Five Sites to Celebrate with an Incredible Sundowner

Group around a campfire viewing sunset

The sundowner is a tradition that dates back to 19th-century colonial Africa, when British soldiers would cap off a hot, dusty day in the bush with a cool alcoholic beverage, usually gin, as the sun sank slowly beneath the equatorial horizon.

This cordial ritual soon became a fixture of African safaris as well and, over time, has come to be applied to libations shared at the end of a hearty day of travel in virtually any locale — especially to toast a setting of extraordinary beauty. While countless destinations may be worthy of a refreshing sundowner, here are five that rank as simply incredible.

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AKP Leaps Into Action with “Project Leopard,” Assisted by A&K Sri Lanka and Our Advisory Board

AKP Project Leopard

For local farm families living near Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, home to the highest population density of leopards in the world, protecting livestock can be a life-and-death struggle. Cattle make easy prey for the powerful felines and, in turn, a leopard is no match for an angry farmer with a weapon or a trap.

Fortunately Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) has found a simple and effective way to diffuse this conflict, in the form of steel enclosures that protect livestock at night, when the endangered leopards are most often on the prowl. AKP’s new “Project Leopard” will donate 25 such shelters over the next two years to farm families living near the park, saving cattle and cats.

AKP Launches “Project Leopard” in Sri Lanka

AKP — with support from A&K’s Sri Lanka office — launched the project recently, with the travel agents who comprise A&K’s Advisory Board and the A&K-USA leadership team on hand for the festivities.

To learn more about this and other AKP projects, or to donate, please visit akphilanthropy.org.

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The Perfect Holiday Gift for the Adventure Traveller

Safari by Geoffrey Kent

Safari by Geoffrey KentSafari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer by A&K Founder Geoffrey Kent is brimming with stories drawn from a life spent exploring, starting with his childhood on safari in the African bush. From the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the sands of the Giza Plateau to the shores of the Yangzi River and the beaches of the Galápagos, these are tales told with passion and humor, sure to inspire the adventurer on your list.

“The spirit of discovery is deeply imbedded in Geoffrey’s DNA, and it rubs off on his clients. In my case, traveling with him to Africa, Egypt and China directly inspired such films as “The Lion King,” “Madagascar,” “Prince of Egypt” and “Kung Fu Panda.””
–Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation

“This is an extraordinary series of stories about travel and adventure in many parts of the world that will fire the imagination of any reader. It left me wondering how I have been so conservative in my own travels which do not begin to compare with Geoffrey Kent’s. A very good and easy read that leaves you hungry for more.”
–Richard Leakey, FRS

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Photo Contest Winners from A&K’s Most Recent Polar Cruise

2015 Polar Cruise Photo Contest Winner

Earlier this fall, guests on A&K’s Luxury Expedition Cruise The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (August 20-September 12, 2015) were invited to submit photos taken during the voyage as part of an A&K-sponsored photo contest. Continue Reading ›

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