London, 28 February 2019.
A&K’s LUXURY AFRICA HOLIDAYS IN 2019
Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent was born in Kenya and has been internationally recognized as the first name in luxury adventure travel for more than 55 years. Founded by Geoffrey Kent, A&K has always strived to deliver experiences, not just ‘humble holidays. With ground-breaking mobile refrigeration and the first luxurious tented camps in Africa, we revolutionised the travel industry in the early 1960s. Today, our outstanding travel and tour operations explore 100 countries on all seven continents.
We’ve curated some of our favourite experiences and itineraries below. From cheetah conservation to private jet journeys, we’ve got Africa covered.
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Cape Adventure, Meerkats & Madikwe
Your South Africa itinerary ticks off the best of the country’s cities and natural wonders. Start your adventure in cosmopolitan Cape Town and enjoy the panoramic views from Table Mountain. After two days exploring the city, depart for the bewitching Kalahari Desert. In one of the largest reserves in Africa you can go in search of meerkat, dine on the dunes or simply visit the world's oldest rock art. End your holiday in style with an African safari in the Madikwe. Here you’ll see the Big Five on game drives from your lavish lodge.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 13-nights from £6,995pp Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and some guiding
Discover South Africa
South Africa shines bright. Its outstanding beauty balanced by cool creative endeavours. Experience it all on this holiday in the Rainbow Nation’s west. Fall for cool Cape Town’s many charms. Wander the winelands from a base in Stellenbosch, where you’ll go on a Foodies by Foot experience. Jump on a Wine Tram for a hop on/hop off tour of some of the most revered wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley. Take to the open road on the Garden Route, cradled between the winding coast and the mountains. Your final stop is Knysna, perched on a forest-enclosed lagoon, with its cafés, bars and micro-breweries.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 12-nights from £2,750pp Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and some guiding
Our tailor-made itineraries and personal Zambia travel guides will ensure your safari is packed with adventure, romance and thrilling wildlife encounters. We’ll also make sure you enjoy it in comfort and style. Walking safaris will take you to the heart of the renowned South Luangwa National Park. There will be canoe trips along the mighty Zambezi River in search of hippo and elephant. Wherever you are our experienced Zambia travel guides know precisely where to find the best viewing spots. You’ll stay in luxurious bush camps and idyllic riverside treehouses for a memorably authentic holiday in Zambia. And capping the trip in the best way possible will be the iconic Victoria Falls.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 11-nights from £5,790pp Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and some guiding
Skeleton Coast Flying Safari
Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is one of the most remarkable natural landscapes on Earth. Our Skeleton Coast flying safari immerses you in its stunning geological formations and unique wildlife. Towering red sand dunes rise from the desert sheltering animals who have adapted over time to survive here. Moving among wildlife, such as the desert elephant, are the nomadic Himba people. Combining flights in light aircraft with land-based 4x4 excursions, you’ll witness all the staggering landscapes of the Skeleton Coast and the remarkable life it contains. From the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay to the surreal, marooned whalebones, a visit here is utterly unique.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 3-nights from £5,465pp Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and guiding
Iconic South Africa to Mozambique
Visit South Africa’s Cape Town and the rural Winelands. Then fly to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Cross over the border to Zambia and Victoria Falls before journeying to Mozambique’s coastline.
Get swept up in Cape Town’s cosmopolitan scene and sip superlative shiraz in the Winelands’s rolling vineyards. For prime predator viewing, there’s nowhere better than Botswana’s emerald Okavango Delta from where you can explore rich wildlife in a dugout canoe. Experience the awesome sight of Victoria Falls and its thundering sheets of water and unwind on Mozambique’s sun-drenched beaches lapped by azure waters.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 17-nights from £9,995pp Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and guiding
Private Jet Journey - Wings Over Southern Africa
Experience the best of Southern Africa on this epic adventure: Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta, Sossusvlei and Cape Town. Enjoy luxurious accommodations throughout your journey, tree houses, bush pavilions, elegant private villas and chic hotels. Catch some of the region’s finest game viewing in the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, the predator capital of Africa. Explore Sossusvlei, where the terracotta-coloured sand dunes rise 1,000 feet or more, and visit Nakatindi Village’s school and clinic, supported by A&K Philanthropy. Customise your travel experience in Cape Town with our Design Your Day® options. See full tour details.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 13-nights from £30,765pp Includes private jet, transfers, accommodation and guiding
Go on A Cheetah Conservation Watch – Tanzania
Sanctuary Kusini and its southern plains are famous for their high cheetah population. But partly because of habitat loss and partly because of human conflict, cheetahs are now designated as Vulnerable to Extinction. Today there are very few of these sleek, majestic animals still roaming free in the wild. The Serengeti Cheetah Project compiles vital information in the fight to protect the species. When a cheetah is seen, it is photographed and identified by its unique spot patterns. Its location, condition and reproductive status are entered into a database to map, monitor and protect the movement of cheetah populations. Guests can go cheetah-spotting on safari at Sanctuary Kusini, or another of our Serengeti camps. You can submit your photographs of cheetah, along with information about where and when they were seen, to the Serengeti Cheetah Project. They will be entered into the database and provide valuable information to researchers.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 12-nights from £6,500pp. Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and some guiding
Ultimate East Africa safari
Visit Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and the Masai Mara. Then journey to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Experience a safari-trip like no other, combining Africa’s iconic wildlife destinations. Drive through Kenya’s picture-perfect savannahs with a roster of big game. Explore the famed Masai Mara where you can witness the great migration and its mass movement of wildebeest. The three-million-year old Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife utopia full of silvery-cheeked hornbills, spotted hyena and huge herds of Grant’s gazelles. Then head to Tanzania’s Serengeti grasslands, teeming with legendary creatures. You’ll camp in classic safari-style.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 12- nights from £6,650pp
Ethiopia offers rich history, fascinating culture and many dramatic landscapes. In the atmospheric markets of Ethiopia's eccentric capital, Addis Ababa, you can bargain for baskets before meeting Lucy, one of our earliest human ancestors. A guided cruise across Lake Tana brings you to the hallowed source of the Blue Nile. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Axum and Lalibela contain pilgrims trailing through the labyrinthine passages of rock-hewn churches. And there’s always going to be some exquisite buna to sip, Ethiopia’s famously strong coffee.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 10-nights from £5,785pp Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and guiding
Our tailor made Kenya tours offer the opportunity to experience classic Kenyan sights on safari, on foot, by helicopter, and on a camel trek. The striking Lewa Downs guarantee an exciting safari experience and we’ll make sure there are as many ways to enjoy exploring the landscapes as there is wildlife to encounter. Having mastered the bush, you’ll be whisked off to the verdant plains of the magnificent Masai Mara. Here you can discover the culture and traditions of the Maasai people and experience thrilling dawn and dusk game drives on the search for Africa’s Big Five.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 11-nights from £5,575pp Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and guiding
Kilimanjaro - The Machame Route
The Machame route is the most popular way to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. You can climb in confidence with A&K, we have a 97 per cent summit success rate. Benefit from additional acclimatisation days – a key component to reaching the roof of Africa. You’ll trek the Machame route alongside our attentive and experienced guides, all of whom are certified Wilderness First Responders. Staying in comfortable igloo tents, your epic ascent of Uhuru Peak will see you scale the highest point on the African continent. Your safety on the mountain is as important to us as successfully reaching the summit, which is why we are proud to support the Kilimanjaro Porter Association Project (KPAP).
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 9-nights from £6,350pp Includes flights, transfers, accommodation and guiding
Gorilla Tracking Holidays & Tours
Our gorilla tour offers one of the most dramatic wildlife encounters you could ever hope to experience. Flying first to the Rwandan capital Kigali, you’ll be whisked to the lush forests of Volcanoes National Park. Following an expert guide, you’ll seek out a family of habituated mountain gorilla, a gentle and sadly endangered species. One of the most rewarding wildlife experiences on Earth, meeting these rare and beautiful beasts in their natural habitat is both humbling and ennobling. Prepare for a moving encounter that will lift your soul.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers 3-nights from £3,995pp based on two adults sharing, excluding international flights from the UK. Price includes one gorilla-tracking permit per person
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
You may be a fan of Gorillas in the Mist, but nothing can live up to the real thing. A visit to Rwanda means you can get close to this highly endangered species and observe gorilla in the wild. Venture to Volcanoes National Park accompanied by an expert guide who can lead you to one of the resident gorilla families. Follow in Dian Fossey’s footsteps studying entertaining infants and charismatic silverbacks, some weighing in at more than 150 kilograms. It’s a soul-stirring encounter. With only eight travellers per group, you’ll be one of the rare few to experience these creatures completely undisturbed.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 702) offers a Classic Rwanda itinerary from £6,695 including flights, transfers, accommodation and some experiences
We’re excited about…
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Relaunches | Botswana
Dramatically perched on a hill above the Chobe River in Botswana, this refined retreat is relaunching with 15 stunning, breezy suites, scattered across lush green lawns, and gorgeous reception spaces. On the edge of Chobe National Park, home to the world’s largest population of elephants, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero offers unparalleled views across the floodplains.
The large, exceptional suites flaunt clean lines and natural materials, the perfect blend of modern design and distinct traditional African finishes, and feature heavenly beds, generous freestanding baths, and rain showers. Outside, each suite’s large terrace is the splendid spot to sip cocktails or enjoy a romantic private dinner served under the African sky. Images available here.
Singita Unveils New-Look For Singita Faru Lodge | Tanzania
In February 2019, Singita Faru Faru Lodge, located in a private 350,000-acre reserve, unveiled its new look, taking
inspiration from the surrounding wilderness and aiming to bring the Serengeti to guests’ fingertips. The lodge is situated on a riverside slope with direct, panoramic views over the Serengeti and draws on cues from traditional African craft, combined with inspiration from Scandinavian simplicity. Apart from the twice-daily game drives, alternative activities on offer to guests at Singita Faru Faru include visiting an anti-poaching observation post to learn more from the scouts about the vital conservation efforts that are in place in the reserve to protect the wildlife. Guests can also partake in guided safari walks, relax at the spa, visit the boutique and gallery or enjoy wine tastings of some South Africa’s best labels with a private wine sommelier. Images available here.
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About Abercrombie & Kent:
Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk