For those who want to do and experience more, Abercrombie & Kent's private jet safari travels the length of Africa (March 2-20, 2014), seamlessly combining illuminating cultural experiences with extraordinary wildlife in remote destinations, difficult to reach in comfort by any other means. Geoffrey Kent will personally host the group during a three-night Tanzania safari experience.
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. Come face to face with rare mountain gorillas in Uganda and marvel at the Great Migration in Tanzania's Serengeti alongside A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. Experience Zambia's extraordinary beauty from your private tree house on the Zambezi River at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma camp. Take the “flight of the angels” helicopter tour over Victoria Falls and marvel at the 700-foot dunes along Namibia's Skeleton Coast. Celebrate the end of your African adventure with the epicurean delights of the Cape Winelands in South Africa.
“Travelling by private jet allows guests to experience Africa at its most rewarding, to spend days immersed in the wonders of the continent, rather than in transit,” explains Geoffrey Kent. “Arriving and departing when it makes the most sense, instead of on an airline's schedule, allows us to devote more time to natural and man-made wonders, meet some extraordinary people, and stay at camps and lodges in remote wilderness areas.”
The carefully crafted Africa: Across A Continent by Private Jet itinerary incorporates the following must-see destinations in Africa:
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.
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%.
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.
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.
Botswana | Wildlife Along the River (3 nights)
Search for wildlife on guided game drives in Africa's most elephant-rich park on an unforgettable Botswana safari. Cap each evening with a tranquil cruise down the Chobe River.
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.
South Africa | The Finale (1 night)
Take in panoramic views of Cape Town from atop Table Mountain. Enjoy a performance by the Cape Minstrels during sundowners on scenic Signal Hill. Gather for a gala farewell dinner on a private island.
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.
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 guide. Leading this expedition is a Tour Director chosen from the top ranks of A&K's international coterie of professionals, who oversees everything from start to finish, relying on a lifetime's worth of knowledge to show guests the Africa only locals know. A Tour Manager assists the Tour Director in providing seamless service, while local guides join your party throughout the journey to lend additional insight. 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 Chobe Chilwero 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. Dine in the Tanzanian bush accompanied by a troop of Maasai tribal dancers. 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.
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.
To learn more about Africa: Across A Continent by Private Jet (19 days, from $79,995 per person, double occupancy) join A&K for a webinar on Tuesday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m. CST. For further details, go to abercrombiekent.com/privatejet or call 800 554 7094 to speak to a Travel Consultant.