For VIP Access to Africa, Opt For a Private Jet Journey
Seven Countries, Nineteen Days, Countless Memories with Abercrombie & KentA visit to Africa rarely allows travellers to “check it off” their list. More often it inspires further bucket list ideas such as seeing the Great Migration, flying over Victoria Falls, coming face to face with a mountain gorilla or watching the sunset atop Table Mountain. Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has combined all these experiences and more – the very best Africa has to offer – with the most convenient way to travel, on Africa: Across the Continent by Private Jet (February 20-March 10, 2015).
Following in the steps of two sold out departures in 2014, Abercrombie & Kent offers travellers a chance in 2015 to join an intimate group of 40 privileged guests on a privately chartered jet, visiting seven countries in 19 days to discover Africa at its most authentic. Watch a family of rare mountain gorillas in Uganda and marvel at the Great Migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti. Experience Zambia’s extraordinary beauty from your private tree house on the Zambezi River at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma camp. Take a “flight of the angels” helicopter tour over Victoria Falls and marvel at the 700-foot dunes along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. Celebrate the end of your African adventure with the epicurean delights of the Cape Winelands in South Africa.
“Travel by private jet allows guests to experience far more than they could on a conventional itinerary - and with greater ease and access,” explains Abercrombie & Kent President Phil Otterson. “Our guests understand the value of this, which led to our 2014 Private Jet Africa departures selling out in just weeks and generating long waiting lists.”
Comfort in the Air
Abercrombie & Kent privately charters a Boeing 737 to provide an unmatched private jet travel experience. Roomy, comfortable business-class seats allow guests the opportunity to stretch out and relax between destinations. As the group crosses the African continent, the flight crew travels with them, learning each guest’s preferences and helping to make the aircraft a familiar and inviting space.
Unrivalled Experience On the Ground
Leading this expedition is a Tour Director chosen from the top ranks of A&K’s international coterie of professionals, who oversees everything from start to finish, relying on a lifetime’s worth of knowledge to show guests the Africa only locals know. A Tour Manager assists the Tour Director in providing seamless service, while local guides lend additional expertise and insight. A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® collects luggage from guests’ rooms at each hotel and ensures it is waiting when they arrive at the next destination.
Accommodations are always the best available, thoughtfully selected to reflect the country’s spirit and style, and offering gracious hospitality along with inspiring views. This is enhanced by the exclusive use of most properties, including Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma in Zambia, with its unique tree house villas; A&K’s luxury mobile tented camp in the Serengeti and Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero in Botswana. With a typical stay of three nights in each destination, there is time to relax and appreciate the pristine beauty of the surroundings.
Meals are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day — they are a feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning natural backdrops that turn every meal into an event. Dine in the Tanzanian bush accompanied by a troop of Maasai tribal dancers. Catch the first glimpse of astonishing Victoria Falls at a private picnic on a ridge overlooking the waters, with a local choir providing the accompaniment.
Follow a route of nearly 5,000 miles to discover the very best of the African continent as only Abercrombie & Kent can arrange on Africa: Across A Continent by Private Jet:
Ethiopia | Ancient Churches (2 nights)
Explore the remarkable rock-carved churches of Lalibela where a local priest shares the history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Learn about the discovery and archaeological significance of “Lucy,” one of the world’s most important early human fossils. Meet local dignitaries at a private cocktail reception.
Uganda | Mountain Gorillas (3 nights)
Set out with an experienced forest guide in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of a gorilla family. Watch them forage, play and interact in their natural habitat. Meet the local Batwa people for a chance to talk, hike and engage in a mock hunt with these traditional hunter/gatherers. Visit a local hospital supported by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy which has reduced infant mortality by 50%.
Tanzania | On Safari in the Serengeti (3 nights)
Experience the Great Migration in the Serengeti. Share stories of the day’s remarkable sightings over gourmet bush dinners at a private, luxury tented camp. Witness a Maasai tribal dance. Meet researchers helping to conserve cheetahs and lions.
Zambia | Victoria Falls (3 nights)
View Victoria Falls by helicopter, the best way to appreciate its staggering scale. Walk hand-in-trunk with an elephant during an once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Meet with locals in Nakatindi Village to learn firsthand about their day-to-day life. Relax during a sunset cruise on the Zambezi.
Botswana | Wildlife Along the River (3 nights)
Search for wildlife on guided game drives in Africa’s most elephant-rich park on an unforgettable Botswana safari. Cap each evening with a tranquil cruise down the Chobe River.
Namibia | Desert Dunes (2 nights)
Cruise Walvis Bay on a private boat, keeping watch for birds, seals and dolphins. Explore the desert dunes, the setting for a feast of a lifetime, complete with sparkling wine delivered by parachute and a performance by local musicians and fire spinners.
South Africa | The Finale (1 night)
Take in panoramic views of Cape Town from atop Table Mountain. Enjoy a performance by the Cape Minstrels during sundowners on scenic Signal Hill. Gather for a gala farewell dinner on a private island.
THE ABERCROMBIE & KENT DIFFERENCE
Abercrombie & Kent is one of the most experienced luxury travel companies in the private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of private jet travel programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations around the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for families and private groups.
Long-established relationships from Nairobi to Cape Town allow Abercrombie & Kent to offer the most desirable accommodations, the best game-viewing locations, and exceptional service from hundreds of full-time local employees. A&K is the only company operating private jet travel itineraries with its own offices across Africa, a fleet of customized four- wheel-drive vehicles and some of the most experienced guides on the continent. With more than 50 years of experience – and eleven offices in east and southern Africa – Abercrombie & Kent has earned recognition as “Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator” at the World Travel Awards and from readers of Travel + Leisure, Global Traveler, Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel Weekly, TravelAge West and Recommend.
To learn more about “Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet” (19 days, from $82,995 per person, double occupancy) call your travel professional, go to http://www.abercrombiekent.com/privatejet or call 800 554 7094 to speak to an A&K Travel Consultant.
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