Frontiers International Travel now offers a unique bucket-list experience to the mineral-rich west coast of South Africa culminating in selecting a rough diamond to be cut, polished, and set into a piece of custom jewelry. This exclusive diamond safari, created by Ellerman House and Benguela Diamonds, originates in Cape Town where guests board a private charter flight to Port Nolloth on South Africa’s west coast.
After breakfast at a luxurious coastal villa, guests have the option to either join Benguela’s dive masters (PADI Open Water 1 certificate required) or wait for the divers to return with seabed gravel, which is then sorted using a vibrating pan system so the heavier stones, including garnets and diamonds, are separated from the rest.
A lunch of fresh seafood and South African wines prepared by a private villa chef is served back on land, followed by an afternoon of gemstone sorting with experts from the Benguela team. The custom jewelry will be completed and certified within three working days, before flying back to Cape Town aboard a private charter.
Throughout this once-in-a-lifetime day-trip, travelers will be treated to gourmet meals, lectures and hands-on training on the grading of diamonds, as well as a Dom Perignon experience (a guided Champagne pairing and culinary program). The diamond safari is priced at USD $16,125 per person and includes road transfers, return air transfer on a private jet, and all food and beverages. It does not include the purchase price of a diamond, or designing and manufacturing the custom jewelry.
Frontiers International Travel
Founded in 1969, Frontiers caters to discriminating travelers and specializes in the finest worldwide fly fishing and shooting destinations, photographic safaris, as well as customized Elegant Journeys. The staff of travel experts in our Gibsonia, Pennsylvania headquarters and the United Kingdom branch office is considered the finest source for sound, unbiased advice in outdoor and luxury travel realms based on our well-seasoned, firsthand perspective.
– Text courtesy Sublime PR; photos credit Benguela Diamond Safari