Changing Lives in Zambia, One Spoke at a Time

Zambia bike shop

Early this September, Nakatindi Village and A&K Philanthropy proudly declared Chipego Bike Shop open for business. A social enterprise, the shop provides bicycles and mechanical support for local healthcare workers, students and customers throughout the community. The ribbon cutting was marked with a touching song, traditional dance and a tree planting, with the whole village joining in the celebration.

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Explained: Africa’s Inspiring “Little Five”

African Tree

Finding all of the “Big Five” — leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion and rhinoceros — on an African safari can be challenging enough, but locating the continent’s “Little Five” takes a keener eye. John Niva, safari guide and Tour Manager for A&K’s Africa Private Jet journeys, weighs in on these smaller creatures and where to spot them.

Ant Lion1. Ant Lion

Not an ant and definitely not a lion, this insect is actually the larval stage of a flying insect. “It is one of the most ferocious larvae,” John says. “Woe to any ant that slides down into its funnel-shaped sand trap, where the ant lion lies with its pincers ready.” Once its prey falls in, the ant lion literally sucks its prey dry and discards the empty husk outside the hole. Continue Reading ›

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Video: An Amazing Polar Bear Encounter on A&K’s Northwest Passage Voyage

Guests aboard A&K’s recent Luxury Expedition Cruise, The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea, were treated to a surprising number of polar bear sightings — a total of 32 bears in all! The encounter captured in this video with a mama polar bear and her cub approaching ‘Le Boreal’ on Arctic sea ice was easily one of the most incredible and special.

While cruising through a vast sheet of sea ice en route to the M’Clintock Channel, a mother polar bear and her two- to three-year old male cub approached ‘Le Boreal’ at the edge of the ice, until they were about 30 feet from the ship.

“Polar bears have a very keen sense of smell and both were sniffing the air, perhaps trying to figure out what that fabulous smell of bacon was all about,” said Larry Hobbs, A&K’s expert marine biology lecturer and Expedition Team member. “After a while, the cub began to growl in a way that seemed to be signaling his mother that he was feeling impatient. Our captain is extremely sensitive to animals and slowly backed away, leaving them to their polar bear life.”

Larry shared what a gift the experience had been. “Time stood still for all of us on board ‘Le Boreal,’ and what felt like hours might have been only 30 minutes with these two polar wanderers. But it was a half hour of all else in the world disappearing from our minds and hearts.”

Video courtesy of A&K guest Paul M. who travelled on the 2015 Northwest Passage voyage.

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Expert’s Eye: Barcelona

Expert’s Eye: Barcelona
Jeremy Kerrison

If you’re travelling to Spain this year, this is the man to talk to first. A&K Resident Tour Director®, Jeremy Kerrison has over 25 years of travel experience in Europe, several of them spent in the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Jeremy recently sat down with us to share his short list in Spain’s must-see city.

What makes Barcelona so unique?
It is a Mediterranean-situated city, renowned for its Modernist architecture, which is inspired by Antoni Gaudí and reflected in singular buildings, such as the unfinished Sagrada Familia church. However, its history dates back to the Romans, so there is amazing, diverse architecture that spans 2,000 years. Continue Reading ›

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