History

Founders

Geoffrey Kent and his parents, Valerie and Colonel John Kent, founded Abercrombie & Kent in 1962. The company's beginnings were modest; Geoffrey Kent remembers their first safaris were conducted with little more than "a Bedford truck and my mother's sterling silver ice bucket."

In 1967, Geoffrey Kent (by now Managing Director, following his parents' retirement) decided to expand A&K's signature style of travel. In 1969, he began opening additional companies in Africa; in 1971, he met Jorie Ford Butler of Oak Brook, Illinois. She became a partner in the business and together they grew A&K into a worldwide group of companies, with offices in London, Downers Grove, Illinois and Melbourne, Australia.

Today, A&K runs 52 full-time offices worldwide, staffed by more than 2,500 people. Its reputation allows A&K travellers private, sometimes exclusive access to museums, archaeological sites and cultural attractions around the world. The company's more recent innovations include Private Jet Journeys, the ultimate luxury travel experience, and Connections: group journeys that offer something never before possible: a chance to discover the world in the company of unmatched local experts, at an unbeatable value.

A&K's staff continues to seek pioneering new ways of exploring the globe - and among it is Geoffrey Kent, who still travels the world interviewing guides, scouting locations and ensuring that the standards he and his parents established more than 50 years ago remain in place on each and every A&K journey.