A Wildlife Lover’s Post-Pandemic Travel Dream
Demand Leads Abercrombie & Kent to Add Encore Departure of Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet
April 12, 2021
Demand for post-pandemic bucket list travel has been so great that luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) reports their around-the-world Private Jet journeys have quickly filled up, including the sold-out Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet in February 2022. In response, A&K is introducing a second departure in October 2022, filled with epic encounters with rare and endangered wildlife in seven different countries around the globe.
“After months of not being able to travel, our guests are ready to reward themselves,” explains Ann Epting, Senior Vice President, Private Jet & Special Interest Travel. “The pandemic put things into perspective, and they want to experience the places they have always dreamed of visiting -- and are unwilling to wait any longer. Travelling by private jet makes it possible to visit seven remarkable wildlife destinations in just 24 days.”
Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet (Oct 6-29, 2022)
limited to 48 guests
Japan: Japanese Macaque | Philippines: Tarsiers & Whale Sharks | Malaysia: Honey Bears & Orangutans | India: Bengal Tigers | Madagascar: Lemurs | Rwanda: Gorillas & Golden Monkeys | Kenya: The Big Five
Encounter iconic and often critically endangered animals in their natural habitats and meet leading conservation experts. Observe little-known species like the Japanese macaque, also known as the snow monkey, and the tiny Philippine tarsier. Swim with massive whale sharks and go behind-the-scenes to observe young orangutans as they’re conditioned to return to the jungle. Learn from experts who have spent their lives studying these remarkable animals. This extraordinary journey ends with a safari in East Africa, where A&K began, with breathtaking panoramas in every direction and a vast range of wildlife, including the Big Five.
Privileged Access & Personalized Experiences
Personalize the journey with a choice of Design Your Day® activities, including active outdoor excursions, enriching cultural encounters and relaxing wellness experiences. In Cebu, swim with whale sharks, enjoy a leisurely 18 holes of golf or participate in one of the many activities offered at the resort. In India, tour the historic Ranthambore Fort, have a cultural encounter in a local village, savor the complex spices of Indian cuisine during a private cooking lesson or be pampered at a world-class spa.
A&K’s network of worldwide experts designed an itinerary filled with authentic, invitation-only experiences beyond the reach of any other travel company. Learn about measures to protect endangered wildlife during discussions with experts including a gorilla doctor, the founder of the Bornean Sunbear Conservation Centre and the president of the Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar.
One of A&K’s most experienced Tour Directors orchestrates the journey from start to finish. On the ground, travel in small groups, each led by a Tour Manager, assisted by expert local guides who share their personal stories and lend insights well beyond any guidebook. A dedicated Photo Enrichment Coach helps make the most of every wildlife encounter, with tips and advice for capturing animals in their natural habitats. For peace of mind, there is also an onboard Physician who travels with the group throughout the journey.
Accommodations reflect the distinctive character of each destination and offer authentic hospitality. These include the classic luxury of The Peninsula Tokyo and The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, as well as lesser-known gems such as the award-winning Angama Mara, overlooking the Masai Mara, and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest and Singita Kwitonda in Rwanda, reserved exclusively for A&K Private Jet guests.
A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® service ensures luggage is waiting in guest rooms at each hotel. Guests may also take advantage of complimentary laundry service, Traveller’s Valet®, midway through the journey. Prior to departure, guests can save time and hassle with A&K’s White Glove Visa and Passport Handling, a concierge service that expedites visa and passport applications.
Fine Dining & Entertainment
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. Enjoy a performance by Samurai warriors followed by a festive dinner presided over by an accomplished geisha, sample the full range of Filipino cuisine at a private culinary festival, and gather for a torchlit feast in an amphitheater in Ranthambore.
Luxury in the Air
Onboard A&K’s chartered Boeing 757 has custom-designed Italian leather seats equipped with personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support, that open to fully lie-flat beds 6.5' long (79” pitch). Guests enjoy a fully stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to first-class meal service with personalized espresso drinks. Completing the best-in-class in-flight experience is a dedicated cabin crew with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:6. Amenities are designed to make guests feel at home, including noise-cancelling headphones and curated entertainment selected to complement the itinerary.
Health & Safety
On A&K’s Private Jet journeys, guests travel in confidence knowing that A&K has enhanced health and safety protocols with a full-time physician accompanying guests throughout their entire journey, in the air and on the ground. A&K’s more than 55 offices around the world fully vet each on-the-ground partner and work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure they meet A&K’s exacting standards.
Abercrombie & Kent was a private jet pioneer, introducing the first Royal Air Tour in 1989. Today it is one of the most experienced companies in the private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations all over the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for multi-generational families and private groups.
To learn more about Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet (24 days from $159,950 per person, double occupancy) or other A&K Private Jet Journeys, contact your travel professional, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/private-jet or call 800.554.7094 to speak to an A&K Travel Consultant.
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