Join like-minded safari travelers as you take off toward southern Africa on the world’s largest and most luxuriously spacious private aircraft, 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.
The aircraft will depart from Sarasota, Florida for a direct non-stop flight to southern Africa with an arrival into Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe where guests can personalize their time in the region. The feedback from our previous experiences aboard this opulent aircraft was that guests wanted MORE time aboard, so we are thrilled to announce that you may also choose to fly BACK to SRQ aboard Crystal Skye as well! This truly is a “choose your adventure” departure where you can fly one-way there, one-way back or BOTH directions to maximize your experience and spoil yourself with more time being wined and dined in the sky!
Crystal Skye Aircraft Operated by Comlux Aruba NV
While in Southern Africa, guests will have exclusive access to a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience by choosing between a 9-night Botswana safari using Wilderness Safaris Premier Camps or a 9-night Zimbabwe safari using a collection of classic camps curated for the discerning safari guest. We also allow the opportunity for guests to design your own ideal experience utilizing our knowledgeable ATI Advisors to ensure you get exactly what you want out of your time in the destination.
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 evening at leisure.
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.
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 – May 18
CHOOSE YOUR SAFARI EXPERIENCE
Option one: Zimbabwe
A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.
Option two: Botswana
Situated in central southern Africa, Botswana lies at about 950 metres above sea level and more than 600 kilometres from the nearest coast. The country’s most striking features are its relative flatness and aridity. This makes the Okavango Delta even more remarkable: a wetland within a desert that receives its waters from rain falling in Angola, 1000 kilometres away.
Having achieved independence in 1966, Botswana has gone on to become a true African success story. The country’s leaders have adopted an innovative approach to tourism, believing that low-volume, experiential ecotourism was the best way to create a sustainable conservation economy and uplift communities while still preserving the environment.
While large mammals – and there are plenty of these – can steal the show on a Botswana safari, there are many other creatures to be seen, from brightly-coloured birds to secretive antelope, and from frogs to fish. It’s often the pristine beauty of the landscapes and the sense of being in a remote wilderness that have the most lasting impact on visitors to Botswana.
Option three – Design your Own
Our dedicated Africa Specialist will guide you in choosing the right destination and experience for you while on the continent.
ON SAFARI WITH WILDERNESS
Acclaimed as the foremost ecotourism operator in Africa, Wilderness Safaris offers unforgettable high-end adventures that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities. Since their founding in Botswana in 1983, they have shared their passion for Africa with thousands of guests, as well as their custodial sense of protection, and the urgency to protect these ecosystems and the life they support.
Pricing from: $18,950 per person based upon double occupancy
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!
Minimum number must be met for private charter operation