Across a Continent by Private Jet
An Exclusive Private Charter for 40 Guests
with Special Guest Geoffrey Kent
March 2–20, 2014
Rome, Italy | A Journey Begins
On arrival in Rome, meet your A&K representative and transfer by private car
to your hotel. Gather with your fellow guests at a cocktail reception in a private
venue at your hotel, the St. Regis Rome. Meals: D
Ethiopia | Ancient Churches
Your private jet whisks you southward to Ethiopia, the ancient desert seat of the
Queen of Sheba and among the first regions on earth to embrace Christianity.
Your first night features a welcome dinner with traditional music. Set out the
next day on a local charter flight for a day in Lalibela, an isolated town famous
for its churches carved directly from the pink granite earth. A local priest sheds
insight on the Ethiopian Orthodox Church; afterward, enjoy a presentation of
traditional religious songs. Return to Addis Ababa to view a replica of “Lucy,”
one of the world’s most famous early human fossils, at the National Museum,
where a curator describes her discovery and significance. This evening, meet
with special guests and local dignitaries at a cocktail reception before dinner
at the hotel. Meals: B L D Explore Lalibela’s
churches and then meet
with a local priest, who
illuminates the history
of the Ethiopian
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Located in the city center, the Sheraton Addis is a model of African
elegance, with several restaurants and lounges, a full-featured spa and
an on-site gallery of Ethiopian art.
Uganda | Mountain Gorillas
Leave behind the stark landscape of Ethiopia for the mountains, crater
lakes, waterfalls and lush rainforests of Uganda. Your destination is Bwindi
Impenetrable Forest, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.
Your first day includes a visit to the Victory Primary School to meet the
students, who entertain you with song.
The centerpiece of your stay is your gorilla tracking adventure, a once-in-a-
lifetime opportunity to meet one of our closest biological relatives up close
and in its natural habitat. Set out with your experienced forest guide into the
jungle in search of a gorilla family; the hike is challenging, but the rewards are
more than worth the effort as you spend an hour observing these magnificent
creatures, watching them forage, play and interact. Learn more about these
amazing animals during a special lecture by the Head Ranger.
While in Bwindi, you may also visit the village of Buhoma to meet with a
medicine man and visit a local hospital supported by Abercrombie & Kent
Philanthropy. If you prefer not to trek both days, the Batwa Experience provides
a unique encounter with living history, a chance to talk, hike and engage in a
mock hunt with this renowned African tribe. Meals: B L D Experience the lifestyle of
the Batwa pygmy tribe with
a full day’s immersion into
their culture, with a chance
to try your hand at archery,
traditional dances and
even a mock hunt.
Camping in Bwindi forest
Bwindi National Park, Uganda
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge and Mahogany Springs
Lodge offer comfortable accommodations in the heart of Bwindi National
Park, with spacious rooms, tents or cottages and a cozy dining area. All
three camps are reserved for your exclusive use on this journey.
Tanzania | On Safari with Geoffrey Kent
From verdant Uganda, your private jet takes you to the sweeping, hill-dotted
plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park — true safari country. Serengeti
is home to the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, rhinos, and elephants),
along with giraffes, gazelles, zebras and much more. Your arrival coincides
with the Serengeti seasonal migration, an annual wonder in which hundreds
of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras cross the plains in search of
grazing land, closely watched by the animals that prey on them.
Arrive at your private safari camp where your host, A&K founder Geoffrey
Kent, is on hand to welcome you. For three days, join Geoffrey on game drives
to observe the Serengeti’s priceless living bounty, unwinding at the end of the
day with a gourmet meal and a complimentary treatment in the massage tent.
Between game drives, experience the varied pleasures on offer in the Serengeti.
A morning hot-air balloon flight is an unforgettable way to observe life on the
plains, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. You also meet members
of the local Maasai tribe, who stage a performance right in your camp, and
learn about two of the Serengeti’s top predators, lions and cheetahs, from
conservation experts working to preserve these animals. Meals: B L D “I look forward to acting
as your host on safari,
and introducing you to
East Africa at its most
— Geoffrey Kent
A&K Mobile tented camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Our exclusive mobile camps offer five-star luxury in the bush, with
veranda-fronted tents complete with en suite bathrooms, as well as
service so attentive you never need to ask for something twice —
and usually, not even once.
Zambia | Victoria Falls
Departing the Serengeti for Zambia, watch from the window of your private
jet as the landscape gradually transforms from dry scrubland into verdant
plains carved by flowing waters. Enjoy a luncheon overlooking the spray of the
mighty Victoria Falls, with the gentle sounds of an African choir providing
the backdrop. The Zambezi River flows evenly over a bed of basalt before
tumbling down a ravine more than a mile across and 350 feet high, sending a
cloud of spray hundreds of feet into the air. Take to the air for an unforgettable
view of the falls by helicopter, the best way to appreciate their staggering scale.
Check in to your luxurious tree-house accommodations, built into the living
canopy of giant ebony trees lining the riverbank. Take time to settle in before
embarking on a sunset safari cruise on the Zambezi, stopping for pre-dinner
cocktails and snacks.
Venture out for an authentic African experience at Nakatindi Village, where
you are welcomed by the locals and invited to learn how they live. Continue to
the Elephant Wallow for a memorable afternoon with these gentle giants. After
lunch on the banks of the river, interact with the elephants and experience their
intelligence and majesty face to face. Your evenings end with sundowner cocktails
amid Zambia’s scenic splendor. Meals: B L D
Visit the Elephant
Wallow for an interactive
afternoon with Africa’s
Touch them, feed them, and
even walk hand-in-trunk
during this once-in-a-
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Your luxury safari camp, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, lies at a bend in
the Zambezi River and consists of 12 private tree houses, as well as
a two-story lodge with swimming pool, lounge and al fresco dining
area. Sussi & Chuma is reserved exclusively for your party.
Botswana | Wildlife Along the River
Your journey now takes you to Botswana, whose abundant waters mirror the
boundless African skies and provide life-giving sustenance to a variety of
wildlife. Your exquisite lodge sits above the Chobe River, with expansive views
across the islands. The lounge and dining room connect to spectacular outdoor
viewing patios, where you may glimpse Chobe’s renowned elephants: the park
is home to a staggering 60,000, one of the largest concentrations in Africa.
Explore the flora and fauna of this wildlife-rich area during daily game viewing
activities: in addition to elephants, the Chobe plain boasts buffalo, leopards,
lions, giraffes, kudus and hippos, all of which you may come across during your
guided game drives through Chobe National Park. Back at the lodge, take time
to unwind with a dip in the split-level swimming pool, book a Vichy shower
treatment at the spa or grab a book from the library. Cap every evening with a
lazy cruise down the Chobe River, cocktail in hand. Meals: B L D
Please note that in order to provide you with exclusive accommodation at your
luxury safari camps, your group will be split up during your visit to Zambia and
Botswana, with half of the group visiting Botswana from March 11-13, followed
by Zambia from March 14-16.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Reserved exclusively for you, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero consists of 15
luxurious air-conditioned cottages, each with freestanding bath, indoor
and outdoor showers, a private garden and a private balcony. A spa and
a split-level pool make for a relaxing haven between game drives.
Namibia | Desert Dunes
With its striking desert landscapes and ocean shoreline, Namibia presents
some of the most remarkable scenery in Africa, and is a rewarding land to
explore. Begin with a private cruise on picturesque Walvis Bay, keeping an eye
out for the rich population of birds, seals and dolphins found in these waters.
Continue to Sandwich Harbor to observe its resident flamingoes. Then, explore
the desert dunes by off-road vehicle, cresting the 200-foot-high Roaring Dune
for exceptional views of the surrounding landscape. The lunar-like dunes
make a dramatic setting for the evening’s sundowner cocktail gathering, which
comes complete with skydiving attendants bearing sparkling wine. Dinner in
the desert is accompanied by fire spinners and a marimba band and set amid
a backdrop of high cliffs glowing in the candlelight. Later, join a stargazing
session under the African skies. Meals: B L D
Experience a feast of a
lifetime in the dunes of
Namibia, and extravaganza
complete with sparkling
wine delivered by parachute
and a performance by
Partially built in a restored, turn-of-the-century train station,
Swakopmund Hotel provides first-rate hospitality in a characterful
local setting, with amenities that include a swimming pool,
wellness center and casino.
South Africa | The Finale
After the almost otherworldly vistas of Namibia, South Africa presents a
landscape more familiar, if equally beautiful, with modern cities and tended
fields nestled alongside mountains and scrubland. Arrive in Cape Town and
proceed to iconic Table Mountain where, weather permitting, you travel by
aerial cable car to the summit for panoramic views of the sea and city. Continue
to Signal Hill for canapés and sundowner drinks overlooking some of Cape
Town’s amazing coastline as you enjoy a performance by the Cape Minstrels.
This evening, toast your incredible African adventure at a gala farewell dinner
at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium. Enjoy dinner and drinks accompanied
by a spectacular pageant of sand tiger sharks, loggerhead turtles, rays and other
ocean dwellers — an astonishing capstone to an already extraordinary journey.
Transfer to the airport the next morning for your flight home. Meals: B L D
(March 20: B)
Cape Town, South Africa
Voted the #2 Hotel in the World in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards,
Cape Grace lives up to its name with a distinctive blend of tradition,
sophistication and contemporary comfort —not to mention stunning
views of nearby Table Mountain and the waterfront.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Price is $79,995 per person based on double
occupancy. Single supplement is $14,995.
Payment may be made using any major credit card,
check or wire transfer, and all payments are secured in
an escrow account.
Included in the quoted program price:
Aircraft: The private jet flights will be performed
using a Boeing 737-700 jet with 44 VIP-style seats
from Rome, routing via Addis Ababa, Entebbe,
Arusha, Livingstone, Windhoek and Cape Town. The
air carrier for the private jet flights will be PrivatAir.
Additionally, local charter flights will be used within
Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Namibia. Depending
on location and final group size, a combination of
Cessna Caravans, Islanders and Cessna C-210 aircraft
will be used for the local charters.
Airfare: Airfare from your home town to Rome at the
beginning of the tour and from Cape Town to your
home town at the end of the tour is not included in
the program price. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC,
is happy to assist you in reserving commercial flights
from your home city to Rome, Italy, and from Cape
Town, South Africa, to your home city, in the class of
service that you prefer. Please contact A&K for our
specially negotiated international airfares.
Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary, based
on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available at a
supplementary cost. Single accommodations are limited
on this program. A limited number of suite upgrades
are available at additional cost at some destinations and
can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis.
Note: A&K will assign seats on the private jet and
hotel/camp accommodations on a first-come, first-
served basis at its discretion.
All meals beginning with dinner March 2 in Rome and
ending with breakfast on March 20 in Cape Town.
Bottled water at all meals and on excursions.
Local/house beer and wine at all lunches and dinners
Transfers on arrival in Rome and departure from
Cape Town are included, regardless of the day of
arrival or departure.
Baggage: On the private jet, each participant is
strictly limited to 80 pounds of checked baggage in a
maximum of two suitcases. Small carry-ons should be
limited to one per person. Baggage, when not handled
by Abercrombie & Kent, and personal effects are at
all times the sole responsibility of the participant.
Check with your selected airline for other baggage
restrictions applicable to your flight into Rome and
out of Cape Town.
On local charter flights within Uganda and Tanzania,
baggage is strictly limited to 33 pounds per person.
Soft-sided luggage is required and a duffle bag for this
purpose will be provided by Abercrombie & Kent USA,
LLC, for each guest prior to departure. The remainder
of guests’ luggage will be stored by Abercrombie &
Kent during these program segments. For the charter
flight between Windhoek and Walvis Bay, Namibia,
guests are strictly limited to 22 pounds of soft-
sided luggage per person. The bulk of your luggage
will follow by surface and will be delivered to you at
Swakopmund Hotel, so you need only take your A&K
duffel bag with items of immediate need for arrival
in Walvis Bay.
Services of professional A&K Tour Director, Tour
Managers and Travelling Bell Boy throughout the
itinerary; local guides are provided as appropriate.
Hotel and airport taxes.
Internet access will be limited in some
destinations; where available, complimentary
Internet access is included.
Entrance fees during all sightseeing tours.
All gratuities, including those for your professional
A&K Tour Director/Managers and Travelling Bell Boy.
Not included in the quoted program price: Passenger
Travel Protection Plan; airfares to join/leave the program;
additional or alternative sightseeing not included in the
itinerary; excess baggage charges; personal expenses
such as costs to obtain passports and visas which are not
included in the tour cost; special assistance; meals other
than specified in the itinerary; premium liquor except
on the private jet and during special events; beverages,
unless noted as included in group meals; personal
laundry; and communication charges.
A&K’s Passenger Travel Protection Plan, which
provides cancellation coverage, medical coverage
and protection against lost or damaged luggage,
is not included in the tour price and is strongly
recommended. Details will be sent with confirmation.
Insurance must be purchased by second deposit.
Itinerary, accommodations and arranged sightseeing
are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen
circumstances or circumstances beyond A&K’s control.
Every effort will be made to operate the tour as planned.
PRICES & ARRANGEMENTS
The quoted tour price includes planning, handling
and operational charges, and is based on current
rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of January
2013. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, reserves the
right to increase tour price to cover increased costs,
fuel surcharges, tariffs and taxes after brochure
is published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign
exchange markets. Marco Polo Club discount is not
applicable to this program.
Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, also reserves the
right to withdraw a tour or any part of it, to make such
alterations in the itinerary, to change the maximum
number of passengers, or with the tour inclusions as
it deems necessary or desirable and to pass on to tour
members any expenditures or losses caused by delays
or events beyond its control.
Visa Documents/Entry Permits: To participate on
the tour, entry visas and/or entry permits will be
required for the following featured countries: Ethiopia,
Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. Please note that visas
for Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania will be processed
locally and delivered on arrival into these countries;
the fees for these visas are included in the cost of the
tour. A multi-entry visa will be needed for Zambia and
this cannot be processed locally; processing fees for
this are NOT included in the tour and must be handled
directly by the tour participant prior to departure
from the USA. Information and instructions for the
procurement of a Zambian visa will be provided in
your pre-tour documentation. Failure to obtain visas
and/or entry permits does not negate the terms and
conditions. Any extra costs for rerouting participants
without visas and/or entry permits will be the
responsibility of the participant.
Health Requirements: This is an active program,
which requires you to make a realistic assessment
of your health. All participants are expected to be
in active good health, to enjoy travelling as part
of a group, and to be ready to experience cultural
differences with grace. Walking and climbing stairs
are required in many hotels and airports, to board
the aircraft, and as part of many excursions. Prior to
travelling, we highly recommend visiting your personal
physician for a check-up, so that you may discuss
your ability to participate in this type of journey.
Malaria and other diseases are present in some of
the countries featured in this itinerary; proof of
yellow fever inoculation is required. For the latest
recommendations on specific health precautions for
the areas you will visit, consult your physician and the
Centers for Disease Control. Any physical condition
requiring special attention, diet, or treatment should
be reported in writing when the reservation is made.
We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate
participants with special needs; however, we cannot
accommodate wheelchairs. If you require a slower pace,
extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick,
arrangements will be made for private touring at each
destination, if necessary, at the discretion of our tour
staff. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the
responsibility of the participant. If you would like to
forego some of the scheduled sightseeing to rejuvenate
and relax, please feel free to do so at any time.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Monies should be mailed to Abercrombie & Kent,
USA, LLC, 1411 Opus Place, Executive Towers West II,
Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515.
A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 per person is
required at the time of booking. A second non-
refundable deposit of $15,000 per person is due by
July 5, 2013. A third non-refundable deposit of
$20,000 is due by September 3, 2013. Final payment
is due by November 2, 2013. If your reservation is
made within 120 days of departure (after November 2,
2013), the entire cost of the trip must be paid at
the time of confirmation.
All payments received by Abercrombie & Kent USA,
LLC, for travel services on this charter program
are protected in part by the Public Charter Escrow
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An exclusive private charter for 40 guests | $79,995 per person, double occupancy | $14,995 single supplement