The Elite Collection

Join us for an exclusive handcrafted group itinerary, venturing to exotic destinations, & incorporating premier properties, unique experiences & exceptional additions only available with
The Elite Collection

Welcome to The Elite Collection by Rothschild Safaris, where luxury meets adventure in the world’s most captivating destinations. Each year, discerning travelers are invited to embark on an extraordinary journey unlike any other, curated exclusively for those who seek premier safari experiences.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail and hosted by the esteemed Rothschild Safaris team, The Elite Collection promises unparalleled luxury and access to some of the planet’s most breathtaking landscapes and wildlife habitats. From the sun-kissed savannas of Africa to the mist-shrouded mountains of Peru and beyond, our annual safari takes you on an unforgettable odyssey through the heart of nature’s wonders.

Join us as we explore the world’s most iconic wilderness areas in unrivaled style and sophistication, hosted by some of the world’s leading guides, property owners and experts in photography, conservation and more.

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ELITE BOTSWANA 2025

Our inaugural 25th Anniversary journey will take between six and 12 guests to the diverse landscapes of Botswana. Joined by a highly knowledgeable Rothschild Safaris team member, guests will enjoy exclusive activities including a mobile safari camp through the Okavango Delta, an exploration of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the company of property owner and Botswana expert, Ralph Bousfield, and a wealth of experiences rarely attained on a private safari.

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The Okavango Delta

A region of extraordinary biodiversity, the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most iconic landscapes.

Its aqueous vistas are home to an abundance of life that congregates here to enjoy the perennial source of hydration. Families of elephant wander from riverine forest to water’s edge, lion and leopard stalk through the tall grass, and galloping herds of zebra and antelope cast plumes of spray into the clear blue skies.

A wonderland for amateur and professional photographers alike, the Okavango offers an abundance of nature combined with exquisite riverside properties and waterborne excursions by boat or mokoro.

The inimitable Okavango Delta is a watery haven of life unlike anywhere else in the world, leaving a lasting impression on all who journey there, 

 

The Makgadikgadi Pans

Located in the heart of Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are breathtakingly spectacular. This vast, arid landscape features captivating vistas, superb nocturnal experiences and distinctive game viewing. Here can be found desert-adapted elephant, cheetah and hardy zebra and gazelle. 

One of Africa’s most endearing little mammals, the meerkat, also resides here, and the playful rodents frequently clamber atop patient visitors for an elevated vantage point.

Complementing this extraordinary landscape, an elite collection of properties draw inspiration from Bedouin camps, with hints of Raj-era India and colonial safari camps. Exuding opulence and luxury, these exquisite properties are a decadent sanctuary in the desert, complete with gourmet cuisine, impeccable staff and a portfolio of activities, from horseback riding to indulgent massages and spa treatments.

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The People

Botswana is one of Africa’s leading safari destinations, and this is amply reflected in the quality of service. In camp, genial hosts and staff expertly fulfilled your every wish, while in the field, industry-leading guides ensure you are always in the best seat in the house.

Botswana has also attracted highly-experienced, lifelong safari personalities. Lead guides, property owners and highly talented experts utilize and divulge their consummate wisdom to enhance their clients’ experiences.

One of Africa’s oldest continually-existing tribes, the San have dwelled in Botswana’s topographically-diverse landscapes for thousands of years. Spending time with these fascinating hunter-gatherers, learning their ancient ways, and discovering their methods of survival in this unforgiving environment, is a culture opportunity not to be missed.

The Experiences

Such unique terrain provides equally unique opportunity for a wealth of superb experiences.

In Moremi Game Reserve, one can explore the wooded bushlands in the morning before venturing out on the water in a traditional mokoro canoe in the afternoon. The delta at large reveals its hidden secrets from the air, and a helicopter charter can incorporate champagne breakfasts or picnic lunches on a remote island surrounded by the flowing waterways.

Sunset boat cruises, horseback riding and quad bike safaris, walking adventures, spectacularly intimate fly camping, and ancient archeological history; Botswana has so much to offer, encapsulated in our impeccably-curated and exclusive Elite Collection journey.

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The Elite Collection is an exclusive annual journey hosted by Rothschild Safaris. Inspired by aspects of our existing portfolio, The Elite Collection incorporates locations, experiences and activities that might never be achievable within a private itinerary.

Discover more about The Elite Collection:

HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN AUSTRALIA?

At roughly the same size as mainland USA, you could spend the rest of your life exploring this wonderful country and still have so much to see. However, a well-planned 2-3-week vacation will allow you a sweeping luxury Australia vacation.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ASUTRALIA?

From north to south, Australia’s climate varies greatly – think of the US in reverse, with hot summers in the north and chilly winters in the south. Summer (Nov-Apr) is stiflingly hot and wet in the northern reaches of the country, so best avoided if you are planning to visit the Daintree, Uluru or Far North Queensland. However, this is an exquisite time of year for much of the rest of the country, and you will be able to take full advantage of its 12,000 beaches. Victoria and Tasmania are stunning in the summer, and winter months can be cold, wet and uninviting.

March to May and September to November are the safest months if you plan to travel extensively from north to south.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ACCOMMODATION IN AUSTRALIA?

From rustic-luxury vineyards in the Barossa Valley to the very best in tented safari camps, Australia has it all. Want your own exclusive island, complete with private chef? No problem. Feel the need for an indulgent spa retreat? Australia has many. Wish to be enveloped in nature? Pick your spot. Luxury hotels scatter the country and exclusive lodges are perfectly poised to take full advantage or the breathtaking landscapes in impeccable style.

OTHER DETAILS:

Visas are required for most visitors, but inoculations are unnecessary. Do remember that Australia is vast. Driving from Melbourne to Brisbane takes the better part of 24 hours, and that is less than half of one coast. However, internal flights are extensive and regular and transfers can be easily obtained, from city to city, but also to many of the smaller towns, regions and islands.

The Australian dollar is approx. 75c US (at time of writing), and banking needs will rarely be an issue.

As an interesting fact, it is estimated that there are somewhere between 400 and 500 languages spoken in Australia, most of which are indigenous dialects, but English is the official language and the only one you will need.

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  • The Elite Collection is expertly-curated to incorporate personalised experiences rarely available in individual itineraries
  • The Elite Journey will be hosted throughout by a Rothschild Safaris staff member, specifically selected for their expert knowledge of the destination
  • An Elite Journey brings together like-minded travelers in a party of up to 12 individuals, providing a more communal and share experience while remaining intimate and personal 
  • Each destination is carefully selected for the opportunities it provides for a more exclusive itinerary
  • With our 25 years of knowledge and connections, we will connect with experts in each destination, from lodge owners to talented guides, photographic experts and ‘safari celebrities’
  • The Elite Collection is based on a shorter itinerary, allowing those with limited time to participate, while also enabling it to be incorporated into a more extensive itinerary

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

- Amy Lundberg

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

- Betsy Robertson

Choosing a safari expert is never easy given the choice and lists upon lists of "top suppliers"....but we made the BEST choice for us....why....because above all, Rothschild listened ....really listened to what we wanted to experience.

- Dawn Jacobs

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

- George Kowalski

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

- Jackie Smith

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Jamie Scarlett

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Joe Moravec

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Kim Mather

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Lisa Anderson

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (& family)