Looking at these pages, you might be wondering what the connection is between Jaguar racing cars, lions and elephants? Although the Jaguar doesn’t exist in Botswana, Feline Fields does, and they are one of Series Elite’s luxury partners in the latest motorsport series designed for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs). CEO and founder of Series Elite Graeme Glew, and CEO of Feline Fields Raphael Del Sarte go back a long way, to when Graeme ran a racing team which Raphael drove for in the inaugural Formula First Championship in 1987. Since then Graeme has continued in motorsport while Raphael took a new direction to establish one of the most luxurious Safari Lodges in Africa, nestling on the edge of the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Fast and furious
Series Elite utilises the astonishing Jaguar SVO Project 8 cars in race trim, offering HNWIs who have always dreamed of being racing drivers the chance to race against like-minded opponents over seven events in the UK. For 2020, the Series offers a complete package for the novice driver, including motorsport license, ice-driving in Sweden (to develop car control) and all the race gear and practice required to be ready. In other words, it’s simply arrive and drive, or even race!
According to Graeme: “Motorsport is an expensive sport, and there are so many ‘petrol heads’ across the world who perhaps never had the opportunity to race when they were younger, but have now reached a stage in their life where they want to fulfil their lifelong racing dream.” Series Elite has been designed specifically for these men and women. Depending on how much practice you do and how much time you have, the cost of competing in the series for seven events is under £100,000, which in motorsport terms is excellent value.
One of the luxury brands who have become partners of Series Elite is Feline Fields. They believe that motorsport is a crucial marketing arena to attract business to their luxurious five-star facility. Those signing up for a test drive with Series Elite are entitled to a complimentary additional nights stay at Feline Fields. The typical itinerary is to split the holiday between the lodge, which has all the pampering facilities you would expect, and glamping on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Feline Fields offers so much more than just superb safari, including tennis, horse riding, an evening with the local bushman tribe and “fat” bikes which you can ride safely around the lodge.
“We make sure that everyone who visits Feline Fields receives the best service, cuisine and memories that will last forever!” says Raphael Del Sarte, CEO of Feline Fields. A typical cost for a family of four spending seven days is around the $8,000 mark, this does also include a helicopter transfer from Maun Airport. Feline Fields receives excellent reviews and has won awards for being one of the best Safari Lodges in Africa.