A real-life South African treasure hunt

Trawl for your very own ocean diamond off South Africa's Diamond Coast.

If you’ve ever dreamed of embarking on a real life treasure hunt, you can live out your fantasies on a Benguela Diamond Safari. Rather than following a treasure map, explorers are flown by private charter plane from luxury Cape Town hotel Ellerman House to Port Nolloth on South Africa’s Diamond Coast. They can then don a wetsuit and join the Benguela dive masters underwater to trawl for ocean diamonds buried in the seabed.



 

After a seafood lunch prepared by a private chef, Benguela’s expert team sort and grade the day’s findings, explaining how to identify a high quality stone. Guests are then able to select their favourite rough diamond to be cut, polished and set into their very own piece of jewellery, ready to wear three days later. The day ends with a celebratory Dom Perignon tasting experience back at Ellerman House while watching the sun set over the ocean.

The Benguela Diamond Safari is available exclusively to guests of Ellerman House and costs R215,000 (about A$21,148) for maximum of six guests, including return air and road transfers and all food and beverages. The price excludes the cost of any diamonds purchased or jewellery designed. ellerman.co.za

 

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South African summer (Nov-Mar) is characterised by hot sunny, days and average high temperatures of 28°CThe Cape Peninsula and surrounding areas have a Mediterranean climate and the heat is offset by frequent tropical rains and hailstorms as summer is also the wet season. Winter (May-Aug) is the dry season; days are sunny and crisp with cold nights and heavy frosts. While the weather is cooler, wildlife are easier to spot as they gather around rivers and water holes because of lessened vegetation.

 

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