While we are busy launching our new division, XO Adventure, it seems obvious to honor Men this month.

Not that women are not “adventurous” and that we restrict them to the “spa & shopping” category, but this new venture will be of more interest to our gentlemen clientele.

To pilot XO Adventure, Will Jansen and Paul-Henri Barbier, loaded with testosterone, amongst other things, teamed-up to combine their experiences in organizing expeditions ever more different. A mobile Safari in the Okavango Delta, a 4x4 driving experience in the Namib Desert, a horse riding safari in the KwaZulu Natal, canoeing in Zambia, a fishing party in Mozambique, a rally on the tracks of the Kaokoland and a night under the stars of the Bushmen land, all the occasions will be good enough to get you off the beaten track.

But Adventure does not mean, at least not to us, loose organization and middling service. If Adventure refers to exciting experiences and unknown discovery, we will take you off road, but with fine tuned organization that takes perfect care of logistics. Without removing the thrill of the unpredicted, your expedition will allow you the pleasure of discovering the unknown.

Sebastien Charrieras



Why not delight your friends with something extraordinary, something with unique exclusivity like a cruise around Cape Town on your private yacht?

Princess Emma is a 25 meter luxury yacht that takes you and your friends to embrace a new level of luxury and exclusivity. Cruise the pristine waters of the Cape Peninsula and feel the power of 4000 hp.

Relish world class cuisine or a glass of Champagne on your dining deck and sense the timeless elegance and unrivalled comfort of the luxurious furnishings of the latest hidden gem in The Last Word Retreats collection.

Princess Emma offers you four luxurious en-suite cabins for 8 guests, all independently air-conditioned. The spacious Saloon and interior dining area with exquisite rosewood and cherry finishes throughout will make you feel special.

The wide deck offers open air dining for 8 and the spacious fly bridge and foredeck are adorned with Sun beds for your comfort.


You arrive from Johannesburg at Livingstone where you are a guest at the 5 star luxury Royal Livingston Hotel on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.  Discover the magnificent surroundings and select the Bungy jumping, paragliding or micro light activities to intensify your sensations.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast on the beautiful veranda of the hotel you will take the amazing ‘Flight of Angels’ over the Victoria Falls!  Enjoy a light picnic lunch before you are transferred by road to Chirundu from where your two day canoeing trip on the Zambezi will start the next day.

On day one of your canoe trip experienced guides will provide you with all the necessary training.  A full back-up team will set up the camps well ahead of you for the different night spots. These will be rustic tented camps on the banks of the river.  Gliding along the river for approximately 8 hours per day is undoubtedly the best way to get up close to the animals on the river banks.  You are completely off the beaten track, whilst absorbing the peace and tranquility of the Zambezi river. You will see Hippos, crocodiles, lions, wild dogs, leopard, hyenas, elephant, buffalo, water-buck and many other antelope.
Getting back on the water early in the morning you will be amazed by the awesome variety of birds on the way. After stopping for breakfast on the river banks you continue down the river until you arrive at your next camp site in the late afternoon in time for tea and cake.  Before long it is time for the African tradition of a sundowner drink.  After a dinner prepared over an open fire you retire to en-suite tents with a bucket shower under the African stars.

Arriving at Mana Pools you will have the distinct impression of having discovered the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!  It is the last true wilderness south of the Zambezi and perhaps the wildest and most photogenic of all nature reserves! You will check into the Kanga Bush Camp just in time for the evening fires to be lit.  A World Heritage site, explore the inland river beds, pans and open plains of Mana Pools on a 4x4 day safari. The Kanga Bush Camp is a 12 bedded tented camp with en-suite bathroom and out-door showers over-looking the water hole. The main area of the camp is on decking overlooking the pan.
Your early morning walking safari accompanied by a professional armed guide starts just after dawn after a healthy breakfast enjoyed at the Camp. The opportunity to leave your vehicle and track game on foot is a rare and exhilarating experience and upon your return to the camp it is time to relax in the lounge area under the shade of large trees overlooking the splash pool and pan. Only you and the animals of Africa! But then it is time to go to the Mana Pools Airstrip where you are getting your chartered flight back home.

  A multi task phone: iPhone 4 of course. More than just for its phoning capabilities, the IPhone 4 comes with a 5-Megapixel Camera with Flash, a GPS application, and your favorite music to listen to in a busy airport. The iPhone version 4 is without any question impressive and once again, revolutionary.
  A strong Bag Made in Italy with camouflage design combined with Shiny Suede Leather… It’s just what you need to go on safari. Large size. Fastener with a two-way zip accompanied by a lock and keys and address holder. Detachable shoulder strap of adjustable length. Organized internally with a zipped pocket, mobile phone pocket and pen holder, Guys, this is the one for you!
  A Camera which also does Video HD – All in one. The Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera brings sexy specs to the market, including full adoption of HD video recording functionality. This piece of technology saves you the trouble of loading your bag with a video camera. Only one comment for this new gem from Nikon: Wow.
  Credit Card: This is a card that you cannot apply for, it’s by invitation only! But even if it is the most expensive credit card to own ($1000/year annual fee and you must earn a minimum of $215,000 a year to even qualify for it), the American Express Centurion(aka The Black Card) is designed for individuals who travel frequently, eat out and like to entertain.
  Binocular: Leica or nothing: The outstanding quality of the Leica Trinovid 10x25 BCA compact binoculars is easy to recognize. Their compact size allows you to carry them everywhere with you and they provide outstanding optical performance and detailed visibility of lions that are far away.
  Grooming Kit: because you’re worth it ! The travel kit from Clinique contains the most complete and advanced products, designed to comply with current travel security rules. A full regimen (sunblock, cleanser, moisturizer, dry shampoo, deodorant, lip balm and repellant) includes ten professional-grade products to cover all of your skincare and grooming needs during trips. I love it.
  Clothes: We could have presented the latest collection from Gap… always useful, but it’s in Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani and Burberry Prorsum that we will safari with Style. The boys have created a line perfect for a modern man, able to conquer anyone and anything indeed. Do not miss Jacket and trousers, shades of gray, pinstriped and fabrics such as linen, silk and wool, natural fiber striped shirts…
  Sunglasses: Please, be cool, forget Ray-ban. Gold-tone metal-frame handmade aviator sunglasses with gold mirrored lenses, Oliver Peoples for Balmain have definitely made, something that I call sunglasses!
  Comfy Shoes: For late Spring Summer Alexander McQueen PUMA introduces a limited edition of luxury boots for men. It incorporates anatomical references that continue to inspire the Alexander McQueen PUMA footwear collections. This is purely iconic, released in a limited edition crocodile leather of chocolate brown. That’s what we like.
  A reliable watch: Sector is known for its sports, accuracy, performance and innovative watches, either used for outdoor sports, marine racing, urban life or for extreme conditions. The Sector Mountain Compass that we have selected for you, with a brown leather fabric strap has a high tech compass. No excuse to lose your direction during you safari trip!

And last: And a good companion. But I can’t choose for you unfortunately.
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