded geese and coots visit the tanks and the Pench Reservoir within the park. Pench Tiger Reserve is also among the best areas for bird watching. Four species of the now endangered vultures – white-rumped, long-billed, white scavenger and king vulture – are seen in good numbers in the reserve. Later, you can set out again on a safari to see animals active in the evening hours. Over the next two days, your jeep safaris will cover the three different zones of the Pench National Park.
Day 8
Pench, India
Jamtara Wilderness Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your nature exploration on morning and afternoon safari drives in the company of a naturalist. You can also mix safaris drives with other activities offered by the camp from exploring Indian pottery to mountain biking to farming. You can further explore India’s rural lifestyle in the remote villages that surround the camp. They use minimal transportation, electronics and machines. You are truly transported away from your high-tech world. Farmers grow corn and, when it is not corn season, other vegetables and beans for their daily use. And at the end of the season before the monsoons, they make jaggery, a traditional cane sugar. After the corn has been picked, sugar cane is then grown to make unrefined sugar. The process of making jaggery is a communal effort, and uses huge cooking pots (20 feet circumference). The resulting sweet jaggery is used for a variety of items, which vary by region.

Day 9
Kanha , India
Taj Banjar Tola Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you drive about five hours to Kanha National Park, and check into your accommodation. Kanha National Park was one of the first areas in India to come under the Project Tiger conservation program to try to save the royal Bengal tiger. This is the largest national park in the state of Madhya Pradesh in the heart of India. The national park boasts abundant mammal populations and diverse bird life. It shelters the endangered barasingha deer, also called swamp deer, which once had a wide range but now is found in northern and central India in fragmented populations and two isolated populations in southwestern Nepal. The presence of these deer is largely due to research by George Schaller, author of The Deer and the Tiger, which he wrote in 1967, highlighting the plight of the species. This led to a first-of-its-kind stockade breeding of the barasingha within the national park boundary, and the populations rebounded in 1972-73.

On the afternoon’s safari accompanied by a naturalist you search for animals that are active late in the day. Tonight, your tented suite overlooks the heart of the park. The luxurious yet lightweight en suite tents have been designed in a contemporary style with pressed bamboo wall panels, gorgeous bamboo floors and locally crafted furniture hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees. The textiles have been designed in tones of delicate saffron and acid-washed green, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks.
Day 10
Kanha, India
Taj Banjar Tola Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your exploration of the park on and early morning safari and then again in late afternoon, accompanied by a naturalist. Kanha National Park has numerous zones making it ideal for discovery the specially adapted 4x4 vehicles. The dirt tracks that wind through the forest allow you to break away from the other vehicles to improve your chances at wildlige sightings. The key animals to look for here are endangered Barasingha, the royal Bengal tiger, leopard, Chausingha, or the four-horned antelope, honey badgers, the very rare Indian wolf, stripped hyena, rusty spotted cat and the pangolin.

Day 11
Nagpur, India
Radisson Blu Breakfast

After leisurely breakfast, you begin your drive to Nagpur, which takes about six and a half hours. Nagpur was founded in 1703, and later became a part of the Maratha Empire. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. The Radisson Blu Nagpur is a perfect getaway. Relax, enjoy the pool, whether you are hoping to dive into India’s rich culture or just planning to relax and take a dip in the pool, the Radisson Blu Hotel Nagpur is the perfect getaway. You can also make use of the fitness center, or savor a relaxing spa treatment. Enjoy one of the hotel’s fine restaurants.

Day 12
Tadoba, India
Svasara Jungle Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you set out for a drive to Tadoba National Park, which takes about three hours. Tadoba National Park, also known as Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, is one of India's 47 project tiger reserves. This park is less commercialized than other leading parks in India and still has a pristine ecosystem. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation, Svasara Jungle Lodge, spread over 10 acres of verdant beauty close by the reserve. According to the latest estimates, there are only about 3,900 tigers left in the wild on the entire planet. Of all the big cats, tigers are the most endangered.

After lunch, discover the dry, deciduous landscape and the rich wildlife found here. Tadoba Tiger Reserve is a rare jungle jewel among India’s reserves and national parks due to its high number of tigers – recent estimates suggest there may be up to 72 tigers spread over 625 square kilometers. There are three zones – Moharli (Mohurli) Zone, Tadoba Zone, and Kolsa Zone – in the reserve that have access for 4x4 safari vehicles. There are about 195 species of birds that include honey buzzard, crested serpent eagle, the shy jungle fowl and paradise flycatcher. Reptiles include the endangered Indian python, terrapins, star tortoise and cobra. During the monsoon season, spiders abound including giant wood spider, signature spider and red wood spiders. The rich array of other mammals encompass cats from Indian leopards to small Indian civet as well as sloth bears, gaur, nilgai, dhole, striped hyena and a number of deer species.

Return to your lodge for dinner of local specialties and flavors with fresh vegetables from Svasara’s organic farm. This evening you can also visit the Teakhouse’s open-air Jungle Cinema to catch a presentation on by the lodge’s naturalists or a BBC/Discovery Channel documentary.
Day 13
Tadoba, India
Svasara Jungle Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning and afternoon 4x4 safari vehicle accompanied by a naturalist. The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve contains some of the best forest tracts and is endowed with rich biodiversity. The Andhari River meanders through the forest gives. While there are many variety of woods here, including ain, bija, dhauda, semal and tendu, it is bamboo and teak that dominate the landscapes. Unique to Tadoba are the ‘ghost trees,’ which have unusual white bark. You may have the opportunity to see sloth bears sleeping near a waterhole after having their fill of the creamy white flowers off the mahua tree. Once the sweet juice of the tree is digested, it becomes alcohol.

Day 14
Mumbai, India
Taj Santacruz Breakfast

Savor one more morning safari before setting out on a three-hour drive to Nagpur Airport to board your flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival at Mumbai, check into your accommodation. Taj Santacruz, ideally located near business centers, famous landmarks, museums and galleries across the city. The hotel has an array of dining options, a health club, pool, Jiva spa and salon.

Day 15
Mumbai, India
None Breakfast

Transfer to Mumbai Airport to board your flight for onward destination.

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This adventure takes you off the tourist routes of India and into the woods and jungles to explore the rich wildlife and landscapes that are the home of endangered species such as royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant and sloth bear. It takes you into rural villages and communities for rewarding encounters. You will long remember this journey into India's wild places.

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By: Jsquared

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2013

In Chengdu our guide, Amanda, went above and beyond her responsibilities and made our stay there the highlight of the tour. We did not go through the locks on the Three Gorges Dam. Apparently the locks were shut down because of wind. However, when we reached the locks there was not even a breath of wind. We will be obliged if you could confirm the reason for the locks being closed,and in future pick a cruise ship that goes through the locks in daylight.
Travel Advisor:  Jodi Fox
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highly recommend

By: Sandy Z

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2013

We used them for our most recent trip. The arrangements they made were very good. We had a few problems with flight time changes, but each time I emailed them and they were able to confirm the changes and reassure me that we would be picked up at the appropriate time at the other end. THey made good choices for hotels, and the cruise boat down the Amazon was fabulous!!
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
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Hardworking and experienced tour group

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

We've used Big Five Tours twice. The first experience had one or two bumps in the outcome but they corrected what could be done at the time and were attentive. We had doubts about their competency and experience but spent time going over the issues with them after the trip. After detailed discussions, we found them to be truly interested and they took our comments seriously. We decided to give them a 2nd chance with another large trip and they did a fabulous job!
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Cooper
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Very Accommodating

By: TGC and MJC

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

Our trip to the the Galapagos Islands and Machi Picchu was fine tuned to our personal needs and time restrictions. The local tour companies in Ecuador (Klein Tours) and Peru (Fiesta Tours) were outstanding. Their staff and guides could not have been better. It was a trip of a lifetime.


By: jpriest

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Patty Calvert

Professional and timely

By: pelisons3

Reviewed on: 12 May 2015

Big Five provided a professional and individualized travel experience for us. Our guides were timely and informative and really seemed to want us to have a hassle free vacation while enjoying the beauty and culture of their country.
Travel Advisor:  Michele Vogel

Ditto previous comments

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2015

See my other review that contains the same information -- altogether excellent!
Travel Advisor:  Honey Mistry

Thailand Myanmar

By: Been There

Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2016

Had a thoroughly enjoyable 17 day excursion to Bangkok, Amphawa, Chiang Mai, Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Inle Lake areas. Travel connections were made without complication. Transportation (buses, vans) were comfortable, drivers and assistants were up to the task, Guides were knowledgeable, helpful, flexible, personable and communicated effectively. Accommodations for the most part were in keeping with what we expected. The restaurant in the Baan Amphawa Resort accommodation should not have served us supper as their kitchen was closing. The breakfast meals were good and set one up for the day. The accommodation in the Inle Lake accommodation (Inle Princess Hotel) has very weak internet connection for those needing to receive email. A travel companion had her US dollar cash reserve eliminated as the internet failed and she could not pay by credit card. Their water system pulses and surges giving uneven pressure when washing/showering. Had restful sleep in all hotels.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Ferragine
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Comprehensive trip planners

By: Pamela

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2016

This was our second trip with Big Five. We also travelled with them in Peru, where we had one guide for 10 days who was one of the most remarkable people we've ever met. This trip included safari, Victoria Falls, and a few days in Cape Town. Our trip had many logistical elements (we are a family of 5) and it went off pretty much without a hitch. We had multiple guides and drivers, all competent and timely, some more expert or personable than others. The safari camps chosen exceeded our needs and expectations. We would do the trip again in a heartbeat.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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Great tours

By: Jax

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2016

Our vacation to Tanzania, Africa was fantastic. Big Five Tours did not disappoint. We did not know what to expect and they did a great job in every way. The tented camps were more than anyone could have imagined. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
Travel Advisor:  Bill Beckett
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Amazing Company

By: Monica B

Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2016

Working with Ashish and Big Five Tours was a great experience. Every aspect our our tour was outstanding and we would not have changed anything with our itinerary. Ashish took the time to get to know what we wanted and expected and was bang on with everything on our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Sue Pechtel
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Great Tour Company!

By: Holly

Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2017

Everyone was on time and where they said they would be in our itinerary. We had amazing guides and drivers who took such great care of us. I would highly recommend Big Five to my friends and family!
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan
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By: Jimbo

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

Very good. Almost everything went off as planned. When there was a problem, a call took care of it. The guide was great: pleasant, knowledgeable and punctual. I would definitely recommend Big Five Tours.
Travel Advisor:  Steve Kuriga
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By: Liz

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

This is our second time using Big Five. We were faced with an emergency situation of coming up with a 10 day itinerary for Uruguay with 2 weeks notice. They came through with a great program at a price point we were comfortable with. The planning and fine tuning was done quickly and efficiently. A great company for a good travel experience.
Travel Advisor:  Natasha Rhodes
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A boundary pushing vacation

By: Jann DH

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

Having never been to Central America, it was important for our family to work with an experienced operator with trusted connections. Our amazing travel advisor Sheila Gallant-Halloran recommended Big Five, and together, we experienced our best vacation ever. Our accommodations were fantastic. While living in the jungle without electricity, waking up to the sound of howler monkeys and rappelling down 100ft waterfalls definitely pushed our personal comfort zones, it was always done within the parameters of safety, fun and new experiences (in addition to push comfort!). Having Gisele and Asheesh thoroughly explain the uniqueness of our vacation choices only added to the excitement upon arriving. The finely-detailed itinerary made for no surprises. Logistically, it was great to have people waiting for to take us to our next destination. Their local contacts Jose and Jannie checked in with us throughout our vacation, making sure all was well. Top marks for another great family vacation.
Travel Advisor:  Sheila Gallant-Halloran
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By: Jimbo

Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

Most of our experience with Big Five was good. A couple of times drivers were not there but they recovered quickly. Guide was great. Trip through the canal went very well. Hi light of the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Steve Kuriga

Peru 2017

By: Mark B

Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Another great trip with Big Five - every detail attended to, wonderful guides and destinantions.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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South America

By: Jay

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2017

We could not fault the Big Five. We travelled to amazing places in Peru and Ecuador over 3 1/2 weeks and were looked after very well all the way. we had good accommodation, excellant guides and very good drivers with comfortable cars which all made for a good holiday.
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Extremely professional and knowledgeable

By: ConstantlyCurious

Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2017

While I still get a bit confused about the role of Big Five vs. the local agencies in Peru (not to mention my personal agent), our overall trip was extremely well managed. The guides were all incredibly knowledgeable, to the point where they could have been professors! Everything was extremely efficient. We always felt like someone was watching out for us - which was important to us in a country where we don't speak the language. And most importantly, we were able to experience some truly amazing things. Thanks for a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Tisha Neufville

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By: Neal

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2017

Excellent.....most impressive was the Tour Guides we experienced throughout the five different Camps we visited. The Camps were well managed and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Toni Lanfrank
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Great tour provider

By: Neets

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2017

Big Five made sure our experience was exceptional. Our first experience in Africa was made memorable by Big Five. We were met at the bush plane by Michael our guide and from the minute we left the airstrip we felt safe and secure in his presence. Over the next several days he demonstrated his knowledge of the wildlife and their habits and made our experience a true adventure. He is more than a guide, he is an ambassador for Tanzania and a dedicated conservator of the wildlife resource. We saw and photographed so many different animals and had so much fun with Michael as he has a very developed sense of humour. The rest of our tour with Big Five was to the Ngorongoro Conservation area and was also memorable. Words cannot truly express the experiences provided us by Big Five you have to go there yourself. Big Five live up to their name and reputation and are the professionals they say they are.
Travel Advisor:  Geordie McDonald
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A Little Bit of Heaven

By: bus driver

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

We couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were looked after right off from the start. During the whole trip we felt safe. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating,friendly caring people. The bus driver and myself highly recommend the Big Five to all who want a trip of a lifetime. try them you will never go to another.
Travel Advisor:  Bill Beckett
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By: Liz

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Very good. Have used Big Five on three different occasions and they provide an excellent service and itinerary leading to a very satisfying experience.
Travel Advisor:  Natasha Rhodes
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South America

By: big blue

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

Wonderful experience with Big Five. The guides were uniformly excellent, both knowledgeable and very friendly. I would recommend them to anyone thinking of going to South America.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins Washington
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Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

The guides provided by the tour operator were amicable, yet professional. They were there for us all of the time from arrival to departure. Alvin was the best in Santiago. Joaquin was the best en El Cajon del Maipo. Remota Hotel provided great facilities with great guides. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones
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Thank you Big Five

By: Frequent Travelers

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

Big Five was awesome! They kept our family busy in Costa Rica with hiking, fishing, zip lining, horseback riding and more. Big Five seemed to have the insight on where to go with the time we had. The tour services booked were wonderful with very kind and knowledgable guides. The accommodations chosen were top notch and our family would love to return one day with Big Five as our event coordinator once again! Thanks Big Five
Travel Advisor:  Jeannie Sauleau
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Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

We enjoyed the things we saw and places we visited. They did an excellent job preparing a trip that suited the needs and desires of our group.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble
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Family trip to Patagonia

By: Family trip to Patagonia

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

Working with Big Five through Carissa Guylas was a great experience. They were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Carissa Gulyas

Excellent Tour Operator

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2018

Big Five Tours is a great agency to work with in providing on the ground travel experiences. As part of our cruise, we did a pre-cruise to Hong Kong and India and post cruise to Egypt. Via our travel advisor, Clare Isquist, Big Five made it happen. The hotels and guides and the itinerary in country were excellent. No complaints. Their in country representatives were always available to assist if needed and were a great help with plane reservations and airport formalities. Without Big Five we do not think our trip would have been the experience of a lifetime that it was.
Travel Advisor:  Clare Isquith
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Great tour guides and drivers

By: Trendy Traveler

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

We used Big Five for our trip to Peru the end of May 2018. Each of the drivers and guides were so accommodating and knowledgable. Freddie and Erika, our guides in the Urubamba Sacred Valley really bent over backwards for us. Freddie even came all the way back to the train station to deliver my husband's reading glasses that he had left in the car. We had so much fun with them that we got a group picture with them at the end to put in our photo book. I would use Big Five again, but my only complaint is that we had a small issue come up and when we tried to use the "White Glove Service", they did not respond to us. The problem resolved itself, but if it had been a big deal, this would have been very upsetting because we were paying for the service. Otherwise, all was taken care of and we had a great time.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant
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Very good... in line with expectations

By: Steve

Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2018

we didn't really have much contact with them... they seemed to help on the itinerary... had a problem with a bag in Arusha and their ground operator Tandela helped with that
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur
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By: Happy Hamster

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

I was nervous about going on a photo safari, but we were in very good hands with Big Five. We were met at each stop along the way by courteous and professional representatives even when our flight was 5 hours late on arrival. Our lodging at Kings Camp was the absolute lap of luxury and the guides, trackers and hotel staff were wonderful. We were also pleased with other arrangements at Victoria Falls and Chobe. We saw all of the 'big five' and so much more - birds of every color, animals small and large. I would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Smith
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By: Tom

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

We have done two trips to South/Central America planned by Big Five. Both have been filled with activities and multiple destinations. Big Five provides a detailed itinerary which is flawlessly executed. Representatives are on hand and on time when promised. Reservations are in place and we are welcomed upon arrival. Transportation from jeeps, to rafts, to small planes are in place and on time. Everything comes together perfectly. I'm confident there is a lot of behind the scenes calling and confirming going on during the trip but we just experience the wonder of the locations with no logistical responsibilities or problems. Oh, and the trips themselves have been amazing, activity-filled vacations delivering what we requested and more than we expected!
Travel Advisor:  Mary Jean Thompson
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Great trip

By: sai

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

This was our first time traveling with Big Five. They were very responsive from the planning stage to during the trip. Could not have been better!
Travel Advisor:  Jane Rosenkrantz
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By: Sunny

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2018

Very good-all experiences were favorable-tour guides were good and on time and very pleasent
Travel Advisor:  Pam Anderson
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Big Five gets a high five

By: Dee

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Very impressive travel documents to prepare us for our South Africa adventure. Greatly appreciated the hotel upgrade to the Royal Livingstone. I’m sure they can’t guarantee upgrades but it was a very nice surprise.
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble
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South Africa

By: Lindale

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2018

Excellent guide
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble
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Recent Africa trip

By: Tls

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2018

Big five arranged an absolutely fantastic trip for us. All the arrangements worked very well, the pickups and local information were great, the camps were wonderful and perfectly chosen, and also all had their unique qualities. We had a fantastic wildlife viewing and got to see animal wildlife and desert adaptations. It was exactly the trip we had hoped for. Thank you Big Five!
Travel Advisor:  Lynn Klinger
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By: Maddy

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2018

Have used this company before and would again
Travel Advisor:  Arlene Humble
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South Africa and Beyond

By: Leslie

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2018

We have been on many trips but this was one of the was very well organized and there were no problems. The guides and drivers were excellent. We were always met when we were supposed to be and felt well looked after. The accommodations were all lovely and the various activities and excursions were incredible. Would love to do it all over again.
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Sutherland - Rigby
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big five

By: Me

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2018

I would recommend Big Five - there were a couple of issues related to travel within Chile since the airport in Santiago is so messed up with the construction. however, the 2 lodges I was set up with in Pucon and San Pedro de Atacama were excellent and the excursions were fantastic. Almost everything was thought of and anticipated.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King
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A great guide makes a trip

By: CT Traveler

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2019

Big Five helped our travel agent plan our trip to Peru. They matched us with Chris and Lalo - our amazing guide and driver. Chris is fun, knowledgeable, easy to spend time with and knows people everywhere. Lalo is a great driver (and the roads in the Cusco area are not easy!) and super nice. This team helped make our trip one we will never forget. Additionally, Big Five made some great suggestions for family activities - like rafting and horseback riding - that everyone enjoyed!
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires
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Egypt- Big 5

By: fjr

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2019

The best thing about Big 5 is I don't have to think about anything- it's already done from the minute I land (For example entrance visa and hotel keys handed to me literally right off the flight). The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and the drivers great. Nothing is left to chance, or for me to figure out.
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Bouche

Excellent Tour & Accommodations

By: The Great One

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2019

Big Five was great and ensured our trip went smoothly. At no time, were we concerned about any phase of our trip. Their concierge service stayed in contact with us the entire trip and made sure we were aware of each step of the itinerary as the trip progressed. They have a reputation as being the best and we were never disappointed.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Gauthier