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Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa 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 not only for 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.

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London, March 2022 

Endurance: Shackleton's lost ship is found in Antarctic

Scientists have found and filmed one of the greatest ever undiscovered shipwrecks 107 years after it sank.

The Endurance, the lost vessel of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was found at the weekend at the bottom of the Weddell Sea.

The ship was crushed by sea-ice and sank in 1915, forcing Shackleton and his men to make an astonishing escape on foot and in small boats. Video of the remains show Endurance to be in remarkable condition.

On an Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruise to Antarctica, follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Please find a selection below.

A&K expedition – Antarctic Cruise Adventure 2022 | 12 NIGHTS FROM £10,445pp

Embark on the Luxury Expedition Cruise of a lifetime to extraordinary Antarctica, where towering icebergs and massive glaciers showcase flawless beauty. Uncover the effects of rising global temperatures first-hand with enthralling lectures by climate scientist James McClintock, enjoy daily Zodiac excursions to the White Continent and witness rare and thrilling wildlife up close – from lively flocks of penguins to several species of whales.

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands: Holiday Voyage 2022 | 17 NIGHTS FROM £15,335pp

Cruise the South Shetlands Islands in search of rare Antarctic wildlife, discover rich history in the Falkland Islands and explore abundant natural phenomena in South Georgia.  Experience the hidden treasures of Antarctica on this voyage, following in the footsteps of explorers such as Sir Ernest Shackleton. Journey through the polar wilderness aboard luxury mega-yacht, Le Lyrial, savouring the glacial beauty from the comfort of your guaranteed balcony accommodation.

A&K Expedition - Antarctic Cruise Adventure 2023 | 12 NIGHTS FROM £11,690pp

Embark on the Luxury Expedition Cruise of a lifetime to extraordinary Antarctica, where towering icebergs and massive glaciers showcase flawless beauty. Uncover the effects of rising global temperatures first-hand with enthralling lectures by climate scientist James McClintock, enjoy daily Zodiac excursions to the White Continent and witness rare and thrilling wildlife up close – from lively flocks of penguins to several species of whales.

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands: Holiday Voyage 2023 | 17 NIGHTS FROM £17,185pp

Experience an epic holiday adventure to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, celebrating the arrival of the new year in the world’s most remarkable wilderness alongside A&K’s passionate Expedition Team. Enjoy additional family programming led by A&K Young Explorers Guides and unforgettable holiday festivities on board, all while experiencing otherworldly landscapes on daily Zodiac excursions.

A&K expedition – Antarctica Discovery: Across the Antarctic Circle 2023 | 14 NIGHTS FROM £13,455pp

Embark on the Luxury Expedition Cruise of a lifetime aboard Le Lyrial. Witness the beauty of Antarctica’s towering icebergs, blue glaciers and spectacular wildlife up close. Enjoy thrilling, expert-led excursions by Zodiac boat. Venture beyond the Antarctic Circle to the historic, rarely explored treasures of the Southern Ocean. Discover wildlife-rich Marguerite Bay, the southernmost region believed to have been visited by Palmer. A full programme of lectures affords you fascinating insights into the ‘White Continent’ throughout your voyage. Follow in the footsteps of the world’s greatest polar explorers, discovering famed islands and thrilling tales of adventure. 

Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands: Photography Adventure 2023 | 17 NIGHTS FROM £15,710pp

Join this panoramic Luxury Expedition Cruise and explore the colourful Falkland Islands, unspoiled South Georgia with its rookeries of king penguins, and epic Antarctica — an ideal itinerary for photographers and explorers alike. Go ashore with your Expedition Team to visit areas rich in the history of polar exploration and experience the wildlife of the Southern Ocean region in all its glory.

Images of Antarctica can be found here.

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About Abercrombie & Kent Group

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. A pioneer in luxury and adventure travel, the company has more than 55 offices in over 30 countries dedicated to partnering with premium and luxury travel companies to provide high quality and innovative travel experiences on all seven continents. On-site offices staffed 24/7 guarantee a seamless process from itinerary design to on-the-ground services for Tour Operators, Cruise Lines, Meeting & Incentive Groups and Travel Professionals. A&K DMC services are only available on a business-to-business basis to travel industry professionals. 

London, February 2022 

A&K Launches Australian Indigenous Air Safari

Chartered plane trip takes clients to some of the most remote corners of Australia

Abercrombie & Kent (A&K), the multi-award-winning luxury travel company, has launched an Australian Indigenous Air Safari; a 15 night journey travelling from Queensland to the Northern Territory to South Australia, all by charter plane with the best accommodations and indigenous experiences.

This insightful exploration of Australia begins with a private jet flight from Brisbane, Queensland to Laura, home to the largest collection of prehistoric rock art. This is the only place where you can see Quinkan Rock Art – there are more than 10,000 sites – and UNESCO lists Laura as one of the world’s most important rock art sites. On a tour here, a Kuku-Yalanji guide can introduce guests to the ‘Magnificent Galley’: a 20,000-year-old outback museum packed with diverse pieces of art that all have a story to tell. For the most authentic experience, we arranged for our clients to stay at Jarramali Camp, where guests sleep deep in the outback on traditional land owned by Johnny and his family for hundreds of years in this sacred place guests will be treated to a personal audience with songkeeper Jessie Lloyd – a talented Aboriginal singer, cultural ambassador and founder of the award-winning Mission Songs Project. Around the warmth of a crackling campfire, Jessie takes her audience on a moving musical journey, sharing almost-forgotten folk songs and intimate stories of how daily life would have been for indigenous communities on Christian missions and state-run settlements.

The discoveries continue in Cape York, flying over spectacular turquoise reefs, verdant rainforest and rust-red outback landscapes. Cape York is the northernmost tip of Australia and here, on the sweeping sands of secluded Frangipani Beach, our clients tucked into a mouth-watering picnic washed down with ice-cold beers. On a trip to Cape York, there’s also the opportunity to visit World War II wreckages, Aboriginal homesteads and pearl diving sites. For remote relaxation, stay at Banubanu Beach Retreat in the northeast corner of Arnhem Land – very few people travel to this corner of the country, so the beaches are gloriously unspoilt and it feels more like a Pacific island than mainland Australia. Activities are about getting back to nature – go fishing and you might spot prized Spanish mackerel or coral trout.

Next to the Northern Territory to stay at the famed Bamurru Plains. Here, guests can head deep into the wilderness on guided tours in search of dingo and buffalo, and explore the rock art, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. The journey is part of the adventure as you’ll travel by quad bike or airboat. Even mealtimes are a thrill – lunch can be served high in the treetops at a secluded hide, with just the birds for company.

The next step in the journey is to Ayers Rock Resort in the remarkable Red Centre for a stay at Longitude 131°, where the front-row views of Uluru are astonishing. Sunrise and sunset over Uluru are mesmerising, and the scenes don’t disappoint after dark either, thanks to Bruce Munro’s beautiful Field of Light exhibition, where 50,000 glass bud-like stems illuminate the desert landscape. Uluru is Australia’s spiritual heartland; alongside the luxury hotels and exclusive dining, there’s the opportunity to take part in a one-of-a-kind authentic Aboriginal experience, learning how the Luritja and Pertame use bush tucker and bush medicines for healing and much more. By special arrangement, our clients were also able to meet local artisans and gain an insight into the ancient techniques and stories that form the basis of their Tjukurpa artworks.

The final stop is Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Australia’s wildlife haven, where sea lions laze on the beach and wallabies freely hop around the island. Luxury isn’t overlooked in this rugged region – staying at One Kangaroo Island, an exclusive retreat on the shores of a pristine beach. To round off this immersive itinerary, a private dinner with Craig Wickman – one of Wanderlust’s top three guides in the world – provided incredible inspiration while guests tucked into wood-fired pizzas at his home.

A&K was founded in Kenya by Geoffrey Kent and his parents as a safari outfitter in 1962. Over the past 60 years, it has grown to become the world's largest luxury travel company with more than 55 offices in over 30 countries and 2,500 staff on all seven continents.  

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All media enquiries, please contact: 

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About Abercrombie & Kent Group

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. A pioneer in luxury and adventure travel, the company has more than 55 offices in over 30 countries dedicated to partnering with premium and luxury travel companies to provide high quality and innovative travel experiences on all seven continents. On-site offices staffed 24/7 guarantee a seamless process from itinerary design to on-the-ground services for Tour Operators, Cruise Lines, Meeting & Incentive Groups and Travel Professionals. A&K DMC services are only available on a business-to-business basis to travel industry professionals.