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Letaka Northern Lights Safari in Botswana

Unforgettable Adventure for Two

Scott Dunn Private Journeys has partnered with Letaka Safaris to create an unforgettable 10-day mobile safari for two in Botswana. Northern Botswana is jam-packed full of wildlife and this 10-day itinerary covers four of its most important wildlife havens: the Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession area in the lush Okavango Delta, the contrasting terrains of Savuti, and the verdant reed-fringed riverine habitat of Chobe National Park. Diverse and breathtakingly beautiful, northern Botswana is abundant in bird and wildlife which you can encounter on day and night game drives, bushwalks, and boat or mokoro cruises. Spacious and luxurious mobile tents with en suite shower rooms, long drop loo and bucket showers, will track your journey and allow you to completely immerse yourself in this stunning destination.

Download the complete itinerary and trip details. (PDF)

Contact Lyndsey Parker at or 858.523.9000 for more information.

Restrictions: Valid until September 30, 2018; visit for schedule. The itinerary includes: Internal light aircraft (note: strict 44lbs baggage allowance per person including hand luggage); passenger and airport taxes; other transfers; accommodation (“A” frame tent and en suite shower rooms with long drop loo and bucket shower); meals as stated (full board); drinks as stated (mineral water, soft drinks, beer and G&T); activities as stated; national park and concession fees; laundry (on full days in camp, not on the moving days). The itinerary excludes: International and regional flights; visas; travel insurance; tips and gratuities; other personal spending.

If you weigh over 220lbs, you may be charged for a second seat on light aircraft flights; please let us know if this is likely to affect you. The safari accommodates a maximum of seven guests.

Value: $10,240

Buy It Now: $12,300
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Enchanted Escape

At The World Famous Rancho La Puerta Spa and Resort

Renew your mind, body, and spirit during a one-week stay for two at Rancho La Puerta, voted “World’s Best Destination Spa” by readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine. A favorite of San Diegans, and located within an hour’s drive of theNAT, the resort rests in the embrace of the sacred Mt. Kuchumaa’s foothills. A fitness program led by a team of expert instructors features more than 60 different classes per week, including: hiking, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, strength and conditioning classes, fit ball, and water aerobics. Pampering services at the spa’s three health centers include a wide range of massages, facials, herbal wraps, and body treatments.

Restrictions: Please note the certificate is valid for two years and cannot be extended. Your stay must be during the months of July—December, subject to availability.

Value: $8,500

Buy It Now: $10,000
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Real Life Coast to Cactus

Exclusive Seasonal Stays at Our Region’s Premier Resorts

WEST Begin with a summer two day/two night stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Enjoy daily breakfast for two at the award-winning A.R. Valentien restaurant. Take home an eponymous print from theNAT’s own priceless collection of Albert R. Valentien plant portraits as a souvenir along with a copy of the recently published, Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors.

SOUTH Take a jaunt south of the border to see the chaparral, up close and personal, at Rancho La Puerta, nestled in the hills of Tecate. Spend three nights and three days immersing yourselves in the beauty and serenity of our favorite world-class spa. Includes transportation from San Diego International Airport.

NORTH Spend a winter weekend in a cozy, rustic cabin in the Cuyamaca Mountains, graciously donated by a local philanthropist. Play in the snow, hike, and explore the area’s little-known history as a Gold Rush town with a tour of The Eagle-High Peak Mine Museum.

EAST Complete your journey with three spring days and nights at the fabulous La Casa Del Zorro in Borrego Springs. Explore the delicate desert habitats, admire the newly blooming wildflowers, and wonder at the brilliant, star-filled night sky. Includes dinner for two at the Butterfield Room Restaurant, welcome beverages, two breakfasts for two, and spa treatments for two!

Restrictions apply. Contact Museum staff at 619.255.0212 for details.

Value: $7,300

Buy It Now: $8,750
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Santa Fe, New Mexico: The City Different

Five Days and Four Nights in Casa Romantica

Santa Fe, New Mexico is known as The City Different. It inspires with art, history, opera, great restaurants, and natural beauty. It abounds in history, boasting the oldest church in the United States, San Miguel Chapel, and the oldest government building, The Palace of the Governors, both constructed in 1610. Equally wonderful in winter or summer, your Santa Fe Experience of five days, four nights includes a stay at the beautiful Casa Romantica. The luxurious home is comprised of a 2,300-s.f. one bedroom, one and a half bath main house, with a separate guest house, on three acres—perfect for one or two couples. It is close to the ski basin, One Thousand Waves, and Canyon Road. The city is nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is a naturalist’s dream, surrounded by hiking trails where you can explore five diverse habitats.

Two Santa Fe experiences are available


Santa Fe Opera must be used between August 15 and 30, 2017. It includes a pair of tickets to the famous Santa Fe Opera, including a VIP pass to the Opera Club and Preferred Parking.

Santa Fe Ski must be used between January 1 and March 31, 2018.

Each package will include a copy of Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather, a fabulous fictional history of the founding of Santa Fe. Additional enhancements include admission to local museums. Travel arrangements are not included.

Value: $3,750 per package

Buy It Now: $4,500 per package
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Your Very Own Scientist

A Member of the Museum’s Research Staff and YOU at the Exclusive Rancho Las Cruces Seaside Resort in Baja California Sur

Enjoy a three-night stay for two at Rancho Las Cruces, an exclusive seaside resort located within a natural sanctuary. The private paradise you’ll call home boasts more than 10,000 acres and seven miles of private pristine coastline. A scientist from theNAT will host cocktail hour lectures and guided walks for you and your guest during your stay.

Restrictions: The resort is closed August 1–October 15 annually; offer expires March 24, 2018. Transportation from La Paz to the resort is included. Room accommodations are subject to availability. Excludes airfare to La Paz, bar service, and gratuities. Dates must be coordinated with the Museum’s research staff.

Value: $2,200

Buy It Now: $2,600
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Eastern Sierra Escape

Make Mammoth Lakes Your Base for a Week in an Outdoor Lover’s Paradise

Hike, hit the slopes, or simply relax for a week in Mammoth, the jewel of the eastern Sierras. Situated footsteps away from Canyon Lodge and near restaurants and entertainment, this St. Anton condominium is offered for seven days and six nights. The two bedroom/two bath unit sleeps six and features a well-equipped kitchen. Complement your eastern Sierra adventure with a gift certificate to “Bleu,” the popular wine bar and charcuterie shoppe. Extra bonus : a six-pack of apres adventure wines donated by WineSellar & Brassiere. Unit #78. ;

Restrictions/Terms: Must be used within one year (by March 24, 2018) and reservations are based on availability. This offer is non-transferable without the authorization of the owner. No pets are permitted. Blackout dates: September 1-4, 2017; November 22-26, 2017; December 18, 2017–January 2, 2018; February 16-19, 2018.

Value: $2,450

Buy It Now: $2,950
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Santa Cruz Island with the Nature Conservancy

Join The Nature Conservancy on an exclusive guided trip to Santa Cruz Island

Photo: Steve Francis

An experienced naturalist will accompany two adult guests (eight total) on an unforgettable trip to this stunning preserve.

Your unique three-day, two-night adventure includes small aircraft transportation (out of Oxnard Airport) to and from the island, fully appointed guest facilities and meals at the island’s historic Main Ranch, and tours of historic buildings in the island’s central valley. Choose between hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and driving tours along the coastline for breathtaking views of the Island and its unique fauna and flora, and have the opportunity to observe rarely seen animals and plants in their native habitat including the Santa Cruz Island fox and Island scrub-jay. Guests will have the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes peek of the island’s internationally renowned science and habitat restoration programs.

Restrictions/Terms: Trip is limited to the 2018 Santa Cruz Island hospitality season, from May – October, including midweek and weekend options. Availability will gradually become more limited as the island calendar is filled, and the winning bidder should book ASAP. Travel to the island is by small plane. Typical tour includes up to eight guests.

Value: $3,000

Buy It Now: $3,600
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Bespoke San Diego Birding

Private Birding Tour Custom-Designed for YOU by Curator of Birds and Mammals Phil Unitt

Philip Unitt will create a custom birding tour for up to six people anywhere within San Diego County. For this half- or full-day adventure you can suggest sites or habitats of interest to you, and Phil will design a trip around them. Or pick some species you have always wanted to see (or see better), and he will spin an itinerary around that theme. Suggest a month convenient for you, and he will design an itinerary to take advantage of the best birding appropriate for that season. Round out your citizen scientist adventure with a casual lunch and scintillating conversation.

Restrictions: Must be used within one year (by March 24, 2018). Holidays are not available and dates are based on availability of Phil Unitt.


Buy It Now: $1,500
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