From Japan's snow monkeys to whale sharks in the Philippines, lemurs in Madagascar and the iconic giant pandas of China, 50 privileged adventure travelers will be able to experience this once-in-a-lifetime private jet tour across Asia and Africa.
The new Wildlife Safari: Around the World, by Private Jet tour from luxury travel outfitter Abercrombie & Kent will take only 50 guests aboard the tricked-out Boeing 757 for a 25-day expertly crafted escape. And it's just opened for bookings, costing travelers around $130,000 per person.
To-be honeymooners, or those looking for a grand romantic gesture, this might be the trip to whisk your loved one off their feet. The safari tour will jet off from Seattle on February 15, 2020.
The off-the-beaten-track luxury trip will take travelers from Seattle (with a stay at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel) and whisk them off the next day to Japan (for the snow monkey), then China (for the giant pandas), then the Philippines (for tarsiers and whale sharks), Malaysia (honey bears and orangutans), India (the elusive Bengal tiger), Rwanda (gorillas and golden monkeys), Madagascar (lemurs), and the trip ends in the Masai Mara in Nairobi, Kenya where guests will disembark from their private jet to a party of tribal dancers. The jet touches down for the final time back in the US, in Boston.
For an idea of the day-to-day itinerary, Tokyo begins with an evening of sushi and sake and a stay at The Peninsula Tokyo before the following day's travel to Joshinestu Kogen National Park in Nagano to meet the Japanese macaque (aka, snow monkey.) The rest of the excursion includes informal talks from wildlife experts, champagne under cherry blossoms, spa treatments, and a celebratory dinner by an expert geisha. And that's just Japan.
In India, the jet will be touching down in Jaipur before travelers are driven into Ranthambore National Park. There, expert trackers will lead treks to spot the critically endangered Bengal tiger over the course of two days. If you could use a break from safariing, you can also use this time to explore the region—as tours of the magnificent ruins that dot the region, lessons in Indian cuisine, and cultural encounters at nearby villages are all also available. Before jetting off to Africa, travelers will be treated to a torchlit feast in an amphitheater in Ranthambore, where you can swap safari stories over traditional cuisine.
Each destination is a full cultural tour in itself, with spa sessions, luxury lodges, invitation-only cultural events with master chefs, and historical tours of temples, palaces, and sanctuaries. For those who can afford it, this safari trip is like no other.