Luxury Redefined: Botswana’s Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Luxury Redefined: Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Spectacular, renovated Chief’s Camp sets a new bar with huge suites, expanded public areas – and its own solar farm

When you’re already solidly on top it’s hard to raise the bar – but that’s just what Chief’s Camp in Botswana has done. A top-to-bottom renovation has made this top-tier camp even more luxurious, with 10 beautiful, stylish pavilions that are triple the size of the previous suites, more privacy, additional public areas, a greatly reduced carbon footprint and a stunning, one-of-a-kind Geoffrey Kent Suite.

“The new Chief’s Camp provides guests with every luxury and then some,” says Charl Badenhorst, Operations Director for Sanctuary Retreats in Botswana. “And we’ve taken full advantage of our location in the best game-viewing area in Botswana by adding more outdoor spaces, including private plunge pools, expansive decks and private outdoor dining options so our guests can fully enjoy their surroundings.”

Chief's Camp Outdoor Dining

Morning coffee delivery and heated mattress pads are just some of the special touches at the camp. Each en suite bathroom has floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors, a spacious outdoor shower, a large, indulgent soaking tub and top-of-the-line amenities.
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Cuba & South America by Private Jet

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This fall we had the pleasure of spending 23 days exploring the many wonders of Cuba and South America. Geoffrey Kent joined us for the exciting milestone of being the first Private Jet journey to travel to Cuba, followed by Colombia – an art lovers’ dream. From there, we went on to discover the vibrant cultures of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, the mysteries of Machu Picchu and Easter Island and the stunning natural wonders of Torres del Paine and the Pantanal. Continue Reading ›

Expert’s Eye: Lima

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victor1Proud to call Lima his home, A&K Resident Tour Director® Victor Pulisci has been escorting groups throughout Peru and beyond since 1992. Victor is passionate about his hometown, and this becomes immediately apparent when he’s sharing the sights of Lima with our guests. Here’s what this resident insider had to say about his favorite city.

What makes Lima so unique?
This city has so many distinctive traits. The architecture, history and culture are all so compelling. The common thread is diversity. You see Incan, colonial and contemporary international influences everywhere.

lima-miraflores-parksWhat is your favorite neighborhood?
I grew up in Miraflores, and it still holds my heart. It offers the best of Lima: trendy shopping malls (such as Larcomar overlooking the Pacific Ocean), an abundance of parks, all manner of art galleries and the city’s finest restaurants. Continue Reading ›

A&K Philanthropy: Bridging Oceans and Breaking Barriers

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Investing in a New Role Abroad

Emily Etue

Emily Etue

The world of philanthropic travel comes with its own unique set of challenges. Language barriers, time zones, cultural gaps and thousands of miles of ocean often separate a team from its goals. With this in mind, A&K Philanthropy (AKP) created a brand new role, the Program Coordinator.

American-based philanthropic organizations tend to coordinate their field workers remotely from stateside offices, visiting sites only on occasion. “This approach makes it hard to track what’s happening on the ground,” explains Emily. “Communication is sluggish, and opportunities are missed. This new Program Coordinator role invests in a dedicated person on the ground in the region, bringing with it a slew of advantages.” Emily is one of six Program Coordinators now working overseas for AKP.

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See Antarctica through an Expert’s Lens with #instantarctica

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Fresh from A&K’s Instagram takeover, #instantarctica, these images captured by photographer Rick Sammon tell the tale of his recent Antarctic adventure. Take a look as this A&K on-board photo enrichment coach shares a few of his captivating images and some of the secrets behind the magic. Whether you pack a digital SLR or a smartphone camera, you’ll experience expert photo coaching from Rick himself when you join A&K’s December 19 departure of Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands. This special family departure features A&K Young Explorers Guides, exhilarating shore excursions and expert insights from a host of Expedition Team members like Rick. Continue Reading ›

Video: Sample the Sights and Sounds of A&K’s Latest Private Jet Journey

Step aboard A&K’s exclusively chartered Boeing 757 for a colorful look at our latest departure of Around the World by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic. From the mysterious moai monoliths of Easter Island to the far-flung glaciers of Iceland, you’ll glimpse the timeless moments, insider access and luxe details that set this journey apart. Seats are still available for the 2017 departure.

Six Places that Changed My Life

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Travel has helped shape the lives of countless millions, none more so than that of A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Geoffrey recounted how experiences in a half-dozen incredible destinations proved pivotal to his personal and professional development.

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1. Kenya

“I was born and raised in East Africa, and when I turned fifteen, my parents arranged for me to go on a hunt, which was a rite of passage for young men in Kenya in that era. I tracked, shot and killed an elephant. From the moment I watched the most magnificent beast I’d ever laid eyes on fall, I was heartsick and made a vow to myself: to only shoot with a camera, not with a gun. That’s why A&K became the first safari outfitter to introduce refrigeration, so we could serve fresh food in the bush, while other companies continued to rely on hunting to feed their guests.”

Geoffrey Kent, gorilla, Uganda

2. Uganda

“Uganda is considered the ‘Pearl of Africa’ with deep lakes, soaring mountains and the greatest treasure of all — one of the two remaining strongholds on earth of the highly endangered mountain gorilla. The first time I saw these animals in their remote jungle home was an experience that has always stayed with me. Looking into their eyes, you gain a profound understanding of the bond that exists between them and us. When I first met Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, I encouraged him to set aside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as a reserve to protect these gentle primates. Today almost half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas live there.”

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3. The Galápagos Islands

“The Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are one of the world’s most rewarding destinations: an open-air wildlife museum that is home to an astonishing variety of endemic species. Observing their adaptations to this remote, isolated environment, Charles Darwin was able to formulate his theory of evolution. I found the marine life in the Galápagos so fascinating myself that, on one dive, I kept on descending without realizing it, and almost succumbed to the ‘raptures of the deep’ or nitrogen narcosis. My visit made me realize how important it was to preserve this special place, and to let more travellers experience it firsthand, as I did.”

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4. Botswana

“After Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997, HRH Prince Charles asked me to take their son, Prince Harry, on safari. I chose Botswana and the Okavango Delta, a vast wilderness where I knew photographers would not be able to find him. It is the predator capital of Africa, where the lion, leopard, cheetah and the rare African painted dog are all endemic. Botswana faces the same challenge of balancing the needs of human and animal populations as the rest of Africa, and A&K Philanthropy has successfully forged public/private partnerships that protect wildlife while supporting local communities.”

Geoffrey Kent in Anatarctica

5. Antarctica

“Antarctica is one of the world’s great wildlife destinations with magnificent landscapes, pristine glaciers and millions of penguins. There are few other places in the world where you feel such a sense of vastness and isolation. But I know many of our clients cannot leave their businesses for a 14-day expedition cruise, whether to the White Continent or elsewhere.”

Islands of Palau

6. Palau

“Palau has some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. From the Blue Corner — made famous by Jacques Cousteau — to the Big Drop Off and Ulong Sandbar, and from the German Channel and Shark City, to the submerged wreck of ‘Iro,’ a Japanese ship sunk during World War II, it is a diver’s paradise. Come November, Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent: Treasures of Palau — the first in a series of Ocean Explorations and Expeditions in Style, in partnership with the Oceanographic Institute Foundation Albert I, Prince of Monaco — will explore this tropical Pacific island chain as never before.”