LUXURY. There is a common misconception that travel to Africa requires a bit of roughing it. Iconic images of Hemingway-style tents put off the discerning traveler who seeks at the very least four solid walls and a flush loo. Today travelers find an elite level of luxury properties featuring all the desired modern amenities, gourmet food, extensive wine cellars, expert guides and unparalleled service. Whether it’s the quintessential Singita properties, the expansive views from Ellerman House's private villa, the exquisitely redone La Mamounia in Marrakech, or Abu Camp’s elephant back experience in the Okavango Delta, 11.7's take on luxury in Africa is consummate.
ADVENTURE. Often on the forefront of the minds of Africa travelers, the continent is host to the some of the world’s greatest playgrounds such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the great Zambezi River and the Okavango Delta. It has enticed the most intrepid explorers from Livingstone to Speke to today’s Richard Branson. Whether adventure means simply flying in a Cessna 206, making a decent of Lualaba River in the DRC, dancing at a Maputo late-night hotspot or stalking a cape buffalo on foot, 11.7 can make the most rigorous adventure routine.
EDUCATION. One could study the various cultures and landscapes of Africa for a lifetime and barely scratch the surface. Travel is at its very base an education; it keeps the mind nimble and fosters adaptability. Whether it’s a formalized study abroad course in Diani, an off-the-cusp discussion of the dung beetle at Phinda, volunteering at a Chimpfunzi's chimpanzee orphanage, or a bogolan course in Djenne, Africa can’t help but offer an education. 11.7 knows the local guides, researchers, conservationists and experts who have the credentials to offer the best experiential education.