Introducing the Small Group Journeys program from andBeyond
Designed with privacy, authenticity and flexibility in mind, andBeyond‘s new curated Small Group Journeys provide access to regions and experiences that lay off the beaten track, delving deep to the heart of each destination. Exceptional moments are created under the care of dedicated private guides, as well as experts in fields such as conservation and nature photography. Private transportation and signature experiences round off the trademarks of each Small Group Journey.
Among these activities are andBeyond’s private jet offering for 2019, designed for a maximum of 12 guests and incorporating a set of unforgettable experiences of Africa. Shortened to 12 days, journeys cover Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Guests also have the opportunity to extend their trip to Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda or Uganda.
Boasting conveniences such as transportation, the use of private airport terminals, as well as VIP assistance at customs and baggage claims, the private jet journeys are accompanied by a dedicated guide and cater for intimate groups. The Bombardier Challenger 350 private jet, ideally configured to accommodate small groups and families, is used on most of the international routes, with a Pilatus PC12 utilised for shorter hops between Kenya and Tanzania.
Priced at US$70,000 per person, the itinerary touches down at destinations that include the Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Victoria Falls, Kruger Park and Cape Town. Guests are given a behind-the-scenes taste of andBeyond’s conservation and community story with activities such as cultural excursions with the Maasai and the opportunity to witness a rhino-notching procedure. Standout hosts during the journey include acclaimed wildlife documentary maker Jonathan Scott of Big Cat Diary fame, as well as activist Denis Goldberg, personal friend of the late Nelson Mandela. A celebratory banquet is also hosted by andBeyond CEO Joss Kent.
andBeyond’s Mobile Camping Expeditions in Botswana form another part of the Small Group Journeys collection. With a choice of six different routes and accommodation options, these Africa safaris combine Botswana’s most spectacular wildlife destinations with rustic but comfortable mobile camping accommodation.
Also part of the Small Group Journeys offering is the East Africa Photographic Expedition, which offers the opportunity for guests to develop their wildlife photography skills under the watchful eye of a specialist photographic guide. With only four seats per departure, guests benefit from one-on-one instruction from the photography expert, while professional andBeyond guides lead the way to wildlife sightings in Kenya’s Maasai Mara or Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. A customised photographic vehicle offers unobstructed views and specially designed swivel chairs, while top-of-the-range photographic equipment can also be supplied. Specialist assistance extends from advising on the best shooting positions and image composition all the way to the editing of guests’ photographs.
andBeyond’s offering also extends to Asia, where the Snow Leopard Small Group Journey explores one of India’s most remote and beautiful destinations in search of the animal fondly known as the mountain ghost. Set in the Trans-Himalayn region of Ladakh known as Little Tibet, this incredible 13-day expedition allows guests to spend seven nights living with a local family, getting to know their unique culture and lifestyle. Daily expeditions venture out in search of snow leopard, as well as other exceptional species that include ibex, Tibetan antelope, blue sheep, marmot and Tibetan hare. Offering a fascinating insight into unique wildlife and fascinating culture, the expedition is headed by a private guide and managed by &Beyond’s ground logistics team.
The Eat, Pray and Love journey is yet another exclusive Indian experience, immersing travellers in the invigorating colours, sights, sounds, smells and tastes of India. Travelling from Delhi to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, this journey also includes the holy shrine of Amritsar and romantic Udaipur. The exotic spices of India are celebrated with opportunities to visit local markets and learn how to haggle for spices and vegetables, as well as a hands-on cooking class with a local chef. A high tea in an old Delhi marketplace and a traditional homecooked Indian meal are all part of the experience. From sundowners against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal to religious ceremonies at a holy shrine and a taste of local farming life in a traditional Punjabi village, this village is packed with unique Indian experiences.
In South America, andBeyond’s Land Rover Journeys include a selection of privately guided road trips off the beaten track in Chile and Argentina. Highlights include visits to conservation projects, whitewater rafting, visits to boutique wineries and scenic flights over the Chilean fjords.