By Tova Syrowicz
Of late, Africa has stolen Asia’s spotlight, with stars like Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel choosing to honeymoon in Tanzania, the International Herald Tribune’s recent luxury conference focused on the no-longer-dark continent and loads of charitable celeb work aimed at bringing prosperity to the region through commerce.
Everyone seems to be jetting in and out of Africa, and so should you. Luxury and executive-appropriate accommodations are on the rise throughout the continent, but for the ultra discerning, boutique and very high-touch operator Roar Africa has designed a million-dollar, two-week itinerary (about $128,000 per person for a private group of eight) that gives the perfect sampling of Africa’s vast offerings, plus a cheeky detour to Antarctica (two continents are better than one, right?).
You’ll journey from cosmopolitan, seaside Cape Town—a visually striking city that really does have it all—to the Cape Winelands, where world-famous vintages and breathtaking landscapes intoxicate the senses. From the Cape, pop over to Antarctica’s Whichaway Camp for an icy eco-adventure (think trekking, kite-skiing or just taking in the majesty). Next, say goodbye to the emperor penguins and hello to the king of the jungle as you discover the wonder of luxe African safari in a private game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. Finish off in the Seychelles, Africa’s answer to the Maldives.
Thanks to Roar Africa’s hands-on, New York-based owner Deborah Calmeyer, whose Southern African roots give her a local’s insight (and connections), you’ll quickly find that an unforgettable itinerary is so much more than the sum of its destinations. Calmeyer meets with clients in person wherever possible to better understand their wants and needs, and no trip is ever the same—customization is a key component of the Roar Africa approach. Intuitive, knowledgeable guides (you’ll have the same one throughout) are as absent or present as you want them to be. Local experts (personal shopper, art scene doyenne) complement your guide’s know-how, based on your interests, of course, and accommodations—from Ellerman House in Bantry Bay to Royal Malewane in the bush to the Seychelles’ North Island—are always best in class and personally vetted. Perhaps most importantly, any spur-of-the-moment requests or changes you may want to make are taken in easygoing stride: Roar Africa’s staff is on the ground and available 24/7 to ensure seamless travel bliss.
And, perhaps most most importantly, a Roar Africa tour will always deliver that extra-exclusive, typically off-limits experience. Scenic helicopter flights and chefs tables, you might expect, but what about dinner at Groote Schuur, the Rondebosch residence of South Africa’s president? And a chance to view the private, 300-strong vintage car collection the Rupert family (of Richemont fame) has tucked away in the Winelands? If you fancy taking one of the vehicles for a spin, you’re welcome to. This is the type of access Calmeyer and Roar Africa grant.