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The Ultimate African Safari

By Private Jet

  • 31 January 2019
  • 30 September 2019
  • 14 October 2019
  • Wildlife Tours/ Natural World
  • Great migration

Join this unique exploration by Private Jet and navigate the River Nile, dine in ancient temples and ruins, trek in search of mountain gorillas, shadow the world’s greatest animal migration on earth and travel by private, luxury train across the grasslands of the Highveld, via the barren Karoo region and through the mountains of the Cape.

The word ‘safari’ is Kiswahili for journey. During this unique exploration, chart an epic course that connects both ends of the Africa continent, immersing yourself in its most exceptional wonders. Ancient civilisations so advanced that their history reads like fable, cathedrals carved by hand, the vast wilderness between settlements, first hiding endangered mountain gorillas, then acting as a living stage for the greatest migration on earth. No other safari will ever come close to this.

For this exclusive journey we are working with our associates at Captain’s Choice who have chosen the very best accommodation available in each destination, arranged some truly unique dining experiences and gala dinners and curated a truly exclusive collection of experiences. Everything is included throughout the journey and accompanying you will be a team of hosts as well as a doctor.

Three Exclusive Departures

The Great Migration is, at its heart, a yearlong procession of wildebeest – one that compels them to walk from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara and back, where it begins all over again. Captain’s Choice offer departures timed to the Serengeti calving season, or to catch the herds when they amass in the Maasai Mara. For both timings, you can travel in either a northbound or southbound direction. Every journey is carefully planned to afford you the best possible migration viewing window.

  • Cairo to Cape Town (including Serengeti) – Departs Cairo on 31 January 2019
  • Cairo to Cape Town (including Maasai Mara) – Departs Cairo on 30 September 2019
  • Cape Town to Cairo (including Maasai Mara) – Departs Cape Town on 14 October 2019

Useful links & Travel Advice

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  • Your Accommodation

    Bisate Lodge

    Captain’s Choice have selected a magnificent array of accommodation for this unique tour. Each one has a certain something that sets it apart from every other residence at its location.

    Four Seasons at the First Residence, Cairo: The Nile is the axis upon which Egypt turns. So it is only natural that one of the city’s finest hotels is perched on its banks. The Deluxe Rooms, set in a French Empire style, overlook either the Nile or the Pyramids of Giza. The lively streets of Cairo are a mere hop away, yet the hotel is an oasis of serenity.

    Bisate Lodge

    Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor: Built in 1886, this palace names, among its many storied guests, Howard Carter, discoverer of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Most enviable is its position on the Corniche promenade. The Nile View Rooms promise a sweeping panorama of the opposite bank. If you can tear yourself away, explore the Winter Palace’s gardens.

    Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa: Part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, the Sheraton Addis is Ethiopia’s premier hotel. It is also gifted in location – the centre of Addis Ababa. Vibrant gardens and elegant fountains create an air of calm, rare in this bustling city. The Executive Rooms, offering full contemporary comforts are decorated in tranquil neutrals.

    Angana Mara

    Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Serengeti: The Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp nods to the mobile camps of the 1930s, in that it has canvas walls and folding chairs. But even these are designed with an appreciation of finery that belies the camp’s location in the bush. Each of our lavish standalone tents features en-suite facilities, premium beds and a lounge. Unsurprisingly, it is right in the path of the Great Migration.

    Nyaruswiga Safari Camp, Serengeti: Across the Nyaruswiga plain lie the 13 boutique safari tents. To call them tents is to ignore the fact that they contain plush queen-sized beds, en suite facilities and wide wooden viewing decks, perfectly planned for casual game viewing.

    Angama Mara, Maasai Mara: Soaring over the floor of the Great Rift Valley, this is the most magical safari camp the continent has seen. The lodges are scattered on an escarpment, with glass facades that open onto broad decks overlooking the Maasai Mara below. Many scenes from Out of Africa were filmed on this very spot.

    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge & Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park. High in the hills, these intimate collections of cottages offer vistas of mist-shrouded peaks and leafy valleys. We have exclusive use of these lodges, where quiet luxury is the reigning ethos and which boast everything you need before and after your trekking adventures.

    Pride of Africa at Victoria Falls

    Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park: Set on the Chobe River, the exceptional rooms open onto spacious terraces overlooking the water, allowing you casual game viewing. Every aspect of the lodge, from its Botswanan-inspired furnishings to its gourmet offerings and keen guides, is of the highest standard. Even better, it is working towards a 100 per cent electric fleet of safari vehicles and boats.

    Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls: Evoking Victorian elegance and colonial tradition in impeccable style, this hotel is but a stroll from Victoria Falls. With views to the Zambezi River, the private outdoor area was purpose-built for the enjoyment of gin and tonics.

    Cape Grace, Cape Town: It is impossible to find fault with the Cape Grace. It is a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront, while its luxe maritime interior overflows with antique character. The Luxury Rooms have unbeatable views of the city’s working harbour.Pride of Africa, Rovos Rail: Turn of the century in sensibility, Captain’s Choice have chartered the train replete with mahogany panelling, discreet service and every extravagance you would expect. Your Deluxe Suites accommodate a double bed, seating area and table, as well as a generous bathroom with shower.

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  • Itinerary Highlights

    Pyramids & camels at dusk

    The Majesty of Mountain Gorillas: Trek through the cloud forests of the dormant Virunga volcanoes preparing for a vivid and personal encounter with these great creatures in the wild.

    The Great Migration: From the plains of the Serengeti, watch for Africa’s Big Five – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – as the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebras and other animals plays out.

    Pride of Africa Rail Journey: Between Pretoria to Cape Town, a private rail journey takes us across the grasslands of the Highveld, via the barren Karoo region and through the mountains of the Cape.

    Cruise the River Nile: Set off from the modern Egyptian city of Luxor on the East Bank for a meditative cruise across blue waters and beside sandy cliffs that hide royal secrets.

    Lalibela: By light aircraft we visit Lalibela. See churches hand-carved from rock, attend a ritual usually reserved for heads of state and be hosted by the mayor for a traditional lunch.

    Dine Beneath the Pyramids: Head for the Pyramids of Giza after dark, where a private dinner takes place in desert tents furnished in a manner suited for a sultan.

    Victoria Falls: By helicopter, boat and on a historian-guided walk, we enjoy several encounters with this natural spectacle.

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Private Jet Captain Choice

Private Jet Captain Choice

Your Home in the Air

While a Boeing 737-500 can seat up to 140, the Captain’s Choice 737-500 has been customised to provide complete comfort for just 40 privileged guests for this unique exploration. With your comfort a priority, the cabin has been newly redesigned and refitted with plush leather business class seats. Dom Pérignon champagne flows freely, as does the bar of premium labels. The devoted cabin crew excels at looking after guests, ensuring that you always arrive refreshed and ready for new adventures.

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Itinerary

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Elephant herd
  • Great migration

Day 1 - Cairo, Egypt.

Arrive at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence, set on the Nile. In true Cairo fashion, the present has no qualms building on top of the past. This is most evident in the colourful Khan el-Khalili bazaar. It was once a solemn place – the mausoleum of the Fatimid caliphs. But with a change of power, came a change of architecture. The Mamluk sultans tore it down to construct a caravanserai, or khan, to house merchants and their wares. Wander under handmade lanterns and past piles of carpets, metalware, leather slippers and so much more. We gather this evening for a memorable dinner.

Day 2 - Cairo.

Today we travel back in time to the Old Kingdom of Egypt, paying homage to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx that guards the tomb complex. On foot, we venture into the Pyramid of Khafre, traversing narrow passageways to the burial chamber. As is custom when one is in Egypt, we take a camel ride to the Sphinx. Back in Cairo, the Amir Taz Palace hosts us for lunch. The 650-year-old palace, which once belonged to a Grand Dawidar of the sultan’s court, remains closed to other visitors while we are within its grand walls and courtyards. After this indulgent meal, we head to the Citadel of Cairo. Perched on a hill, the citadel’s sandstone walls are an icon of the city, crowned by the Ottoman domes and minarets of The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha. A treat of the highest order follows – a private viewing of the Egyptian Museum’s treasures, encompassing all 5,000 years of the country’s history. A curator gives us insight into the pharaonic artefacts on display. We pay special attention to the Royal Mummies Hall and items from Tutankhamun’s tomb. This evening, we are free to choose where we dine.

Day 3 - Cairo to Luxor.

Our exploration of Luxor begins on the great Nile. We set off from the modern city on the East Bank for a cruise. At the entrance of the Valley of the Kings, the colonnaded glory of Hatshepsut’s Temple steals our attention. We then go underground, walking in the steps of priests and attendants, now long gone, who set Tutankhamun in his tomb. From here, we travel a short distance to the Valley of the Queens, in search of its most lavish tomb, that of Nefertari. The wall murals reverently tell of her journey to the afterlife. Later the Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor welcomes us. This stunning Victorian establishment was where Agatha Christie wrote ‘Death on the Nile’. As the sun sets, we are driven across the river to the Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu, arriving to ceremonial blasts of trumpets. It has been reserved exclusively for us, a privilege unlike any other. The 3,000-year-old walls, pylons and gates light up, creating a most electric atmosphere. With cocktails in hand, our professional Egyptologist leads us past soaring halls and elaborately carved columns, before we are seated for dinner facing the temple entrance.

Day 4 - Luxor to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

After breakfast, our horse-drawn carriages come to meet us at our hotel. In this antiquated mode of travel, we ride to the Luxor Temple, just ten minutes up the Corniche. Dedicated to the gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu, this temple was key in the annual Opet Festival, when statues of the three gods were carried here from the Temple of Karnak. Mid-morning, we re-join our private jet and fly south for Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. It is early afternoon when we arrive, beginning our discovery of the city by visiting its most ancient and famous resident, Lucy. The 3.2 million-year-old australopithecine skeleton is believed by some to be the grandmother of humanity. Our next stop is the National Palace, built by Emperor Haile Selassie. Besides being worshipped by Rastafarians, he was also part of a dynasty that claimed descent from the Queen of Sheba. Some of us may be acquainted with the astounding work of Dr Catherine Hamlin at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Today we have the option of visiting the hospital to see her efforts first-hand. The Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia’s finest hotel, welcomes us for the next two nights. This evening, choose from the hotel’s selection of restaurants.

Day 5 - Lalibela.

Today our chartered flight takes us to Lalibela, on a discovery of Ethiopia’s Orthodox past – churches carved out of rock by hand, as extraordinary as any Baroque cathedral. Over 900 years ago, King Lalibela built this New Jerusalem when Muslim armies blocked access to old Jerusalem. The builders’ virtuoso technique is best represented at the soaring Biete Medhane Alem. But the Chapel of Mary, Chapel of the Virgins and the Chapel of the Cross also capture the painstaking devotion of their artisans. We also visit the double church of Debre Sina and Bieta Golgotha. As is convention, only men are allowed into Bieta Golgotha, said to be where King Lalibela’s remains lie. No other traveller has witnessed what we will today – Lalibela’s priests conducting a ritual performance usually reserved for heads of state. Even more exceptional, the mayor hosts us for a traditional lunch accompanied by music and dance, ending with a quintessential Ethiopian coffee ceremony. This is, after all, the birthplace of coffee. Mid-afternoon, we return to Addis Ababa.

Day 6 - Serengeti, Tanzania

Our mid-morning flight sees us heading to the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, en route to our final destination. Should the clouds cooperate, you will be able to see its cratered peak soaring above the flat landscape below. Upon landing, we transfer to light aircraft, bound for the heart of the great Serengeti National Park. Excitingly, we call the Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp or the Nyaruswiga Safari Camp home. Both are boutique wilderness retreats featuring luxurious tent-style accommodation. Marvel at the vast openness of the savannah, order a sundowner then dine under the stars this evening.

Day 7 - Serengeti.

The Serengeti sunrise isn’t celebrated as much as its sunset, but is just as stunning, if not more so. This morning, wake for a hot air balloon flight and watch the animal herds start their day in the sun’s early glow. After breakfast, it is time to seek out the most magical of nature’s displays, the Great Migration. We board 4WD Jeeps and head into the bush. It is calving season and the beginning of the yearly cycle. Between January and March, half a million calves are born. Everywhere we turn, wildebeest mothers protectively tend their young, for the babies are easy dinners for lions and cheetahs. Meanwhile, zebras, giraffes, ostriches and hyenas march across the landscape. This evening, our lodges dazzle us with a gala Maasaithemed boma dinner under the brilliant starry sky.

Day 8 - Serengeti.

Today, the Serengeti and its impromptu animal performances call again. No documentary can prepare you for a real leopard napping in the fork of a tree, or 40 zebras suddenly deciding that the grass is fresher on the far side of the acacia grove. We spend the day criss-crossing the grasslands, stopping at watering holes where the entire community seems to congregate. But we are quick to rush off to catch lions when our guide’s walkie-talkie crackles with news of a sighting. The expedition continues late into the afternoon, before we return to our lodges for a festive dinner. Under the stars, we gather for a refreshing gin and tonic, toasting the incredible Serengeti before savouring a four-course gourmet meal of the freshest local ingredients.

Day 9 - Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

With a private jet at our bidding, we travel between Tanzania and Rwanda, and soon reach the heart of the dense forest. Due to the boutique nature of the handpicked lodges, we divide ourselves into groups – taking up residence in either Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge or Bisate Lodge. All three are equally luxurious, and a mere 30-minute drive from Ruhengeri town centre. Most breathtaking of all, our lodges are located high on hilltops dominated by views of the valley and volcanoes. At dinner, the enchantment continues. Intore dancers perform the traditional victory movements once reserved for the court of the Rwandan mwami, or king.

Day 10 - Volcanoes National Park

There are twelve groups of gorillas left in the park, which makes being here the rarest of privileges. The gorillas will only meet us on their terms, so we must trek through thick vegetation and steep inclines to reach them. Each is only allowed eight visitors a day, for the duration of one hour. The jungle does not yield easily, but when it finally reveals a gorilla clan, we immediately forget our tired legs. We observe them quietly as they play and groom. In the afternoon, we take a trip to Iby’iwacu village. Here, former poachers have put down their rifles and become cultural ambassadors. Witness Rwandan dances, visit the traditional healer and explore the king’s palace. By preserving their customs, these Rwandans are also protecting the gorillas. Over dinner this evening, representatives from the non-profit organisation, Gorilla Doctors, present their work to us. These veterinarian intervene when any gorilla is ill, injured or orphaned.

Day 11 - Volcanoes National Park

While the mountain gorillas capture much of the attention, Volcanoes National Park is rich in other wildlife, including monkeys, hyenas, buffalo, elephants and over 178 bird species. Today, we trek in search of the endangered golden monkey. Like mountain gorillas, these monkeys are found only in Central Africa. Unlike the gorillas, they live at the feet of the mountains so there is no need to walk far. We spend an hour watching the hyperactive creatures jumping through verdant bamboo forest, snatching shoots to eat and creating playful havoc. Those amongst us who prefer to revisit the mountain gorillas may set off on a separate trek. Lunch takes place at your lodge and the afternoon is free for you to spend as you choose. In the evening, we dine in.

Day 12 - Chobe National Park, Botswana.

As our jet approaches Kasane, Botswana, look outside your window to admire the peacock-blue ribbon of the Chobe River winding its way through the floodplains of the national park. February is the end of the ‘green season’, when the vegetation is lush and newly born babies are stumbling after their mothers. Our jet lands, and a mere half-hour drive later, we are within the bounds of the awe-inspiring park. Just inside its borders, our sanctuary, the Chobe Game Lodge, welcomes us for two nights. It is the only permanent lodge within the park’s borders, which means that we never have to rush to leave when the park closes at night, a truly remarkable privilege. It is perched directly on the river, vital to what is one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Boarding our lodge’s signature skimmer boats, we set off on our first boat safari. Every guest can pick a favoured viewing point, and photography buffs are free to roam the deck for the best angles. Soon we are watching elephants and hippopotami drink, bathe and eat, while crocodiles stalk the riverbank for the unwary. Our lodge features a stunning riverside boma area. To the uninitiated, a boma dinner is quintessential African outdoor dining. At Chobe, sumptuous barbecues feature familiar flavours as well as the chance to try traditional dishes like ‘pap’ and ‘seswaa’.

Day 13 - Chobe National Park.

The animals stir early and so must we. At five this morning, we rouse ourselves for coffee and a light breakfast. Once aboard our 4WD Jeeps with guides, all thought is focused on whether we will spot a predator – they are plentiful in this region. Regardless, seeing the buffalo, giraffe and impala is ample reward. We return to the lodge for a proper breakfast and at mid-morning, venture out on another boat safari. In the afternoon, we are free to choose from several different expeditions on river or land. No matter which you pick, know that game sightings are nearly always guaranteed. We continue our safari until it is just dark, relishing the astonishing vistas of animals against the fiery sunset. Tonight, we dine by the pool, where the evening’s entertainment may very well be the park’s resident elephants stopping by for a drink.

Day 14 - Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls, Zambia.

We wake early this morning, ready to surprise unsuspecting game, led by our guides. A quick coffee and muffin later, we are on the savannah, hoping to find the animals we might not have yet seen and revisit favourites. This is our last drive at Chobe and, after making use of every last minute, we head back for breakfast, then on to our waiting jet bound for Victoria Falls. A short flight from Kasane takes us to Livingstone. We are soon on the way to the elegant colonial-style Royal Livingstone Hotel, with its own private access to thundering Victoria Falls, a mere fifteen-minute walk away. Take in the lush vegetation on the banks of the Zambezi, where we board a boat for an intimate look at the river. It is not unheard of to see elephants, hippopotami or buffalo. A local historian later leads us on a picturesque walk to the base of the falls. And, for those inclined, helicopters have been reserved specially to allow us a rare, majestic view of the frothing waters. This evening, as the resident zebras graze nearby, dinner has been set up exclusively for us beside the Zambezi River on the rolling lawns of our hotel – an extraordinary setting ably matched by a menu of exceptionally-executed classics.

Day 15 - Victoria Falls to Rovos Rail, Pretoria, South Africa

. This morning, we breakfast on the terrace where, uniquely, we are treated to the sight of Victoria Falls’ furious spray rising over the tree line in the distance. We then bid goodbye to the falls, embarking our private jet once again. We convene in Rovos Rail’s private departure lounge before boarding the Pride of Africa. Soon, we pass through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand and the two towns within it that trace their origins to mining – Krugersdorp and Johannesburg. This evening, we dress for dinner before sitting down to a feast sprinkled with local flavours like ostrich, bobotie and koeksisters.

Day 16 - Rovos Rail & Kimberley

Morning rituals complete, let your eyes feast on the breathtaking veld from the open-air balcony of the observation car. Shortly after lunch, we arrive in Kimberley, the place responsible for sparking the modern diamond trade. Once a featureless hill, the discovery of diamonds in 1866 drew a rush of speculators. When mining ended in 1914, what remained was one of the largest craters ever dug by hand. It is now called the Big Hole, and we pause here to marvel at its sheer scale. This very mine was also where De Beers founded and built its empire. We return to our train as the sun begins to slant low in the sky. As is custom, the gong sounds for dinner.

Day 17 - Rovos Rail & Cape Town

Our train enters the Karoo, a vast semi-desert – if we are lucky, the wildebeest and antelope will be out. On the Karoo’s fringe sits Matjiesfontein, a Victorian town where time has stood still. We stop here for a mini-exploration. Wander past the Lord Milner Hotel and Pink Church, then visit the town’s museums for a glimpse of outpost living at the turn of the 20th century. Returning to the train, we wind our way through the green valleys of the Paarl Wine Route, famous for its rich, spicy shiraz, crisp chardonnay and chenin blanc. At noon, we arrive in Cape Town, bid goodbye to our luxurious home on wheels and head for the city and the Cape Grace Hotel. Later stroll to Signal Restaurant for a showcase of the season’s freshest flavours or step out onto the V&A Waterfront to sample Cape Town’s many gastronomic delights.

Day 18 - Cape Town

Begin your discovery of Cape Town with a choice of experiences. More than 260 million years old, Table Mountain was formed before the Andes, Alps and Himalayas. Ponder this as you ride to the top by cable car. Take a helicopter flight over Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope, then land at Cape Point. The Flying Dutchman Funicular takes you up the steep hill to Cape Point Lighthouse. Visit Nelson Mandela’s former cell at Robben Island prison, a short boat ride away. Our guide is Christo Brand, who was both Mandela’s warden and his friend. We meet for lunch at Harbour House on Kalk Bay, where floor-to-ceiling windows frame the working harbour and seafood is the star of the menu. Later, treat yourself to wine and a walk in the Winelands of Stellenbosch. This evening, you are free to choose where to dine. Perhaps South Africa’s high temple of degustation, The Test Kitchen, where every bite is as delicious as it is experimental. Or the equally acclaimed La Colombe, nestled in a vineyard high above the Constantia Valley. Or simply dine in our hotel’s Signal Restaurant.

Day 19 - Cape Town.

Our immersion into Cape Town continues this morning. Whether you are after a cultural, historic, scenic or active encounter, you will find a suitable experience. Choose from one of these tailored trips. Witness the jumble of architectural styles and more sobering relics of South Africa’s past on foot. We visit the Slave Lodge and the Company’s Garden. At the South African National Gallery, we are confronted by striking and sometimes uncomfortable works of art, most notably the Butcher Boys sculpture. Black townships were a creation of the apartheid regime, but today, Khayelitsha Township is a lively, thriving place. See Mandela Park and meet the children of Bathandwa Orphanage, then let them lead you through the neighbourhood and introduce you to locals. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is a microcosm of South Africa’s diverse indigenous flora. The protea flower is one among thousands of plants on precisely manicured display. Put on hiking shoes and walk up Table Mountain for spectacular views every step of the way. Our morning adventures complete, we meet for lunch at the Old Biscuit Mill, an old red-brick factory turned design and food haven. Pick any restaurant that catches your eye. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits us in the spectacular Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – where a brutalist concrete exterior belies the gems within. Begin with a private viewing of the museum’s most coveted pieces, then continue with a sumptuous dinner, looking out onto a 270-degree view of Cape Town.

Day 20 - Cape Town.

Spend your last morning in Cape Town as you please. Linger over breakfast or wander along the V&A Waterfront. After checking out, we bid farewell to each other and embark on our onward travel plans.

  • The Sphinx
  • Lalibela
  • Rovos Rail

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
31 January 2019 to 19 February 2019 • 30 September 2019 to 19 October 2019 • 14 October 2019 to 2 November 2019
Category Price
Twin £40800
Single £47200

Tour Reference Code: LAULTIMAFR

Everything has been Included & Considered

During this exploration, you will never have to carry a map. Or your luggage. Or reach for your wallet. There are no hidden costs. Everything is included – flights on your private jet and other travel arrangements, accommodation, all dining and drinks, all sightseeing trips, valet luggage service at each destination, a doctor who accompanies the tour and internet access when available. Even travel insurance is included and it is, of course, the most comprehensive in the market.

NB. Please note that these tours will be operated by our associates at Captain’s Choice and should you wish to book, we will put you in touch directly with one of their experienced consultants and your booking will be subject to Captain’s Choice booking conditions.

Captain’s Choice can of course arrange your return journey to Africa from the UK, please enquire for details.

Private Jet Captain Choice

Your Home in the Air

While a Boeing 737-500 can seat up to 140, the Captain’s Choice 737-500 has been customised to provide complete comfort for just 40 privileged guests for this unique exploration. With your comfort a priority, the cabin has been newly redesigned and refitted with plush leather business class seats. Dom Pérignon champagne flows freely, as does the bar of premium labels. The devoted cabin crew excels at looking after guests, ensuring that you always arrive refreshed and ready for new adventures.

 
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  • Walk Right On & Off

    Walk Right On & Off

    Travelling by private jet, you will be flying on direct routes which no regular airline travels. The private jet allows you to traverse the vast continent in unrivalled comfort, avoiding tedious road travel. Less time flying and in airports is more time spent marvelling at Africa’s wonders. As one of only 40 guests, and with a team to take care of you, the immigration process is not a concern for you. Whenever possible, you will be fast-tracked through immigration and able to bypass long security and customs lines.

  • Travelling With You

    Travelling With You

    Handpicked for their uncanny ability to know what you need are Captain’s Choice World Hosts. Comprising a Tour Manager, Doctor, Tour Concierge, Tour Host and local guides, they are the ultimate travel companions.

  • Travel Durations

    Travel Durations

    • Cairo – Luxor 511 km 1 hr 25 mins
    • Luxor – Addis Ababa 1,964 km 2 hrs 55 mins
    • Addis Ababa – Lalibela 560 km 1 hr
    • Lalibela – Addis Ababa 560 km 1 hr
    • Addis Ababa – Mt Kilimanjaro 1,392 km 2 hrs 10 mins
    • Mt Kilimanjaro – Seronera 290 km 1 hr 15 mins
    • Seronera – Mt Kilimanjaro 290 km 1 hr 15 mins
    • Mt Kilimanjaro – Kigali 788 km 1 hr 30 mins
    • Kigali – Kasane 1,845 km 2 hrs 45 mins
    • Kasane – Victoria Falls 85 km 35 mins
    • Victoria Falls – Johannesburg 912 km 1 hr 40 mins
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  • Walk Right On & Off

    Walk Right On & Off

    Travelling by private jet, you will be flying on direct routes which no regular airline travels. The private jet allows you to traverse the vast continent in unrivalled comfort, avoiding tedious road travel. Less time flying and in airports is more time spent marvelling at Africa’s wonders. As one of only 40 guests, and with a team to take care of you, the immigration process is not a concern for you. Whenever possible, you will be fast-tracked through immigration and able to bypass long security and customs lines.

  • Travelling With You

    Travelling With You

    Handpicked for their uncanny ability to know what you need are Captain’s Choice World Hosts. Comprising a Tour Manager, Doctor, Tour Concierge, Tour Host and local guides, they are the ultimate travel companions.

  • Travel Durations

    Travel Durations

    • Cairo – Luxor 511 km 1 hr 25 mins
    • Luxor – Addis Ababa 1,964 km 2 hrs 55 mins
    • Addis Ababa – Lalibela 560 km 1 hr
    • Lalibela – Addis Ababa 560 km 1 hr
    • Addis Ababa – Mt Kilimanjaro 1,392 km 2 hrs 10 mins
    • Mt Kilimanjaro – Seronera 290 km 1 hr 15 mins
    • Seronera – Mt Kilimanjaro 290 km 1 hr 15 mins
    • Mt Kilimanjaro – Kigali 788 km 1 hr 30 mins
    • Kigali – Kasane 1,845 km 2 hrs 45 mins
    • Kasane – Victoria Falls 85 km 35 mins
    • Victoria Falls – Johannesburg 912 km 1 hr 40 mins

Your Accommodation

Captain’s Choice have selected a magnificent array of accommodation for this unique tour. Each one has a certain something that sets it apart from every other residence at its location.

Four Seasons at the First Residence, Cairo: The Nile is the axis upon which Egypt turns. So it is only natural that one of the city’s finest hotels is perched on its banks. The Deluxe Rooms, set in a French Empire style, overlook either the Nile or the Pyramids of Giza. The lively streets of Cairo are a mere hop away, yet the hotel is an oasis of serenity.

Bisate Lodge

Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor: Built in 1886, this palace names, among its many storied guests, Howard Carter, discoverer of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Most enviable is its position on the Corniche promenade. The Nile View Rooms promise a sweeping panorama of the opposite bank. If you can tear yourself away, explore the Winter Palace’s gardens.

Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa: Part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, the Sheraton Addis is Ethiopia’s premier hotel. It is also gifted in location – the centre of Addis Ababa. Vibrant gardens and elegant fountains create an air of calm, rare in this bustling city. The Executive Rooms, offering full contemporary comforts are decorated in tranquil neutrals.

Angana Mara

Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Serengeti: The Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp nods to the mobile camps of the 1930s, in that it has canvas walls and folding chairs. But even these are designed with an appreciation of finery that belies the camp’s location in the bush. Each of our lavish standalone tents features en-suite facilities, premium beds and a lounge. Unsurprisingly, it is right in the path of the Great Migration.

Nyaruswiga Safari Camp, Serengeti: Across the Nyaruswiga plain lie the 13 boutique safari tents. To call them tents is to ignore the fact that they contain plush queen-sized beds, en suite facilities and wide wooden viewing decks, perfectly planned for casual game viewing.

Angama Mara, Maasai Mara: Soaring over the floor of the Great Rift Valley, this is the most magical safari camp the continent has seen. The lodges are scattered on an escarpment, with glass facades that open onto broad decks overlooking the Maasai Mara below. Many scenes from Out of Africa were filmed on this very spot.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge & Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park. High in the hills, these intimate collections of cottages offer vistas of mist-shrouded peaks and leafy valleys. We have exclusive use of these lodges, where quiet luxury is the reigning ethos and which boast everything you need before and after your trekking adventures.

Pride of Africa at Victoria Falls

Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park: Set on the Chobe River, the exceptional rooms open onto spacious terraces overlooking the water, allowing you casual game viewing. Every aspect of the lodge, from its Botswanan-inspired furnishings to its gourmet offerings and keen guides, is of the highest standard. Even better, it is working towards a 100 per cent electric fleet of safari vehicles and boats.

Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls: Evoking Victorian elegance and colonial tradition in impeccable style, this hotel is but a stroll from Victoria Falls. With views to the Zambezi River, the private outdoor area was purpose-built for the enjoyment of gin and tonics.

Cape Grace, Cape Town: It is impossible to find fault with the Cape Grace. It is a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront, while its luxe maritime interior overflows with antique character. The Luxury Rooms have unbeatable views of the city’s working harbour.Pride of Africa, Rovos Rail: Turn of the century in sensibility, Captain’s Choice have chartered the train replete with mahogany panelling, discreet service and every extravagance you would expect. Your Deluxe Suites accommodate a double bed, seating area and table, as well as a generous bathroom with shower.

Itinerary Highlights

The Majesty of Mountain Gorillas: Trek through the cloud forests of the dormant Virunga volcanoes preparing for a vivid and personal encounter with these great creatures in the wild.

The Great Migration: From the plains of the Serengeti, watch for Africa’s Big Five – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – as the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebras and other animals plays out.

Pride of Africa Rail Journey: Between Pretoria to Cape Town, a private rail journey takes us across the grasslands of the Highveld, via the barren Karoo region and through the mountains of the Cape.

Cruise the River Nile: Set off from the modern Egyptian city of Luxor on the East Bank for a meditative cruise across blue waters and beside sandy cliffs that hide royal secrets.

Lalibela: By light aircraft we visit Lalibela. See churches hand-carved from rock, attend a ritual usually reserved for heads of state and be hosted by the mayor for a traditional lunch.

Dine Beneath the Pyramids: Head for the Pyramids of Giza after dark, where a private dinner takes place in desert tents furnished in a manner suited for a sultan.

Victoria Falls: By helicopter, boat and on a historian-guided walk, we enjoy several encounters with this natural spectacle.

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