Incredible Africa 2018

September 2-22, 2018

A 2018 Private Jet Expedition

Our 2018 Incredible Africa signature expedition by private jet connects the best African wildlife destinations with 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, through 8 countries over 22 remarkable days! This travel story is personalized and authentic, with a team of experts to interpret the cultural treasures and wildlife encounters. We invite you to join us on this extraordinary journey for just 46 guests traveling from top to bottom of Africa in style and comfort.

September 2-22, 2018

44 Guests
21 Days
8 Countries

While the experiences we’ve assembled in this 21-day adventure are legendary and timeless, the manner in which you’ll see them is personalized and very much in the present moment, with resident experts who will engage your interest, and all your senses. Enjoy the unique combination of the world’s finest wildlife experiences and outdoor museums. In addition to watching the great migration in the Masai Mara, we’ll track mountain gorillas in Uganda, and search for sharks in South Africa’s False Bay. Interspersed with these experiences, you’ll visit UNESCO sites like the Acropolis, Lalibela’s subterranean churches, and the ancient tombs of the pharaohs in Luxor.

Incredible Africa 2018 Itinerary

Athens, Greece Day 1-2

September 2-3, 2018

Athens’ location offers convenient jet routing to northern Africa, and was described by the poet John Milton as “the eye of Greece, the mother of arts and eloquence.” Upon your arrival in Athens, you’ll experience both of those sentiments: relaxing in a beautiful hotel with a view of the Acropolis, and meeting your fellow travelers and expedition host, David Tett, who will provide you with an overview of your upcoming adventures. The next day explore the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, where a modern glass building stands atop an archeological excavation in a completely unique fusion of old and new. In the evening gather for a welcome dinner complete with sea breezes and views of the blue waters of the Aegean Sea below.

Hotel Grande Bretagne
2 Nights

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia Day 3-4

September 4-5, 2018

From Athens, fly directly to Bahir Dar and your hotel overlooking Lake Tana’s vast expanse of azure waters, which is the source of the Blue Nile River. Take a boat ride past fishermen aboard traditional papyrus boats and flocks of pelicans to lush, forested islands that shelter centuries-old thatched roof monasteries and the brightly colored frescoes and royal objects in their treasuries. The next day fly privately to Lalibela and descend through narrow passageways into the mysterious beauty of its eleven medieval monolithic cave churches. Attributed to King Lalibela, the 13th century churches were built after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and remain a site of pilgrimage and devotion.

Kuriftu Resort Bahir Dar
2 Nights

Masai Mara, Kenya Day 5-7

September 6-8, 2018

Arrive in the great plains of the Masai Mara in time to take your first game drive, returning for cocktails hosted by Julius Ole Karia, a Maasai who will relate his experiences practicing the timeless and traditional way of life of his people. For the following two days, relax into a schedule of morning and afternoon game drives in an area unrivalled for its constant flow of wildlife. The star attraction is the annual migration of 1.5 million wildebeests and zebras which surge up from the Serengeti Plains in their annual search for the seasonal grasses that sustain them. For those who want to stretch their legs, Maasai-guided optional walking safaris offer a uniquely insightful, close look at this complex ecosystem.

Governors’ Camp
3 Nights

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Day 8-9

September 9-10, 2018

Your afternoon arrival to Victoria Falls will allow you time to walk a private pathway from your hotel to the magnificent falls, or to simply enjoy the view of the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge from the veranda with a cool drink in hand. The following day visit a village as the guests of Mpisi Melusi Ndlovu, one of Zimbabwe’s most distinguished herbal doctors, who will share the traditions and agricultural practices of his homestead. Later, Senator David Coltart, one of Zimbabwe’s most prominent political and human rights figures, offers a firsthand view of his country’s struggles over the last three decades. Conclude with an unforgettable four-course dinner and scenic ride on a restored steam train which culminates at the Victoria Falls Bridge at sunset for photographic opportunities.

The Victoria Falls Hotel
2 Nights

Cape Town, South Africa Day 10-12

September 11-13, 2018

Bypass the city center in favor of coastal adventures and wine-tasting outside of Cape Town. On the Cape Peninsula, enjoy a marine safari hosted by Chris Fallows, a great white shark expert who has facilitated over 50 documentaries, and will take you to False Bay and Seal Island in search of cetaceans, Cape fur seals, marine birds, and sharks. On land, visit Cape Point and Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins. Then explore the towns and wineries of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and walk amidst dramatic sculptures in an outdoor gallery on the slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain. On the final night, dine amidst ragged-tooth sharks, graceful rays and shoals of predatory fish at a private aquarium dinner hosted by Chris Fallows.

The Cellars-Hohenort
3 Nights

Okavango Delta, Botswana Day 13-15

September 14-16, 2018

To ensure your Botswana wildlife viewing takes place in small camps with personalized attention from experienced guides, the group splits into three, staying at intimate camps that accommodate no more than two dozen guests each. Located in the Okavango Delta, the Selinda Plains, and the Savute region in Chobe National Park, each camp offers game drives offered in the morning and afternoon in wildlife-rich, private reserves. While lions, leopards and hyenas are present at all three camps, the Okavango Delta camp is known as the “predator capital” of Africa, and the Selinda Reserve was made famous by National Geographic’s film The African Diaries. Elephant enthusiasts, however, may prefer the Savute camp in Chobe National Park, which is often referred to as the “elephant capital of the world.”

Chief’s Camp
Savute Elephant Lodge
3 Nights

Bwindi or Kibale, Uganda Day 16-18

September 17-19, 2018

Fly from Maun, Botswana to Entebbe, Uganda, to a resort on the shores of Lake Victoria and learn from veterinarian and social entrepreneur, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka about primate conservation before heading westward the following day for the primate experience of your choice: tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, or chimps in Kibale Forest. After an afternoon spent exploring the forest or visiting a local community, you’ll be ready the next morning to search for either gorillas or chimpanzees with expert trackers. The duration of the hike may vary from two to six hours, based on the location of the primates. Once you find them, spend an enchanting hour watching them interact, and invariably comparing their behavioral characteristics – grooming, hugging, vocalizing, and throwing things – to human behaviors.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Gorilla Forest Camp
Bwindi Lodge
Kyaninga Lodge
3 Nights

Luxor, Egypt Day 19-21

September 20-21, 2018

A four-hour flight from Entebbe will transport you from the leafy tranquility of the forest to the splendor of the Luxor Temple viewed at sunset with stones aglow. The following day your expert Egyptian guides will accompany you to the Valley of the Kings – home to royal tombs, most notably those of Seti I and the boy king Tutankhamun – and the Valley of the Queens to visit the recently reopened Nefertari tomb.. In the afternoon, board feluccas for a breezy lunch on the Nile River. Afterward, visit the Karnak Temple complex, or enjoy the afternoon shopping or at leisure before joining the group for cocktails and a farewell dinner. The following morning our journey concludes as we return to Athens on our private jet.

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa
2 Nights

In Our Travelers' Words

At the end of the day our travelers are most qualified to describe the African safari experience, and they certainly say it best.

The Peacock Family
Multi-Generational Safari

"Our youngest, Emily is almost 7. And mom and dad are in their late 70's. And the rest of us fall somewhere in between - and I can tell you we ALL just had the best time! It's tricky to have a plan that appeals to everyone. The thought of our daily adventure was so exciting, that no one minded the early morning wake-ups - not even the teenagers! They were often the first ones on the jeep - as they couldn't wait to start the drive each day."

The Ousterhout Family
Family Safari

"My father-in-law had always wanted to go to Africa, and invited us all to go with him to celebrate his 80th birthday. We went with no expectations, and the trip was beyond anything we could have imagined. In each camp we were exhilarated to be so unbelievably close to animals. Our guides really turned the safari into an educational experience for the girls with in-depth discussions on not just the wildlife, but also history, culture, and the relationship between tourism and the environment. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but we hope to return."

Pat & Art Hoeft
Photographic Safari

"This was our first Africa visit; we'd thought about it for years and then in my husband's semi-retirement we thought that if we didn't do it NOW it would never happen. We arranged to travel with my husband's brother and wife. The photographic opportunities were myriad and truly stupendous. We were up and out in the Land Cruiser before sunrise each day to catch photos of wildebeests and, one morning, elephants, silhouetted with acacias on a ridge line as the sun rose. We ended our days with late-night nibbles with a choice of "one more for the road" and new friends from across the English-speaking world."

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