Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet - Second Departure (2014)
Private Jet Journeys: Luxurious, globe-spanning small-group travel by privately chartered jet
- Day 1: Cape Town | A Journey Begins
Arrive in Cape Town, where an Abercrombie & Kent representative is on hand to welcome you. Transfer by private car to your luxurious hotel for time at leisure to rest and relax. In the evening, meet your fellow guests for the first time at an exclusive gala welcome dinner at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Gather at the aquarium’s predator exhibit and enjoy dinner and drinks accompanied by a pageant of sand tiger sharks, loggerhead turtles, rays and other ocean dwellers — a mesmerizing prelude to an extraordinary journey.Cape Grace | Meals: D
- Days 2-3: Namibia | Desert Dunes
Board your luxury private jet for the first time, getting to know your cabin crew and enjoying a relaxing onboard ambience during your flight to Namibia. With its striking desert landscapes and ocean shoreline, Namibia presents some of the most remarkable scenery in Africa. Begin with a private cruise on picturesque Walvis Bay, keeping an eye out for the rich population of birds, seals and dolphins found in these waters. Continue to Sandwich Harbor to observe its resident flamingoes. Then, explore the desert dunes by off-road vehicle, cresting the 200-foot-high Roaring Dune for exceptional views of the surrounding landscape. The lunar-like dunes make a dramatic setting for the evening’s sundowner cocktail gathering, which comes complete with skydiving attendants bearing sparkling wine. Dinner in the desert is accompanied by fire spinners and a marimba band and set amid a backdrop of high cliffs glowing in the candlelight. Later, join a stargazing session under the African skies.Sea Side Hotel and Spa | Meals: B L D
- Days 4-6: Botswana | Wildlife in the Delta
Your journey now takes you to Botswana, whose abundant waters mirror the boundless African skies and provide life-giving sustenance to a variety of wildlife. Your exquisite accommodations, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, is located on the Moremi Game Reserve within the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland river delta. Justifiably known as the “Predator Capital of Africa,” the delta harbors everything from lions and leopards to elephants, plains game and even the rare African wild dog. Set out on morning and afternoon game drives to explore this unique habitat of lily-covered wetlands and grassy plains, with opportunities to cruise the streams and lagoons in a mokoro (hand-carved canoe) poled by an expert local guide. Top off each afternoon’s game viewing with a sundowner cocktail in the bush, followed by a gourmet dinner back at camp. Between wildlife viewings, enjoy high tea on the outdoor deck, take a refreshing dip in the pool or book a session in the camp treatment room.Sanctuary Chief's Camp | Meals: B L D
- Days 7-9: Zambia | Victoria Falls
Depart Botswana for Zambia, and discover a landscape of verdant plains carved by flowing waters. Arrive and enjoy a luncheon overlooking the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls, with the gentle sounds of an African choir providing the backdrop. The Zambezi River flows evenly over a bed of basalt before tumbling down a ravine more than a mile across and 350 feet high, sending a cloud of spray hundreds of feet into the air. Take to the air for an unforgettable view of the falls by helicopter, the best way to appreciate their staggering scale. Check in to your luxurious tree-house accommodations, built into the living canopy of giant ebony trees lining the riverbank. Take time to settle in before embarking on a sunset safari cruise on the Zambezi, stopping for pre-dinner cocktails and snacks. Venture out for an authentic African experience at Nakatindi Village, where you are welcomed by the locals and invited to learn how they live. Continue to the Elephant Wallow for a memorable afternoon with these gentle giants. After lunch on the banks of the river, interact with the elephants and experience their intelligence and majesty face to face. Your evenings end with sundowner cocktails amid Zambia’s scenic splendor.
Please note that in order to provide you with exclusive accommodation at your luxury safari camps, the travelling party will divide during your visit to Zambia and Botswana, with half of the group visiting Zambia from Days 4-6, followed by Botswana from Days 7-9.Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D
- Days 10-12: Tanzania | On Safari with Geoffrey Kent
From watery Zambia, your private jet takes you to the sweeping, hill-dotted plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park — true safari country. Serengeti is home to the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, rhinos, and elephants), along with giraffes, gazelles, zebras and much more. Your arrival coincides with the Serengeti seasonal migration, an annual wonder in which hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras cross the plains in search of grazing land, closely watched by the animals that prey on them. Arrive at your private safari camp where your host, A&K founder Geoffrey Kent, is on hand to welcome you. For three days, join Geoffrey on game drives to observe the Serengeti’s priceless living bounty, unwinding at the end of the day with a gourmet meal and a complimentary treatment in the massage tent. Between game drives, experience the varied pleasures on offer in the Serengeti. A morning hot-air balloon flight is an unforgettable way to observe life on the plains, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. You also meet members of the local Maasai tribe, who stage a performance right in your camp, and learn about two of the Serengeti’s top predators, lions and cheetahs, from conservation experts working to preserve these animals.Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D
- Days 13-15: Uganda | Mountain Gorillas
Leave behind the sweeping plains of Tanzania for the mountains, crater lakes, waterfalls and lush rainforests of Uganda. Your destination is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Your first day includes a visit to the Victory Primary School to meet the students, who entertain you with song. The centerpiece of your stay is your gorilla tracking adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one of our closest biological relatives up close and in its natural habitat. Set out with your experienced forest guide into the jungle in search of a gorilla family; the hike is challenging, but the rewards are more than worth the effort as you spend an hour observing these magnificent creatures, watching them forage, play and interact. Learn more about these amazing animals during a special lecture by the Head Ranger. While in Bwindi, you may also visit the village of Buhoma to meet with a medicine man and visit a local hospital supported by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy. If you prefer not to trek both days, the Batwa Experience provides a unique encounter with living history, a chance to talk, hike and engage in a mock hunt with this renowned African tribe.Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp or Buhoma Lodge or Mahogany Springs Lodge | Meals: B L D
- Days 16-17: Ethiopia | Ancient Churches
Your private jet whisks you northward to Ethiopia, the ancient desert seat of the Queen of Sheba and among the first regions on earth to embrace Christianity. Your first night features a welcome dinner with traditional music. Set out the next day on a local charter flight for a day in Lalibela, an isolated town famous for its churches carved directly from the pink granite earth. A local priest sheds insight on the Ethiopian Orthodox Church; afterward, enjoy a presentation of traditional religious songs. Return to Addis Ababa to view a replica of “Lucy,” one of the world’s most famous early human fossils, at the National Museum, where a curator describes her discovery and significance. This evening, meet with special guests and local dignitaries at a cocktail reception before dinner at the hotel.Sheraton Addis | Meals: B L D
- Days 18-19: Rome, Italy | Il Gran Finale
Bid farewell to Africa — and to your dedicated cabin crew — as your private jet takes you to Rome, your final destination. This evening, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gala farewell dinner in one of the city’s preeminent venues: the Casina Valadier, part of the Villa Borghese, the spectacular gardens built in the early 17th century. Looking out over Rome, immersed in greenery and rich in history, the Casina Valadier is one of the most evocative places in the Eternal City, and a wonderful place to celebrate and reflect on your extraordinary journey. The next day, transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.Hotel de Russie | Meals: B L D (Day 19: B)
- Optional Pre-tour Extension: Cape Winelands
Enhance your unforgettable journey with a pre-tour small-group extension.
4 days; from $4,415
Please call A&K or speak to your travel professional to reserve this special extension with your journey.
Day 1: Transfer to Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa in Stellenbosch. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure, taking advantage of the activities and amenities available at your lodge.
Day 2: Spend a full day exploring the Cape Winelands, calling at several renowned wine estates (including Waterford and Rickety Bridge) for private tours of the grounds and tastings of their award-winning varietals.
Day 3: Discover the extraordinary scenic beauty of Cape Point. Cruise to Seal Island and visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. See the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, ride a funicular to the top of Cape Point and stroll through the amazing botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch.
Day 4: Join your party for Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet.