From the Sphinx to the Seychelles to Cape Town’s Table Mountain, encounter one wonder after the next on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to eight African countries aboard a new, custom-configured private jet. 

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Best of Africa: A Cultural and Wildlife Journey by Private Jet

22 days from $129,950

From the Sphinx to the Seychelles to Cape Town’s Table Mountain, encounter one wonder after the next on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to eight African countries aboard a new, custom-configured private jet. 

or Call 866-903-7650

Overview

Explore the length and breadth of Africa, encountering a host of fascinating cultures and natural wonders across eight countries. Flying in comfort aboard a new private jet custom-configured for just 52 guests, visit legendary places from the Pyramids of Gîza to Victoria Falls, experience captivating traditions from Cape Town to Accra, and search out rare flora and fauna from Rwanda’s gorillas to the elephants of Botswana.  

Highlights Include

  • Accra, Ghana: Experience vibrant Accra, where ancient traditions are woven into contemporary life and art, music, and entrepreneurship thrive. Visit lively markets, historic monuments, and art galleries; and meet the renowned Ga woodcarvers who craft imaginative coffins.
  • Chobe National Park, Botswana and Victoria Falls, Zambia: Settle into a luxury lodge and spot a wide range of wildlife on land and water safaris led by the Chobe Angels, a groundbreaking team of women guides. Then walk amid the mists of legendary Victoria Falls.
  • Sossusvlei, Namibia: Immerse yourself in enchanting Sossusvlei, where immense, orange-red sand dunes rise out of the Namib Desert. Watch for wildlife such as oryx, springbok, and ostriches on a journey by 4x4, and walk among the sun-scorched camelthorn trees of Dead Vlei. 
  • Cape Town, South Africa: Discover the cultural melting pot of Cape Town, spectacularly situated between mountains and sea. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car, ride a helidcopter to the Cape of Good Hope, and enjoy a day of wine tasting in the Cape Winelands. 
  • Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda: Hike through bamboo forests with a naturalist guide for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to observe endangered mountain gorillas up close. Or stay in Kigali and experience the spirit of renewal and innovation that drives the city’s cosmopolitan culture. 
  • Seychelles: On this idyllic archipelago, see the iconic granite boulders at La Digue and wander among ancient coco-de-mer palms at the World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. Examine rare orchids at the National Botanical Gardens, and take a creole cooking class. 
  • Cairo, Egypt: Take a private tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum and see Cairo’s Islamic architecture with a local expert. Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before a farewell dinner overlooking these ancient wonders. 

Itinerary

Day 1 — Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in vibrant Barcelona and settle into your hotel on the elegant Paseo de Gracia. This evening, meet fellow guests, your Smithsonian Journeys Expert, and your trip staff for a festive welcome dinner. (D)

Days 2-3 — Accra, Ghana

Board the private jet flight for your first flight, crossing West Africa to Accra, Ghana’s spirited capital. Here, ancient traditions are woven into contemporary life, and art, music, and entrepreneurship thrive. Venture into lively markets and art galleries to get a sense of local culture, and sit down to dinner with a private chef. Learn about Ghana’s recent history at monuments such as Independence Square. Then visit the renowned Ga craftsmen who fashion custom-made coffins into whimsical forms—from racecars to fish to hot peppers—inspired by traditional beliefs. (B,L,D daily)

Days 4-7 — Chobe National Park, Botswana and Livingstone, Zambia

Fly south to Livingstone, Zambia and travel into Botswana to spend three nights at a luxury lodge in Chobe National Park. Home to myriad species, Chobe National Park is best known for harboring one of Africa’s largest concentration of elephants. Embark on land and water safaris led by the Chobe Angels, a groundbreaking team of women guides, and hear their inspiring stories. Whether by boat or 4x4, you’ll explore in electric vehicles, allowing for silent observation of elephants, Cape buffalo, cheetahs, and much more. Return to Livingstone for your final night, and experience the legendary Victoria Falls. Walk through the mists and experience the thunder as the Zambezi River tumbles 355 feet from a plateau into a narrow chasm. (B,L,D daily)

Days 8-9 — Sossusvlei, Namibia

Fly to Namibia and continue by charter plane to the otherworldly landscapes of Sossusvlei, part of the Namib Desert—one of the world’s oldest. Here, immense sand dunes famously turn deep shades of orange, red, and even violet depending on the ambient light. Set out in 4x4 vehicles to explore the clay pan of Sossusvlei, where wildlife such as oryx, spotted hyenas, springbok, and ostriches can be spotted against the radiant dunes. Learn about the unusual creatures that have adapted to this harsh habitat, from birds to unusual reptiles and insects, and witness the fascinating geology of Sesriem Canyon. In Dead Vlei, meander among the evocative skeletons of camelthorn trees, which create eerie silhouettes against the cracked red earth. (B,L,D daily)

Days 10-12 — Cape Town, South Africa

Cradled between dramatic mountains and the sea, Cape Town is a cultural melting pot known for its natural splendor and its compelling history. Spend three days discovering the many wonders of the city and its surroundings on a variety of excursions. Ascend by cable car to the top of Table Mountain to walk the trails, take in sweeping city views, and discover unusual flora and fauna. Ride a helicopter to the Cape of Good Hope, Africa’s southwesternmost point, enjoying an aerial perspective on the spectacular sea cliffs and mountains of the Cape Peninsula. Then stop to see the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Trace the life story of Nelson Mandela at the prison on Robben Island where he was held for 18 years, and head into the renowned Cape Winelands for a day of tasting. (B,L,D daily)

Days 13-15 — Kigali and Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Fly by private jet to Kigali and stay a night in the city before journeying into the lush slopes of Volcanoes National Park, where Dian Fossey conducted groundbreaking studies on mountain gorillas. Join a naturalist guide for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with these endangered creatures, trekking through bamboo forests in search of gorilla families. Spend an hour watching these peaceful giants as they munch leaves, groom each other, and play. You may instead choose to stay in Kigali and get acquainted with this cosmopolitan and innovative city. Visit the Akilah Institute for Women, which promotes higher education for women, take a gallery tour to see the work of local artists, and visit the Genocide Memorial to learn how the country has found rebirth and renewal following its tragic past. (B,L,D daily)

Days 16-18 — Seychelles

This idyllic archipelago is sometimes called the “Galápagos of the Indian Ocean” for its wealth of endemic flora and fauna, from Aldabra tortoises to coco-de-mer palm trees. Settle into our seaside resort on the island of Mahé and take a quick local flight to the island of Praslin, home to the World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. Walk among the reserve’s ancient coco-de-mer palms, watching for rare bird species like the Seychelles black parrot, and learning about the colossal coco-de-mer fruit, which can weigh up to 66 pounds. Ride a boat to the beach at La Digue, where surreal granite boulders crop up out of the sand. In Mahé, visit the Natural History Museum, and stroll through the market where locals sell fruits, spices, jewelry, and traditional clothing. Visit the island’s Hindu temple, and examine rare orchids and a colony of Aldabra tortoises at the National Botanical Gardens. Take a creole cooking class that illustrates the blend of Asian, African, and European cultures found in Seychelles, and enjoy free time to relax at the resort. (B,L,D daily)

Days 19-20 — Cairo, Egypt

Land in Cairo to delve into one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated civilizations: the ancient Egyptians. During a private tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum, admire the legendary treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Join a local expert to explore the stunning architecture of Islamic Cairo. Then encounter the Pyramids of Giza—the largest of which is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still survives. Explore the pyramids and the enigmatic Sphinx with an Egyptologist before gathering for a special farewell dinner with a view of these ancient wonders. (B,L,D daily)

Days 21-22 — Barcelona, Spain

The private jet brings you back to Barcelona for your final night. The next day, catch your independent flight home. (2B, L, D)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)