Welcome to A&K’s New Luxury Travel Blog

Inside the Ampersand
Geoffrey Kent

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Inside the Ampersand, the new travel blog by Abercrombie & Kent. A celebration of the world’s best luxury travel experiences as well as its most inspiring destinations, Inside the Ampersand is also uniquely A&K in that it delivers an insider’s perspective — as only we can.

From exploration in Antarctica to luxury African safaris to pure culture immersion in Cuba, we plan to take you there with firsthand stories and memorable images from our own insiders (as well as you, our guests), the latest news in the locales we visit and my own personal stories, from explorations past and present.

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Video: A&K Staff Pedals Hard to Fill Two Shipping Containers with Bicycles for Africa

A&K Philanthropy, working with the nonprofit Wheels of Change International (WOC), challenged the staff of Abercrombie & Kent in Downers Grove, Illinois, to gather enough donated bicycles to fill an entire shipping container. WOC will deliver the bikes to Nakatindi Village in Zambia where, upon arrival, they help boost the local economy. Using a combination of personal donations and enthusiastic outreach to friends, family and their local neighborhoods, the A&K folks ended up filling not one, but two containers. That’s more than 700 bicycles, each of which will allow a student to attend a distant school, a healthcare worker to reach many more patients or a family member to carry five times as much groceries or supplies. WOC also equips local entrepreneurs to repair and resell the bikes, and repurposes the shipping containers to serve as bike shops. See how A&K friends and family helped change the world, two wheels at a time.

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On Safari: A Day I’ll Never Forget in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

On Safari: A Day I’ll Never Forget in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

A first-timer ventures deep on a Botswana safari — in one epic day

Nina Kokotas HahnPost by Nina Kokotas Hahn, A&K Staff Writer

Waking on an A&K safari in Botswana is something magical. First comes the steady call of the African mourning dove, which overpower the rest of the bush choir; the rustling trees on the other side of the canvas walls (What could that be?), only occasionally audible over the whirring fan above the bed; and then the morning light slowly spilling into the room. All this before the bush equivalent of an alarm clock: French-press coffee delivered to our door by the cheery camp staff and served on a tray dressed in white linens.

Travelling on A&K’s Botswana Safari in Style journey, we had flown from South Africa to Botswana and Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, set in the Okavango Delta. A favorite A&K camp, Chief’s sits on its namesake island in the Mombo Concession within the Moremi Game Reserve, which is the only protected area within the delta. Wildlife is especially plentiful here and drivers may venture off-path to pursue “Big Five” game (black rhinos, Cape buffalo, elephants, leopards and lions) — something that is not allowed in Africa’s national parks.

Our A&K guide revealed that a pride of lions had been spotted nearby, and the plan for our morning game drive was to go out in search of it. After a big breakfast in the main lodge, we hopped aboard our open-air 4×4, a custom A&K-outfitted safari vehicle, and set off across the delta with our driver, Sky.

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In Pictures: Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India

In Pictures: Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India

Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Varnasi along the banks of the holy Ganges and Agra with its color-changing Taj Mahal — get inspired by mesmerizing India with these photographs taken this past Spring on A&K’s Luxury Small Group Journey, Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India.

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Expert’s Eye: Xian

Expert’s Eye: Xian

You’ve Seen the Terra Cotta Warriors. Now What?

A&K Tour Director Gerald HatherlyEver since 1974, when local farmers accidentally unearthed its now world-renowned Terra Cotta Warriors, Xian, China, has graced countless luxury China tour itineraries. Viewing the life-size antiquities up close, accompanied by an on-site archaeologist on an A&K Luxury Small Group Journey, is an unforgettable travel experience clearly worth the trip.

Less obvious is how to choose from among this ancient city’s many other cultural and historic attractions. So, we asked Gerald Hatherly — one of A&K’s premier Tour Directors and a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for China — for his best recommendations.

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