AN EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE JET & SAFARI EXPERIENCE
Trip Details

Trip Dates

May 09, 2019 until May 17, 2019
Please Call for Rates and Availability: 941.951.1801, Extension 2
8 Days / 7 Nights

Price Details

Package includes:
  • Road transfer from Tampa, Ft. Myers and Sarasota airports
  • Overnight in a luxury Sarasota Hotel
  • One-way international airfare on Crystal Skye aircraft from Sarasota, Florida, USA to Johannesburg, South Africa
  • May 11 - light aircraft transfer from Johannesburg to your first Singita safari location
  • 3 nights accommodation at your first Singita safari location on an all-inclusive basis
  • May 14 - light aircraft transfer from your first to your second Singita safari location
  • 3 nights accommodation at your second Singita safari location on an all-inclusive basis
  • May 17 - light aircraft transfer from your second Singita safari location to Johannesburg
  • One-way Business Class airfare to New York (JFK) from Johannesburg through Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airlines
Excludes:
  • Spa Services while at Singita Lodges
  • Boutique and Wine Store purchases while at Singita Lodges
Email travel@authentescapes.com to confirm your interest in participating in this unique travel experience and to communicate your lodge, room and seat preference.
Seats on the aircraft, lodges and room preferences will be allocated on a first-come first serve basis.
 
Mimimum number of particpants required for this departure to travel. See AuthentEscapes operator-participant contract for further information about applicable conditions.

Trip Overview

Together with AuthentEscapes and Salvatore Ferragamo’s Il Borro Wines, we are delighted to present a journey of world-class wine and cuisine perfectly paired with exotic encounters on the expansive plains of Africa. Crystal AirCruises’ lavishly outfitted Boeing 777, Crystal Skye, will transport you in the utmost style and comfort from Sarasota, Fla. to Johannesburg on a nine-day odyssey at the Singita Boulders and Lebombo Lodges.

Singita’s renowned properties will welcome you with plush amenities and suites nestled seamlessly into the African bush, designed to provide a soothing sanctuary and an ethereal experience that will connect you deeply with the jaw-dropping beauty that surrounds your stay. Enjoy front-row seats to Mother Nature’s grandest displays from open-air guest suites and villas that showcase the wild plains that lie beyond. By day, explore the thousands of acres of wildlife reserves guided by expert conservationists in search of lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe and other residents of the savannah. By night, indulge in the luxuries of the lodges, the camaraderie of your fellow adventurists, and delectable cuisine paired with Il Borro wines and acclaimed South African vintages.

We invite you to embark on this luxury adventure of a lifetime, comprising the impeccable service and details that only Crystal can deliver, the curated experiences for which AuthentEscapes is known, and Singita’s famed lodges that showcase and celebrate the majestic wildlife and landscapes of Africa. Business-class return airfare from South Africa to New York City is included with your experience. Return upon your arrival back in Johannesburg, or choose to extend your exploration of the region’s many wonders up to three weeks.

Featured Hosts

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson to the esteemed Italian footwear designer, is president of the Ferragamo family's wine production at Il Borro. 

Malaka & Ryan Hilton

Malaka & Ryan Hilton

Both identified by esteemed travel publications Travel + Leisure as well as CondeNast Traveler for their expertise, Malaka and Ryan Hilton are considered seasoned veterans in the area of luxury travel.

Points of Interest

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Singita Lebombo Lodge

Inspired by the African landscape, the design, which blends nature with tech, pushes the boundaries of safari style to the limit, while delivering the same light, space, openness and connection to the earth that guests have become accustomed to. Giving guests a front row seat to the 33,000 acre concession with 13 bold, contemporary, open-plan suites suspended above the N’Wanetsi River and a private villa on the river bank, this is the Kruger like never before.
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Singita Boulders Lodge

The original inspiration for Singita Boulders Lodge came from the geometry of the ancient, weathered boulders and the natural curve of the river bed near the lodge. Its design takes its cues from nature, incorporating charcoal and copper colors, and textures of the surrounding landscape, reflecting the four elements of earth, fire, air and water. The lodge blends seamlessly with the shifting light, shapes and moods of the environment, providing a soothing sanctuary for world-weary travelers craving a connection with nature.
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Singita Sweni Lodge

Tucked into the banks of the Sweni River, this intimate lodge is a hidden jewel that provides a bold, new African context for contemporary design, architecture and food. Exuding glamorous attitude, Singita Sweni’s seven suites - including a pool suite for families or honeymoon couples - are hidden in the trees, and guests have private access to 33,000 acres of the Kruger National Park. Gold and bronze ore, polished mud, and gleaming recycled timbers add texture, splashes of vibrant color are inspired by beetles, chameleons and birds’ wings, while neutrals draw in the light.

Itinerary

  1. May 9, 2019 

    Arrival in to Sarasota

    Overnight in a luxury Sarasota hotel

    Road transfer from Tampa, Ft. Myers and Sarasota airports provided.

  2. May 10, 2019 - Depart Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A. for a direct non-stop to Johannesburg, South Africa. Overnight in your most comfortable surroundings aboard the Crystal Skye.


    The world’s newest, largest and most spacious luxury jet. This lavishly outfitted Boeing 777 has been completely transformed to the highest standards of aviation design, featuring handcrafted, fully-reclining flatbed seats, a dedicated stand-up bar and social lounge, a team of Crystal Skye Butlers and an Executive Chef preparing exceptional Michelin star-inspired cuisine.

    May 10, 2019 - Depart Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A. for a direct non-stop to Johannesburg, South Africa. Overnight in your most comfortable surroundings aboard the Crystal Skye.

    The world’s newest, largest and most spacious luxury jet. This lavishly outfitted Boeing 777 has been completely transformed to the highest standards of aviation design, featuring handcrafted, fully-reclining flatbed seats, a dedicated stand-up bar and social lounge, a team of Crystal Skye Butlers and an Executive Chef preparing exceptional Michelin star-inspired cuisine.

  3. May 11, 2019 - Upon arrival into Johannesburg we will clear immigration and customs formalities before connecting by light aircraft to our two safari locations in the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Flying time is an easy 1 hour 15 minutes and will be greeted plane-side by our field team who will welcome us and transfer us to the lodge for orientation and check-in for 3 nights.
     

    On Safari with Singita: 
    Conservation as a way of life
     
    Built upon a 100-year purpose to preserve and protect African wilderness for future generations. Singita has been championing conservation in Africa from the very beginning with large scale projects in wildlife management and protection, reserve and ecosystem integrity, sustainable tourism practices and community development. Through a sustainable conservation model that helps balance tourism with conservation in all regions in which we operate, Singita’s ethos of “touching the earth lightly” is no longer just a forward-thinking principle; it is imperative to our survival, and that of the land, wildlife and communities under our care.
  4. May 12, 2019 - Enjoy the ultimate safari experience at Singita.

    Our 6 nights on safari in the most capable hands of the Singita field and hospitality teams will be split so that each traveler is able to enjoy 3 nights of safari in both Singita Kruger National Park and 3 nights in Singita Sabi Sand as the two locations compliment each other. They are notably different in geography and lodge setting and design. Both operate on exclusive use wildlife areas where the lodge is positioned and where each gamedrive begins. In both locations every gamedrive easily has the potential to show you the most amazing wildlife sighting you have ever seen.

  5. May 13, 2019 - The Singita experience continues. 

    As a guest of Singita, no matter which table you find yourself at and no matter what meal you are about to enjoy, you can be sure that your meal will include the freshest ingredients which have been sourced locally, passionately crafted and presented in a flavorful dish that is sure to introduce you to flavors and textures of this region.

  6. May 14, 2019 - After your morning gameviewing activity, transfer by light aircraft to your second Singita safari experience where you will be greeted and welcomed plane-side by the field team and transferred to the Lodge to check-in for 3 nights.

  7. May 15, 2019 - Continue to witness natural wonders at "The Place of Miracles."

    On each of our 6 days of safari we will enjoy twice-daily gamedrives in search of unique African big-game encounters and animal behavior safely by vehicle with your Guide and Tracker. There are also a number of other options and activities that you can enjoy as a guest; spa treatments, boutique and gallery, game walks, mountain biking and archery.

  8. May 16, 2019 - Your host Ryan Hilton, a native of Zimbabwe and former safari guide in South Africa continued, can attesting to the safari experiences of Singita.

    “Singita is known as ‘The Place of Miracles,’ for good reason,” said Ryan Hilton. “We will explore some of the most-productive and uncrowded big-game safari areas on the continent with a week of game drives sure to create memorable wildlife sightings in gorgeous natural settings. Singita’s focus on hospitality at the luxury lodges is also supreme.”

     
  9. May 17, 2019 - After your morning gameviewing and breakfast, transfer by light aircraft to Johannesburg to connect with onward journey whether you are returning home using your included Etihad Business Class ticket or continuing on to other regional highlights.

    Whenever you choose to return home from this journey we have included a Business Class ticket on Etihad from Johannesburg through Abu Dhabi to New York (JFK) U.S.A

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