Benguela Diamond Safari with Ellerman House
Benguela Diamonds, in partnership with Ellerman House is offering the chance to embark on a truly romantic 'Diamond Safari' to the mineral-rich west coast of South Africa. This area is home to some of the worlds most prestigious diamonds worthy of the most exquisite jewelery settings. Purchasing diamonds is a truly momentous occasion and this unique experience has been created to allow you to follow the full journey of your stone, from its humble origins beneath the ocean, to its transformation to something beautiful and memorable. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience and ideal to share with a loved one, perhaps for a proposal or just a romantic gesture.
The entire experience is focused entirely on high levels of luxury and is offered exclusively to guests of Ellerman House. You will be collected early in the morning by a chauffeured limousine and transfered to a private terminal at Cape Town international Airport, here you will board your scenic flight in a light aircraft to Port Nolloth. The journey is short and you should arrive within an hour and fifteen minutes, where you will be transfered to a luxurious, contemporary villa overlooking the ocean.
The villa is the perfect base to start your day, enjoy some freshly squeezed juice and a delicious breakfast whilst the host introduces you to the days proceedings.
Around mid morning, it is time to meet the dive masters and get suited up, all that you will require is a level 1 PADI qualification. Submerge yourself in the Atlantic Ocean and truly experience this underwater gem mine, home to not only diamonds but also garnets, olivines and other minerals. If you do not wish to dive you can of course stay aboard the boat and watch as the stones are brought to the surface and then sorted and separated by machinery that know the tell tale signs of 'diamonds in the rough'.
Upon returning back to land, you will find a gourmet lunch waiting for you prepared by your private chef. Enjoy fresh delicious sea food on the terrace overlooking the waters from whence you came, whilst you sort through the day's richest of pickings with an expert from Benguela's sorting team.
Choose your diamond based on the teachings of your diamond specialist, this will then be sent to Stellenbosch to be cut and set into your very own exquisite piece of jewelery.