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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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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5 Amazing Family Adventures to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day

September 13, 2015, marks National Grandparents Day and the chance to honor some of the most important people in our lives. The best way to celebrate? Give the gift of family travel with one of these five A&K Family Journeys, perfect for delivering all-ages family adventure and lasting memories in the world’s best destinations.

1. Spot “Big Five” Wildlife on an African Safari

TRIP TO BOOK: Family Tanzania Safari (8 days) or Family Kenya Safari (9 days)

WHY GRANDPARENTS LOVE IT: Electronics and gadgets be gone! In the African bush, all ages are completely captivated by extraordinary wildlife, prehistoric craters and the tribes that protect it. Stays in luxurious camps and safaris led by Resident Tour Directors in A&K-owned vehicles mean jaw-dropping sights in total safety and comfort.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR KIDS: Seeing lions, elephants and the rest of the Big Five in their own wild environments; adventures like market scavenger hunts; meetings with local tribesmen; and visits to animal sanctuaries. Continue Reading ›

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Track Wildlife Like the Pros on Your African Safari

Track Wildlife Like the Pros on Your African Safari

A&K’s expert safari guides spend years honing their wildlife-tracking skills. The good news is you can get a leg up with our handy diagram featuring some of the most common tracks you’ll encounter — whether of the massive white rhino, lightning-fast cheetah or lanky giraffe — during a luxury African safari.

Keep this guide at the ready and train your eyes — because fascinating encounters await at every turn. Continue Reading ›

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Video: A Family, a Camera and One Amazing Tanzania Safari

On an A&K safari in Tanzania, one family handed off the video camera to their two young boys, who came back with this fun montage of Africa.

Shot on location during their luxury Tanzania safari, Toby (age 13) and Jake (age 12) took family vacation video-making into their own hands and captured everything from big cats to luxury tented camps — even the mind-blowing knowledge of A&K Resident Tour Directors (read: coolest teachers ever).

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Five Truths Spotted on Safari

Five Truths Spotted on Safari

Bill Family at SwalaGuest post by Andy Bill, A&K Traveler

This June my wife, Laura, and I took our two boys on an A&K Safari in Style, during which we would stay in luxury camps and visit the three main parks in Tanzania. Like all expectant African explorers, we knew about the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) and a small part of me — the unreasonable, waiting-by-the-water-cooler-wanting-to-brag part — was ready to grade the trip on how many of these animal celebrities we saw. It turned out we saw all five, effortlessly and in multiples, almost as if they were waiting patiently for us to arrive. But it turns out our safari was not about what we saw so much as what we learned along the way.

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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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Safaris Mean More than Just Africa

Safaris Mean More than Just Africa

For most of us, the phrase “on safari” quickly conjures thoughts of tracking lions, elephants, rhinos and other big game across the African plains. Yet the desire to get up close with nature’s most inspiring wild animal species can take you far beyond the borders of a single country or continent. Since pioneering the luxury safari in East Africa in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent has incorporated the elements of the safari experience into journeys to every corner of the earth. Here are some prime locations for an “alternative safari” with A&K — pith helmet optional.
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