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For wildlife experiences to take your breath away, Africa is incomparable. The phrase 'on safari' quickly conjures up thoughts of the vast Serengeti, tracking elusive big game through the veld and pausing with bated breath as a lion, leopard or cheetah quietly pads in front of your vehicle. Safari is undoubtedly one of our favourite - not to mention most popular - ways to travel; A&K started on safari in Kenya over 50 years ago, after all. Yet the desire to get up close with nature's most inspiring wild animal species can take you far beyond the borders of a single country or continent - Africa is comprised of 47 individual, totally unique countries, each with its own wildlife population. Whatever your animal passion, from lions to lemurs, we can take you to the best reserves in Africa to see your favourite animal in its natural habitat. Furthermore, we can get you there in true A&K style, with seamless on the ground logistics and the best guides and experts in their fields.
It's not too late to book your seat for the greatest wildlife show on earth. The Serengeti - meaning 'endless plains' in Maasai - on the northern border of Tanzania and Kenya, contains three million large animals with a legendary annual migration that sees some twelve million hooves thundering to new grazing grounds. Bearing witness to the migration is a true once in a lifetime experience: taking place in the Mara from July to October, you'll be immersed in Hemingway-style Africa, of covered canvas and careering beasts, observing the millions of wildebeest and zebra as they relocate north for the dry season. Between December and March, the migration can be found in the Southern Serengeti in Tanzania, where approximately 400,000 calves are born each year.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is aptly named: a dark, cavernous tangle of hardwoods, ferns, vines and bamboo stands, known as much for its biological diversity as it is for its crosshatch of disputed country borders. Half of the world's highly endangered mountain gorillas inhabit its jungles, which you can track on a specialist guided trek through the forest. Uganda is also home to chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions and over 1,000 recorded species of bird including the rare shoe-billed stork, meaning it's a great choice for bird lovers.
Africa is perhaps best known for its Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. But it's the little guys, the lesser known animals of the continent, that are often the most fascinating to observe in the wild. In Namibia, desert-adapted elephants flourish in the barren landscape which sustains little life; tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda are a mystifying population - no one really knows why they climb the trees. In Madagascar, the curiously anointed lemur is clearly the most popular citizen, but one shouldn't overlook the rather unfortunate looking aye-aye which lives in the rainforests, tapping into tree bark with specially adapted middle fingers to harvest insect larvae. And what of the humble meerkat? Head to Tswalu in South Africa or Makgadikgadi in Botswana to see a 'mob' of meerkats in its natural habitat.
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Our tried and tested formula for a successful family holiday is simple: happy kids, happy parents. A family-friendly safari ticks the boxes every time, as kids are entertained by the volume of wildlife, interesting landscapes and new cultures to explore, while parents can relax safe in the knowledge that the experienced staff of the camps and lodges have seen it all before. Our guides are not fazed by inquisitive minds, and most will tailor their routes and talks to cater to little ones. Our favourite destinations for family safaris are Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, in South Africa; the latter offers a range of private reserves, many the result of years of conservation projects, while Madikwe is home to a vast and varied animal population and a range of camps offering child-friendly excursions. Kenya's Meru and Masai Mara regions never fail to yield incredible sightings of game, while group travel is possible (and made easy) on our Small Group Journeys departures to Kenya and Tanzania (plus children save £500 off the adult price).
Game drives are undeniably a fantastic way to get up close and personal with animals in their natural habitat, but sometimes it's preferable to get totally immersed in the bush. For this we have the walking safari, perfect for those seeking to get closer to nature and embark on an adventure along the way. Zambia's South Luangwa is ideal for walking safaris; one of Africa's last unspoiled regions, it is home to a high density of game, some of which is rarely seen in other parts of Africa, including over 400 species of bird. Intercepted by the mighty Luangwa River, the scenery is fertile and green, which in turn affords a fantastic array of wildlife, from hippos to crocodiles.
A&K pioneered the idea of the luxury safari in Africa over 50 years ago, and with offices throughout Africa and our own people on the ground, our knowledge and experience in African holidays and Safaris is unsurpassed. Our Classic Journeys cover all of the must-see safari destinations, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Classic Journeys includes a selection of our most popular trips, competitively priced for independent travellers. By planning around specific departure dates, we are able to negotiate the best possible rates. What's more, whatever destination you choose, you'll be looked after by A&K staff throughout: we have our own people - and vehicles - providing on the ground services in each of our Africa destinations. As standard, each tour includes your international and domestic flights, transfers, accommodation and guiding, delivered by our knowledgeable and experienced guides, so it's the ideal way to experience the continent without worrying about all the additional extras - everything really is taken care of for you.
Our Small Group Journeys enable you to explore the world's most intriguing destinations with like-minded travellers, accompanied by an A&K Tour Director and our own local guides who are universally recognised as the best in the business. Curated by our local offices across the continent, you'll explore the most iconic aspects of Africa, enjoying privileged access and discovering the culture and history to really get under the skin; returning not only refreshed but also enlightened. Our Luxury Small Group Journey to Botswana is also our flagship Southern Africa safari journey, enhanced by more than five decades of on the ground experience. Travel to Kenya and Tanzania and you'll spend 10 days experiencing the best of the region's national parks and game reserves, while staying in stunning lodges and our signature permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara. Alternatively, you could explore East Africa on our Migration Safari, spending six nights at the heart of the Great Migration.
Classic Botswana 2015
Nights: 9 | from £5,295
Botswana is perhaps unmatched as a safari destination. The country’s policy of high-quality, low-density tourism ensures the wilderness experience here is first class, and absolutely heaving with game. The proliferation of middle-of-nowhere airstrips also means it’s possible to hop about with ease, and combine three amazing areas in little more than a week.
Classic Kenya 2015
Nights: 7 | from £3,640
Kenya – with its endless savannah and abundance of animals – is the quintessential safari spot, and in eight days it’s possible to pack in the most iconic species and heart-thumping spectacles with Masai culture, magnificent lodges and the odd sundowner, to toast the perfect trip.
Classic Uganda 2015
Nights: 10 | from £5,565
Uganda is East Africa’s surprise package. It is best-known for having the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas – and certainly the experience of tracking these rare, regal creatures is one of travel’s greatest. But the country offers much, much more, from lake lounging to majestic mountains, from classic game drives to trekking with chimps too. And in 11 days, you can see the lot.
Sanctuary Baines' Camp
Sanctuary Chief's Camp
Moremi Game Reserve
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park
Our top offers
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 1st July and 20th September 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
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