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  • Writer's pictureJolene Botha

Lions, Tigers and Tradewinds: a New 2019 Private Jet Expedition

2019 will mark 30 years since we started Bushtracks Expeditions, and to celebrate this major milestone we’ve put together an eight-country expedition that represents everything that inspired us then, and thrills us now: incredible wildlife, exotic destinations, and opportunities to learn through travel. And did I mention we’ll go on safari in search of lions and tigers?


I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and have traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, and South America for the past 40 years. While our recent jet expeditions have been focused on Africa, with this expedition we’ll go farther afield, spanning multiple continents and oceans, and allowing us to see a tremendous range of diverse landscapes, wildlife, and culture in a single trip.

Silhouette of a person walking through the city palace of Jaipur in Rajasthan India - photo by Marina Pissarova

Traveling to nine carefully selected destinations by private jet, we’ll retrace the path of ancient trade routes in 24 days, making our way from Mount Etna to the Middle East and India, and on to Africa with island stops in between. It’s an exhilarating fusion of lions and tigers, maharajahs and Maasai, and temples and tropical escapes that you won’t experience with anyone else.

Portrait of Carl Safina

Throughout we’ll enjoy the incomparable company of Expedition Host Carl Safina, a conservationist and the author of seven books, including Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, whose insightful work has been awarded the MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, among others.

Greek theater ruins in Taormina Sicily Italy - courtesy of Blend Images Alamy

Our journey is strategically timed to make the most of late November and early December. We’ll begin on Thanksgiving Day in Taormina, Italy with a Sicilian interpretation of the classic meal which we’ll enjoy with a performance by a tenor vocalist. From there, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gather gifts for loved ones in souks and bazaars across Africa and Asia before departing for home December 21, 2019 with memories to last a lifetime.

I hope you will join me, Carl Safina, and our dedicated flight crew and expedition team on this very special adventure.

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The first version of this article was posted on 2 Nov 2018 at 12:04 PM.

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