Across East and Southern Africa by Private Jet 2015
From Botswana’s Kalahari Desert to Ethiopia’s Historic Highlands
Africa’s wild heart – from migrating herds and big cats to ancient traditions and human origins – is revealed by a gouge in the Earth’s surface that is over 3,000 miles long: Africa’s Great Rift Valley.
Follow the Great Rift Valley for an incredible journey across Africa, from the Kalahari to Ethiopia, discovering volcanoes, great plains, giant lakes, flocks of flamingoes, wild savannas and a story that goes back 30 million years.
Your private jet creates a very personalized experience for only 24 guests, with comfortable access to remote and wild places including the Okavango Delta in Botswana; the Victoria Falls and Lower Zambezi flood plains in Zambia; the great migration of the Serengeti; and the ancient traditions of Ethiopia.
16 Days – 24 Guests - $39,850 per person double occupancy
|At-A-Glance Itinerary (Northbound)||At-A-Glance Itinerary (Southbound)|
Tue Aug 11, 2015 U.S. TO SOUTH AFRICA
Thu Aug 20, 2015 U.S. TO ETHIOPIA
(Note: Northbound itinerary presented, Southbound visits all stops in reverse order.)
Day 1 U.S. to South Africa (commercial flight)
Day 2 Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa Overnight and orientation.
Days 3-5 Okavango Delta, Botswana Fly by private jet from Johannesburg to Maun, where a short bush flight will deliver you to a private, premier safari camp in the north of the Okavango Delta, a World Heritage Site. Your visit is timed to coincide with plentiful water in the Okavango Delta floodplains, a key attraction for wildlife sightings on your guided safaris on land and by boat. Vumbura Plains
Day 6 Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia Returning to Maun by bush flight, you will be met and transferred to your private jet where you will enjoy a short flight to Victoria Falls, your second World Heritage Site. Board Bushtracks’ pride and joy, a luxurious steam train which has been exclusively chartered for our group. Steam towards Victoria Falls and enjoy the spectacular view with an elegant champagne lunch. Later, walk the Falls with historian Russell Gammon. Royal Livingstone Hotel
Days 7-9, Lower Zambezi, Zambia Returning to the comfort of your private jet, you’ll fly from Livingstone to Lusaka, where you’ll transfer to a bush flight for a short flight to your next camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park. Naturalist guides will reveal three different habitats and their wild inhabitants including elephants, hippo and buffalo, as well as rarer lions, leopards, wild dogs, zebra, impala, bushbuck and kudu on game drives, walking safaris and guided canoe trips on the Zambezi. Sausage Tree Camp & Potato Bush Camp
Days 10-12, Serengeti, Tanzania Leaving your camp by bush flight, you’ll board your private jet in Lusaka and fly to Mwanza where you’ll transfer to a bush plane which will bring you to your private luxury safari camp in the Serengeti, and your hosts, Bushtracks’ owners David and Carolyn Tett. Together you’ll marvel at the Great Migration, in which millions of wildebeest and zebra travel en masse up north, where your safari camp is located. Game drives will track the herds on their migration, as well as seek out the predators they attract. Lamai Serengeti
Day 13 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia A short bush flight out of camp will connect you to your private jet in Mwanza, from where you’ll fly to Addis Ababa and your hilltop hotel in the heart of the Ethiopian capital. From this comfortable base you’ll visit the Archeological Museum that houses the 3.4 million year old fossil of ‘Lucy’ among many other archeological treasures, then discover treasures of today at the largest open-air market in Africa. Sheraton Addis
Day 14 Addis Ababa & Bahir Dar Explore Lake Tana by boat and visit several islands where 13th and 14th century monasteries house beautifully decorated frescoes and biblical scenes. Sheraton Addis
Day 15 Addis Ababa & Lalibella Tour Lalibella’s extraordinary 11 rock-hewn churches, cut below ground from solid bedrock between 800 and 1200 A.D. Perched at 8,629 feet, they are surrounded by incredible mountain vistas. Sheraton Addis
Day 16 International Flight home