Dates: June 5 - June 19, 2018
Total Duration: 15 days
Cost: $29,950 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,500
Activity level: Moderately Active
Geology and Geophysics
Vehicle: Pilatus PC-12 Private Aircraft
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
This extraordinary 15-day adventure spans five diverse ecosystems and four countries, thanks to the use of a privately chartered aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12. Discover the beauty of the African continent's game reserves, deserts, and coastline. Marvel at spectacular Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side and enjoy ample opportunities to view the large animals that make safaris so thrilling, as well as superb birdlife.
Begin with a day in Cape Town, dramatically situated on a sweeping bay with iconic Table Mountain looming overhead. Call at Bo Kaap, the historical center of Cape Malay culture, and beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens. Then board the Pilatus PC-12 and fly to Namib-Naukluft Park for two nights at Little Kulala Camp at Sossusvlei, an enormous expanse of dunes where wildlife has made fascinating adaptations to harsh conditions. Fly above Namibia's celebrated Skeleton Coast to Etosha National Park, a vast sweep of plains with numerous waterholes where animals congregate, and a birdlover's paradise. In Botswana, Sanctuary Chief's Camp offers a variety of activities and opportunities for viewing wildlife. In Zimbabwe enjoy a respite at the splendid Victoria Falls Hotel as "the smoke that thunders" of Victoria Falls roars close by, and seek out the "Big Five" animals—elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard—during a two-night stay at one of South Africa's finest game lodges, Londolozi.
The Pilatus PC-12 offers unmatched comfort, safety, and flexibility, allowing you to land on smaller private airstrips in some of the most pristine wildlife areas of southern Africa. Your time is spent immersed in Africa's wildlife, soaking up the amenities of small intimate lodges, luxurious tented camps, and grand hotels, and enjoying fine food and regional customs rather than waiting at airports. Participation is limited to 24 travelers.
Optional post-trip extension: Cape Town