Welcome to the T.I.G.E.R.S. African Safari. This exclusive trip will take you into the heart of the southern African wilderness, to two of the world”s number top-rated wildlife viewing destinations. The adventure truly begins when we leave Johannesburg in a chartered aircraft and land on our own private jet strip, deep in the middle of the South African bush veldt. Each day we will experience the thrill of seeing Africa”s big game animals in their natural habitat. Being in two of Earth”s last truly wild places, we will glimpse what the wild must have been like during prehistoric times. We will spend 4 nights in the South African bushveldt and then take a short private flight, across the norther border into Botswana, on the edge of the Kalahari. The terrain will be very different, but the game viewing will be equally excellent in its own unique way. This is the opportunity to experience the diversity of southern Africa wildlife in great comfort. The phenomenal game viewing we will have will only be equaled by the 5-star accommodations and dining that await us back at camp.
Nov. 15 - We are excited you have chosen to join us for an African Safari of a lifetime. We strongly recommend meeting in New York City at prearranged hotel (not included in price) to avoid missing the international flight the following morning.
Nov. 16 - READY, SET, GO! After checkout, we head to the airport for our flight to South Africa.
Nov. 17 - After our morning arrival in Johannesburg, we will collect our luggage, clear customs and prepare for a 1-hour flight to Skukuza airport in Kruger National Park. This is the morning your African Safari of a lifetime really begins. Upon arrival, we will be greeted at the airport by our safari rangers and drive approximately 30 minutes to one of the world”s most exclusive and renowned wildlife reserves. Keep your eyes open, because the moment you step out of the airport, you will be in the middle of the South African bushveld. Our short drive to the camp will most certainly give us our first glimpses of wildlife. Upon arrival we will check in, freshen up, and enjoy a delicious lunch. After a bite to eat it”s time to grab your camera as our ranger takes us on our first “have to see to believe” game drive of the trip.
Nov. 18-20 - Every day, in the early morning and afternoon/evening, we will participate in exhilarating game drives and experience firsthand the true magic and mystery of the dark continent. With a very small number of permitted guests at the reserve and more than 40,000 acres to explore, we will seldom see another person while in the bush. The truly phenomenal wildlife viewing can be best described as “National Geographic LIVE.” If desired, you can participate in daily guided walks through the bush. This offers the opportunity to learn about much of the smaller flora and fauna often missed while driving in the Rovers. In the early afternoons you can relax in the pool, work out in the facility gym, lounge on an observation deck or, for a nominal fee, indulge yourself in a massage or spa treatment. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included as well as morning tea and biscuits, sundowner snacks and hors d”oeuvres in the bar before dinner. You will find many new and sumptuous dishes and find it all but impossible to go away hungry.
Nov. 21 - We will enjoy our last morning game drive in the South African bush veldt. After returning to camp, we will have a leisurely breakfast and have plenty of time to freshen up, pack and check out. A one-hour private flight will transport us from South Africa, north across the border, onto a private jet strip in Botswana. We will be required to briefly clear immigration (as we”re now in a completely different country), and we will once again be met by our ranger and given an orientation of our new home for the next three nights. You will find your new surroundings equally as enchanting and exclusive as the South African portion of your safari. We will settle into our rooms, freshen up and join our hosts for high tea on a terrace overlooking a watering hole. In the late afternoon we will begin our first game drive.
Nov. 22-23 - Welcome to the “Land of Giants”. Our game drive schedule will be similar to what we have so far experienced, morning and evening drives with a relaxing mid-day. What will make our visit to Botswana so different is the topography and wildlife. Having left the thick bushveld behind, we now find ourselves in vast expanses of wide open territory. With 70,000 acres to explore, we will encounter an amazing diversity of wildlife and breath-taking views. The area is known for its extensive herds of elephants (up to 50 at a time), as well as lions, leopards, and eland (the largest antelope species in Africa). Each day we will be treated to unique and amazing game viewing opportunities that few people on Earth will ever see. When you combine this with excellent and knowledgeable rangers, top of the line accommodations, and an almost unending supply of culinary delights, you may not want to return home.
Nov. 24 - This morning we will experience our final game drive and fully take in the splendor of being in Africa. After breakfast, we will check out and bid farewell to our gracious hosts. We will be returning to Johannesburg for our return flight home. To ensure that we make the most of our time, and experience more of the countryside, we will drive approximately 2 hours to the border of South Africa. We will pass through immigration one more time and check into the airport at Polokwane, where we will take a short 1-hour flight back to Johannesburg. There will be ample time to do some last-minute shopping in the many shops of the International Terminal of Johannesburg airport. You will find everything from keychains to South African diamonds available for sale. You can shop, dine, and relax before boarding the flight back to New York.
Nov. 25 - During the flight home, you will have plenty of time to reflect on the amazing experiences we”ve shared and new friends we”ve met. After and early morning arrival in the United States, everyone will part ways, heading home to share the excitement of their experience with friends and family.