A thousand hooves send a plume of yellow smoke billowing into the air, thunder cracks like a whip across the plains, the sun is a giant ball of fire, and the snows of Kilimanjaro glitter like diamonds across the wide wild expanse of the African sky. This is the place where life and death dances to the same beat, where you can witness the wonder of a baby gazelle take its first unsure steps and where you can watch a wildebeest take its last sighing breath against the teeth and claws of a lioness. Africa has long been seducing us, it’s the place where man left his first footprints in the grounds and a place where we have been returning to time and time again, ever tempted by the echo of home.
Presidential Private Jet Vacations invites you back to the land where it all first began, to discover the secrets of the Great Rift Valley, to stand in the shadows of Mother Nature’s fiercest side, and to soak in the splendor of some of planet earths greatest events. After invoking your intrepid side in the dust, the heat and the endless golden plains of East Africa, you are invited to plunge into a world of turquoise blue and powdery white sands, to peel back the soft pale gauze of paradise and to run barefoot through the tropical gardens of gorgeous Mauritius. Blending the bliss of paradise with the excitement of Africa, this is your chance to get a little lost in the heart of the wilderness and to find yourself once more.
Day 1: Touching down in Kenya
Take to the pink smudged poetry of the skies in your own private jet as you soar across the arc of the world to touch down in Nairobi. Onboard you can sip a fresh cocktail, enjoy gourmet food and sleep easy in the space and serenity of your own personal cabin with every air mile tailored to your needs. After Customs formalities, the excitement starts as you climb aboard your light aircraft transfer to the mists of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Check in to your luxury tented camp at the Mara Plains. A sweeping raised deck provides the perfect lookout spot for watching the spotted golden eyed leopards wandering through the camp and for gazing out into the wild forever of the swaying savannah plains.
When darkness falls the Mara Plains Camp transforms itself into a heavenly retreat offering dining choices at par with those found on the most gourmet urban locations. After a bush dinner, there is nothing more wonderful than letting your eyelids flutter gently to the husky roar of a lion outside and falling deep into a dreamy sleep with the sounds of cheetahs calling across the grasslands only a stone’s throw away.
Day 2: Mara Plains
Rise early with the dawn chorus to embark on your first game viewing adventure through the rich and fertile pastures of the Mara Plains. With over three hundred thousand acres on your doorstep, this is a world barely touched by man, a place left to run wild with the pure spirit of nature.
Spend the afternoon roaming the grasslands and plains in an open top vehicle with a trained guide taking you to all the best spots. Watch lion cubs rough and tumble with their brothers in the shade, see families of wise elephants make their journey across the cracked dry earth and seek the rare sight of the Jacksons Widow bird doing its impressive dance as it tries to attract the attention of a mate. The lands of Africa are filled with wild secrets and your guide is the perfect person to help track down those incredible photogenic moments to capture and seal in your heart forever.
This evening enjoy a night cap on the wooden deck watching the moon rise red and bloody on the horizon. Listen to the call of the wild, untangle your thoughts and let go of everything but this one precious moment before drifting into a revitalizing sound sleep.
Day 3: Mara Plains
Opt to take a hot air balloon ride across the splendor of the plains. Wake up early, rise high and watch the dramatic sunlight spill her yolk across the expanse of Africa. This is your chance to truly soak up the changing colors of the wild world, admiring the landscape that smudges from red to gold to orange.
Enjoy a lunch out on the banks of the wild, where fat hippos sink down languidly in the thick chocolate mud and crocodiles bathe in the drench of sunlight on the banks. Spend the afternoon walking through bush and briar with your local guide, stumbling upon long necked giraffes chomping on leaves, baby leopards mewling from the trees and wild dogs slinking into the shadows of the thick dark forests.
As evening drops its cloak around the wild, you can watch the stars fall wrapped in a blanket and listen to ancient Maasai stories around a flickering fire.
Day 4: Great Rift Valley
After rising early to watch another wildlife spectacle you will be taken once more for a scenic flight to Angama Mara, the place to call home for the next few nights. Taken from the lyrical Swahili language, Angama means hanging in midair, like a cloud drifting through the sky or the stars scattered across the expanse of space. Once you see your luxury accommodation clinging to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, literally suspended over the rim you will fall head over heels in love with the magic of the Mara Triangle, a place where the sunlight throws dancing shadows never stops and the game viewing is some of the best in the world.
This afternoon you have the rare chance to witness firsthand one of nature’s greatest events, the Mara River crossing. Front row seats are there for you to enjoy with a private track descending directly down to see the river. Here you can watch a myriad of wildebeest take the leap of faith over the gushing waters where yellow eyed crocodiles lay in wait, waiting for the penultimate moment to catch a stray.
Take a lap in the infinity pool as you watch the magic of the African landscape at its best. Relish in a delectable dinner under a blazing glory of stars as you listen to the sounds of lions and leopards hunting in the tall grasses right below your feet.
Day 5: Great Rift Valley
Leave the luxury of the lodge at dawn and make your way down the private road and straight into the heart of Hemmingway’s Africa. As soon as you hit the valley floor you will be surrounded by abundant herds grazing, the big five dotted across the landscape, and acacias sending their unforgettable shadows across the floor.
Let a Maasai naturalist escort you to a lonely hill, a place where the panoramic views pierce your mind. Unpack a picnic basket of crisp cold champagne, delectable nibbles, and the finest gourmet treats as you sit back in your canvas chair and let the sights and sounds of Africa wash over you.
The surroundings make Angama Mara a place of wonder. Its devoted staff make it extraordinary. Enjoy dinner in a way that celebrates both time and place, the food at Angama Mara is all about sumptuous cuts of the finest locally reared meats, seafood plucked from the closest waters, leafy greens, home baked breads, and fruits taken from the nearby bountiful trees.
Day 6: Great Rift Valley
Start the day with an early morning walking safari and a chance to capture some amazing shots as you traverse rolling hills, gentle grasslands, rocky ridges and raging rivers. With a camera in hand keen photographers can put their point and shoot to the test to immortalize some of Mother Nature’s most amazing moments. From a flock of birds taking flight to a thousand wildebeest on foot, a lioness taking down her prey and a baby elephant tumbling after his mother, the Great Rift Valley is a photographers' dream.
After a luscious lunch lazing beneath the acacia trees you can spend the afternoon at leisure or learn all about the ways of the Maasai people. From learning how to weave and bead with the local women to interacting with the local community, watching the warriors perform their dance and playing with the children, this is your chance to plunge into a cultural immersion like no other.
Caught somewhere between heaven and earth you can spend the evening lounging easy with a whiskey in hand, admiring the very views that were used as the setting for Out of Africa. Tumble into the bliss of bed and watch the stars flickering like fireflies above your head.
Day 7: Singita Grumeti
Another dawn awakening to watch the predators return from their night hunting precedes a lingering breakfast and quick transfer on a light aircraft to the Singita Sasakwa Lodge in neighboring Tanzania. The western corridor of the Serengeti lies like the beating heart on the route of the Great Migration. You can witness for yourself the thundering chaos of scores of wildebeest and zebra making their way across Africa seeking more fertile plains.
Check into the impressive and stately Edwardian manor house of the Singita Sasakwa Lodge, a place resounding in refined elegance and style. Antique furnishings, thick set stone walls, exceptional views from the sprawling verandahs and silverware set onto white linen create a sterling oasis in the depths of deepest East Africa. In your cottage suite you will find a gleaming fireplace waiting to be stoked, a private deck with breath taking views, and an infinity pool for the perfect sunset dip.
This evening you can dine on some of the highest caliber dishes to be found in Africa, paired with the perfect wines to keep your senses swimming in bliss. Return to your private cottage where a valet will have stoked the fire, turned down the warm cotton sheets and ensured that every detail is beautifully tailored to welcome you into a world of slumber.
Day 8: Grumeti
One of the best things about staying in the grip of the Grumeti is the fact that you are far from the beaten track and in an incredible spot for witnessing even more of the great migration. This morning you can seek lion, leopard and cheetah with your guide, you can catch sight of rare bat eared foxes and you can feel the earth shake with the movement of the wildebeest.
After a picnic lunch perched high above the plains of the Serengeti you can choose to take a horseback safari through the swaying grasslands. There is nothing comparable with the dry dust kicking up behind you as you gallop through the golden grasses of the savannah beneath a razor sharp blue sky that is slowly becoming tinged with pink.
Take a sunset hot air balloon ride before dinner or choose to taste a selection of exquisite wines from the depths of the cellar. This is your moment, this is your Africa.
Day 9: Grumeti
Start the morning with a big game drive, relishing the fact that every day on safari in Africa brings forth something new to send your heart and soul reeling. Perhaps today is the day you will see the black and white colobus monkeys swinging from the trees, a pod of hippos settle into the mud with a grumble and sigh, or the infamous crocodiles snap their jaws as the wildebeest leap across the roaring waters.
After an early morning on safari why not treat your senses to something special and soothe your body, mind and soul with one of the signature spa treatments on offer at the Singita Sasakwa Lodge. Sip a cocktail beside the pool and drink up the view that spreads out like a tapestry below your feet, a place where the plains and the mountains smudge into each other creating an outstanding picture of pure beauty.
This evening you can linger lovingly over another perfect dinner. Even for Michelin star aficionados, the chef at the Singita Sasakwa Lodge certainly knows how to pull out all the stops and bowl you over with every bite. Tempt your taste buds with artful international cuisine or delve into the full experience by going local with your choices.
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater
Sip your morning cup of dark and deep coffee on the verandah watching the morning mist rise with the heat of the fierce African sun. Enjoy a transfer aboard your light aircraft high above the pastures, plains and shimmering mountains as you make your way to the fabled Ngorongoro Crater.
As you touch down in the ancient bowl where the man left his first footprints on the earth you will be whisked away to the AndBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, without a doubt one of the most impressive, sumptuous and silkily luxurious safari suites you have ever seen. Inspired by the traditional Maasai way of building you can expect handcrafted thick mud exteriors, thatched roofs lovingly entwined, hand carved wood at every turn all hosting an interior filled to the brim with one of a kind antiques, grandiose chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows, and beautifully tailored personal service from your very own butler.
Dinner is ever an event at AndBeyond, you can expect a smorgasbord of fragrances, flavors, and fabulous finesse on the plate to keep you exclaiming time and time again. Finish with a night cap on the terrace listening to the sounds of nature’s fiercest predators preparing for the prowl as you stifle a yawn and dream of a soft as bliss bed waiting for you.
Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater
The day starts with divine delight as your butler brings you a steaming cup of coffee to enjoy on your balcony. After a deliciously hearty breakfast you can prepare yourself to see one of the wonders of the wild world at the Ngorongoro Crater. Pink flamingos stand in their dusky rose colored shoals on the shores of Lake Magadi, jackals slink away with a sneer into the thickets of the forest, cheetahs slink in and out of the trees, gazelles leap and bound in loving pairs, and the marshes are thick with elephants.
Take a banquet lunch on the crater floor for a rare experience that few have had the chance to enjoy. Your personal butler will be there to pour the wine, you can sit back in the shade and marvel at wild ostriches and monkeys only a stone’s throw away as you butter your freshly baked bread. After lunch visit the shifting sands and go right back to your roots at the cradle of civilization known as the Olduvai Gorge.
Enjoy a famous rose petal dinner, imagine a banquet hall bedecked in a carpet of red rose petals, the fragrance mingling in the air, the champagne chilling on ice, and a delicate feast designed with pure pleasure in mind.
Day 12: Mauritius
Today you will have two opportunities to soar above the snowcapped peaks of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. First on your light aircraft that will transfer you to your private jet waiting at Kilimanjaro airport ready to take you to paradise. As your private jet lifts up you can lean back in your plump comfortable chair, sip something sweet and dream of plunging into waters as blue as a milkmaids eye.
Landing in Mauritius your luxury transfer is waiting to take you to a place of pure dreams at the One and Only Resort. A haven of lush tropical gardens, gaudy feathered birds singing in the bright morning, sands so silky it is as though they are spun from creamy cashmere, and coral reefs so bright they bloom with majesty beneath the gentle smudge of blue ocean. With your own personal Ivor-Spencer trained butler, a suite awash in freshly cut flowers and decadent chocolates and a harmonious blend of indoor and outdoor space you are sure to feel as though you have tumbled into Eden.
Enjoy dinner in the gloriously gorgeous Indian Pavilion. Right on the water’s edge with sunset views of the green laced mountains and the soft lit lagoon you can relish the taste of murgh tikka butter thick on the tongue, soft pillowy naans, and lamb shank cooked so slow and lovingly it simply melts from the bone.
Then retire to the comfort of your spacious suite and let the songbirds from the lush green tropical gardens outside and the soothing sound of the Indian Ocean waves encircle your sleep.
Day 13: Mauritius
Wake up to the wonder of paradise, do a little yoga on the deck and then eat a sumptuous breakfast taking your time to savor the freshest fruits plucked from the trees. The day is yours and yours alone, whether you want to tee off on the glorious green, splash in the azure blue or simply relax in the hammock with a good book.
There are a plethora of things to do at the One&Only, snorkel in the azure colors watching shoals of shimmering fish pass beneath your feet, or take the catamaran out for an afternoon expedition on the high seas. Those who want to take it one step further can dive down into the deep for rare up close and personal encounters with an array of evocative marine life.
Opt for a modern dinner at the illustrious Prime Restaurant where sleek and sexy style urge you to dress in your best, order an exceptional bottle, and rekindle your love affair with food. Beautifully cooked steaks, rock lobster to make the mouth water and signature cocktails keep the evening a classy affair.
Day 14: Mauritius
Start the day by running barefoot down the sands to plunge into the blue bliss of the ocean before taking breakfast, this is exactly what freedom feels like. After a leisurely morning you can unwind with one of the signature spa or massage treatments calling on the bounty of Mother Nature’s best ingredients, think hewn coconuts spilling their sweet milk, tangled strands of amber honey and dark and sultry brown sugar.
This afternoon you can explore the grace and glory of the coastline, the exotic flora and fauna and the hidden secrets and swimming holes that makes Mauritius such a dream to behold. Colorful markets spill over with scents, colonial homes sit etched in history, and botanical gardens bloom and blaze creating a fairytale come true.
Tonight may be the perfect time to sit on La Terrase and let the sea be the soundtrack to your romantic candlelit dinner. Creole cuisine blends beautifully with freshly plucked seafood to give dinner a delectable warming twist, the perfect array of flavors to devour with the cool ocean breeze tousling your hair.
Day 15: Mauritius
White sands and wonder welcome you back to the world as soon as your eyelids flutter open. Spend the morning indulging in a game of tennis, swim a few laps in the generous pool, or simply sleep in, enjoying every lingering moment in your sublime suite.
This afternoon you can spend a little time splashing in paradise. The beaches of Mauritius are sure to take your breath away, calling on every cliché in the book. Silky soft sands backed by fragrant greenery, water so clear it sloshes like sapphire gin and temperatures that will have you frolicking beneath the blue for hours.
Go back to the marvelous spa for a farewell treatment Enjoy a private dinner and special wine tasting session, with over two hundred vintage wines to choose from you can take your taste buds on a journey around the world. Let the sommelier guide you through an array of gorgeous grapes to suit both your palate and your mood.
Day 16: Depart for Home
This morning after one last dip in the sweet salty sea, one last walk along the elegant stretch of curved white sands, and one more taste of truly exotic fruit for breakfast you can wave farewell to the wonder of Mauritius. As your private jet gathers speed on the runway and then seamlessly drifts high into the mist of the clouds, you can fall into a golden slumber punctuated with dreams of the wilderness of Africa and the sensory feast of pure paradise.
The number of guests, the type of aircraft elected and the origin city define the cost of the vacation. The following two types of private jets are suggested for this itinerary:
Heavy Jet –Gulfstream V or similar
This is the aircraft of choice for groups up to 16-18 guests. Prices begin at $93,900 per person for a group of 12 guests flying from the East Coast.
VIP Airliner – Airbus 319 or similar
This aircraft is suited for groups larger than 18 guests. Prices begin at $82,800* per person for a group of 30 guests flying from the East Coast. The airplane is never shared with travelers from different groups of guests.
- Return flights on selected private jet
- Onboard gourmet catering
- All hotel accommodations in suites or equivalent, including breakfast **
- Most meals and all activities, including entrance fees for listed sites where applicable
- Best available ground transportation to and from all activities
- Private guidance by professional guides and historians for the entire trip
- Unique events and surprises
* Due to capacity limitations at some of the itinerary venues, groups larger than 18 guests may necessitate alternate accommodations or slightly different activities.
** If the number of suites at any given property is insufficient to host the entire group, next best available rooms will be used for some guests.
All itineraries are fully customizable to accommodate our guests’ interests, lifestyle and desired purposes.
You may also create your own journey by selecting any worldwide destinations of choice. We will build a custom-crafted experience for you.