When you’ve done the traditional safari and slept at the five-star city hotel, it’s time to take the luxury African holiday experience to the next level. How about country hopping in a private jet, or helping a wildlife vet insert a micro tracking chip into an rhino’s horn? Here are some ideas to get you daydreaming: 10 ways to travel Africa in celebrity style.
Sources: Tourism Update Magazine
If you’re on your honeymoon and want total isolation, book a private safari. On these you won’t be around other guests, and will stay in a private village. You’ll have a personal butler and custom catered meals that can be served in the bush. When it’s time for wildlife drives, you’ll have your own vehicle and guide. Check out Kwandwe Private Game Lodge in the Eastern Cape for this experience.
If a private villa and personal guide isn’t enough for you, then book a safari with a world famous expert. Abercrombie & Kent organizes safaris with the renowned Kenyan paleontologist Dr. Richard Leakey.
Once you’ve seen the animals on an exclusive personalized safari, then it is time to hit up the beach on your own private island. Some choice spots: Azura Quilalea Private Island in the Indian Ocean water off Mozambique and Fregate Private Island in the Seychelles, pictured here.
Luxury outfitter Abercrombie & Kent offers tours of Africa by private jet, which means you can customize your experience, visit more countries without worrying about flight connections and layovers and hit up some of the most remote places on the continent with relative ease. It is pretty much the ultimate exclusive experience.
At Wilderness’s Abu Camp in Botswana travelers can sleep under the stars in a bed set up near the elephant boma, and fall asleep listening to their conversations. It is a truly unique experience that is found no where else in Africa, according to Tourism Update.
If you’re traveling with the kids, head to Kwandwe’s Blue Crane Conservation Club in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Here kids are taught about green living and encouraged to live environment-wise once they get back home. One example is planting spekboom, a type of thicket vegetation native to the Eastern Cape and one of the planet’s top five carbon-storing plants. It’s a way to offset the carbon footprint they made traveling to the reserve.
South Africa’s Kwandwe Private Game Reserve gives guests the chance to get involved in rhino conservation in a very hands-on way. Guests can join up with a wildlife vet and the reserve’s wildlife conservation team and head into the field to insert micro-chips into rhino horns. You even have the opportunity to drill the horn if you’re not squeamish.
Luxury travel isn’t only about private islands and villas. It can be as elegant as a private picnic setup in a beautiful location such as Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch gardens.
If you can’t quite afford the private jet trip, there are other options slightly less extravagant, but still memorable such as Abercrombie & Kent’s evening sundowner and gourmet dinner experience in the Namibian desert. Candlelight tables are set up at the base of the orange-red sand dunes around Soussusvlei. Besides creative food, the experience includes fire spinners and a marimba band.
Luxurious and exclusive experiences aren’t always easy to secure on your own. Sometimes you just need the help of an expert. Try Jetsetter’s Personal Travel Planning service to hook up with an expert who can customize your version of the perfect exclusive access trip.