Ghana | Namibia | South Africa | Botswana | Zambia | Madagascar | Tanzania | Rwanda | Ethiopia
U lt i m at e a f r i c a By Exclusive Luxury Private Jet in association with Captain’s Choice 14th October to 7th November 2015
Travelling by Private Jet
e are once again delighted to be working with our associates, Captain’s Choice to provide you with an exclusive tour by Private Jet. For more than 20 years Captain’s Choice has been offering travellers unique journeys to the world’s most remote and exotic destinations, utilising all modes of transport including private aircraft, luxurious trains and beautiful ships. Captain’s Choice is renowned for taking travellers to remote and exotic destinations around the world and this tour to Africa is no exception. Freed from the constraints of scheduled air travel, this itinerary brings together places which just wouldn’t be possible to visit in the time if using scheduled air travel and one of the many benefits of using a private luxury jet is there are no night flights so you can be assured of a good night’s sleep. In addition, there will be no long check-ins or security queues at airports and whenever possible Captain’s Choice organise expedited immigration and customs clearance and take care of your baggage so it is always waiting for you in your hotel room. Travelling by privately chartered aircraft assures you of the very best air travel – all Business Class seating, ample legroom and the finest in on board food and wine including Champagne. The full range of Captain’s Choice benefits and enhancements ensures your journey is a hassle free exploration of some of the world’s most remote and exotic destinations. This unique Private Jet tour not only offers a convenient and efficient way to travel to some truly fascinating destinations, but the on board camaraderie that builds between passengers and crew creates new friendships and special memories that you will treasure forever.
The Captain’s Choice Difference Travelling with Captain’s Choice couldn’t be simpler – everything is taken care of for you and it’s all included in the tour cost. From flights and stays at five-star hotels (or best available in remote areas), to friendly service and expert advice from our experienced tour escort team, our tours remove all the hassles by looking after every detail. Most importantly, we take you away to unforgettable places and provide authentic insights into captivating destinations rich in culture, customs, history and natural wonders.
AN EXPERIENCED TOUR ESCORT TEAM INCLUDING A DOCTOR Throughout your tour you will be looked after by an experienced tour escort team who are there to take care of your every need. The team also includes a dedicated tour doctor, for complete peace of mind, especially when travelling in remote and exotic places.
GASTRONOMIC DINING Dining is a highlight of any Captain’s Choice holiday. Guests enjoy formal Welcome and Farewell dinners, as well as the opportunity to savour the gastronomic delights at some of the finest restaurants in the regions we visit. And of course, dining on board our private jet is of the highest standard and often inspired by the cuisine of the countries we visit. As well as Welcome and Farewell Dinners you’ll choose from a wide variety of dining inclusions and options which have been carefully selected to bring you the best culinary experiences from each of the regions we are visiting. In addition to group lunches and dinners we also include exclusive dine-around evenings where, should you wish to enjoy a more intimate dining experience or go exploring with new-found friends, you are free to select from a range of quality local restaurants and choose from a selection of menu styles, all included in your tour cost.
GUIDED SIGHTSEEING WITH ALL THE EXTRAS In every destination we offer sightseeing, led by experienced and knowledgeable local guides, so you can fully discover everything that each of them has to offer. To ensure that guests can hear the guide comfortably, we provide personal headsets for the duration of the tour. When touring on the ground all guests are also provided with complimentary bottled water.
AIRBUS A319 The privately chartered Airbus A319 aircraft is specially configured to spaciously seat just 44 guests in comfortable reclining Business Class seats. There are two seats either side of the aisle. As you board your private jet for the first time, you’ll find the cabin crew creating an atmosphere of genuine warmth and excitement as you are greeted with a
complimentary glass of champagne. And you’ll soon discover life aboard is welcoming and comfortable as you settle into your spacious seat which offers outstanding leg room. Our crew will be with us for the duration of the tour, there to greet you at each and every destination and welcome you back on-board before flying off to the next. Working closely with the tour escort team, they offer you a truly personalised service taking care of your every need. In-flight dining is a culinary treat with silver service meals inspired by the regions we visit, accompanied by fine wines, beer or soft drinks. From the moment you board until the moment you land back in London, our Journeys by Private Jet will give you a bounty of unforgettable moments, and really are the ultimate way to travel.
everything is included…. Captain’s Choice tours are fully inclusive. Everything is taken care of and included in the tour cost including gratuities with no hidden extras. Your holiday includes: • Travel by Private Jet • All transfers • Five-star accommodation or the best available in remote locations • In-depth and fascinating sightseeing with local guides, including all entrance fees • All meals (unless otherwise specified) including regional banquets & entertainment • Wine, beer and soft-drinks with dinner plus bottled water whilst sightseeing • All tipping and taxes • Personalised attention from our tour escort team • A tour doctor accompanies each tour • Special luggage handling and customs arrangements wherever possible • Transport used for sightseeing is not filled to capacity to enhance your experience • Our Select programme with a choice of dining options and touring activities in many destinations • Full travel insurance is included in tour prices • Complimentary transfers between your home and Luton (up to 100 miles one way, extra miles attract a surcharge) or • Airport pick-up if you are arriving in London by air • Pre-departure reception & overnight stay at Luton Hoo Hotel
THE FINEST ACCOMMODATION The hotels you will be staying in are five star, centrally located and luxurious. Captain’s Choice have personally selected each hotel based on its level of quality and luxury, its proximity to the key sights within the region plus, of course, their experience with the hotel, with an emphasis on superior service levels. You can be sure that whenever possible your room will offer you some of the best views available, often overlooking iconic sights.
Accra, Ghana - Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Set in the heart of Accra’s city centre, the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel stands as the largest five star hotel in Ghana. Located just seven kilometres from Kotoka International Airport, this hotel sits on a spectacular 16 acres (6.5 hectares) of landscape gardens overseeing the business district of Accra.
Sossusvlei, Namibia - Sossusvlei Lodge Situated adjacent to the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei Lodge is a luxurious retreat in this premier tourist attraction area in Namibia. Shaded by camel thorn trees, the Lodge blends in perfectly with the spectacular desert surrounds and bears testament to the ingenuity of an eco-friendly design.
Cape Town, South Africa - Cape Grace Hotel This family owned luxurious small hotel, located on its own quay in Cape Town’s famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront complex. With Table Mountain as a majestic backdrop and its large, superbly decorated rooms and lovely lounges, this hotel has twice been voted Best Small Luxury Hotel of the Year by readers of Conde Naste Traveller.
Okavango Delta, Botswana. Our group will be split between three lodges of a similar standard during our stay on the Okavango Delta: &beyond Nxabega Camp - Ideally positioned to explore the magnificence of the Okavango Delta, Nxabega merges the simplicity of canvas and utmost elegance; nine tented suites create an experience that is rugged yet luxurious, blending the remoteness of the breathtaking setting with comfort and style.
&beyond Xaranna Camp - Like the water lily from which it takes its inspiration, this luxurious camp is nestled deep in the heart of the watery wonderland that makes up the Okavango Delta. Reachable only by boat during high water season, this serene and remote camp with only nine chic tents offers an exclusive experience steeped in the wonder and magic of extraordinary ecosystem.
&beyond Xudum Lodge - Experience the freedom and exhilaration of the Okavango Delta at this luxurious lodge, with its unique rooftop hideouts in each of the nine private safari suites. Overlooking a sparkling lagoon, the earthy, handsome glamour of this striking lodge provides the perfect counterpoint to the natural bounty of this watery wilderness.
Victoria Falls, Zambia - Royal Livingstone This 5-star luxury hotel is located beside Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. The architecture of this beautiful property can best be described as refined colonial and draws its inspiration from the grand estate houses still found in Zambia. Large shaded verandahs and deep, relaxing spaces cooled by swirling fans and floor-to-ceiling shutters shield its interiors from the midday sun.
Isalo National Park, Madagascar - Isalo Rock Lodge Isalo Rock Lodge is a modern and stunning 60 Room Retreat, positioned high in the Sandstone Mountains, overlooking the Isalo National Park in south western Madagascar. The views from the lodge are breath-taking. Whilst luxury abounds in the hotel with all modern amenities, Isalo is home to many species of flora and fauna, including, the Giant Chameleon and the renowned Lemurs.
Serengeti, Tanzania, Four Seasons Serengeti Secluded and spacious, this hotel’s 77 guest rooms, suites and villas keep you in constant touch with the Serengeti. Contemporary African décor features four-poster beds with mosquito netting, as well as local textiles and artwork - all enhanced by modern comforts such as air conditioning and high-speed Internet access. Step outside to your elevated, open-air sundeck with a direct view of the plains and enjoy a private audience with any lions or elephants that might be passing by.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Sheraton Addis From glittering pools to an indulgent menu of soothing massages at the hotel’s Aqva Club, to the variety of restaurants with sophisticated options to dine and socialize this hotel will delight the senses. Your spacious, luxuriously furnished and tastefully decorated room features electronic mini bar, large work desk, Luxury Collection bathroom amenities and hairdryer.
Kigali, Rwanda - Kigali Serena Hotel Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is relaxed yet elegant and features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.
Gorilla, Rwanda Victoria Falls, Zambia
Africa is a vast and extraordinary continent of which most travellers see only a small part due to the logistics of travel. However, travelling by Private Jet allows us to criss-cross this immense land, sampling the wide range of cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Climb the largest sand dunes in the world in Namibia, explore Botswana’s famous waterways, marvel at the mighty Victoria Falls, gaze at the wildlife in the vast Serengeti National Park, discover Ethiopia’s fascinating history and much more.
• Explore Botswana’s beautiful Okavango Delta • Visit the powerful Victoria Falls • Discover the remote Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar
BOTSWANA Isalo National Park
• See the stunning red dunes of the Sossusvlei in Namibia • Tour Cape Town and the picturesque Cape Winelands
• Discover Accra, Ghana’s fascinating capital city
• Go on search of the ‘Big Five’ in the Serengeti, one of the world’s greatest game parks • See Gorillas in their natural habitat at the Parc National des Volcano in Rwanda • Spend time in Ethiopia, the ‘cradle of civilization’ and see the iconic rock hewn churches of Lalibela
Lemur, Isalo National Park
Day 1 Luton, UK. On arrival at the five-star Luton Hoo Hotel enjoy a meet and greet drinks reception and dinner and get to know your fellow travellers and dedicated tour escort team. Stay overnight at Luton Hoo in a Mansion House room. Day 2 Luton to Accra, Ghana. After breakfast we transfer to the exclusive Harrods terminal at Luton airport and join our Private Jet. Relax in the spacious cabin, fitted with just 44 Business Class seats and enjoy a glass of complimentary Champagne, fine dining and great service from our specially selected cabin crew. We arrive in Accra, the fascinating capital city of Ghana, later today and transfer to the luxurious Movenpick Ambassador hotel in the heart of the city for three nights. Day 3 Accra, Ghana. Our morning tour includes the Dubois Centre, the centre for Pan Africanism, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and the historic old town centre of James Town. This afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the fine hotel or wander the streets of this intriguing city.
Day 6 Sossusvlei, Namibia. A day of incredible desert scenery awaits us. We make an early start to visit the brick red glowing sand dunes of Sossusvlei. The energetic can climb to the top and experience the wonderful views. Later we join four wheel drive vehicles for the last kilometres into the Vlei, a clay depression surrounded by dunes that only fills with water from the Tsauchab River in good seasons. We continue to Sesriem Canyon, which was buried into the sand layers by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. This evening enjoy a special BBQ dinner in the nearby hills. Day 7 Cape Town, South Africa. We join smaller aircrafts for our flights back to Walvis Bay where we rejoin our Private Jet to fly to Cape Town, where we arrive mid afternoon for our three night stay at the wonderful Cape Grace Hotel. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner amongst some of Cape Town’s famous predators.
Day 4 Accra, Ghana. Today you can choose to explore the stunning Cape Coast on a full day trip. Renowned for its spectacular castles and forts built during the slave trade era, we visit Cape Coast Castle and its superb museum, St George’s Castle and Fort St Jago. Enjoy lunch at a beachside restaurant before returning to Accra.
Day 8 Cape Town, South Africa. This morning we will ride the famous rotating cable car up Table Mountain for one of the world’s most stunning views. We then visit the Cape Winelands and the lovely old university town of Stellenbosch, which abounds in Cape-Dutch style architecture. We enjoy lunch and a wine tasting of some of South Africa’s finest wines at a top vineyard before returning to Cape Town mid-afternoon for free time to shop and explore. Tonight enjoy dinner at one of Cape Town’s finest restaurants.
Day 5 Sossusvlei, Namibia. Sink into your comfortable Business Class seat and enjoy the fine onboard service as we fly down the coast of Africa to Namibia. On arrival in Walvis Bay we transfer to smaller aircrafts to head out into the Namib Desert. We spend two nights at the Sossusvlei Lodge, located at the entrance of the National Park. Enjoy the stars shining from the desert sky and breathe in the clear pure air of this part of the world with dinner this evening, which will include game specialities, served overlooking the desert. Watch out for a variety of the region’s antelopes which are visible from the lodge most of the time.
Day 9 Cape Town, South Africa. This morning we take a ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 19 years. We see the former President’s cell and tour the jail on this eerie prison island. The trip back to Cape Town offers magnificent views of the city and Table Mountain. This afternoon we tour Cape Peninsula, travelling via the scenic villages of Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Simonstown and stop to view a penguin colony enroute. We ride the funicular to the top of Cape Point for the spectacular view over the Cape of Good Hope and after a breathtaking scenic coastal drive we return to our hotel. Enjoy a dine-around evening; choose to
dine with your tour manager or independently at one of a selection of restaurants on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Day 10 Okavango Delta, Botswana. We rejoin our Private Jet in Cape Town this morning and fly to Botswana and join a private flight to one of Africa’s greatest game viewing regions – the Okavango Delta, a vast area of crystal clear water and home to an amazing variety of birds and wildlife. Fed by flood water from the Angolan Highlands it fans out into a shifting web of palm fringed channels, lagoons and islands, gently soaking away to the Kalahari Desert in the south. Here we stay in a deluxe tented camp and will enjoy all our meals in a delightful outdoor setting within the African bush. We will stay at a deluxe tented camp for three nights (group will be split between several smaller camps). Days 11 & 12 Okavango Delta, Botswana. Travellers regard the Okavango Delta as one of the most spectacular and beautiful natural areas in southern Africa, covering over 1,000km2 of grassy flood plains including savannahs, waterways with banks of reeds, palm covered islands, thick mopane forest and lush lily covered lagoons. We will explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe) and 4WD and will take game viewing safaris each morning and late afternoon, with ample time to relax and enjoy the pleasant surroundings. Day 13 Victoria Falls, Zambia. Enjoy a final game viewing cruise this morning and some time to relax before our early afternoon private charter flight to Kasane. We then drive across the border to the Zambian side of the falls. Stay at the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel, located on the banks of the Zambezi and a short walk from the falls, for two nights. Stroll around the grounds of our stunning hotel this afternoon, perhaps enjoy a drink by the river and watch hippos bravely bathing near the top of the falls. Day 14 Victoria Falls, Zambia. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall
Merkato Market, Addis Ababa
Old fort near Accra
in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest based on its width and height creating the world’s largest sheet of water so be prepared to get a little wet on our walk around the falls this morning. Raging torrents and plunging falls are not the only thing here to see – walk with lions; head out on an elephant safari; or take a helicopter flight for a bird’s eye view of the falls (all options additional cost).
and watch the wildlife wander down to the watering holes to feed. (Additional cost). Today aboard our 4WD jeeps we survey the plains of the Serengeti, hoping to get within arm’s reach of the ‘Big Five’ kings. Imagine watching zebras and gazelles graze quietly while a heard of wildebeest follow in single file, just metres from your eyes. Or spotting a hidden lioness in the dry grass. These are the incredible moments of Africa.
Day 15 Isalo National Park, Madagascar. We leave Victoria Falls behind and make our way to our Private Jet for our flight to the remote Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. Isolated from Africa millions of years ago, the world’s fourth largest island has evolved an incredibly rich ecology and a landscape that is bizarre as it is unique. It is a biodiversity hotspot, and over 80% of its plant and animal species are found nowhere else on earth. Stay at the Isalo Rock Lodge in the National Park for two nights.
Day 19 Serengeti, Tanzania. Today is devoted to game viewing, as we spend the day discovering the plains of one of the world’s best game parks.
Day 16 Isalo National Park, Madagascar. Madagascar’s Isalo National Park in South Western Madagascar, often referred to as the Jurassic Park, is arguably the best place to see ring-tailed lemurs and white sifakas dancing and jumping in the wild. It is one of the country’s most dramatic and pleasant national parks with a wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, palmlined oases, and grassland. We spend the day exploring the park to see what we can find.
Day 21 Kigali, Rwanda. An unforgettable experience is ahead of us today. After an early morning breakfast we drive to the park headquarters of Parc National des Volcano, where more than half of the world’s last mountain gorillas live and made famous by the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. After a briefing from the ranger guides, we will start the gorilla tracking through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga. Hiking and tracking gorillas may take one to eight hours depending on the location of the gorillas. Local regulations allow us to sit and view the gorillas for one hour only. ** Please note a high level of fitness will be required to experience the Gorillas
Day 17 Serengeti, Tanzania. After a relaxed morning we take a short flight to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro airport. Hopefully we will have great views of Africa’s highest mountain before landing. We then board our local flight to Africa’s largest game reserve, the Serengeti. It not only contains the greatest concentration of game found anywhere on earth, but is also the playground of the largest annual migration in the world. As we make our way to our lodge this afternoon, keep an eye out for game. Stay at luxurious Four Seasons Safari Lodge for three nights. Day 18 Serengeti, Tanzania. Capture first light over the Serengeti on a majestic balloon flight
Day 20 Kigali, Rwanda. There is time for one more game drive before taking our smaller aircrafts back to Kilimanjaro Airport and boarding our Private Jet as we make our way to Rwanda and the capital city of Kigali. Stay at Kigali Serena Hotel for two nights.
Day 22 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We leave our hotel in Kigali to rejoin our Private Jet for the mid afternoon flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s fascinating captial. Ethiopia is an African enigma, combining a rich history, mosaic of cultures - it was one of the first Christian countries, yet is heavily influenced by Islam and African tribes - and incredible geographic diversity. Stay at luxurious Sheraton Addis Ababa, one of Africa’s finest hotels and located in the heart of the city, for three nights.
Day 23 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Today we tour the city visiting the National Archaeological Museum, which houses the 3.6 million year old skeleton of ‘Lucy’, confirming Ethiopia’s reputation as the ‘cradle of humanity’. We also ascend Mt Entolo for a panoramic view of the city and have ample time for shopping at Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa. This afternoon is free for you to explore this intriguing city. Enjoy a dine-around evening at any of the hotel’s four restaurants this evening. Day 24 Lalibela, Ethiopia. We take a day trip by local charter flight to historic Lalibela, regarded as one of the wonders of the world. The remote town’s rock hewn churches were carved out of solid rock by King Lalibela, who ruled Ethiopia in the early 13th century. Each of the 11 churches has its own architectural characteristics. The rugged setting in the Lasta Mountains, at an altitude of 2,630 metres, adds to the atmosphere. Lalibela is sure to be a highlight of our tour. We return to Addis Ababa for a final dinner this evening and reminisce about our amazing trip. Day 25 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to London. Enjoy a relaxing morning before we join our Private Jet for the flight back to Luton. Enjoy the fine food and convivial atmosphere as you farewell new found friends.
Prices per person
Based on double occupancy
Prices are all inclusive per person, twin share flying from London in Business Class by Private Jet.
Private Jet from London £35 250 Single Room Supplement £7770 Price includes: Business class travel by Private Jet, all travel and transfers, travel insurance, complimentary transfers to Luton for first 100 miles, small surcharge applies thereafter), five-star hotel accommodation (or best available) as described, all meals, wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, experienced tour escort team including a doctor, all excursions, gratuities and taxes.
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