Head Out on the World's First-Ever Diamond Safari in South Africa
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Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but a start-to-finish tour of where they come from is the height of luxury travel.
Ellerman House of Cape Town, South Africa has teamed with Benguela Diamonds to offer a once-in-a-lifetime diamond safari for up to six guests. The package is exclusive to guests of Ellerman House—one of the top hotels not only in the country, but on the entire continent. It includes private airfare and road transportation to the diamond diving site as well as all food and beverage on the excursion including the hotel’s signature Dom Perignon Experience.
The day begins as a limousine picks guests up at the Ellerman House for an early-morning private charter flight from Cape Town to Port Nolloth—a journey of about an hour and 15 minutes. From there, breakfast and drinks are served as the host lays out what the day will hold.
The real adventure starts with the option of joining the Benguela dive masters under the water for those with level-one diving certification. For any who can’t join the diving, the time on the boat is spent watching the seabed gravel come up to the surface and the gemstones get sorted out.
On shore, a private chef provides a delicious seafood lunch of fresh fish or crayfish (depending on the season) paired with award-winning South African wines, handpicked from Ellerman House’s wine collection.
From there, guests accompany Benguela’s sorting team to learn more about the grading of diamonds, even selecting a rough diamond to be cut, polished and set into a piece of jewelry at the design studio in Stellenbosch.
The private aircraft brings guests back to the Ellerman House, where the champagne experience is paired with a bento box-style dinner.
The entire day trip features the very best of the best at every turn, from the selection of travel accommodations to food and the diamond process. It’s a trip that can’t be duplicated anywhere else, and it’s packaged as a private affair couples can enjoy on their own or entire groups can enjoy.
The experience begins starting Sept. 1 and costs around $15,000 for up to six people.
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