andBeyond has launched two private jet journeys, beginning in Florida and traveling to the Galapagos and South Africa, respectively. The two itineraries, “Galapagos Islands by Private Jet and Yacht” and “South Africa by Private Jet,” are designed to offer the confidence and luxury of traveling by the most exclusive means possible with a small group of travelers.
Both itineraries depart from Sarasota, FL, where travelers are tested for COVID-19 prior to departure. The groups will then enjoy private travel throughout, including return international flights between the U.S. and their respective destinations, as well as VIP access to activities and accommodation. Good to know; Both itineraries include a contribution towards the communities, land and wildlife of the places that they visit, as well as carbon offsets.
The 10-day “Galapagos Islands by Private Jet and Yacht” offers an opportunity to explore the fauna and flora of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip caters for a maximum of just 12 guests, who arrive from the U.S. into Guayaquil on the Crystal Luxury Air, operated by Corporate Flight Management. The private jet stops briefly to clear customs and then travels on to the Galapagos. The group is then based aboard the Infinity Yacht, which has spacious cabins with their own balconies and al fresco dining. Limiting the number of passengers to 12, rather than the usual 20, allows for a greater sense of space and increased ability for physical distancing.
Travelers can explore a variety of the islands in the archipelago, discovering landscapes interspersed with rugged vegetation and inhabited by species, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises and an array of birds. A private lecture from one of the experts at the Charles Darwin Research Centre provides detail about the Galapagos, while Ecuadorian cooking classes are available for those looking to immerse themselves in the flavors of the region. Access to additional activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding are also available.
The closest planned travel date is March 7-16, 2021; however, alternative travel dates and exclusive departures can be arranged on request.
Kruger National Park // Photo by MHGALLERY/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images
The “South Africa by Private Jet itinerary” offers a safari experience in two of the country’s top “Big Five” game reserves: Kruger National Park and andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.
Catering for between 40 and 66 guests, the itinerary splits up the group on arrival in South Africa to ensure the exclusivity of the experience. International air travel is in the Crystal Skye aircraft, operated by Comlux Aruba NV, which offers fully reclining flatbed seats, a stand-up bar and social lounge, as well as a team of butlers and an executive chef. On arrival, travelers will be treated to a variety of game drives in Kruger National Park, as well as the opportunity to search for rhino and cheetah at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. The entire journey is led by safari guides, wildlife photography experts and food and wine aficionados.
Travelers also have opportunity to get hands-on with wildlife conservation with either a rhino notching or dehorning experience or a pangolin conservation activity led by experts on the frontline of the war against poaching.
The closest available travel date is February 15-26, 2020; another departure date in the second half of 2021 is currently being planned.