It's a well-documented fact that Abercrombie & Kent owes an element of its success to Land Rover. Without Geoffrey Kent's reliable Defender, adapted with refrigeration and the all-important silver ice bucket back in 1962, our company would not be what it is today. Founded on the plains of Africa, it seems only fitting that A&K and Land Rover have joined together for an epic African adventure; one which puts you in the driving seat of the state-of-art Discovery 4.
And which country is the best place to put your Land Rover Discovery through its paces than wild, unrelenting Namibia? Namibia is Africa with bells on, a million facets in one country, from the extremes of Sossusvlei's stunning dunes to the lush, leafy bush of Etosha National Park. It's the adventure capital of Africa: where else can you scale a 350m high sand dune, go off-road in game reserves and fly over the desert in a hot air balloon, before setting off to spot whales on a marine safari in the crashing Atlantic? We are reluctant to use the word breathtaking, but in this instance there's simply no better word to use: Namibia takes your breath away. If not the views alone, the off road driving over sand dunes and across salt pans and, of course, the game drives, that will elicit wails of delight as you turn up the action on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. And after all that adrenalin-fuelled excitement by day, by the time darkness falls, there's the silence. Under a blanket of crystalline stars, you'll never experience quite like it anywhere else. It's not only breathtaking, it's practically out of this world.
This 11 day action-packed epic Land Rover Adventure by Abercrombie & Kent begins in Namibia's capital, Windhoek, where after an introduction to your Land Rover vehicle, you'll set off across the stunning Naukluft Mountains to Sossusvlei, on the edge of the Namib Desert, safe in the knowledge that highly-experienced Land Rover Instructions are on hand with off-road driving advice and tips should the terrain become a tad testing.
After a starry-skied night at Kulala Desert Lodge, a hot air balloon safari awaits at dawn. Then an exhilarating drive through the mighty red dunes and salt pans of Deadvlei, where the iconic 900-year-old skeleton trees stand perfectly preserved.
Next you'll traverse the spectacular Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons, across the Namib plains, northwest to Walvis Bay. Among palm-lined coastal dunes, you'll bed down at your luxury lodge on Pelican Point peninsula, with time spare for dolphin-watching.
The adventure then advances into the more remote Kunene region of Damaraland, to Desert Rhino Camp. Here you'll join the Save the Rhino Trust for an incredibly privileged chance to see the endangered black rhino. And in the shadow of the Etendeka Mountains, you'll be able to push your driving skills in the rolling, rocky hills and water crossings.
Finally you'll head east, across savannah woodland to Etosha National Park and Ongava Lodge game reserve, home to elephant, leopard and springbok. A picture-perfect memory of an unforgettable experience awaits.
Enjoy the drive...
1. It is home to the highest sand dunes in the world
2. The sand dunes actually roar - where the dunes are so large, air trapped between the millions of grains of sand creates a rumble that can sound like an airplane passing overhead
3. It has the second lowest population density in the world
4. Over 20 films have been shot here (including Mad Max: Fury Road and 10,000 BC)
5. It is home to the world's largest underground lake located in Dragon's Breath Cave
6. It has the largest number of cheetahs in the world
7. There are 800-year-old dead trees in the Namib-Naukluft Park - the air is so dry in this part of Namibia that the trees never properly decomposed when they died
8. Namibia is home to the largest single piece of meteor on earth weighing 66 tonnes - it is thought to have landed on earth around 80,000 years ago
9. It is home to the oldest desert in the world, the Namib desert, which is estimated to be over 700 million years old
10. 80% of the country is made up of desert, perfect for exploring in a Land Rover Discovery