World's most expensive safari: Seventeen-night jaunt costs $165,300

World's most expensive safari: Seventeen-night jaunt costs $165,300

10/14/2022

World’s most expensive safari unveiled: Guests on trip costing £146k will fly on an Emirates PRIVATE JET with bedroom suites to Namibia, South Africa and Madagascar

  • The 17-night trip, which starts in Dubai, is being run by ultra-luxe African travel specialist Roar Africa
  • The Emirates jet was created, says Roar Africa, for ‘discerning guests’ who want to go ‘beyond first class’ 
  • Guests booked on the trip will first step aboard the aircraft after spending a night in the Bulgari Resort Dubai 
  • Other accommodation includes the ‘&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’ and Singita Ebony Lodge

It’s the most expensive safari ever – and luxurious beyond your wildest dreams.

As the price tag suggests it will be.

Elite travel firm Roar Africa, which previously ran a $125,000 (£102,000) safari, is now selling tickets for an ‘epic’ 17-night safari costing $165,300 per person (£146,634), with the eye-opening price tag securing guests stays in luxurious hotels and lodges in Dubai, Namibia, South Africa and Madagascar, with the sole means of international transportation throughout being an Emirates A319 Executive Private Jet.

Elite travel firm Roar Africa is now selling tickets for an ‘epic’ 17-night safari with the sole means of international transportation throughout being an Emirates A319 Executive Private Jet (above)

The jet was custom created, says Roar Africa, for ‘discerning guests’ who want to go ‘beyond first class’

The Emirates A319 reflects ‘the glamour of a bygone era, when air travel was both exclusive and integral to luxury travel experiences’. Above is the aircraft’s private shower

The jet was custom created, says Roar Africa, for ‘discerning guests’ who want to go ‘beyond first class’.

The aircraft reflects ‘the glamour of a bygone era, when air travel was both exclusive and integral to luxury travel experiences’.

In essence, it’s a flying five-star hotel. And it features private bedroom suites, a private shower spa, a powder room and a lounge that functions as a communal gathering space or dining area.

The Emirates A319 Executive Private Jet is nothing short of a flying five-star hotel

The A319’s first stop on the itinerary is Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia (via Nairobi for refuelling)

The Emirates private jet features a lounge area that can be used for dining

Guests booked on the adventure – called the Sand, Sea, City & Safari – will first step aboard the aircraft in Dubai after spending a night in the city’s Jumeira Bay at the Bulgari Resort Dubai, described as a ‘shimmering jewel’ and an ‘oasis of luxury’.

The A319’s first stop on the itinerary is Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia (via Nairobi for refuelling).

From there, it’s a connecting flight to Sossusvlei, the largest conservation area in Africa and home to jackals, antelopes and ostriches – and the world’s highest dunes, reaching 325m (1,000 ft) in height.

Guests booked on the adventure – called the Sand, Sea, City & Safari – will first step aboard the Emirates private jet in Dubai after spending a night in the city’s Jumeira Bay at the Bulgari Resort Dubai (above)

Bulgari Resort Dubai is described by Roar Africa as a ‘shimmering jewel’ and an ‘oasis of luxury’

After Dubai, the party will stay at the ‘&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’ in Namibia

The ‘&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’ is located in Sossusvlei, the largest conservation area in Africa

Roar Africa says: ‘[The] &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’ is an ultra-luxurious, secluded oasis in an otherwise dry, ancient and starkly beautiful landscape’

Hot air ballooning will be on the agenda during the stay at the ‘&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’

The accommodation here is spectacular – ‘&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’.

Roar Africa says: ‘[This is] an ultra-luxurious, secluded oasis in an otherwise dry, ancient and starkly beautiful landscape. Here just 10 luxurious suites are equipped with every luxury necessary in the desert, including outdoor showers and skylights over every bed for late-night star gazing.’

After three nights of desert drives, e-biking, guided walks, scenic coastal flights and hot air ballooning over the ochre sands, it will be time for the party to discover the ‘cosmopolitan delights’ of Cape Town.

The base for four nights will be Ellerman House, which has ‘commanding views of the ocean in one of the Cape’s most prestigious residential areas’.

The ‘elegant mansion’ offers ‘an indulgent spa, an extensive collection of original South African art’ and a ‘wine gallery’.

Roar Africa says: ‘[This] sophisticated, art-filled mansion on the ocean will be our pied-a-terre while we discover the city’s creative, cultural, architectural, and culinary delights.’

The Roar Africa Sand, Sea, City & Safari trip takes in Cape Town – and a stay at Ellerman House (above), described as a ‘sophisticated, art-filled mansion’

Ellerman House has ‘commanding views of the ocean in one of the Cape’s most prestigious residential areas’

From there, the itinerary stipulates two nights ‘at the inimitably elegant Delaire Graff Wine Estate in the Cape Winelands’, and from there it’s on to Singita Ebony Lodge in the Sabi Sands private reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park.

Roar Africa says: ‘Breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife encounters are sure to astound. The Sabi Sand Reserve is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in South Africa and, as such, has an impressive conservation track record. It is also the oldest of South Africa’s private reserves and has only ever been a wilderness area. A rich mix of diverse game, true exclusivity and a good serving of bush luxury await.

‘Daily drives here never fail to deliver sightings of everything from leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant, to cheetah, wild dogs and many types of bird.’

Ebony Lodge, meanwhile, is also sure to impress.

Roar Africa says: ‘Situated on the banks of the Sand River, Ebony Lodge takes safari design to new levels with a fresh contemporary take on the bush aesthetic. Here interiors are contemporary yet historic with antiques, original artefacts, period chests, authentic hunting memorabilia and original family heirlooms from the owner, Luke Bailes’ grandfather, who first bought the concession in 1925.

‘Each of the luxurious 12 suites is immersed in nature, with external walls replaced by canvas and glass to maximize the views. Private pools and outdoor pavilion decks are suspended off the riverbank as if they are hanging off the trees. ‘

Singita Ebony Lodge (above) in the Sabi Sands private reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park is the penultimate pitstop of note

Ebony Lodge (above) ‘takes safari design to new levels with a fresh contemporary take on the bush aesthetic’

The interiors at Ebony Lodge (above) ‘are contemporary yet historic with antiques, original artefacts, period chests, authentic hunting memorabilia and original family heirlooms from the owner’

Each of the luxurious 12 suites at Ebony Lodge (above), is ‘immersed in nature, with external walls replaced by canvas and glass to maximize the views’

The last stop on the remarkable trip is Madagascar, the oldest geographical island on earth and rich in biodiversity, including inquisitive lemurs.

The island is a ‘celebration of the extraordinary, a place where nature’s creative genius takes flight’, says Roar Africa.

And the accommodation? The ‘Time + Tide Miavana’ eco-lodge on Nosy Anko, which is part of a private five-island archipelago.

Roar Africa describes it as a ‘parallel universe for the modern-day explorer’ and ‘an adventure playground par excellence’.

Here guides will design water and land activities around the guests, as well as wildlife experiences.

Think wakeboarding or waterskiing at sunrise followed by reef diving and kitesurfing.

After lunch? Perhaps a spot of adventure caving ‘with your own private helicopter in pursuit’.

The last stop on the remarkable trip is Madagascar. And the accommodation? The ‘Time + Tide Miavana’ eco-lodge (above) on Nosy Anko, which is part of a private five-island archipelago

Roar Africa describes Time + Tide Miavana (above) as a ‘parallel universe for the modern-day explorer’ and ‘an adventure playground par excellence’

During the Time + Tide Miavana (above) segment guides will design water and land activities around the guests, as well as wildlife experiences


LEFT: The amazing $165,300 trip mapped out. RIGHT: Deborah Calmeyer, founder and CEO of Roar Africa

Deborah Calmeyer, CEO & Founder of Roar Africa, said: ‘We travel not to move but to be moved. Sand, Sea, City & Safari continues the Roar Africa tradition of going beyond, crafting truly extraordinary and unexpected itineraries in partnership with the best properties in Africa aboard the unbridled luxury and privacy of the Emirates Executive Private Jet. 

‘Behind the innovation and insider expertise we guarantee a breathless urgency to preserve what’s left of Africa’s wildlife and wild spaces. This epic trip will showcase the staggering topographic diversity of Africa’s landscapes – from the sand to the sea – in one fell swoop. 

‘This opportunity of a lifetime will have an immediate, positive impact on conservation projects on the ground in Africa. Because where and how we travel matters.’

The dates for the Sand, Sea, City & Safari trip are May 13 to May 30, 2024, with 10 places available. In September 2024 Roar Africa will be running another safari adventure using the Emirates A319 private jet that includes ‘extraordinary experiences’ in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda. This one costs $149,200 (£133,245).

For more information on both email [email protected]

Roar Africa promises to purchase carbon credits equivalent to all emissions, contribute to wildlife preservation, and invest in the communities that host.

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