May 7 – 19, 2023
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.
In Botswana, you will have exclusive access to a once-in-a-lifetime, 9-night safari experience while staying in the Wilderness Safaris Premier Camps; Mombo, Duma Tau & 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.
Crystal Skye Aircraft Operated by Comlux Aruba NV
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.
May 7, 2023 – Arrive into Sarasota/Tampa/Ft. Myers where you will be greeted and transferred by road to a downtown Sarasota luxury hotel for check-in. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure prior to a welcome reception. We will ensure all travelers are prepared for departure to Africa in the morning.
May 8, 2023 – 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
May 9, 2023 – 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.
May 10 & 11, 2023 – on safari at DumaTau camp
May 12, 2023 – 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.
May 13 & 14, 2023 – on safari at Vumbura Plains camp
May 15, 2023 – 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.
May 16 & 17, 2023 – on safari at Mombo camp
May 18, 2023 – 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.
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.
Brand-new DumaTau’s extensive lagoon frontage ensures that each ultra-spacious guest suite has uninterrupted views over Osprey Lagoon, and the movements of the mega-herds of elephant that the Linyanti is so famous for.
All seven twin suites and one family unit have a private plunge pool and a comfortable lounge, featuring a large bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. The main dining and lounge area boasts its own wide-angle vistas, overlooking the wildlife-rich lagoon, while a new wellness centre and gym – shared with Little DumaTau – includes an inviting shaded deck, a lap pool, spa, snack deli and Safari Boutique. DumaTau runs on 100% solar energy.
Private Dining in the Sleep Out
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
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.
Exceptional and varied wildlife viewing experiences
Culture, wildlife, and exceptional hospitality
Cost: Still being finalized. Please inquire directly.
Call Ryan Hilton or Michael Distler at 1.941.951.1801 and enter ext. 100 for Michael or 107 for Ryan to secure your space on this departure today!
- 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 Duma Tau 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 to be confirmed
- 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.