Travel by private jet, feed giraffes from your bedroom window and trek with mountain gorillas on five-week Africa tour (but it’s only for the super-super-rich)
Prosperous holidaymakers can this year treat their families to the ultimate package holiday.
The Million Dollar Safari hits all the highlights of the cradle of mankind, from gorilla trekking in Rwanda, to Big Five game-viewing in the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti.
But stretching to a good 36 days, you had better have saved up the annual leave to make it to this one.
That said, if you can afford the $1million price tag you can probably give yourself all the leave you want.
Just another day in Africa… The view from Zarafa
Camp in Botswana
, just one of the locations holidaymakers can visit as part of the Million Dollar Safari tour advertised by holiday firm Extraordinary Journeys
Watch out for mosquitoes! You might want to get your malaria shots before dining al fresco at the Mombo
Camp, deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta
, the earth¿s largest inland water system, in Botswana
Unique experience: Giraffe Manor
, where guests can feed the long-necked animals from their first-floor bedroom window
Opulence: Ellerman House
in Cape Town, South Africa
, from where holidaymakers can visit the city’s luxury restaurants, its imposing Table Mountain, and the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years
Holiday of a lifetime: The Grumeti
Reserve in the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, Kenya
, a 350,000 acre former hunting concession where customers can look out on Africa’s unspoilt wilderness
Marketed by New York-based luxury holiday firm Extraordinary Journeys, which specialises in no-expense spared trips to Africa, the trip promises to ‘push the limits of what is possible on safari’.
For the handsome price, holidaymakers will stay in the continent’s most opulent private homes, as well as luxurious and remote camps and lodges across the continent’s wild expanse.
Travel from point to point will be by private jet, and customers will be accompanied every step of the way by their own dedicated private guide, Mark Homann, who has 18 years’ experience in the business.
Hotels include the continent’s grandest colonial manors, including one where you can even feed giraffes over breakfast in bed from your second floor bedroom window.
There will be no rivals to contend with for the best spots to view the incredible scenery, since for the price customers will be granted exclusive access to each location.
Roughing it: The view from the bathroom at one of the many locations covered by the tour
Incomparable views: A rich tourist enjoys the vista that can be seen from the infinity pool of this spot
Dusk in paradise: Extraordinary Journeys, which specialises in no-expense spared trips to Africa, promises that the 16-day trip will ‘push the limits of what is possible on safari’
Natural beauty: For the handsome price, holidaymakers will stay in the continent’s most opulent private homes, as well as luxurious and remote camps and lodges across the continent’s wild expanse
Splendid isolation: There will be no rivals to contend with for the best spots to view the incredible scenery, since for the price customers will be granted exclusive access to each location
Plenty in the hamper: Horse riding
and many, many luxurious picnic lunches are included in the price
Face to face with the real Africa: The holiday will be an incredible opportunity to see all the continent’s wildlife in the flesh
In a blog post announcing the tour, the tour company says: ‘At Extraordinary Journeys we love to push the limits of what is possible on safari. Here is our latest effort: the ultimate luxury safari with renowned private guide Mark Homan.
‘At more than $200,000 a person ($1,000,000 for a family of 4), this trip hits all the highlights; from gorilla trekking in Rwanda, to Big Five game-viewing in the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti, to Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta, to Cape Town, South Africa’s Winelands and the beaches of Mozambique.
‘You will stay in stunning private houses like Cottar’s Homestead and Tangala House as well as luxurious and remote camps and lodges like Zarafa in Botswana and Sasakwa in Tanzania.’
The glorious finale: At the end of the tour customers head to a private villa on the beach on Vamizi
Island in Mozambique for their final four nights, where they will be waited on hand and foot
Very nice: They will stay in one of the island’s private villas, where a private chef and hospitality team will ensure all their needs are met, from tailor-made menus to fishing
, spa treatments or dhow sailing
It adds: ‘Travelling with a private safari guide is an intimate, exclusive way to see all that Africa has to offer.
‘Your guide will meet you at the airport in Africa or even fly with you and then oversee the entire experience from beginning to end.’
The price for the trip is approximately $202,400 per person, but travelling as a family attracts a premium with trips for four offered at a cool million dollars.
If you can’t quite afford that, Extraordinary Journeys says it can knock off a few thousand ‘depending on whether or not private charters are used for the inter-continental flights and flights within Africa.’