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How about this for the ultimate sundowner? We heard about it from two guests, recently returned from Kenya's Mara North Conservancy. Their game drive ended on an isolated hill with a poetry-inducing 360-degree panorama. As the setting sun stained the vast wilderness blood red, their guide handed them Masai blankets, traditional weapons and an iced G&T with freshly cut lime. For a perfect crescendo, they spotted a huge leopard as they drove back to camp, following it for twenty minutes without another human in sight.
In Kenya, of course, we offer more than superlative sundowners. A lot more. This is our heartland, where A&K was born over half a century ago, and nobody understands the country like we do. It's the core of our East Africa operation: a one stop shop offering seamless regional travel with 400 experienced staff, many of them multi-lingual - including superb guides with specialities from bird watchers to first-time safari-goers - 24-hour emergency contact, and the continent's best vehicle fleet.
Take an Abercrombie & Kent Kenya holiday and we'll give you a vintage taste of glorious nature with a Hemmingway-style mobile camping safari. We've finessed the art for several decades so you enjoy hot showers, flushing loos and 'tent butlers', all in fabulous game viewing locations. And don't forget the bread; our chefs bake it fresh each day in traditional ground ovens. You're under canvas but you're certainly not roughing it.
We'll show you a country whose prolific wildlife comes with snow-capped peaks and wide savannah punctuated by volcanoes, rounded off with palm-fringed Indian Ocean beaches. There are the Masai Mara's grassy plains, alive with lion, leopard and cheetah, and staggeringly impressive annual migrations; Lewa Downs, a conservation success story for endangered species; and Amboseli, where herds of elephant roam beneath Kilimanjaro's photogenic slopes.
Head to the centre for the drama of the Rift Valley, overlooked by the Laikipia Plateau, one of the black rhino's final refuges; there are vividly coloured crater lakes frescoed with pink flamingo, while further north the arid lowlands of the Samburu Reserve provide the stage for safaris on foot or camel. If you can't find a perfect sundowner spot in Kenya, we'd be very surprised.
Suggested itineraries in Kenya
Nights: 7 | from £3,600
Search for the ‘Big Five’ and other wildlife while you explore Kenya’s national parks with expert guides and local Masai and Saburu residents.
Nights: 8 | from £4,995
An 8 night African adventure tracking the Big 5 in the famous Masai Mara and exploring Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Highlights of Kenya
Nights: 7 | from £3,625
Track lions, hang out with chimpanzees, learn from the Masai and go on game drives through Kenya on our 9 day Kenyan adventure.
Islands, Savannas & the Amazon: Around the World by Private Jet
Nights: 25 | from £70,600
An incredible around-the-world trip by private jet taking in spectacular destinations, like Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Monaco over 25 nights.
Luxury Small Group Journeys - Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari
Nights: 13 | from £5,135
This 13 night itinerary through Kenya and Tanzania includes gorgeous lodges and daily game drives into the finest national parks and game reserves.
Islands, Savannahs and the Amazon by Private Jet
Nights: 26 | from £80,689
Fly around the world on an exclusive private jet journey, taking in the mighty Amazon, tropical Samoa and mysterious Papua New Guinea, captivating Asia and the beautiful plains of Kenya.
Out of Africa
Nights: 10 | from £7,775
Follow in the footsteps of silver screen legends on our 11-day Out of Africa tour of Kenya.
Family Luxury Small Group Journey - Family Kenya & Tanzania Safari
Nights: 14 | from £7,475
Visiting Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park And Masai Mara Game Reserve
A Family Safari to Kenya
Nights: 8 | from £5,340
Perfect for your first family safari, this magical trip means getting up close and personal with the 'Big 5': lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes.
Save up to £475pp on 6 nights from £3,150pp
Book a six night holiday to Kenya and receive a free night when staying four nights. Includes three nights and Kicheche Laikipia and three nights at Kicheche Mara. Prices from £3,150pp including international flights and six nights' accommodation. Valid for travel until 31st December 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
CONTACT US ON 01242 547 702 OR ENQUIRE ONLINE
Price from £5,670 per person saving up to £600 per person for 8 nights
There has never been a better time to travel to Kenya and stay at Sanctuary Olonana. With this exclusive offer save £600 per person on our Quintessential Kenya itinerary. Price from £5,670 per person including international fligths, accommodation on a full board basis and two daily safari activities based on two people sharing a double/twin. The saving is based on travelling in high season between 01 July and 20th September 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
CONTACT US ON 01242 547 755 OR ENQUIRE ONLINE
Save up to £585pp on 7 nights from £3,535pp
Book a seven night holiday to Kenya and receive a free night when staying four nights. Includes three nights at Kicheche Laikipia and four nights at Naibor, Masai Mara. Prices from £3,535pp including international flights and seven nights' accommodation. Valid for travel until 15th July 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
CONTACT US ON 01242 547 755 OR ENQUIRE ONLINE
Nairobi or Mombasa
8 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
Kenya's equatorial location ensures warm weather year round, though it can be cool at night and first thing in the morning. There are two rain seasons, the long rains occur from late March to early June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.