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August 19, 2010updated Feb 08, 2013

A&K Offer Elite African Adventure

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Downers Grove, IL – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

The authentic African experience is as diverse as the continent’s landscapes, wildlife, culture and people.
Which countries to visit? When to go? Where to stay? Whether planning a first-time African adventure or the fifth, the decision can be difficult, if not overwhelming. Abercrombie & Kent has made it easier to personalize the safari of your dreams with a comprehensive new destination guide to Africa 2011 that features 14 small group escorted journeys, 8 private itineraries and an expanded portfolio of 16 extensions that explore east, west and southern Africa.

Is your style a Wildlife Discovery program with eco-friendly lodges and camps? Or a classic Hemingway-style safari featuring exclusive mobile-tented camps? Time-savings Wings programs combine mobile-tented camps with permanent-tented camps. Customize any itinerary with an extension. Start with a 10-day Serengeti safari (Tanzania Wildlife Discovery, from $5,650) or 11 days in South Africa (Southern Africa
Revealed, from $6,110). Interested in experiencing remote Africa? Add on the Selous, Africa¹s largest protected wildlife area. Want more adventure? Gorilla tracking in Rwanda will deliver. Don¹t want to miss Africa¹s other natural wonder? Add on a Victoria Falls extension. Are elephants your thing?
Get up and close on an elephant-back safari at Camp Jabulani.

“We have completely redesigned our Africa brochure to make it a go-to planning resource for travel agents with itineraries that can be personalized to reflect a client¹s interests. To more clearly differentiate travel experiences, each itinerary is color-coded by Tour Type and the group size on Connoisseurs programs has been reduced to a maximum of 16 guests, explains Scott Wiseman, president of Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC. “We’ve also added an in-depth guide that describes the A&K safari experience, from illustrating the differences between tour types, to providing an introduction to the Big 5, and a typical day on safari.”

Abercrombie & Kent’s small group escorted departures for 2011 are guaranteed to operate with a Tour Director. Book with confidence knowing that the trip will operate as scheduled — at the best price available — with A&K¹s Price Assurance Guarantee (if the eligible journey is ever offered at a lower price, A&K will refund the difference).

DISCOVERY SERIES: An expert Tour Director with a maximum of 12-24 guests, scenic and ideally-located hotels, lodges and camps, with escorted sightseeing to introduce each destination.

IDEAL FOR CUSTOMIZATION: Kenya Wildlife Discovery ¬ Explore this land of lion and reticulated giraffe, acacia forests and vast, open plains on scenic drives and time-saving flights. Experience both safari lodges and a tented camp. Pay a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Sweetwaters, the only place in Kenya to see these primates. Ten days from $5,440.

CONNOISSEURS SERIES: An expert Tour Director with no more than 12-16 guests, luxurious lodges and camps, and insider access experiences not available to most travelers.

NEW ROUTING: WINGS OVER KENYA ¬ Immerse yourself in three diverse and distinct regions: Amboseli National Park, the Laikipia Plateau and the Masai Mara. Fly between permanent tented camps and an A&K mobile camp in Laikipia, where you can experience night game drives and game viewing by
horseback. End your adventure at Sanctuary Olonana, a Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice. Eleven days from $8,775.

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NEW ROUTING: WINGS OVER BOTSWANA ¬ Limited to just 14 guests. Experience pristine parks and reserves from three very different perspectives: open 4WD vehicles, walking with a trio of orphaned elephants and a motor boat on the river. Sleep in a luxurious tree house and gaze in wonder at the rainbows
and cascades on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of Victoria Falls.
Twelve days from $8,915.

SIGNATURE SERIES ¬ Recommended itineraries with local guides, pre-planned and pre-priced for immediate confirmation. Ideal for two to four people.

NEW FOR 2011: Signature Ethiopia ¬ Explore some of the world’s most stunning vantage points, from the jagged Simien Mountains to the rainbow-frocked Blue Nile Falls. Rich with ancient history, this lush land gives way to cave churches, soaring cathedrals and the locale where the Biblical Ark of the Covenant is said to be kept. Partake in one of Ethiopia¹s longest-standing traditions Šan authentic coffee ceremony. Visit a former Beta Israel village, where you meet with some of the remaining Ethiopian Jews. Twelve days from $5,495.

NEW FOR 2011: Signature Namibia ¬ Desert flora and fauna punctuate the starkly beautiful, towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, which you explore by ATV. Damaraland reveals rare black rhino and desert elephant wandering amongst colorful geological formations, with ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein. Day and night game drives in a private reserve bordering Etosha National Park. Ten days from $5,475.

TAILOR MADE: Customized to client requirements by our destination experts.

NEW FOR 2011: Untamed Uganda ¬ Experience forested shores filled with tropical birds; quality time with rare mountain gorilla and chimpanzee; and lion that climb trees. Stay at remote, but comfortable camps that feel like extensions of their lush surroundings.

NEW FOR 2011: South Africa ¬ Wonders of Wine & Wilderness ¬ Stand in awe at the views from Table Mountain and Cape Point. Sample wine with chocolate, cheese and olives in the Cape Winelands. Embark on a safari adventure in a private game reserve.

NEW FOR 2011: East & Southern Africa ¬ The Grand Safari ¬ Experience Africa¹s diverse landscapes and varied wildlife on game drives and bush walks on the Laikipia Plateau, in the Masai Mara and in South Luangwa National Park.

These Tailor Made safaris hearken back to days past when intrepid adventurers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway relied on private guides to create a safari program and escort them through the bush from start to finish. A&K¹s Private Label Guides recreate that peerless service experience, working from day one in planning the safari down to the last detail, then accompanying you every step of the way once in the wild.

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