The best African expedition by private jet
Privately guided set-departure journeys offer access to exclusive experiences in Africa’s most iconic destinations. Designed with privacy and authenticity in mind, the tours cater for a maximum of 12 guests, using the most exclusive transportation.
Highlights include a private gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda, with a photographic tutorial. A safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park will be hosted by Jonathan Scott, the award-winning presenter of the popular BBC documentary Big Cat Diaries. At &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge, near Victoria Falls, master storyteller Chris Worden will entertain guests on a stargazing expedition. In Botswana travellers will soar above the Okavango Delta in a helicopter, tracking the rhino translocated here as part of the Rhinos Without Borders project. In neighbouring South Africa, they will get the opportunity to find out more about the capture phase of the project as they get some hands-on experience with rhino. Moving on to beautiful Cape Town, guests get an insider’s glimpse into the country’s turbulent history as they tour Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned. Adrenalin junkies can also join in a shark cage diving experience led by renowned marine conservationist and great white shark expert Chris Fallows, who first documented the breaching behaviour made famous in the Air Jaws documentaries.
Designed with privacy and authenticity in mind, the tours cater for a maximum of 12 guests, using the most exclusive transportation. Private jets such as the Embraer 145 and Pilatus PC12, or similar, are used for the international legs of each expedition. Spacious and luxurious, the Embraer 145 used for the longer international legs is ideally configured to accommodate small groups and families. In addition to its seating areas, the aircraft offers a comfortable living area, complete with three-seater couches. A combination of turbo-prop fixed wing aircraft and helicopters such as the Bell 407 and Bell 206 will be utilised to access the more remote bush destinations.
In &Beyond’s hands from beginning to end, travellers enjoy all the convenience of African private jet travel, from the lack of airport queues to VIP assistance and the use of private terminals, customs and baggage claim facilities.
Offering an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes on African conservation, politics and history, &Beyond Private Jet Expeditions provide guests with the opportunity to engage with individuals who have played an integral role in sculpting the continent’s fascinating history, as well as wildlife experts who have initiated or influenced ground-breaking wildlife and conservation projects. This includes personalities such as Ahmed Kathrada, a former political prisoner and contemporary of Nelson Mandela, and Tony Leon, the former leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance. Marine conservation and great white expert Chris Fallows, wildlife film presenter Jonathan Scott of Big Cat Diary fame and Kim Wolhuter, wildlife filmmaker and grandson of the first warden of the renowned Kruger National Park represent the conservation side.
In keeping with &Beyond’s commitment to Care of the Land, Care of the People, Care of the Wildlife, the expeditions also allow guests a first-hand experience of the company’s various conservation and community initiatives. This includes the opportunity to attend a rhino notching, take part in anti-poaching activities and track rhino translocated from high-risk poaching areas in South Africa to the safe havens of Botswana.
Working with conservation-led company Carbon Tanzania, &Beyond has also fully offset the carbon footprint for the combination of aircraft and helicopters used on the expeditions, making these carbon neutral itineraries.
“To coincide with &Beyond’s milestone 25th birthday, we have spent over a year crafting the journey of a lifetime, highlighting all the African destinations where &Beyond operates,” explains Joss Kent, &Beyond CEO. “We have used our extraordinary safari lodges and camps, as well as the wealth of expertise that we have access to through our private specialist guides and ground logistics teams, to create an adventure unlike any other.”
&Beyond Private Jet Expeditions offer a choice of three set-departure itineraries, with the departure dates carefully chosen to include the seasonal highlights of each destination. The focus is on maximising time spent at each destination through hassle-free travel that allows guests to make the most of their adventure. All challenging travel logistics have been carefully removed through the use of exclusive or VIP facilities.
With departures in September and October 2017, Africa and Beyond is the most comprehensive itinerary, a 19-day adventure throughout East and Southern Africa, available for a maximum of 12 guests at a cost of USD 116 500 per person.
A shorter tour of 15 days, the Southern Africa and Beyond itinerary travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Scheduled departures are in May and June 2017. Available for a maximum of six guests, the tour costs USD 75 000 per person. With a similar duration and pricing, the East Africa and Beyond tour explores the highlights of Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Departures for this itinerary are in February and March 2018.
In addition to the three set itineraries, guests travelling out of any international airport can tailor-make their own private jet expedition for groups of various sizes.
For more information, log on to www.andBeyond.com or contact your preferred travel specialist.