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Elegant Resorts

ELEGANT JOURNEYS

20

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Wild Encounters by Private Jet with TCS

17 Feb 2017 to 08 Mar 2017

For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 111

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Journey Highlights

Jet off on a wildlife adventure and come face-to-face with the world’s legendary creatures in their natural habitats. From the lush tropical jungles of Asia to the vast African plains and rich savannah, this unique itinerary immerses you in the planet’s diverse ecosystems for an up-close look at rare animals, birds and marine life. Trek through the verdant bamboo forests of Rwanda in search of the majestic mountain gorilla. Venture deep into India’s national parks, one of the last places on Earth where the elusive Bengal tiger roams freely in the wild. Encounter remarkable big cats and incredible buffalo herds on a classic safari in the spectacular Serengeti - ideal for budding photographers - so keep your camera poised. This journey combines six incredible destinations, rich in both wildlife and culture, into one seamless 20-day itinerary that is truly unforgettable.

Wildlife Encounters Private Jets Safari Holidays
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Encounter some of the world's most magnificent creatures in their natural habitats

Guide Price:

From £60,850 per person (£6,500 single supplement). Price includes all private jet transportation, accommodations, meals, educational programs, philanthropy programs and more. Commercial airfare to Kona and from London is not included.

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Kona, Hawaii, United States of America

Staying at

Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

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Aloha! Picture a place so picturesque your eyes will go pop. A geological wonderland brimming with natural treasures. Floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Aloha State is a collection of islands like no other. Where velvety-green volcanoes tumble down to sugar-soft beaches. Where world-class surfers flock to ride whopping waves. Where local ladies perform the traditional hula dance. Where sunset and sunrise will take your breath away.

Hawaii is tremendously proud of its multicultural heritage, its islanders the ancestors of American missionaries, Asian plantation immigrants, European explorers and ancient Polynesians. A thriving arts and culture scene keeps traditions alive, including the enchanting hula dance. Hawaii also has a wonderful sense of identity and a truly charismatic personality – one that’s bound to win your hearts when you’re here. It’s easy to forget it’s part of the United States, set apart not only geographically, but also in its attitude to life and way of living. We’re talking a place with heaps of laid-back charm, the kind only found on an island, with an emphasis on fun and adventure.


Highlights

Meet fellow guests and expedition leaders at a welcome dinner. From your beautiful beachside resort, venture out into the warm, clear waters of the Pacific to spot migrating Humpback Whales, dolphins and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

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Fly from Kona in Hawaii to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea

Approximate flying time of 11 hours, 15 minutes by private jet.

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Papua New Guinea

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After crossing the international date line and losing a day, spend a night in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea and one of the last untouched destinations on the planet. Then, fly by local aircraft to one of four remote areas in the Highlands to search for the magnificent Bird of Paradise or spot cockatoos, parrots, hornbills, cormorants and more while exploring the wild tropical lowland forest along the banks of Karawari River.

While in Port Moresby, stay one night at Airways Hotel Port Moresby, which offers understated luxury with its botanical gardens and relaxing spa. Then, experience two nights at one of the following: the unique round houses at Ambua Lodge, with 180-degree views of Tari Valley, the cottages of Karawari Lodge, set in a remote location, the cosy lodge at Rondon Ridge, with its unspoiled rural setting, or Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort that looks out onto the Bismarck Sea.

Fly from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea to Sankakan in Malaysia

Approximate flying time of 5 hours by private jet.

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Borneo, Malaysia

Staying at

Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan

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Renowned for its untouched rainforests, which have enticed scientists and visitors for over 150 years, and home to a myriad of rare and endangered wildlife species, this a country where tribes still practice their ancient ways and lazy rivers snake through the jungle en route to the South China Sea. In addition to the many natural land attractions, Borneo's marine wildlife is also exceptional and snorkelling and diving are extremely popular pursuits. Borneo's untouched rainforests, meanwhile, are home to rare and endangered wildlife, including colourful birds and the protected Orangutans endemic to Borneo and Sumatra. 

Located in the heart of Sandakan, overlooking the surrounding bay, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is the perfect base from which to explore the region's wildlife and historic attractions. Contemporary guest rooms are paired with modern amenities such as an infinity pool and 24-hour fitness centre.

Highlights

Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center - the oldest and largest in the world, to see Orangutans that were rescued or orphaned and are now being conditioned to return to their natural habitat. If time permits, observe endemic proboscis monkeys, as well as hornbills, kingfishers and other colourful tropical birds.

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Fly from Sandakan in Malaysia to Jaipur in India

Approximate flying time of 6 hours, 50 minutes by private jet.

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Ranthambore National Park, India

Staying at

The Oberoi Vanyavilas

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A vast wildlife reserve in northern India, near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. Within the park, Padam Talao Lake is known for its abundance of water lilies and landmarks include the 10th-century hilltop Ranthambore Fort and Ganesh Mandir temple. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and an official Tiger protection area in 1974, this reserve of the Royal Bengal Tiger is a wildlife enthusiasts and photographer’s dream.

Alternatively, fly to Kanha National Park, India's third-largest tiger reserve, where Bengal Tigers prowl the bamboo forests and open grassy meadows. If you choose to see Kanha National Park, you will stay at Banjaar Tola, a Taj Safari Lodge with elegant tented suites crafted with locally sourced, sustainable materials.

Highlights

Delve into the former hunting grounds of the maharajah of Jaipur to search for the iconic Bengal Tiger, as well as leopards, sloth bears, wild boar, striped hyenas and the rare hard-ground swamp deer.

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The Oberoi Vanyavilas

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This is India's leading luxury jungle resort and its twenty-five luxury guest tents hark back to a bygone era - think turquoise-coloured pools, fountain courtyards and accommodation complete with four-poster beds, roll-top baths and a private walled garden, but with contemporary touches including air-conditioning and private decks for sunbathing. Days here revolve around Ranthambore National Park, one of India's finest wildlife destinations and the only place to enjoy thrilling tiger safaris. 


  • Type:Boutique Hotel
  • Summary:One of India's finest wildlife destinations
  • Feature:A great place to enjoy thrilling tiger safaris
  • Rooms:25 Luxury Tents
  • Location:India
  • Nearest airport:Delhi Airport
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Jaipur, India

Staying at

The Oberoi Rajvilas

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The capital of India’s Rajasthan state, Jaipur was founded in 1727, by the royal family which once ruled the region. Known as the ‘Old City’ or ‘Pink City’ for its trademark building colour, the City Palace complex still houses a royal residence today, along with an impressive grid of gardens, courtyards and museums.

Highlights

Stroll through the monumental gateway of the ornate City Palace, guarded by stone elephants, and visit its museum. Trace the influences of astrology and astronomy at the Mughal-era observatory of Jantar Mantar.

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The Oberoi Rajvilas

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A peaceful and relaxing escape from the bustling streets of Jaipur, set in thirty-two acres of landscaped gardens, The Oberoi Rajvilas perfectly captures the romance and grandeur of Rajasthan. Choose from Premier Rooms, which are clustered around private courtyards and boast four-poster king-size beds, dressing rooms, spacious en suite marble bathrooms with sunken baths and separate showers overlooking private walled gardens, or Luxury Tents, which offer spacious and beautifully appointed interiors featuring hand-embroidered fabrics.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:A peaceful retreat from the bustling Jaipur streets
  • Feature:Enjoy excursions to Jaipur, City Palace and Jaigarh Fort
  • Rooms:71 rooms, tents & villas
  • Location:India
  • Nearest airport:Jaipur Airport
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Fly from Jaipur in India to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Approximate flying time is 7 hours, 30 minutes by private jet.

Fly from Kilimanjaro to Serengeti National Park

Approximate flying time of 1 hour, 15 minutes by charter flight.

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Staying at

Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti

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Serengeti National Park is located in northern Tanzania. The vast plains comprise 1.5m hectares of savannah and are home to approximately 70 large mammals and 500 bird species. A rich ecosystem, with an abundance of large predators, each year the great circular migration of wildebeest takes place. Beginning in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the Southern Serengeti, this incredible movement of herds starts after the May rains, when vast herds of herbivores (wildebeest, gazelles and zebras), followed by their predators, move north in search of fresh grazing pastures. This incredible natural phenomenon is one of the most impressive natural wildlife events in the world.

If you have previously experienced the Serengeti Plain, you can choose to spot wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest volcanic caldera, and stay at the unique Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Highlights

Tanzania has more land devoted to game reserves than any other country on Earth. From your luxurious safari lodge, search for the Big Five: Lions, leopards, Cape Buffalos, elephants and rhinos.

Staying at

Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti

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Situated in the heart of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is the remarkable Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti – it is and most likely will be the only property to be built on this scale and size in the park. Despite its remote setting, the Lodge features all the modern amenities one would expect from Four Seasons including air conditioning and high-speed Internet access in all the guest rooms alongside open-air terraces with direct views of the Plains. The guest rooms and free standing villas are linked to the main lobby area and spa pavilions via wooden walkways; wildlife surrounds the property at all times – take a dip in the infinity pool and you may be joined by an elephant drinking from the adjacent watering hole.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:Safari accessibility for the less adventurously inclined
  • Feature:Infinity pool overlooking the Serengeti
  • Rooms:60 rooms, 12 suites and 5 villas
  • Location:Tanzania
  • Nearest airport:Arusha Airport
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Fly from Serengeti National Park to Kilimanjaro

Approximate flying time of 1 hour, 15 minutes by charter flight.

Fly from Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to Kigali in Rwanda

Approximate flying time of 1 hour by private jet.

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Kigali and Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

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Explore Kigali, Rwanda's capital and cultural heart, and visit Kigali Memorial Centre to learn about the 1994 genocide through the survivors' stories, as well as how Rwandans are creating an environment for unity and healing. Delve into the city's growing cosmopolitan culture amid its wide, tree-lined, boulevards and lively markets. Spend one night in one of the city's most charming boulevards, Kigali Serena Hotel is a relaxed, yet elegant hotel featuring a spa and a wide sundeck overlooking a beautiful swimming pool.

Accompanied by an expert naturalist guide, hike through the verdant bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park, where Dian Fossey famously studied the endangered Mountain Gorillas, and get up close with a family of gorillas, watching these gentle giants munch leaves, groom each other and play in the forest. Stay two nights at the tranquil Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, which offers an authentic trekking experience, comfortable cabins nestled in the hillsides and incredible views.

Alternatively, instead of gorilla-trekking in the mountains you can opt to spend all three days in Kigali and visit the Akllah Institute, an inspiring vocational training programme for young women that is transforming lives through education. You can also choose to take a helicopter ride over the Virunga Mountains, a lush volcanic landscape dotted with picturesque lakes.

Fly from Kigali in Rwanda to London, England

Approximate flying time of 10 hours by private jet.

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London, United Kingdom

Staying at

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

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England's captial city, London is a worthy destination in its own right. We can advise on a host of special experiences or activity ideas to make your stay truly memorable, from a personal shopper to escort you around some of the city’s finest shops, to a sumptuous Champagne afternoon tea.

Highlights

Relax and enjoy a cocktail party, dinner and a night's rest before returning home.

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Make an enquiry for this Luxury Journey from one of our expert Travel Consultants

Journey Enquiry or please call our Travel Consultants today on: 01244 897 111

Why Choose Elegant Resorts


As the foremost British pioneer of luxury travel – and boasting an ever-increasing collection of prestigious accolades that celebrates this – Elegant Resorts is a tour operator with the expertise, knowledge and reputation to deliver only the very finest tailor-made luxury holidays to our clients, honed by almost thirty years of experience in this niche travel business.

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