Travel onboard Abercrombie & Kent’s boeing private jet, limited to 48 guests, track lions and mountain gorillas, step inside mythical tombs and marvel at Victoria Falls.
Africa is where it all began for mankind and for luxury adventure travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K). In 1962 Geoffrey Kent introduced the first luxury photographic safaris with the philosophy of “adventure by day, luxury by night.” Now A&K have designed Africa: Across A Continent by Private Jet (Sept 29 – Oct 20, 2023), a 22-day journey that explores the wonders of this vast continent, beginning and ending in London; from £119,875pp based on two people sharing.
“We’ve been planning safaris for more than 60 years and this is the most comprehensive African journey we’ve ever offered,” says A&K Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO Geoffrey Kent. “Our unmatched local presence – with offices in 10 countries across Africa – guarantees the unique, authentic experiences that have become the hallmark of Abercrombie & Kent.” A&K’s deep roots ensure privileged access and invitation-only events such as a private vineyard tour with the owner of one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa and a chance to dine under the stars at a private desert camp in Morocco.
This journey across the continent features a chance to track endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda and visit the Dian Fossey Research Center. Spend three days in the heart of the Serengeti, observing the Big Five, along with giraffes, gazelles, zebras and wildebeest, in the company of the continent’s most experienced driver-guides. Meet with lion conservation experts to learn about efforts to help people and wildlife in the Serengeti coexist and thrive. Enjoy a mokoro (canoe) ride in the Okavango Delta for a safari through deceptively quiet marshlands alive with crocodiles, hippos and rare birds. Relax on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River, where there are more elephants than anywhere else in Africa. Choose a scenic helicopter flight from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope and see the only place in the world where you can get up close to African penguins.
Awe-Inspiring Ancient Cultures
Marvel at the archaeological treasures of ancient Egypt with exclusive access to the paws of the Sphinx and the tomb of Amenhotep II, one of most ornate tombs in Valley of Kings. Meet members of a local Maasai tribe for a deeper understanding of their traditional culture. Visit Benin, one of the epicenters of African Voodoo, and home to the historical Museum of Ouidah. Discover life in the desert of Morocco with a traditional performance by Gnaoua tribesmen.
Magnificent Natural Wonders
Float over the game-rich plains of the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon. Marvel at the sight of Victoria Falls on a “flight of the angels” helicopter tour of ‘the smoke that thunders.’ Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a panoramic view of Cape Town, one of the most beautifully-sited coastal cities in the world. Tour the wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, viewing vine-covered landscapes crowned with Cape Dutch manor houses. Spend a night under the stars in the desert.
Ease of Private Air Travel
Private jet travel with Abercrombie & Kent makes it possible to experience far more than on a conventional itinerary — without sacrificing comfort and convenience. “To fly commercially from the Erg Chebbi dunes in the Sahara to Marrakech would require an inconvenient early-morning flight on a propeller plane, followed by a long layover in Casablanca,” explains Ann Epting, Senior VP Private Jet & Special Interest Travel. “Instead, our guests enjoy a direct, first-class flight, arriving just in time to enjoy lunch.”
This journey embodies what makes travel by private jet so rewarding: the utmost in convenience, luxury and inspiring insider access experiences. A&K’s chartered Boeing 757-23N (WL) has 48 custom-designed Italian leather seats equipped with personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support, that convert to fully lie-flat beds. Additional seating enables guests to socialize in comfort, while a full privacy screen and extra-high seat back ensure undisturbed rest. On board guests enjoy a fully stocked open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to an on-board chef who provides personalized, first-class meal service. Completing the best-in-class in-flight experience is a flight crew who travel with the group throughout, learning personal preferences and helping to make the jet an inviting home away from home.
Coordinating the journey is a knowledgeable Tour Director chosen from the ranks of A&K’s international coterie of professionals, who orchestrates everything from start to finish, relying on a lifetime’s worth of experience. A team of exceptional Tour Managers guarantee seamless service, while expert local guides share sights only locals know. A&K’s mid-journey laundry service, Traveller’s Valet®, allows guests to keep luggage light, while Travelling Bell Boy® service ensures luggage is collected from each hotel room and is waiting at the next hotel.
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 that turn a meal into an event. Dine overlooking Victoria Falls and enjoy dinner and traditional entertainment under the stars in the exclusive Palm Grove camp outside Marrakesh.
Accommodations are always the best available, selected to reflect each destination’s spirit and style. Historic hotels, luxurious lodges and remote bush camps offer a distinctive sense of place, gracious hospitality and inspiring views. This is enhanced by the exclusive use of many properties, including award-winning Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero and Sanctuary Chief’s Camp. There is no better place to dream than at a private desert camp under the star-laden skies of the Sahara, in handcrafted caidale-style tents like those once used to welcome dignitaries to Moroccan palaces. End the journey in style at The Oberoi, Marrakech, in a private villa with a landscaped garden and large pool in a private courtyard.
Abercrombie & Kent is one of the most experienced companies in luxury private jet travel, having designed and operated dozens of 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 (Sept 29 – Oct 20, 2023), 22 days from £119,875pp, double occupancy call or visit our website on (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 03301 734 712) or visit the A&K boutique in Harrods.
Check out the latest lifestyle news on Citywealth Luxury Lifestyle, only on LinkedIn.