Strike a match in the heart of darkness, discover a landscape that is so wild it refuses to be tamed and stand at the brink of the world on the majestic Table Mountain. South Africa is the ride of a lifetime, a place where culture, sun and sweetness meld into one pot bursting with flavor and the vivaciousness of life. A colored history it may have, but in the new world it is a place where you can sip the crispest wines, watch lion cubs rough and tumble in the golden swaying grasses, taste incredible world-class cuisine, buy wood carved crafts from the bustling markets and soak up the sun on wild beaches where the white tipped rollers crash into the shore.
Presidential Private Jet Vacations invites you on a journey out of Africa and to the sweet vanilla cloying shores of the Seychelles. On this incredible journey you will have the chance to explore the lore of the Winelands where taste and class matters above all else, in the Royal Malewane Game Reserve you can enjoy life changing encounters with wildlife and then on the soft and dreamy shores of Fregate Island you can stretch out on shimmering sands with unrivaled views of endless blue horizons.
Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town
Start your journey into the raw elements of South Africa with a private jet flight from your choice of departure airport. Cruise through the sky in style; tease your taste buds with a glorious glass of white and dream of roaring lions, trundling elephants and wildebeest roaming free through the golden plains. Touching down in Cape Town you are welcomed to the vivacious city that sits beneath the shadow of Table Mountain.
An exclusive vehicle will take you to the stunning urban ultra-luxury resort of One&Only Cape Town, your home in and out of Africa. Located on the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and with dramatic views of Table Mountain, the property boasts bold architecture and extraordinary landscape that transforms a central city location close to nightlife and entertainment into an oasis of seclusion and tranquility with every conceivable amenity for adults and kids to rest and play. Their ample array of suites with extraordinary views offer every comfort imaginable in very spacious surroundings that are delightfully appointed.
Drink in your first South African sunset with a delectable dinner at the Roundhouse Restaurant with its summer beetroot garden, ostrich with celeriac and yellow peach soufflé.
Day 2: Explore Table Mountain
After glancing at images of the imposing blue shadow that Table Mountain seems to cast on the land and sea and today you will finally venture to the heights of one of the oldest mountains in the world. The mountain has stood fierce and proud, witnessing the turn of the earth for over eight hundred million years, its bones creak, its back is flat and its panoramic views are as arresting as you could ever imagine.
Take the cableway to the top and marvel at the revolving floors that allow you to glimpse the city and the sea from every angle. The ride to the top is exhilarating but once you step foot on the mountain you will be in love. Pick a trail that leads you through the sweet scented flora and takes you to the edge where you can peer down on Clifton and Camps Bay. Admire the rising spectacle of the 12 Apostles and on days when blue sky sweeps above you, you can even gaze out onto the drama of the Stellenbosch Mountain Range. For a different angle on the jaw-dropping mountain you can take a cruise out across the open waters, gaze out at the picture postcard perfection of Milnerton lighthouse, the Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.
Dine on award winning cuisine at the imaginative Test Kitchen Restaurant. Blending the glory of an open kitchen with a truly experimental menu, every bite is designed to ignite a flavor sensation on the tongue.
Day 3: Cape Peninsula
After a beautiful breakfast watching the light glint of the sea you can embark on an incredible journey as you tour the Cape Peninsula. The highlight of the tour has to be the scenic helicopter tour that will take you skimming across the roof of the world showcasing the colorful drama of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Misty Cliffs and the sparkling green Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Winding on dramatic coastal roads in the brightness of the afternoon you will pass by Cape Boulders Beach where you can stop and observe the only penguin colony to be found in the whole of Africa. Watching these pint sized creatures waddling and driving into the waters you cannot help but give way to a smile knowing that these little darlings are free to bask in their natural environment.
After freshening up with an revitalizing hot shower back at the hotel you will be whisked on another culinary adventure to the noteworthy Aubergine Restaurant. Housed in a charming historical cottage this cozy and intimate venue is the perfect place for dabbling in fine wines and the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Day 4: Cape Town
Lavish in the wonders of Cape Town’s exquisite shopping scene. Splurge on some pure and true diamonds, meander the markets, invest in the brightness of African art and fill your world with the vibrancy of Africa. Explore the bloom and bounty of the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a heavenly landscaped dream that clings to the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. With over six thousand species of fern, flower and plant spreading their petals beneath the sun you will be greeted with a plethora of perfect color.
Take a sidecar excursion along the Atlantic Seaboard for spectacular sights, the tang of salty sea air and a surge of adrenaline as the wind whips your hair. Take lunch at Bistro 1682, a historic part of the Constantia Wine Estate, dine al fresco and sip glowing reds and zesty whites as you drink in the undulating tangle of vines spread like a blanket across the world. Continue the drive feeling part of the landscape as you traverse the coastal nooks and crannies.
After a day of delightful driving through the antique wine regions, the salty aroma of the coastal roads and the sweet spring fragrance of the gardens you can return to the One&Only resort for a heavenly spa treatment or a dip in the pool before dinner at the in-house Nobu serving their hallmark sushi creations with an African twist provided by the freshest local seafood or indulge in the highest rendition of the autochthonous cuisine at acclaimed Reuben's.
Day 5: Stellenbosch
The tangle of well cultivated vineyards, shaded open cellar doors, sweet verandahs overlooking the patchwork hills and colonial style mansions makes the Winelands a sojourn of taste and soul. Leave the urbanity of Cape Town behind and refresh in one of the most indulgent places in the whole of South Africa. Sheer sophistication, endless glasses of velvet reds and pale whites and a smorgasbord of world-class restaurants await.
En route to famous Franschhoek you can stop in the lush and fertile valleys of Stellenbosch. Here the hills are as green as can be and dotted with dazzling examples of Georgian, Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Think creamy pillars, large windows glinting in the sun, and manicured lawns that feel soft as cashmere underfoot. Stopping at the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate you will have the rare chance to curate your own unique signature wine blend, the winemaker will help you in your choice of blend and afterwards you can leave Stellenbosch with your own unique bottle for that sumptuous special occasion. Enjoy a lavish lunch at The Tasting Room.
In the ravine of the Franschhoek valley, on the edge of a dam surrounded by climbing mountains you are welcomed into one a remarkable property: La Residence. Melding a fine array of history, art and delightful design this Tuscan-inspired farmhouse is filled to the brim with exposed hewn beams, Victorian antiquities, Italian arches and four poster beds. Every suite is sumptuous and the oversized bathrooms are a heavenly retreat of space and calm.
Day 6: Taste the Winelands
Prepare your taste buds for a day of delectable delight and get ready to be inspired by the art of food and wine once more. Sip specialty sweet wines ignited by elegant dark and exceptionally curated milk chocolates that linger lovingly, clinging to all the senses. Pair sensual reds and evocative whites with gourmand ice creams, or skip the smooth stuff in favor of craft beer tasting.
Start by wandering through the abundant fruit and vegetable gardens of the glorious Babylonstoren Wine Estate. Pale farm buildings, the fragrance of sweet herbs and endless joys can be found clinging to this special part of the world. Afterwards you can visit the La Motte Wine Estate for a little sip and swirl of the local wines followed by a stroll through the Pierneef Gallery and a chance to gaze in wonder at the statues adorning the gardens.
Go back to La Residence for a divine swim in the pool set amongst vineyards and follow with another glorious dinner. After sipping and nibbling on an evocative feast you can slip into your four poster bed and fall into a dreamy slumber that is sure to last until morning.
Day 7: Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Your plush private jet is waiting to take you to the wild heart of Africa where humid star soaked nights are broken by the lion’s roar, where hippos wade in the mud and bright feathered songbirds frolic through the trees. Enjoy all the pleasures of sleeping in the middle of the bush with all the luxuries of the modern world well within reach at the Royal Malewane.
Palatial suites blend sumptuously with the golden plains, burning bright blue sky and sheer sense of wilderness. You can pad softly across the polished wooden decking, slip into your own private rim flow pool in the heat of the afternoon, read pleasantly beneath the shade of your thatched gazebo, soak in the Victorian slipper bath and sleep like royalty in your creamy canopied bed.
Day 8: Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Waking up in the splendor of the African wilderness you can stretch out on your bed like a big cat, sip coffee whilst watching the morning sun burn crimson and gold through the branches and get ready for an early morning game drive to watch the hunters return. Your game drive will take you down tracks where lionesses snooze in the sun, through plains where antelope graze warily and through the shadow of verdant forests where vervet monkeys swing curiously watching from the branch.
Returning to camp in the sticky heat of the afternoon this is the perfect time to try out the gorgeous spa; soak in mineral rich waters that are sourced from the depths of the earth, plunge into cooling baths and splash in warm bubbling waters. Let healing hands usher you back to the world and cherish the unrivaled feeling of being deep in the depths of Africa.
Take afternoon tea in the shade before departing for your evening safari. As the sun shimmers and sinks like a mirage the wilderness seems to come to life in the cooling air. Cubs rouse their sleepy heads, lions pad across the dusty floor and a chorus of sounds seeps through the velvet darkness as yellowed eyes glint from the dimming light.
Day 9: Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Who knows what pleasures the morning holds for you on today’s sunrise game drive, your driver and guide will show you how to follow the tracks and telltale signs that big cats, elephants and antelope have roamed in these parts. Trekking through the bush you never know what you will spring upon, perhaps a lion gnawing on a bone, a chattering group of monkeys, a hippo wallowing in the waters and a thousand and one flowers trodden underfoot to ooze their scent into the opening morning.
In the afternoon you can sip cocktails beside the pool, read a book or even scribble in your journal or draw as you watch the light change and the day unspool over the grace and beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Day 10: Seychelles
Enjoy your last breakfast in the bush before departing for your sojourn to the Seychelles. As your private jet whisks you through pale pearlescent clouds you can enjoy a plethora of exotic fruits and delectable nibbles as you lounge in style and bliss. Touching down the wild scent of jasmine, coral and the sharp tang of salt water are there to assure you that you have landed in paradise. Take a connecting helicopter ride from Mahe to the fabulous Frégate Island.
Frégate Island sits only a stone’s throw away from the equator ensuring balmy temperatures, bright blue waters and a plethora of wildlife including no less than two thousand roaming giant tortoises. You can truly find your own castaway piece of paradise as you check in to one of the beautifully crafted residencies each boasting a private pool, sweeping terrace, al fresco dining space and incredible views of the lush green jungle and the sea.
For dinner you can indulge in a divine blend of international dishes and creole specialties. The riches of the water and the fruits of the land are ever bountiful in this Eden paradise. The philosophy on Fregate Island is to dine wherever the whim takes you, from digging your toes into moonlit sand or selecting a special wine to share in the treehouse, the island is yours to call your own.
Day 11: Seychelles
Wake up early to the music of the laughing sea, sip a fresh coffee or exotic squeezed juice before shaking the sleep from your hair with a dip in the welcoming arms of the warm ocean. This morning is the perfect chance to indulge in all your favorite watersport activities, dive down into the depths of the Indian Ocean to discover an oasis of coral color or kayak out into the shimmering horizon for the ultimate dose of freedom.
Enjoy a seafood barbeque lunch on the beach or a gourmand picnic somewhere remote on the island. Escape the heat by taking a walk with the local conservationist expert to see the giant tortoises relaxing in their natural habitat, or wander beneath the boughs of ancient trees where the sunlight slants and catch sight of some of the rare species of bird that makes Fregate such a natural wonder.
Sit on the sands after dinner with a stargazing expert who will show you all the planets and comets that spin and shoot high above as they make their way across the final frontier.
Day 12: Seychelles
Before the sun rises to high you can take a hike through the mesmerizing topography of the island, blistered tomatoes glow like rubies in the sun, granite rocks look like pearls especially when set against the green of the jungle and the sea is ever glittering like diamonds.
Golf lovers will relish the opportunity to take a scenic helicopter ride to some of the neighboring islands for an afternoon teeing off in sheer style. Those who do not wish to fly can spend the afternoon at leisure, reading beside the private pool or even opting for a deep sea fishing adventure to catch something special for supper.
Sip something special at Fregate House where the wine cellar and old rums are there to truly tantalize your taste buds. Those who are feeling social can while away a perfect evening in good company whereas those seeking romance and relaxation can take a starlight stroll down the milky beach.
Day 13: Seychelles
For your last full and leisurely morning in paradise spend your time wisely gorging on gloriously fresh fruits and snorkeling across the crystal clear surface of the water. Those seeking a little more adrenaline to burst into their world can take the water skis out.
After a morning of sundrenched dipping perhaps this is the perfect time to try the signature spa that makes Fregate such a rejuvenating place to be. At the Rock Spa you can indulge in sensuous massages inspired by this tropical paradise, you can sip sweetly infused tea, practice a little light yoga or Pilates and be scrubbed and pampered to perfection.
For your final dinner, choose something truly inspiring with a sunset cruise and special dinner served onboard. Imagine watching the sky beat a thousand brilliant colors as you raise a crimson cocktail to match the color of the sinking sun, gliding across the waters in your very own never land.
Day 14: Depart for Home
After a short helicopter ride back to Mahe you will be welcomed back onto your own private jet for a journey back to your homelands. Let the crew deliver that final flourish of pure pampering as they pour you a glass of champagne and plump your pillows so you can sit back in comfort and style. Traversing the skies away from the bush and the beach you will be left with the most glorious box of memories to pick from for the rest of your life.
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 G-V or similar
This is the aircraft of choice for groups up to 16-18 guests. Prices begin at $89,900 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 $76,500* 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.