13:08 GMT, 18 March 2014
23:58 GMT, 18 March 2014
Millionaire globetrotters who are bored of five-star hotels and superyachts can splash out on the ultimate travel adventure – to see 18 of the world’s most endangered animals… before they’re lost forever.
The unusual once-in-a-lifetime offering will set you back a cool $1million, but it will last three months and take in 11 of the world’s most exotic destinations.
The trip has been dreamt up by luxury tour operator Hurlingham Travel and will whisk travellers from the Galapagos Islands to India, Brazil, Botswana and even the Arctic and Antarctic.
Darwin’s islands: Head to the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin honed his theory of evolution, and see the giant tortoises that have become famous throughout the world
Once-in-a-lifetime: Spot Bengal tigers in India and penguins in the
Antarctic on the three-month round-the-world tour, which will include
accommodation in luxury hotels
Sandtastic: The deserts of Namibia will be among the destinations visited, before the guests head north to Etosha National Park to spot the elusive Black Rhino
Forget lazing on a beach, wealthy adventurers will be on the lookout for majestic Bengal tigers in India, mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Black Rhino in Namibia.
In Antarctica, Emperor penguins will take centre stage, while travellers will try and spot jaguars in Brazil, polar bears in the Arctic and African wild dogs in Botswana.
Exotic hotspots: From the mountains of Rwanda to the wetlands of Brazil, mountain gorillas and jaguars will also be the focus of the trip
WHERE YOU’LL GO AND WHAT ANIMALS YOU’LL SEE
China – Armur leopard, Giant panda, Snow Leopard
Namibia – Black Rhino
Galapagos Islands – Leatherback sea turtle,
Giant Tortoise, Galapagos Penguin
Vietnam – Saola
Rwanda – Mountain Gorillas
India – Bengal tiger
Indonesia – Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, Javan rhino
Brazil – Jaguar
Botswana – African wild dog
Arctic – Polar bear
Antarctic – Emperor penguin
While in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands,
the isles that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution,
Leatherback sea turtles will be the highlight, alongside the Giant
tortoise and Galapagos penguin.
biggest haul of endangered animal will be in Indonesia, where guests
will hope to see not only the Sumatran tiger, but also the Sumatran
elephant, Sumatran orangutan and Javan rhino.
Perhaps one of the most difficult animals to spot on the trip will be the saola, also known as the Asian unicorn, proving that money doesn’t get you everything.
The last time one was spotted in
Vietnam was in 1998, although one was captured on a camera set-up by the
World Wide Fund for Nature in 2013.
enigmatic saola, which resembles an antelope but is actually related to
cattle, was only discovered in 1992 and is only found in Vietnam and
None exist in
captivity and this rarely-seen mammal is already critically endangered.
Scientists have categorically documented saola in the wild on only four
occasions to date.
The trip isn’t all about enjoying a
‘last chance to see’ experience. Guests will also visit conservation
projects focusing on each animal and a portion of the fee paid by them
will be donated to each charity.
While the epic trip is hardly a five-star spa break, guests certainly won’t be slumming it.
throughout the trip will err on the side of luxury – from an eco-lodge
with views of the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda to a private charter
flight in Antarctica to whisk adventurers to a tented camp at the top of
a 200ft ice cliff.
Off the beaten track: The three-month trip will take adventurers beyond the usual tourist spots to explore spectacular landscapes like the mountains of Rwanda