AFRICA NEEDS YOU!
The situation in the world today presents you, the traveler, the unique opportunity to not just visit Africa in a style seldom offered, but to also be a crucial part of a “rescue mission” whereby your travel helps immeasurably the many hundreds of Africans that rely on tourism.
Rural Botswanan communities are more vulnerable than ever. Our partner in Botswana, Wilderness Safaris, has been implementing urgent and important food and other essentials’ deliveries to these communities for several months already. Your dollars spent for their services and your interest taken in their land, animals, and culture helps to fight back the ravages caused by the current travel hiatus.
We invite you to join us NOW to be a part of something bigger! By traveling to Africa during these unforeseen times, you are not only immersing in the ‘wildness’ that is Africa but also being a part of the re-building of communities through bolstering employment & conservation efforts.
Sadly, today there are no guests in the wildlife areas of Botswana. Guests are not excitedly clicking away with their camera while witnessing the power, grace, and sheer beauty of a wild leopard searching for opportunity as she moves through the woodlands at dusk. None have their binoculars up, exclaiming with amazement at the gorgeous colors of a Lillac-Breasted Roller. The raised deck overlooking the Okavango Delta floodplains, where lunch is normally enjoyed, is empty, and the family of elephants that is walking past are going unnoticed. No-one is sitting fireside with their Tswana guide hearing local lore and tales of life, fun, opportunity and challenges of a youngster in the wild African bush.
As a result of the travelers absence, these protected areas are at risk to poaching and further destruction of these precious, natural resources on which so many rural communities have become dependent. Tens of thousands of households and hundreds of thousands of individuals are currently without work and without income. Poaching has risen dramatically across the continent in recent months.
February 1 – 14, 2021
Join like-minded safari travelers as you take off toward southern Africa on the world’s largest and most luxuriously spacious private jet, the Crystal Skye. This lavishly outfitted Boeing 777 has been completely transformed to the highest standards of aviation design, featuring handcrafted, fully-reclining flatbed seats, a dedicated stand-up bar and social lounge, a team of Crystal Skye Butlers and an Executive Chef preparing exceptional Michelin star-inspired cuisine.
Crystal Skye Aircraft Operated by Comlux Aruba NV
In Botswana, guests will have exclusive access to a once-in-a-lifetime, 9-night safari experience while staying in the Wilderness Safaris Premier Camps; Kings Pool Camp or Selinda Camp, Mombo Camp, & Vumbura Plains. Having exclusive use of some of the most productive and uncrowded big-game safari areas on the continent is sure to produce exciting and memorable wildlife sightings in gorgeous natural settings. Prepare to be spoiled and to learn! While on safari you will be in the trusted hands of some of the most accomplished safari guides, wildlife photography experts, and food and wine aficionados who will personalize and enhance your experience for you. This is a limited-access experience held for a select group of our valued guests.
A maximum of 66 guests may participate in this unique journey. Upon arrival into Africa guests will be dispersed to 3 camps as each rotates through all three locations over the 9 nights. While in each camp the Wilderness Safaris field and hospitality teams will work with each room to ensure that their stay is as personalized and private as the guests request.
February 1, 2021 – Arrive into Sarasota/Tampa/Ft. Myers where you will be greeted and transferred by road to a downtown Sarasota luxury hotel for check-in. This afternoon, all guests scheduled to travel on this journey will have samples taken for COVID-19 testing (results due to be returned within 36 hours). Enjoy your evening at leisure.
February 2, 2021 – Enjoy Sarasota at your leisure. Golf, tennis, spa, beach, guided off-shore and in-shore fishing, guided marine based wildlife tours and additional local experiences are available to guests to enjoy.
This afternoon/evening all travelers will be notified of their COVID test results and provided direction on how to prepare for our scheduled departure to Africa tomorrow morning.
February 3, 2021 – Mid-morning private road transfer to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for private check-in, dedicated TSA screening and boarding of the Crystal Skye aircraft.
Late morning, we depart from Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A. for the direct non-stop flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Overnight in your most comfortable surroundings aboard the Crystal Skye.
Crystal Skye Aircraft Operated by Comlux Aruba NV
February 4, 2021 – Upon arrival into Victoria Falls, all guests will pass through health, immigration and customs formalities before connecting by light aircraft to our three safari locations in the Okavango Delta and Linyanti regions. Flying time is an easy 1 hour 50 minutes and includes passing through health, immigration and customs formalities into Botswana. Your face will be glued to the window as these wild areas look amazing from 2,000 ft to 5,000 ft. When your light aircraft touches down in the bush you will be greeted plane-side by your field team who will welcome you and transfer you to the camp for welcome, orientation and check-in for 3 nights.
February 5 & 6, 2021 – On safari from your first safari location.
February 7, 2021 – After your morning game-viewing activity, transfer by light aircraft to your second safari experience where you will be greeted and welcomed plane-side by the field team and transferred to the camp for welcome, orientation and check-in for 3 nights.
February 8 & 9, 2021 – on safari from your second safari location.
February 10, 2021 – After your morning game-viewing activity, transfer by light aircraft to your third safari experience where you will be greeted and welcomed plane-side by the field team and transferred to the camp for welcome, orientation and check-in for 3 nights.
February 11 & 12, 2021 – on safari from your third safari location.
February 13, 2021 – After your morning game-viewing and breakfast, transfer by light aircraft to Victoria Falls to board Crystal Skye for your direct non-stop flight to Sarasota, FL.
February 14, 2021 – Arrive into Sarasota, FL and clear health, immigration and customs formalities into the USA.
ON SAFARI WITH WILDERNESS SAFARIS
Conservation as a way of life
Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris is widely acclaimed as the continent’s foremost ecotourism operator, dedicated to conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. We do this by creating life-changing journeys for our guests in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa – and in so doing help conserve Africa’s spectacular biodiversity and share ecotourism’s benefits with the communities that live alongside these areas.
Behind everything we do there is a purpose; indeed, we have always been driven by purpose. Everything we do is aimed at conserving Africa’s wilderness and wildlife and including local communities in this process. Everything we do is aimed at creating journeys that change lives and inspire positive action.
Our 9 nights on safari in the most capable hands of the Wilderness Safaris field and hospitality teams will be split so that each traveler is able to enjoy 3 nights of safari in all 3 camps as the three locations compliment each other. They are notably different in geography, camp setting and design. All 3 camps operate on exclusive use wildlife areas and while at each location every gamedrive easily has the potential to show you the most amazing wildlife sighting you have ever seen.
Exceptional Africa wildlife observation and interpretation
Watch this video of Mombo Camp with the sound turned up high so that you can enjoy one of Africa’s most beautiful sounds.
Long known as “the Place of Plenty,” Mombo boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators and is considered to be one of the best areas for game viewing in Africa.
Rebuilt in 2018, Mombo aims to maintain the traditions and history of the camp, as well as to celebrate our Conservation Purpose – indeed, one of our greatest conservation successes: the reintroduction of black and white rhino into the wilds of Botswana.
The eight spacious tents afford sweeping views over a floodplain teeming with wildlife. The sitting room, separate bedroom and bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and bathtub with copper and brass fittings all contribute to Wilderness Safaris’ ideal of responsible luxury.
Tasty delights in magical settings indoors and outdoors
Vumbura Plains Camp
Luxurious Vumbura Plains lies in an area that is a mix of water and dry land. The wildlife is diverse, so that both land and water activities on vehicles, mekoro and boats deliver an all-round African safari experience.
Vumbura Plains comprises two separate but linked camps, consisting of a total of 14 raised, spacious rooms, unique and contemporary in design with indoor and outdoor showers and an en-suite bathroom. Additional features include a private plunge pool and ‘sala’ –from where you can watch the passing parade of wildlife or even enjoy a relaxing soothing massage.
Private Outdoor Space
Vumbura Plains Camp | indoor & outdoor shower
Vumbura Plains guest room seating area
Tasty, colorful and creative
On each of our 9 full days of safari we will enjoy twice-daily gamedrives in search of unique African big-game encounters and animal behavior safely by vehicle with your Guide. There are also a number of other options and activities that you can enjoy as a guest; spa treatments, boutique and gallery, game walks, mokoro & motor boat.
Watch the video below for inspiring footage from Vumbura Plains Camp
For your third safari location, you will visit one of the two camps below:
King’s Pool Camp
Named for Scandinavian royalty, this stylish camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped King’s Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River system. Activities include day and night game drives, guided nature walks, and nearby hides, ideal for photographing birds and wildlife. In the dry season, guests can spend their siesta watching game come down to drink at the unique underground hide, where the water is at eye level. Seeing elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an experience that transcends that of an ordinary safari.
This 100% solar powered camp, has seven well-appointed thatch and canvas twins and one suite, each boasting a spacious bedroom and lounge area leading to a veranda that soaks up the gorgeous views of the lagoon. The sumptious main area comprises a pool, lounge, library, dining and convivial bar area stylishly set on expansive raised decks close to the water’s edge. An open-air ‘kgotla’ for evening dining under the stars.
Private Terrace in Guest Room
Exceptional and varied wildlife viewing experiences
Set in one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet, the brand new Selinda Camp rests on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, as it enters the Linyanti River. The private 136,000-hectare Selinda Reserve boasts elephants by the thousands, regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs as well as the famous Selinda Lion Pride recently feature in the National Geographic film “Birth of a Pride” by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The area has a sense of remoteness, a true spirit of Africa, and is a great example of Botswana bush embodying a variety of species and rare animals.
The camp has three expansive guest tents, each covered under thatch and with large en-suite bathrooms, large private veranda and private swimming pool. Each guest tents is unique, designed with its own colour palette and theme. There is in some cultures a fifth element, ‘metal’, which is also incorporated into the design. Every space enhances what Livingstone would have had, what he would have travelled with and found. But beyond that, we go back to the Robinson Crusoe feel, including textures of rope, rooms under thatch, hammocks, lots of space, nautical elements and salvaged wood.
Cost: $59,995.00 per person sharing
*Please inquire directly for single traveler pricing*
- Roundtrip international airfare on Crystal Skye aircraft from Sarasota, Florida, USA to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- 3 nights at accommodation at Mombo Camp on an all-inclusive basis
- 3 nights accommodation at King’s Pool Camp OR Selinda Camp on an all-inclusive basis
- 3 nights accommodation at Vumbura Plains Camp on an all-inclusive basis
- All light aircraft transfers between camps
Seats on the aircraft, camps, and room preferences will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.
Minimum number of 50 participants required for this departure to travel.
- $10,000.00 per person deposit required to secure your space on this departure. Your deposit payment is fully refundable until 75 days prior to departure. Final payment due at 75 days prior to departure (18 November 2020).
Please call Michael Distler or Ryan Hilton for additional information and booking at 1-941-951-1801
U.S.A. Department of Transportation Public Charter approval number is PC-20-067
- Founder’s Journey will always be priced at or below published rates, but never higher.
- Travel with like-minded individuals on these exclusive departures.
- Enjoy a welcome cocktail party to meet your fellow travelers.
- A hosted dinner will be offered during one night of the trip with the Hiltons.
- On many occasions, optional shore events are offered as an option that only our group is invited to join.
- Special global relationships that the Hiltons have formed over the years will allow you privileged access opportunities.
- Trips are offered well in advance to give ample time for your future planning.
- Minimum numbers must be met in order for the Hiltons to host the journey.
- The Hiltons reserve the right to adjust the duration of their participation should any schedule conflicts arise.