Unprecedented demand led the first departure of Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet to sell out within weeks of being announced. Since then, Abercrombie & Kent has been working on orchestrating a second opportunity for guests to explore the best that Africa has to offer. In order to include the same experiences and exclusive properties, the itinerary will operate in reverse, March 20 – April 7, 2014. As with the first departure, A&K founder Geoffrey Kent will personally host the group on a three-night Tanzanian safari, sharing his years of experience and many friends in the Serengeti.
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. Marvel at the 700-foot dunes along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and take the “flight of the angels” helicopter tour over Victoria Falls. Join in the Great Migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti alongside A&K founder Geoffrey Kent and come face to face with rare mountain gorillas in Uganda. Experience Zambia’s extraordinary beauty from your private tree house on the Zambezi River at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma camp.
Interest in this style of luxury travel is growing. In addition to adding another departure in Africa, “Around the World with Geoffrey Kent by Private Jet” departs October 6-31, 2014. Seats are booking quickly for the opportunity to explore some of the world’s natural and cultural wonders in the most exotic and remote destinations across the globe.
The carefully crafted Africa: Across A Continent by Private Jet itinerary incorporates the following must-see destinations in Africa:
South Africa | A Journey Begins (1 night)
Gather for an exclusive gala welcome dinner at Cape Town’s famed Two Oceans Aquarium, accompanied by a pageant of sand tiger sharks, loggerhead sea turtles and other ocean dwellers.
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.
Botswana | Wildlife Along the River (3 nights)
Search for wildlife on guided game drives in the Okavango Delta, known as the “Predator Capital of Africa.” Explore the streams and lagoons of the world’s largest inland river delta in a mokoro (hand-carved canoe) poled by an expert local guide.
Zambia | Victoria Falls (3 nights)
View Victoria Falls by helicopter, the best way to appreciate the 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 safari cruise on the Zambezi.
Tanzania | On Safari with Geoffrey Kent (3 nights)
Experience the Great Migration in the Serengeti in the company of A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. Hear stories of his life growing up in East Africa over gourmet bush dinners at a private tented camp. Witness a Maasai tribal dance. Meet researchers helping to conserve cheetahs and lions.
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 Ugandan 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%.
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.
Italy | The Grand Finale (1 night)
Bid farewell to Africa and celebrate new friends during a gala dinner in one of the city’s preeminent venues: the Casina Valadier, part of the Villa Borghese.
Comfort In the Air
Travelling by private jet brings an entirely new level of comfort and convenience to an African journey. Abercrombie & Kent’s privately chartered Boeing 737 provides an elegant onboard experience. Roomy, comfortable business-class seats allow guests the opportunity to stretch out and relax between destinations. A bar stocked with premium brands, along with a well-chosen wine list, provides the finishing touch. As you cross the African continent, your flight crew travels with you, learning your preferences and helping to make your aircraft a familiar and inviting space, every time you take to the air.
Unrivalled Experience On the Ground
A journey is only as successful as its guides. Leading this expedition are a Tour Director and Tour Managers, chosen from the top ranks of A&K’s international coterie of professionals, with a lifetime’s worth of knowledge to show guests the Africa only locals know. As Tour Director, John Webley, who was born and raised in Kenya, shares his spirit of adventure as well as a concern for conservation and the environment. Tour Managers include Lynne Leakey, of the renowned Leakey family and an expert on the wildlife and ecology of East Africa, as well as the tribal life of the Maasai people, and Jan Moester, an ideal travelling companion, having guided more than 25 private jet programs. To ensure a completely seamless experience, A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® collects your luggage when you leave each hotel and ensures it is waiting in your room when you arrive at your next destination.
Accommodations in each travel destination are always the best available, selected to reflect the given location’s spirit and style. They may be elegant lodges, lavish resorts or remote bush camps, but all offer a distinctive sense of place, gracious hospitality and 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 mobile tented camps and Sanctuary Chief’s Camp 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 complete feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning natural backdrops that turn every meal into an event. Kick off your journey with a gala welcome dinner at Two Oceans Aquarium, surrounded by the ocean’s most mesmerizing predators. Catch your first glimpse of astonishing Victoria Falls at a private picnic on a ridge overlooking the waters, with a local choir providing the accompaniment. Dine in the Tanzanian bush accompanied by a troop of Maasai tribal dancers.
Abercrombie & Kent is one of the most experienced luxury travel companies in the private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of private jet programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations around the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for families and private groups.
Over the last five decades, Abercrombie & Kent has perfected the art of delivering unexpected luxury while travelling in the most remote places. Deep roots and long-established relationships — as well as 11 permanent, full-time offices in Africa — allow A&K to offer unique encounters and inspiring experiences to is travellers that are not available to others. Because of this privileged access, Abercrombie & Kent is voted “Best Africa Tour Operator” year after year by travel professionals at the World Travel Awards.
To learn more about Africa: Across A Continent by Private Jet (19 days, from $79,995 per person, double occupancy) go to http://www.abercrombiekent.com/privatejet or call 800 554 7094 to speak to a Travel Consultant.