Designed with privacy and authenticity in mind, the tours cater for a maximum of 12 guests, using the most exclusive transportation. Private jets such as the Embraer 145 and Pilatus PC12, or similar, are used for the international legs of each expedition.
Spacious and luxurious, the Embraer 145 used for the longer international legs is ideally configured to accommodate small groups and families. In addition to its seating areas, the aircraft offers a comfortable living area, complete with three-seater couches. A combination of turbo-prop fixed wing aircraft and helicopters such as the Bell 407 and Bell 206 will be utilised to access the more remote bush destinations.
In andBeyond’s hands from beginning to end, travellers enjoy all the convenience of private jet travel, from the lack of airport queues to VIP assistance and the use of private terminals, customs and baggage claim facilities.
Offering an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes on African conservation, politics and history, andBeyond Private Jet Expeditions provide guests with the opportunity to engage with individuals who have played an integral role in sculpting the continent’s fascinating history, as well as wildlife experts who have initiated or influenced ground-breaking wildlife and conservation projects.
In keeping with andBeyond’s commitment to Care of the Land, Care of the People, Care of the Wildlife, the expeditions also allow guests a first-hand experience of the company’s various conservation and community initiatives. The company has also fully offset the carbon footprint for the combination of aircraft and helicopters used on the expeditions, making these carbon neutral itineraries.
“To coincide with andBeyond’s milestone 25th birthday, we have spent over a year crafting the journey of a lifetime, highlighting all the African destinations where andBeyond operates,” explains Joss Kent, andBeyond CEO. “We have used our extraordinary safari lodges and camps, as well as the wealth of expertise that we have access to through our private specialist guides and ground logistics teams, to create an adventure unlike any other.”
andBeyond Private Jet Expeditions offer a choice of three set-departure itineraries, with the departure dates carefully chosen to include the seasonal highlights of each destination. The focus is on maximising time spent at each destination through hassle-free travel that allows guests to make the most of their adventure. All challenging travel logistics have been carefully removed through the use of exclusive or VIP facilities.
With departures in September and October 2017, Africa and Beyond is the most comprehensive itinerary, a 19-day adventure throughout East and Southern Africa, available for a maximum of 12 guests at a cost of USD 116,500 (£80,960) per person.
A shorter tour of 15 days, the Southern Africa and Beyond itinerary travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Scheduled departures are in May and June 2017. Available for a maximum of six guests, the tour costs USD 75,000 (£52,148) per person. With a similar duration and pricing, the East Africa and Beyond tour explores the highlights of Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Departures for this itinerary are in February and March 2018.
In addition to the three set itineraries, guests travelling out of any international airport can tailor-make their own private jet expedition for groups of various sizes.