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  2. 2. 32 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa A graceful giraffe on the plains of Amboseli in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari 12 days, visiting Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve Priced from $5,775 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Tuesday, departs on Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Experience East Africa through a blend of time-saving scenic flights and drives that offer a close, intimate view of life in the plains ›› Stay at ideally located lodges with stunning views ›› Enjoy a taste of luxurious permanent tented camping with superb game viewing in the Masai Mara ›› Meet Maasai villagers to learn the customs and traditions of this nomadic people when you visit their village ›› Make your stay more meaningful by stopping at a local school and interacting with the children DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Arrive in Nairobi after an overnight flight. Considered a microcosm of the African continent, Kenya is one of the most exciting and exotic destinations in the world, offering dramatic spectacles of nature. Nairobi Serena Hotel DAY 2: Nairobi/Amboseli National Park Drive to Amboseli National Park, known for its thriving big game population and views of towering, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro; its Uhuru Peak soars to 19,341 feet. After lunch, explore the acacia woodland, freshwater swamps, scrub brush and open plains in search of wildlife. Part of the park is composed of a dried-up lakebed, where mirages rise from the shimmering heat. This evening, attend a welcome dinner and an informative safari briefing. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Amboseli National Park Set out at dawn, watching for elephants, zebras and wildebeests along the saltpan trails. Spend midday at leisure before setting off on a late afternoon game drive, when predators begin to roam the plains in search of prey. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY4: Amboseli/Arusha,Tanzania/Lake Manyara National Park Travel by road to Arusha, arriving in time for lunch. Continue to your next lodge, located in a picturesque region where shallow, freshwater Lake Manyara — one of a chain of lakes in Africa’s Great Rift Valley — is nestled at the foot of a spectacular 2,000-foot escarpment. Choose to walk along a nature trail or simply relax with a book by the pool. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater Discover a wide array of wildlife and many bird species amid a tangle of rainforest-like foliage. After a farm-fresh lunch, continue to the Ngorongoro Crater, ascending its outer wall through dense vegetation. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater Wind your way through the landscape of Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most magnificent wildlife arenas in all of Africa, containing a “Lost World” of animals; its prairies are an ideal spot to see hyenas, buffalo and gazelles. Following a picnic lunch near a hippo pool, visit a Maasai village to experience its culture firsthand. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Drive to the vast, wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park, home to lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes and topi and setting of the Great Migration. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Serengeti National Park Spend your day on morning and afternoon safaris, searching for elephants as well as the “Little Five” — including leopard tortoises and rhino beetles — along plains, rivers and rocky outcroppings. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D during a private visit to a maasai village, meet the locals to learn about their traditions and the roles they play in their culture. DAY 9: Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara Game Reserve Fly to the endless Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s finest wildlife spectacle and site of the country’s largest lion population. This afternoon, a game drive introduces you to the famed reserve, where you find the greatest concentration of species in all of Kenya. Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D DAYS 10-11: Masai Mara Game Reserve Spend the next two days in the Mara, more than 500 square miles of savannas, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers that shelter an
  3. 3. 33800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com AdayonSafari Discover what you are likely to encounter on a typical day of game viewing, from the moment you rise to the moment you are lulled to sleep by the sounds of the African night. Your safari day begins early, with a hot mug of coffee or tea delivered to your tent. Outside, the sun is just beginning to peek over the horizon, and you emerge from your tent to behold a landscape that is stunning in its vastness and tranquility. Fortified against the early morning chill, board your safari vehicle with your driver-guide and set out on the first of the day’s game drives. While each area has its own distinct wildlife population, there is little predicting what you will see in the bush. Elephants may gather around a watering hole; a pair of male cheetahs may be seen scanning the surroundings for signs of prey; hyena, perhaps, tear into an early-morning kill; and herds of grazing giraffes and zebras may march across the plains. Your experienced guide has a sixth sense when it comes to wildlife and never fails to get you into the heart of the action. After a few hours of game viewing, stop for breakfast, either back at your camp or at a table laid specially for you in the wild. In Africa, the animals lie low during the mid-day heat, so you do too. Back at camp, take a nap, grab a book from the common tent or simply relax on your private veranda. Later in the afternoon, set out on a second game drive, possibly combining wildlife viewing with a visit to a Maasai or Samburu village or a local philanthropic project. As the sun starts to set, you might stop at a scenic spot for a sundowner cocktail before returning to camp. Dinner in the bush is always an event, with freshly prepared, multi-course meals served at an elegantly set table. It can also be an unexpected game viewing opportunity when the animals come to a nearby watering hole for a drink, or suddenly announce their presence with a loud call. After dinner, gather around the campfire and share stories of your exciting day, stargaze under the quiet sky, or retire in preparation for another inspiring day on safari. Africa
  4. 4. 34 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa astonishing range of wildlife, made up of more than 400 bird species and nearly a hundred animal species, including all the great predators. Watch crocodiles bask in the sun, hippos wallow in the muddy water and monkeys frolic overhead; see elephants roam the forest edge as well as lanky, graceful giraffes survey the plains. final print akp icon final web akp icon You also may visit a local primary school supported by A&K Philanthropy. On your final evening, attend a farewell dinner, sharing impressions of your journey with your fellow guests. Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D “On Africa’s mostmajestic plains — the Masai Mara, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater — witness the largest gameherds anywhere on earth on this unforgettable journey, the most popular A&K offers.” — Mark Wheeler, A&K Kenya DAY 12: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Return to Nairobi. Spend the afternoon relaxing in a reserved dayroom prior to your international departure. Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Mara Intrepids Luxurious modern tents offering fine game viewing year-round. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge Located on top of a ridge with commanding Serengeti views. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge Set on the very rim of the crater. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge Maasai-inspired guest rooms with private verandas. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge Views of the Great Rift Valley. Nairobi Serena Hotel An oasis of serenity amid the hustle and bustle of Nairobi.
  5. 5. 35800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa Maasai women welcoming guests in full finery The“Big Five” Swapping stories in the African bush, American and European trophy hunters came to agree on the five most challenging — and thus most essential — animals to track and shoot. While the only “shooting” on an A&K safari is done with a camera, spotting the “Big Five” remains a treasured milestone for every safari traveller. Lion The so-called “king of the jungle” actually lives in Africa’s grassy plains. Lionesses, swifter and lighter than their male counterparts, handle most of the hunting chores, while males defend the pride. Elephant The largest land animal, the elephant has long been a target for poachers, who kill the creature for its ivory tusks. The elephant is a highly intelligent animal, and its grazing behavior plays a significant role in maintaining the health of its ecosystem. Rhinoceros Like the elephant, the rhinoceros is often hunted illegally, as its horn is a prized ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. There are two subspecies of rhinos: the more common white rhino and the endangered black rhino, which is actually gray or brown. Cape Buffalo Though lacking the lion’s fearsome reputation, the Cape buffalo is actually the most dangerous of the “Big Five” to humans. These large grazers occupy a wide range of habitats, from low-lying grasslands to mountain slopes. Leopard With its speed, stealth and expert climbing ability, the leopard is perhaps the most formidable predator in Africa. Leopards frequently hunt at night and remain hidden in trees during the day, making them the most elusive of the “Big Five.” Take This Journey Private Thisitineraryisavailableasanindependentjourney ledbylocalguides.ContactA&Kfordetails. dates & PRicing Jan 22-Feb 02 Feb 05-16 Mar 05-16 May 07-18 Jun 11-22 Jul 09-20 Jul 23-Aug 03 Aug 06-17 Aug 13-24 Aug 27-Sep 07 Sep 17-28 Oct 01-12 Nov 05-16 Dec 19-30† Landarrangements: Jan-Feb; Jun-Oct Mar; Nov May Dec Double occupancy $9,495 $8,895 $5,775 $10,595 Single supplement $1,720 $1,645 $610 $1,720 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,110Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara/Nairobi † Arrives Thursday, departs Monday. Air Road MasaiMara Game Reserve KENYA TANZANIA I N D I A N O C E A N Nairobi Arusha Amboseli NationalPark Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti NationalPark
  6. 6. 36 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa Wildebeests on the run in the Masai Mara Wings Over the Migration 13 days, visiting Nairobi, Samburu Game Reserve, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Arusha Priced from $13,995 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Friday, departs on Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Witness the spectacle of the seasonal Great Migration on a special, customized itinerary featuring a taste of A&K’s renowned mobile tented camps ›› Fly between campsites to make the most of your time on safari, with a scenic drive to Ngorongoro Crater ›› Experience a private, energetic Maasai dance performance — far from crowds and other travellers — at your camp near the rim of Ngorongoro Crater ›› Sit down to a hot barbecue lunch at a pivate site, avoiding the crowds at Ngorongoro Crater ›› Explore East Africa’s great game reserves at a leisurely pace, with longer stays at three luxurious permanent tented camps — all set amid the wildlife action DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Fly overnight to Nairobi and on arrival, check in to your hotel. Fairmont The Norfolk DAY 2: Nairobi/Samburu Game Reserve Fly to the Samburu Game Reserve, a rugged, semi-desert bush area. After lunch, embark on a game drive in search of the elusive leopard along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. This evening, attend a welcome dinner and safari briefing. Larsens Camp | Meals: B L D DAYS 3-4: Samburu Game Reserve Spend two days exploring Samburu in search of the famed “Special Five” (reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk) found only north of the equator. Larsens Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Samburu/Masai Mara Game Reserve Board a flight to the Masai Mara and set out to see the greatest concentration of wildlife in Kenya, including the country’s largest lion population. Make your stay as active or leisurely as you desire, choosing activities that include game drives and bush walks. You also have a chance to assist with tree-planting or wetlands preservation at an A&K Philanthropy-sponsored project. Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D Witness a phenomenon of nature — the annual great migration — when huge herds of wildebeests and zebras forge through the plains in search of grass and water. DAYS 6-7: Masai Mara Game Reserve Spend two exciting days driving across the boundless, flat plains in search of game. While you are here, consider taking an optional hot air balloon ride. On your final evening (weather permitting), dine in style along the banks of the Mara River. Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Arusha, Tanzania/Lake Manyara/ Ngorongoro Crater Fly to Lake Manyara via Nairobi and Arusha. On arrival, drive to the ancient volcanic caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater, a haven for wildlife. After settling in to your custom-made, walk-in tent with the help of your dedicated staff, relax by a roaring campfire. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Ngorongoro Crater Explore the crater’s prolific wildlife, pausing for a private gourmet barbecue set within a quiet, picturesque yellow acacia grove. Bird lovers can view flamingos and countless other species. Among the mammals, you may see the rare and elusive black rhinoceros. This afternoon, meet with an elder at a nearby Maasai village to learn about the tribe’s semi-nomadic culture and its traditions. This evening, a local Maasai tribe puts on a private dance performance at your camp. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 10: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Fly to Serengeti National Park, home to a plethora of plains game. Each year, triggered by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thompson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands on a route that roughly mimics the boundaries of Serengeti National Park, extending to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Sanctuary Kusini | Meals: B L D DAYS 11-12: Serengeti National Park Spend the following two days in the Serengeti, whose complex
  7. 7. 37800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa Maasai warriors performing their traditional jumping dance dates & PRicing Jan 18-30 Mar 01-13 Jul 26-Aug 07^ Sep 20-Oct 02^ Jan 25-Feb 06 Mar 08-20 Aug 02-14^ Oct 11-23^ Feb 08-20 Jun 07-19^ Aug 16-28^ Dec 21-Jan 02, 2014† Feb 15-27 Jul 19-31^ Sep 06-18^ Landarrangements: Jan-Mar; Jul-Oct Jun Dec Double occupancy $14,595 $13,995 $16,295 Single supplement $2,840 $2,670 $2,840 Internalairfare:  Nairobi/Samburu/Masai Mara/Nairobi/ Arusha/Manyara/Serengeti/Arusha Economy class from $1,975-$2,535* *Surcharge may apply for groups of less than six passengers due to charter flight. ^ Departure operates in reverse with some slight routing changes. † Arrives Saturday, departs Thursday. ecosystem is home to some 35 species of plains game and 500 bird species. During your stay, you may choose to participate in the Serengeti Cheetah Project, that involves photographing cats so researchers can identify and track them; you may even receive detailed background about any cheetah you document. After an exciting day on safari, return to your luxurious camp for sundowner cocktails on a kopje (outcropping) overlooking the Serengeti plains just as nocturnal predators prepare to hunt. Then, on your final evening, recount your adventures with fellow guests during a farewell dinner. Sanctuary Kusini | Meals: B L D “If you’ve ever wanted to witness the GreatMigration, this is the journey for you. It combines an intimate group size, luxury camps and signature A&K mobile camping, backed by our fiftyyearsofexperience.” — Graham Wood, A&K Tanzania DAY 13: Serengeti/Arusha/Depart Fly to Arusha, where a dayroom is available until you board your international flight. Arusha Coffee Lodge (dayroom) | Meals: B NOTE: Services may be modified to accommodate a smaller group including, but not limited to, substituting a permanent tented camp or lodge in place of private mobile camp. Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp (Ngorongoro Crater) Private tents in the bush. Sanctuary Olonana Condé Nast Traveler Gold List winner set on the Mara River. Sanctuary Kusini Personal tent attendants, private verandas, great views. Larsens Camp The ultimate safari camp in Samburu Game Reserve. Fairmont The Norfolk Nairobi’s only country house hotel, a landmark since 1904. Arusha Coffee Lodge Ambience of a bygone era; set amid large coffee plantations. Air Road TANZANIA KENYA I N D I A N O C E A N Arusha Samburu Game Reserve Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater MasaiMara Game Reserve NairobiSerengeti National Park
  8. 8. 38 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa Guests sharing stories around the campfire East African Hemingway Safari 12 days, visiting Nairobi, Laikipia Plateau, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve Priced from $14,995 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Sunday, departs on Thursday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Camp privately in close proximity to wildlife with A&K’s luxury mobile tented safari — an experience worthy of Hemingway ›› Make your stay your own with night or horseback game drives (optional), picnics and sundowner cocktails ›› Avoid crowds at Ngorongoro Crater, where a hot barbecue lunch at a private site awaits ›› Cover greater distances in less time with scenic flights between most camps ›› See a lively, private Maasai dance performance, and visit a tribal village DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Arrive by overnight flight to Nairobi. Your hotel, Kenya’s oldest, has been drawing the rich and famous to its hallowed doors since they first opened on Christmas Day 1904. Fairmont The Norfolk DAY 2: Nairobi/Laikipia Plateau Fly to the exclusive Laikipia Plateau. Your private game conservancy is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including an especially large elephant population. During your stay, A&K’s exclusive mobile camp affords the most authentic of safari experiences as well as total privacy and indulgent, personalized service. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D A&K’s mobile tented camps deliver the ultimatesafari adventure: luxurious, intimate, authentically African and steeped in the traditions of the great explorers and adventurers of the past. DAY 3: Laikipia Plateau Search for elephants and rhinos on a full day of game viewing in the placid Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Glimpse indigenous northern species, such as reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the strangely elegant gerenuk. Try viewing game on an optional horseback ride or night game drive. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Laikipia Plateau/Nairobi/Arusha, Tanzania/ Ngorongoro Crater Fly to the Lake Manyara airstrip and continue overland to the Ngorongoro Crater and your next private safari camp. Ngorongoro was an active volcano some four million years ago; when its cone collapsed, it left a 2,000-foot-deep crater (caldera) that is a haven for many species of wildlife, and one of Africa’s most scenic locales. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater’s volcanic caldera brims with an alluring, densely populated cross-section of East African wildlife. Go on a game drive, searching for lions, elephants, hyenas, wildebeests, zebras and rhinos. A&K hosts an Out of Africa-inspired, gourmet barbecue lunch at a private, shady site. Later, learn about the Maasai people, their culture and traditions while visiting a local village, followed by a private Maasai dance performance back at your camp. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Continue to Serengeti National Park, one of the last remaining wildlife spectacles on earth and the site of the annual migration. During this time, an astounding number of herbivores trek across the plains to the Masai Mara, the Serengeti’s Kenya extension, in search of water and fresh grasses. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAYS 7–8: Serengeti National Park Move to your extravagant mobile camp, and spend two days exploring the vast, varied landscapes of the Serengeti. Covering 10,000 square miles, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s largest and most famous national park and supports one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world. While sleeping under canvas, revel in your camp’s scenic location deep in the heart of the wild and enjoy spending your nights under the African stars. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara Game Reserve Wing your way to Nairobi for lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant.
  9. 9. 39800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa Continue to the Masai Mara, the northern extension of the Serengeti, and your private camp. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D A&K’s exclusive mobile tented camps are moved to follow the migrating herds, keeping you always at the center of the action. DAYS 10–11: Masai Mara Game Reserve One of Kenya’s most spectacular wildlife areas, the Masai Mara, is yours to explore for the next two days. Running along the Tanzanian border, it forms an essential part of the Serengeti ecosystem and draws huge herds of wildebeests during their annual migration. Along the Mara River, crocodiles bask in the sun, while hippos wallow in the muddy water and monkeys cause mayhem overhead. Meanwhile, elephants roam the forest edge, while a large coalition of lions prepares to hunt. Join fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 12: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Fly back to Nairobi and spend the afternoon at leisure; a dayroom is provided for your comfort and convenience. Board your international flight this evening. Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom) | Meals: B NOTE: Services may be modified to accommodate a smaller group including, but not limited to, substituting a permanent tented camp or lodge in place of private mobile camp. A leopard lounging in the sun dates & PRicing Jan 20-31 Feb 03-14 Feb 24-Mar 07 Mar 17-28 Jun 16-27 Jul 07-18 Jul 21-Aug 01 Aug 04-15 Aug 18-29 Sep 08-19 Sep 29-Oct 10 Oct 06-17 Dec 15-26 Landarrangements: Jan-Oct Dec Double occupancy $14,995 $16,395 Single supplement $2,290 $2,290 Internalairfare: Nairobi/Laikipia/Nairobi/Arusha/Manyara; Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara/Nairobi Economy class from $2,030 Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp Set up in private, hand-selected wildlife areas, our mobile camps offer the most authentic — and luxurious — safari experience in East Africa. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge Traditional thatched rondavels located on top of a ridge with commanding Serengeti views. Fairmont The Norfolk Nairobi’s only country house hotel, a landmark property set in beautiful gardens. Air Road TANZANIA KENYA I N D I A N O C E A N Arusha Laikipia Plateau Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater MasaiMara Game Reserve NairobiSerengeti National Park
  10. 10. 40 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa A reticulated giraffe munching on trees in Samburu National Park Kenya Wildlife Safari 8 days, visiting Nairobi, Nanyuki, Samburu Game Reserve and Masai Mara Game Reserve Priced from $4,395 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Monday, departs on Monday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› View Kenya’s wildlife in all its glory during a concise, diverse itinerary to distinct, game-rich wildlife regions, where even the endangered black rhino thrives ›› Make the most of your game-viewing time with convenient flights between reserves and drives across stunning landscapes ›› Pay a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Sweetwaters, the only place in Kenya to see these primates ›› Stay at centrally located lodges designed to blend harmoniously with the African landscape and a tented camp clustered around a watering hole DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Arrive in Nairobi following an overnight flight and transfer to your hotel. The large and luxuriously furnished rooms offer views over the lush gardens or the green expanse of Central Park. The remainder of your day is at leisure, and you may want to visit the hotel’s Maisha Health Club and Spa, one of the country’s finest health centers, where you can relax after your long journey with a dip in the outdoor heated pool or a variety of spa treatments. Nairobi Serena Hotel DAY 2: Nairobi/Nanyuki Embark on a scenic drive to Nanyuki and Sweetwaters Tented Camp, set in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya. One of the few private game conservancies in Kenya, this area affords privileged seclusion and private game viewing. A watering hole close to your tent draws giraffes for a cool morning drink — a magical sight glimpsed from your private veranda. This is one of the largest sanctuaries in East Africa for endangered black rhinos and the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. Observe these fascinating primates, who share so much of our human DNA, when you visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. An afternoon safari drive takes you across the vast savanna grasslands, a terrain favored by elephants. Later, attend a welcome dinner and safari briefing. Sweetwaters Tented Camp | Meals: B L D “Simply put, this was mybest vacationever. The combination of the itinerary, Tour Director, drivers and game viewing was more than I could have ever anticipated. I could have stayed forever.” — F.W., Washington, D.C. DAY 3: Nanyuki/Samburu Game Reserve Travel to the Samburu Game Reserve and your lodge, overlooking the buffalo springs and the Ewaso Nyiro River. An afternoon game drive reveals unique northern species, including the reticulated giraffe; beisa oryx; Grevy’s zebra, with its narrow stripes and rounded ears; and the graceful long-necked gerenuk that stands on two feet to feed. Samburu Simba Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Samburu Game Reserve Observe beautiful flora and fauna during morning and afternoon bush drives, watching crocodiles bask on muddy riverbanks and vervet monkeys frolic in the late afternoon sun. At night, you may be able to spot leopards lounging along the riverbank opposite the lodge. Samburu is an excellent place for the photographer; the vivid contrasts between sky, bush and sand radiate incomparable beauty. Birding enthusiasts are rewarded, too, with over 300 species — including the martial eagle, Somali ostrich and vulturine guinea fowl — calling the reserve home. Samburu Simba Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Samburu/Masai Mara Game Reserve Awaken to sounds of the unspoiled wilderness. After breakfast, board a flight across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, host to a spectacular, ever-changing array of wildlife. Running along the Tanzanian border, the Masai Mara forms Kenya’s northern extension of the Greater Serengeti ecosystem; when the annual migration takes place, more than a million wildebeests march north with zebras and gazelles to graze on the Mara’s lush grasses. Game follows ancient migration routes under the watchful eyes of lions, leopards and cheetahs that lie in wait of vulnerable prey. The Mara’s 583 square miles of savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers create an ecosystem that supports countless bird and mammal species. At the western reaches of the park is the Siria Escarpment, adjacent to acacia-dotted plains. Game
  11. 11. 41800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa An endangered black rhino with her calf in the Masai Mara viewing is never dull in the Mara, and patience is often rewarded with astonishing sightings, such as a hippo rising from the river, a rhino rumbling through the bush, a hyena waiting to pounce on the remains of a kill or a herd of elephants protecting their young from predators. This vast, open space is unique, offering inspiration and lifelong memories at every turn. Mara Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D Days 6-7: Masai Mara Game Reserve Spend two days surveying the plains in search of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. Lions are found in abundance throughout the park, as are elephants, giraffes, a variety of gazelle species and zebras; with luck, you may also find rhinos. Your drivers and guides have years of experience and knowledge of wildlife habits; they always manage to keep you in the heart of the action. You may also choose an optional hot air balloon ride or a day trip to Lake Victoria to fish for Nile perch. Celebrate your last night on safari with a farewell dinner. Mara Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D observe chimpanzees at the chimpanzee sanctuary at sweetwaters, the only place in kenya to see these fascinating primates. DAY 8: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi. Spend the remaining day at leisure, until this evening’s departure for your international flight. Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Mara Serena Safari Lodge Located high on a hill with Masai Mara views, Serena’s rooms offer a great vantage point for spotting nearby game. Sweetwaters Tented Camp Classic permanent tents near East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary and Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary. Samburu Simba Lodge Overlooks Buffalo Springs and the Ewaso Nyiro River, where wildlife gathers to drink throughout the day. Nairobi Serena Hotel A tranquil oasis located amid lovely landscaped gardens in the heart of Nairobi. dates & PRicing Feb 11-18 Jul 08-15 Sep 16-23 May 06-13 Aug 05-12 Oct 07-14 Jun 24-Jul 01 Aug 26-Sep 02 Dec 22-29† Landarrangements: Feb; Jun-Oct May Dec Double occupancy $5,995 $4,395 $6,895 Single supplement $940 $465 $940 Internalairfare: Economy class from $690Samburu/Masai Mara/Nairobi † Arrives Sunday, departs Sunday. Air Road KENYA I N D I A N O C E A N Samburu GameReserve MasaiMara GameReserve Nairobi Nanyuki
  12. 12. 42 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa An elephant matriarch with Mount Kilimanjaro looming in the background Wings Over Kenya 9 days, visiting Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Laikipia Plateau and Masai Mara Game Reserve Priced from $7,675 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Monday, departs on Tuesday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Fly between luxurious permanent camps, all in the center of wildlife action, and embark on an authentic safari experience ›› Pay a private visit to Amboseli Elephant Research Project, where ongoing preservation efforts are helping the species thrive ›› Set out on walking safaris or evening game drives, or discover wildlife up close on horseback (optional) during the day on the private Lewa Wildlife Conservancy ›› Enjoy private game drives in A&K 4x4 vehicles in Amboseli National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Masai Mara Game Reserve ›› End your safari adventure at Sanctuary Olonana, an award- winning, luxurious tented camp on a private stretch of the Mara River and a Condé Nast Traveler Gold List property ›› Meet the nomadic Maasai people during a private excursion to a local village DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Arrive in Nairobi, where an Abercrombie & Kent representative meets and transfers you to your hotel. Probably Kenya’s most renowned hotel — and certainly its oldest — Fairmont The Norfolk has been drawing the rich and famous to its hallowed doors since it first opened on Christmas Day in 1904. In many respects, Nairobi grew up around the hotel, which occupies a central but quiet location opposite the National Theater. The comfortable rooms circle a large inner garden laden with flowering shrubs and heavy with birdsong. Its inviting restaurants offer delectable dining in elegant surroundings, while the front terrace is a popular location for watching modern Nairobi go by. Fairmont The Norfolk DAY 2: Nairobi/Amboseli National Park Fly to Amboseli National Park, fringed by Maasai villages and located in the Great Rift Valley province. The 150-square- mile reserve is renowned for its breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Begin your safari adventure in search of big game — elephants, in particular — while absorbing views of Africa’s highest peak amid acacia woodland, freshwater swamps, scrub brush and open plains. Return from your game drive as the sun sinks beneath the horizon. Tortilis Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Amboseli National Park Rise for your morning game drive, followed by a visit to Dr. Cynthia Moss’ longstanding, in-depth Amboseli Elephant Research Project to learn about elephant family structure, life cycle and behavior. Look for lions and cheetahs on an afternoon game drive. This is an ideal time of day to see predators as they amble out of the shade and roam onto the plains in search of prey. From prehistoric Observation Hill, which overlooks Mount Kilimanjaro and the elephant-filled grasslands, watch as the spectrum of colors shifts at sunset. Tortilis Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Amboseli/Nairobi/Laikipia Plateau Board a flight to the Laikipia Plateau, at the foothills of Mount Kenya. Then, drive to your luxurious tented camp in the scenic Northern Frontier District, where snow-capped peaks dominate the view to the south. Take to the bush this afternoon, keeping your eyes peeled for glimpses of unique, indigenous northern species, such as reticulated giraffe and the long-necked gerenuk. All the big cats can also be found here, including leopards and lions. After dinner, sleep safe and warm in superbly appointed tents, serenaded by the sounds of the African night. Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B L D time-saving flights between permanent tented camps put you in the center of the wildlife faster so that you can start your authentic safari that much sooner. DAY 5: Laikipia Plateau The morning and afternoon are spent game viewing in this undisturbed area, where eagles and vultures fly overhead. You may set out in safari vehicles or on an optional horseback safari in search of great cats, black and white rhinos, elephants, oryx and dik-diks. Explore as your guide lends insight about the bush and its inhabitants, taking breaks to indulge in gourmet meals and remote sundowners prepared by your attentive staff. Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Laikipia Plateau/Masai Mara Game Reserve Fly across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara Game Reserve and your intimate, award-winning luxury camp. Its 14 elegant tents feature four-poster beds and verandas that overlook a private stretch
  13. 13. 43800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa A lion family spotted on a game drive in the Masai Mara dates & PRicing Jun 08-16 Jul 15-23 Sep 16-24 Dec 24-Jan 01, 2014† Jul 01-09 Aug 12-20 Dec 02-10 Landarrangements: Jun; Dec 2 Jul-Sep Dec 24 Double occupancy $7,675 $8,675 $9,695 Single supplement $1,550 $1,765 $1,765 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,295Nairobi/Amboseli/Nairobi/Laikipia/Masai Mara/Nairobi † Arrives Tuesday, departs Wednesday. of the Mara River, where hippos wallow. final print akp icon final web akp icon A&K Philanthropy supports the camp’s wetlands project as well as a native tree nursery where you may plant your own tree. After a late-afternoon game drive, return to camp for dinner. Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D This journey offers the chance to spot Africa’s iconic species — including the great hunting cats — as well as some of its mostunusualgame, such as reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra. DAYS 7-8: Masai Mara Game Reserve Spend the next two days exploring the vast plains by safari vehicle. Running along the Tanzanian border, the Masai Mara forms an essential part of the Serengeti ecosystem, the very place where the annual wildebeest migration occurs. Rich in game, no landscape is more quintessentially “African” than these rolling grasslands and acacia savannas. The action never seems to stop here, and the chain of command begins with the Mara’s lion population, the largest in the country. You may also search for zebras, spotted hyenas, black- backed jackals, hippos, giraffes, eland and wildebeests. On your final evening, join fellow guests for a farewell dinner. Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Fly back to Nairobi, where a dayroom is waiting. This evening, board your international flight. Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom) | Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Sanctuary Olonana Luxury tented camp on the banks of the Mara River with excellent game viewing and named to Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. Lewa Safari Camp Stunning location in the private Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with spectacular views of Mount Kenya. Tortilis Camp Luxury tents in Amboseli National Park with private verandas offering views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Fairmont The Norfolk Deluxe room in this luxury landmark hotel near the center of Nairobi; the city’s only country house hotel. Air KENYA I N D I A N O C E A N Laikipia Plateau MasaiMara GameReserve Nairobi Amboseli National Park
  14. 14. 44 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa Soaring above the Serengeti in a hot air balloon Tanzania Wildlife Safari 8 days, visiting Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park Priced from $3,555 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Wednesday, departs on Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Combine scenic drives and a time-saving flight, and stay in spacious classic safari lodges ideally located for the best views of the landscape and for spotting game ›› Visit a Maasai village and meet with an elder, experiencing in person the Maasai culture and way of life ›› Soar over the vast wilderness in a hot air balloon for a unique perspective of the Serengeti and its teeming wildlife ›› Pause for a relaxing picnic lunch in the picturesque Ngorongoro Crater, a haven for wildlife DAY 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania Arrive after an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha. Nestled in the heart of a coffee estate, your lodge boasts views of Lake Duluti and Mount Meru. Serena Mountain Village DAY 2: Arusha/Tarangire National Park This morning, travel to Tarangire National Park and on to your lodge. After settling in, observe local wildlife — perhaps hartebeests, buffalo or impalas — on a short afternoon game drive. Tarangire has an exceptional elephant population and the highest recorded number of breeding bird species of any habitat in the world; watch for them at the edge of green-tinged swamps. Get your binoculars out and try to spot the vibrantly colored Fischer’s lovebird and ashy starling. This evening, attend a welcome dinner and exchange stories with your fellow travellers about your first exciting day in the bush. Tarangire Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Tarangire National Park Traverse the eight varied landscapes of Tarangire, from its baobab forest to its swamps and acacia-dotted plains filled with wondrous species. Be on the lookout for the myriad species to be found here, ranging from giraffes, waterbucks, wildebeests and zebras to elands, fringe-eared oryx, greater kudu and the elusive wild dog, a prized sighting for any safari-goer. The Tarangire River runs through the center of the park, providing the thirsty animals with a year-round supply of water. Tarangire Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Tarangire/Lake Manyara National Park/ Ngorongoro Crater Travel overland to the small but wildlife-rich Lake Manyara National Park — home to grasslands, forests, marshlands, scrub and parklands punctuated with acacia trees. Have your camera ready while looking for lions and large elephant herds. Stop for a farm-fresh lunch at Gibb’s Farm, a sprawling property with a local artist-in-residence program. If you have time, you may wish to walk around the lovely grounds to see the gardens and the nearby waterfall. Continue to the 2,000-foot-deep Ngorongoro Crater, which is among the natural wonders of the world. The caldera, created by the collapsed cone of a volcano, contains a hidden world of wildlife. Settle in to your lodge, located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From your lodge you have spectacular views of this natural amphitheater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Ngorongoro Crater Descend to the short grass prairies of Ngorongoro Crater, a haven for lions, elephants, hyenas, wildebeests and gazelles. Watch for pink flamingos as they flock to the crater lake and notice the vast array of other birds that call Ngorongoro home. Even the rare and elusive black rhinoceros, one of Africa’s most endangered species, is a resident here. After a picnic lunch, visit a Maasai village and gain cultural insight into the lifestyle of these nomadic cattle herders when you meet with a village elder. The Maasai have peacefully coexisted with wildlife here since the 17th century. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D “Whenever I called A&K, I could always speak to someone who had been to Tanzania. This was truly the deciding point. We also liked that youown yourownvehicles and that the drivers work for A&K.” — N.E., Lafayette, LA DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Continue to arid Serengeti National Park and on to your lodge, which sits amid acacia, overlooking the plains. This afternoon, set
  15. 15. 45800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa A colorful display of flamingos and zebras in the Ngorongoro Crater dates & PRicing Jan 16-23 Feb 20-27 Mar 13-20 Apr 10-17 May 08-15 Jun 26-Jul 03 Jul 17-24 Aug 14-21 Sep 18-25 Oct 09-16 Nov 06-13 Dec 20-27† Landarrangements: Jan-Mar; Jun-Nov Apr-May Dec Double occupancy $5,595 $3,555 $6,545 Single supplement $620 $0 $620 Internalairfare: Economy class from $320Serengeti/Arusha † Arrives Friday, departs Friday. off on a game drive through the 10,000-square-mile region, keeping watch for lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes and topi. This is also the site of the annual, seasonal Great Migration of wildebeests and zebras. Serengeti Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D viewing the serengeti from your hot air balloon provides an unrivaled look at the immense savanna and the myriad wildlife below. DAY 7: Serengeti National Park As the animals begin to stir, skim the treetops during a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti’s boundless plains for a different perspective on the wildlife action. Watch as early morning activities begin: hippos return to water after foraging for food in the dark; elephants rustle through trees in search of breakfast; and lions amble back from a hunt with wide, yellow eyes. During an afternoon game drive, watch for cheetahs, crocodiles and leopards. This evening, join fellow travellers for a festive farewell dinner. Serengeti Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Serengeti/Arusha/Depart Fly to Arusha, where a dayroom is reserved for your convenience to use until later this evening when you transfer to the airport and board your international flight. Serena Mountain Village (dayroom) | Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Serengeti Sopa Lodge Large rooms with private verandahs on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the southwestern Serengeti plains. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Perched on the crater rim, with glass-front verandas and private views of the Ngorongoro Crater from every room. Tarangire Sopa Lodge Spacious lodge hidden amid the kopjes, baobab trees and Tarangire grasslands, with a private veranda for each room. Serena Mountain Village Cottage-style rooms surrounded by gracious lawns and colorful bougainvillea amid a backdrop of aromatic coffee plantations. Air Road TANZANIA Arusha Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti National Park Tarangire National Park
  16. 16. 46 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa Celebrating a successful summit The Snows of Kilimanjaro 9 days, visiting Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro Priced from $5,460 Limited to 12 guests; arrives varied days of the week Minimum age 16 years A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Climb in complete peace of mind with Abercrombie & Kent, the only international tour operator with its own dedicated, strictly managed Mount Kilimanjaro operation ›› A&K climbs allow time for acclimatization, giving our expeditions a successful summit rate of 97 percent ›› All A&K guides are trained in wilderness first aid, mountain craft, natural history and ecological awareness ›› We use the finest climbing and camping apparatus available to ensure safety and comfort throughout your journey ›› Private, igloo-shaped tents allow A&K guests to bypass the rustic mountain huts where most climbers spend their nights ›› Porters transport your luggage and equipment; you carry only a day pack DAY 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania Following an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha, transfer to your lodge. Serena Mountain Village DAY 2: Arusha In anticipation of the climb ahead, acclimatize as you walk through Arusha National Park. Situated between the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru, this beautiful park houses a wide range of habitats, from the string of crater lakes where you can watch water birds to the highland montane forest and imposing summit of Mount Meru. The forest itself contains a wealth of wildlife, including beautiful bushbucks — sometimes glimpsed in the glades between the ancient cedar trees — and black-and-white colobus monkeys. This evening, meet fellow climbers during a welcome dinner. Serena Mountain Village | Meals: B L D “When the peak of Kilimanjaro and the glaciers are lit by the full moon, the view is stunning — and it is also safertoclimb withabrightlylitpath. That is why we time all of our ascents to occur under a full moon.” — Hein Prinsloo, A&K Tanzania DAY 3: Arusha/Mount Kilimanjaro After breakfast, you are driven from Arusha to the Machame village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to begin your climb. Hike for about six hours through dense rubber tree and giant fig forests to your camp, set up near huts once used for shelter on the mountain. As you make your way up through the forested terrain, look for signs of elephants. Your first camp is set at an altitude of 10,000 feet. Machame Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Mount Kilimanjaro After rising early to a hot cup of coffee or tea, leave camp and absorb the commanding view of Uhuru Peak. Trek out of the forest up to the Hagenia zone through a savanna of tall grasses and ghostly landscapes of volcanic lava; arrive, after a six-hour hike, at the Shira Plateau and your camp. At 12,500 feet, it boasts sweeping views across the Masai Steppe to distant Mount Meru and the Shira Needles. Shira Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Mount Kilimanjaro During a six-hour hike, skirt the Shira Plateau toward the Kibo Massif and upward to the pass at Lava Tower (15,000 feet). Descend toward Barranco Camp through the immense Grand Barranco canyon that is punctuated by small waterfalls and fed by streams from the Umbwe River. Camp lies at an elevation of 13,000 feet. Barranco Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Mount Kilimanjaro Hike for about four hours along the Barranco Cliff with no increase in elevation, allowing you time to rest and adjust to the increasingly higher altitudes. In the afternoon, you may hike in the Karanga Valley, where giant senecio and lobelia grow. Karanga Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Mount Kilimanjaro Take another short, four- to five-hour trek and a day of acclimatization as you near the mountain’s peak, stopping at Barafu Camp (15,200 feet) on a moraine with views of majestic Mawenzi Peak to the right and Kibo Peak overhead. The surrounding alpine desert terrain is largely mineral, with some lichens and moss. Turn in early this evening, as tomorrow’s is a longer, more arduous climb. Barafu Camp | Meals: B L D
  17. 17. 47800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa A team of hikers approaching the summit at sunrise dates & PRicing Jan 21-29 Jun 17-25 Sep 13-21 Feb 19-27 Jul 16-24 Oct 12-20 Mar 21-29 Aug 14-22 Dec 19-27 Landarrangements: Jan-Oct Dec Double occupancy $5,460 $6,495 Single supplement $950 $950 DAY 8: Mount Kilimanjaro Rise very early and begin the final ascent to Stella Point, at 18,630 feet on the rim of Kibo Crater. Make your way up a winding path flanked by the Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers. As the sun rises, continue around the rim to Uhuru Peak (19,341 feet), where the air is rarefied. Should all go as planned, you will stand at the highest point in Africa in about seven hours’ time. After savoring your achievement, begin the descent to your last campsite, at an elevation of 10,200 feet. Trek for about 13 hours today. Mweka Camp | Meals: B L D with A&K’s kilimanjaro operation featuring the best-trained guides, along with extra time for acclimatization, your chance for a successful summit soars to 97%. DAY 9: Mount Kilimanjaro/Arusha/Depart Continue your descent to the base of the mountain, where your Abercrombie & Kent driver greets and transports you back to Arusha. During a farewell lunch, swap stories with fellow travellers. Dayrooms are provided until your departure flight. Serena Mountain Village (dayroom) | Meals: B L NOTE: This program contains strenuous activity; a good level of fitness is essential. Please ask A&K for details. ClimbingKilimanjarowith Abercrombie&Kent A&K’s Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions are planned to the last detail by mountaineering experts, who take into consideration every factor that contributes to a successful climb. Qualitycontrol:All elements of your climb are overseen by A&K — the only tour operator with a dedicated in-country climbing operation. Ongoing training programs keep the team updated on the latest information to ensure a safe and successful climb. Safety:A&K carries oxygen bottles, portable altitude chambers, pulse oximeters, first aid kits and multiples of communications equipment on every single climb. In addition, guides assess climbers’ heart rates and check oxygen saturation daily. Guides:All of our guides are trained in wilderness first aid, mountain craft, natural history and ecological awareness. Equipment:Our climbs are equipped with the finest climbing and camping apparatus (including private igloo-shaped tents), safety equipment and communications network on the mountain. Acclimatization:While most trekkers spend a total of five days on the mountain, A&K schedules seven to allow more time for premium altitude acclimatization, giving us a successful summit rate of 97%. To learn about more challenging routes, such as Lemosho and Umbwe, visit akextremeadventures.com. MwekaCamp 10,200 ft.MachameCamp 10,000 ft. ShiraCamp 12,500 ft. KarangaCamp 13,100 ft. BarafuCamp 15,200 ft. BarrancoCamp 13,000 ft. UhuruPeak 19,341 ft. MOUNT KILIMANJARO
  18. 18. 48 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa Zebras and wildebeests congregate in Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania in Style 8 days, visiting Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park Priced from $7,995 Limited to 16 guests; arrives on Sunday, departs on Sunday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Experience safari at its most authentic: by staying only at luxurious permanent tented camps and a private A&K mobile tented site ›› Camp privately, removed from the crowds and away from other travellers, at stunning Ngorongoro Crater ›› Relax with fellow travellers during an A&K-hosted barbecue lunch at a private site at Ngorongoro Crater ›› Observe a rousing private Maasai dance performance at your private A&K mobile camp DAY 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha after an overnight flight and transfer to your lodge. Situated on a working coffee plantation, its raised, private chalets with log fireplaces and large balconies overlook Mount Meru and the grounds. Arusha Coffee Lodge DAYS 2-3: Arusha/Tarangire National Park Travel to Tarangire National Park, where you spend the next two days at the spacious Sanctuary Swala tents, built on raised decks under a canopy of acacia trees. Embark on an afternoon game drive, looking for large herds of eland, oryx, wildebeests and zebras, along with a sizable elephant population. The park’s terrain ranges from swamps to open grasslands and acacia parkland. The Tarangire River runs through the landscape, providing thirsty animals with a year-round supply of water. Birdwatching is exceptional in the park’s diverse habitats, too, so look for bateleur and martial eagles. You may venture out on a walking safari (seasonal) with a specially trained guide. final print akp icon final web akp icon You may also visit a beekeeping project supported by A&K Philanthropy that allows villagers to sustain themselves by collecting and selling honey. Gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner this evening. Sanctuary Swala | Meals: B L D visit A&K Philanthropy’s beekeeping project and observe how the entire community contributes to the region’s welfare. DAY 4: Tarangire/Ngorongoro Crater Take a scenic drive to quaint Gibb’s Farm, where you stop for a fresh lunch. Built in the early 20th century, the old colonial farmhouse has the comfortable atmosphere of a private home. After lunch, try to make time to wander around the flower-filled grounds or enjoy the aroma of coffee; Gibb’s grows and roasts coffee on the premises. Proceed to the natural amphitheater of Ngorongoro Crater. Considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world, the crater is a 2,000-foot deep caldera created by the collapsed cone of a volcano. A fascinating microcosm of East African wildlife — from buffalo to flamingos, lions to leopards — lives inside. Climb the crater’s outer wall, passing through dense vegetation until a breathtaking view across the crater floor appears. Arrive at A&K’s exclusive, private mobile camp. Located on the rim of the crater, it features luxury accommodations adorned with mosquito nets, hand-woven rugs, comfortable twin or king-size beds with crisp linens and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, showers and hot water. On the veranda, directors’ chairs provide a place to survey the surroundings. A personal tent attendant brings hot water bottles on chilly nights, as the sounds of the African bush surround. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Ngorongoro Crater Today, drive down into the Ngorongoro Crater to see this fascinating wildlife area. Avoid the crowded assigned picnic sites with a private hot gourmet lunch, prepared by your A&K staff. You not only enjoy the delicious lunch, but your “entertainment” is the symphony of animal sounds and chirps of birds that you hear all around you, as well as the show of animal antics as the many creatures go about their daily routines. This afternoon, visit with an elder at a Maasai village to learn about the traditional ways of these nomadic people who have coexisted with wildlife for centuries. Later, witness a private dance performance by villagers at your tented camp. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Board a flight to Serengeti National Park, the largest and most fabled in Tanzania. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth, where climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. As the southern part of a vast expanse of plains shared with Kenya, this area has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world. Look for antelope, giraffes
  19. 19. 49800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa An agile cheetah in Tanzania’s southern Serengeti dates & PRicing Feb 17-24 Mar 24-31 Jun 23-30 Jul 14-Jul 21 Aug 11-18 Sep 15-22 Dec 22-29 Landarrangements: Feb-Mar Jun-Sep Dec Double occupancy $8,590 $7,995 $9,720 Single supplement $1,580 $1,580 $1,580 Internalairfare: Economy class from $755Manyara/Serengeti/Arusha and buffalo that graze the plains, and watch for the predators — lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs — that stalk them. Each year, the Serengeti is the scene of the spectacular Great Migration of wildebeests and zebras. As the vibrant sun sets, sip sundowner cocktails on a kopje (rocky, island-like outcrop). Sanctuary Kusini | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Serengeti National Park Set out on morning and afternoon game drives in the protected Serengeti refuge, where flowing rivers support a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. In addition to the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos), you may also see the lesser- known “Little Five”— ant lions, rhino beetles, leopard tortoises, buffalo weavers and elephant shrews — peeking out from behind stones or almost hidden amid acacia branches. While you are in the Serengeti, you may contribute your photos, which could be used to help identify and track cheetahs for the Serengeti Cheetah Project. This evening, join fellow travellers for a memorable farewell dinner. Sanctuary Kusini | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Serengeti/Arusha/Depart Fly to Arusha. Relax in a dayroom before your flight. Arusha Coffee Lodge (dayroom) | Meals: B NOTE: Services may be modified to accommodate a smaller group including, but not limited to, substituting a permanent tented camp or lodge in place of a private mobile camp. Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Sanctuary Swala Twelve exquisitely furnished tents in a private section of the park, with a tent attendant for a luxurious safari experience. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp (Ngorongoro Crater) Set up in a wildlife-rich area for the ultimate authentic safari with personal chef and staff. Sanctuary Kusini The classic southern Serengeti safari experience; twelve tents with personal attendant, great views and private verandas. Arusha Coffee Lodge Set amid one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, with an ambience evoking the romantic charm of a bygone era. Take This Journey Private Thisitineraryisavailableasanindependentjourney ledbylocalguides.ContactA&Kfordetails. TANZANIA Arusha Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti National Park Tarangire National Park LakeManyara Air Road
  20. 20. 50 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa A curious elephant checking out breakfast in the bush Tanzania Hemingway Safari 10 days, visiting Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park Priced from $9,780 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Thursday, departs on Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Experience Tanzania’s diverse wildlife and terrain during an exclusive mobile tented safari in which your camp follows the movements of the animals ›› Travel by road, seeing wildlife and watching daily activities unfold ›› Discover the Maasai culture during a private dance performance at your private A&K mobile camp site on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater ›› Relax with fellow travellers at Ngorongoro during an A&K-hosted barbecue lunch at a private site DAY 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania Following an overnight flight, arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha. Continue on to your hotel located on a picturesque working coffee plantation. Arusha Coffee Lodge DAY 2: Arusha/Tarangire National Park This morning, travel by road to Tarangire National Park, home to herds of as many as 400 elephants, as well as a large variety of plains game. Continue to your exclusive mobile tented campsite, which evokes the romance of a bygone era. Enjoy candlelit meals, spend time lounging before a roaring fire and sip cocktails while watching in quiet reflection as nature’s wonders unveil. Birders feel right at home: the endemic rufous-tailed weaver, as well as the vibrantly colored lilac-breasted roller, are in residence. A&K hosts a special welcome dinner this evening. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D “This was the best trip that my husband and I have taken! I had some misgivings about going to Africa, but A&K really made me appreciate this wonderful place and its generous people.Ican’t stoptalkingaboutit.” — J.A.R., Hayward, CA DAY 3: Tarangire National Park Begin the day with a cup of hot coffee or tea, brought by your private tent attendant. After a bush breakfast prepared by your staff, morning and afternoon game drives intersect Tarangire’s varied landscapes. Look for eland, wildebeests and zebras, as well as many elephants. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Tarangire/Lake Manyara National Park One of a chain of lakes in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is nestled at the foot of a spectacular 2,000-foot escarpment. En route, stop to stroll a Maasai handcrafts market. After settling in at your lodge, explore the trails on foot with a resident naturalist, look out from an observation post or take a dip in the pool. This afternoon, embark on a game drive through bird-populated foliage and visit this section of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater Travel overland to Gibb’s Farm for a freshly prepared lunch. Proceed to A&K’s luxury, mobile tented camp at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. A fascinating microcosm of East African wildlife lives within the crater’s 100-square-mile floor. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D Watch as red-robed maasai dancers gracefully leap straight up, creating a flash of color and a wave of excitement in a performance just for you. DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater Drive through Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s most unusual wildlife areas and the largest unbroken ancient caldera in the world. You are likely to see many species of wildlife, including lions, elephants, hyenas, wildebeests and gazelles. Even the rare and endangered black rhinoceros can be found here. Relax over an A&K-hosted gourmet hot barbecue at a private, shaded picnic site. Visit a nearby Maasai village and meet with a village elder to gain insight into the culture and traditions of the Maasai, pastoralists who have coexisted with wildlife for centuries. This evening, the colorfully attired Maasai put on a private, traditional dance performance. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D
  21. 21. 51800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa Impalas grazing in Tarangire National Park DAY 7: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Continue your drive into the arid, spectacular country of Serengeti National Park. Time permitting, embark on a game drive and watch for lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes and topi. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D DAYS 8-9: Serengeti National Park Transfer to your exclusive A&K tented camp, where you spend two more days on safari in the Serengeti, watching vast herds at one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. In addition to the “Big Five,” the lesser-known “Little Five” — ant lions, rhino beetles, leopard tortoises, buffalo weavers and elephant shrew — may be seen peeking from behind stones or near-hidden in acacia branches. At the end of one day, linger over sundowner cocktails overlooking the Serengeti plains. While you are here, consider taking an optional hot air balloon ride for a different game-viewing experience. On your final evening, join fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. Exclusive A&K Mobile Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 10: Serengeti/Arusha/Depart Leave the vastness of the plains and fly to Arusha. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure; a dayroom is provided for your convenience. Arusha Coffee Lodge (dayroom) | Meals: B NOTE: Services may be modified to accommodate a smaller group including, but not limited to, substituing a permanent tented camp or lodge in place of a private mobile camp. Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Exclusive A&K Luxury Mobile Tented Camp Tents decorated with campaign furniture; en suite bathrooms; set up in private areas near wildlife. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge Gracious accommodations on top of a ridge offering wonderful panoramic views across the plains of the Serengeti. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge Traditional circular rondovals with private verandas and great views over the lake and Rift Valley. Arusha Coffee Lodge A perfect haven for relaxation on the outskirts of Arusha, located on one of Tanzania’s largest working coffee plantations. dates & PRicing Jan 10-19 Jan 31-Feb 09 Feb 14-23 Mar 14-23 Jun 13-22 Jul 11-20 Jul 25-Aug 03 Aug 08-17 Sep 19-28 Oct 03-12 Dec 19-28 Landarrangements: Jan 10; Oct Jan 31-Sep Dec Double occupancy $9,780 $10,295 $11,795 Single supplement $995 $995 $995 Internalairfare: Economy class from $340Serengeti/Arusha Air Road TANZANIA Arusha Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti National Park Tarangire National Park I N D I A N O C E A N
  22. 22. 52 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa Taking a walk with Maasai children Kenya Family Safari 9 days, visiting Nairobi, Nanyuki, Samburu Game Reserve and Masai Mara Game Reserve Priced from $6,695 Limited to 24 guests; arrives on Monday, departs on Tuesday Minimum age 5 years A&KADVANTAGES: ›› A Children’s Activity Coordinator travels with the group throughout the journey, providing a range of age-appropriate activities ›› Visit Daphne Sheldrick’s Orphanage, seeing young elephant lovingly interact with handlers before they are reintroduced to the wild ›› Opportunity to feed the tallest animal in the world at the Giraffe Center ›› Visit Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is also one of the largest rhino sanctuaries in East Africa ›› Acquaint yourself with the local Maasai or Samburu people, who share their knowledge of fire-starting, spear-throwing and animal tracking, as well as beadwork and leatherwork DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Arrive by overnight flight in Nairobi, the starting point for your adventure through the wilds of Kenya. Prepare to meet elephants up close, watch hunters on the prowl and interact with an African tribe in their own village. Nairobi Serena Hotel DAY 2: Nairobi Start your day at the Giraffe Center, home to the endangered, graceful Rothschild giraffe. Offer them food while perched upon a platform, watching as they gently snatch it from your hand with their long, blue tongues. Continue to Daphne Sheldrick’s Orphanage to see small elephants cared for by attentive keepers until they are ready to return to the wild in Tsavo National Park. You may see elephant calves bathing in the mud hole and being bottle-fed by human surrogate mothers. Gather with the other families sharing your adventure at tonight’s festive welcome dinner. Nairobi Serena Hotel | Meals: B D DAY 3: Nairobi/Nanyuki Drive to the Sweetwaters Reserve within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya. Set out in search of animals by safari vehicle, or take an optional escorted walk or a night game drive. You can even view game from your tent, which overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt-lick, much frequented by animals. In the evening, your private veranda provides a front-row seat to the wildlife moving in and out of the shadows as they come to drink at the waterhole. Sweetwaters is an excellent place to see two of Africa’s most endangered species: black rhino and chimpanzee. Special reserves are set aside to keep them safe so that their species can continue for many more years. Sweetwaters Tented Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Nanyuki/Samburu Game Reserve Travel to the bush of the Samburu Game Reserve. Your comfortable tented camp is perched along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, which is a lifeline and the nerve center of this reserve; animals congregate along its banks to quench their thirst. The reserve is also the home of the Samburu people who live a pastoral life herding cattle, goats and sheep. They are nomadic and move their families and animals to new pastures every few weeks. Samburu Intrepids | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Samburu Game Reserve After an early-morning game drive, return to camp for breakfast; then visit a local Samburu village to learn about their traditional ways of life. While your family is at Samburu, you may also take guided walks with a focus on game tracking (optional), catch butterflies, embark on treasure hunts, play football or volleyball, swim, or paint and draw — your tented safari camp offers fun options for every member of the family. Samburu Intrepids | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Samburu/Masai Mara Game Reserve Awaken to the sounds of the wilderness. After breakfast, board a flight across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara, land of the red-robed Maasai tribe. Arrive at your tented camp beside a sweeping bend in the Talek River and take an afternoon game drive across the limitless plains. The reserve borders Tanzania, and the two countries share the vast Serengeti plains, with wildlife free to roam in search of food. The Mara is one of the few areas where you are likely to see the “Big Five:” buffalo, elephants, rhinos, lions and leopards. Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D DAYS 7-8: Masai Mara Game Reserve Spend two days in this magnificent savanna country, home to Kenya’s most varied animal population. Listen for the roars of
  23. 23. 53800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa dates & PRicing Jun 17-25  Jul 08-16  Jul 29-Aug 06  Aug 12-20  Dec 19-27† Landarrangements: Jun-Aug Dec Double occupancy $6,695 $7,395 Single supplement $1,670 $1,670 Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) $6,295 $6,975 Child (under 12 sharing with 2 adults) $4,695 $5,325 Internalairfare: Economy class (Adult/Child under 12) from $690/$550Samburu/Masai Mara/Nairobi † Arrives Thursday, departs Friday. Enjoying the wildlife on a game drive in the Masai Mara mighty lions; they can be heard from five miles away. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffes and zebras. You might even see cheetahs dashing across the plains or rhinos lumbering along. With a little luck, you might notice leopards trying to stay out of sight, biding their time until nightfall. Young adventurers experience a mammal study on morning and afternoon game drives, identify animal tracks and cast them in plaster, and set out on nature walks with an eye toward herbal medicine. Meanwhile, discover abundant birdlife and learn to identify bird calls, bills, tracks, habitats and plumage patterns. final print akp icon final web akp icon Between game drives, you may even visit a primary school in the local village that is supported by A&K Philanthropy. Learn the art of beadwork and leatherwork, as well as basic bush survival skills, such as how to properly throw a spear or start a fire with sticks. At night, your family watches a display of traditional Maasai song and dance. Consider taking an optional hot air balloon safari, an amazing way to start the day — and an experience your family will never forget. End your stay in the Mara with a farewell dinner and say goodbye to your new friends. Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Fly back to Nairobi. A dayroom is reserved for you to use until it is time to go to the airport for your homebound flight. You may wish to relax in your hotel near Nairobi’s downtown area, enjoying its Maisha Health Club, or take care of some last-minute shopping. Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B NOTE: Combine your program with Tanzania Family Safari (page 54) for the ultimate wildlife adventure. Ask A&K for details. Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Mara Intrepids Excellent game viewing opportunities year-round; Adventurers’ Club for kids and Young Rangers’ Club for teens. Samburu Intrepids Set in a lush oasis on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, featuring great kids’ clubs for cultural and wildlife education. Sweetwaters Tented Camp Classic tents clustered around a watering hole in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, offering excellent game viewing opportunities. Nairobi Serena Hotel Offering gracious hospitality in a tranquil garden setting — a virtual oasis in the heart of the bustling central district of Nairobi. Air Road KENYA I N D I A N O C E A N Samburu GameReserve MasaiMara GameReserve Nairobi Nanyuki
  24. 24. 54 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa Tanzania Family Safari 8 days, visiting Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park Priced from $5,595 Limited to 24 guests; arrives on Tuesday, departs on Tuesday Minimum age 5 years A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Enjoy the services of a Children’s Activity Coordinator, who travels with the group and organizes activities for all age levels ›› Embark on a family treasure hunt through a famous market in the Ngorongoro Highlands ›› Visit with an elder at a Maasai village to learn about the traditional ways of these nomadic people ›› Children participate in a special game drive during their stay in the Serengeti DAY 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania Arrive by overnight flight to Tanzania, where your unforgettable wildlife adventure unfolds. On your adventure, you can view animals up-close from inside an extinct volcano and meet a long- standing local tribe to learn about their traditions and culture. Serena Mountain Village DAY 2: Arusha/Tarangire National Park Travel by road to Tarangire National Park, made up of eight distinct vegetation zones varying from swamps to open grasslands and acacia parkland. The variety of landscapes allows many animal and bird species to thrive. The park has an exceptional elephant population and the highest recorded number of breeding bird species for any habitat in the world. Settle in to your lodge, and then set out on an afternoon game drive. This evening, Abercrombie & Kent hosts a welcome dinner. Tarangire Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Tarangire National Park Morning and afternoon game drives take you through the landscapes of Tarangire, which change from baobab tree forests and swamps to flat plains dotted with distinctive, thorny acacia trees. The most outstanding feature in the park is the Tarangire River. It is the only reliable dry-season source of water available to wildlife in a vast stretch of Tanzania’s Rift Valley, attracting tremendous concentrations of animals. Look for unique species including eland, fringe-eared oryx, greater kudu and the elusive wild dog. Tarangire is also home to giraffes, waterbucks, wildebeest and zebras. Tarangire Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D “Amazing family safari. We will not forget the special moments created on our trip. It was a trip ofalifetime and exceeded our expectations.” — R.F., Charlotte, NC DAY 4: Tarangire/Ngorongoro Crater Leave Tarangire and travel overland to the Ngorongoro Crater, stopping at Mto wa Mbu, home to over 90 tribes. Wander through Mto wa Mbu Market — the setting for a scavenger hunt. With your money and a list of items, roam the stalls and bargain for the goods on your list. Continue to Gibb’s Farm, where you sit down to a farm-fresh lunch, with fruit and vegetables from the farm’s organic garden. To work off your lunch, you may want to walk to a nearby waterfall that weaves in and out of the forest; see caves made by elephants; or just take a stroll in the farm’s beautiful gardens. From there, go on to the Ngorongoro Crater. Considered among the natural wonders of the world, the 2,000-foot-deep caldera is the result of a collapsed volcanic eruption and is a haven for many species of animals and birds. Arrive at your lodge, perched on the crater’s rim, offering spectacular views across this natural amphitheater. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Ngorongoro Crater Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, searching for lions, elephants, hyenas, wildebeests and gazelles. Even the rare and elusive black rhinoceros, one of Africa’s most endangered species, is a resident here. (One species you won’t see is the cheetah — the crater’s hyenas chased them out long ago.) Bird lovers can view flamingos and other species that share the shallow waters with big game. You may also see Maasai herdsmen walking with their cattle — the crater is in their territory, and the Maasai continue to coexist with wildlife as they have for centuries. Learn more of the Maasai’s ways by visiting a local village. Notice how the Maasai women do all of the work — even build the houses. Stop for a picnic lunch near the hippo pool and watch resident hippos lazing in the river. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D Game viewing on safari, with a guide providing pointers
  25. 25. 55800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa A zebra mare with her foal in the Serengeti DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park After breakfast, leave Ngorongoro and fly to Serengeti National Park. Arrive at your Maasai-style lodge, where the comfortable guest rooms overlook the Serengeti plains. This afternoon, set off on your first game drive in the park. Famed throughout Africa and around the world, its 10,000 square miles support a variety of animals, including lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes and topi. Each year, the Serengeti is the scene of the spectacular seasonal wildebeest and zebra migration, when millions of these animals trek through to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of fresh grass and water. The sight of so many animals, from the air or on the ground, is an awe-inspiring experience. Serengeti Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Serengeti National Park Embark on an optional hot air balloon ride over the boundless Serengeti plains, just as animals begin to stir. Watch below as graceful giraffes lope along, seemingly in slow motion, or see if you can locate elephant families rolling in the mud of a watering hole. The Serengeti’s diverse terrain supports an equally wide array of flora and fauna, which you see firsthand during today’s game drives. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth, where climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. This evening, all travelling families gather for a farewell dinner — it’s the perfect time to swap stories about memorable sightings and toast a never-to-be-forgotten stay. Serengeti Sopa Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Serengeti/Arusha/Depart Fly back to Arusha, where you may relax in your dayroom before your international flight. You can also walk around the beautiful grounds, go mountain biking or take a canoe ride. Serena Mountain Village (dayroom) | Meals: B dates & PRicing Jun 25-Jul 02  Jul 16-23  Aug 06-13  Dec 27-Jan 03, 2014† Landarrangements: Jun-Aug Dec Double occupancy $5,595 $6,475 Single supplement $615 $615 Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) $5,145 $5,965 Child (under 12 sharing with 2 adults) $4,285 $5,100 Internalairfare: Economy class from $530Manyara/Serengeti/Arusha † Arrives Friday, departs Friday. Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Serengeti Sopa Lodge Large rooms with private verandas for game viewing in this lodge that overlooks the wildlife-rich Serengeti plains. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Spacious rooms, glass-fronted verandas; excellent views of the crater floor and the plethora of wildlife it supports. Tarangire Sopa Lodge Hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab trees and grasses of Tarangire National Park; built to blend in with its surroundings. Serena Mountain Village Lovely cottage-style guest rooms surrounded by bougainvillea in a peaceful area near coffee plantations and Lake Duluti. TANZANIA I N D I A N O C E A N Arusha Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti National Park Tarangire National Park Air Road
  26. 26. 56 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa The amazing coastline from Cape Point, looking toward the Cape of Good Hope South Africa & Victoria Falls 9 days, visiting Cape Town, Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Victoria Falls Priced from $6,495 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Tuesday, departs on Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Experience exclusive, personalized “Big Five” game viewing in the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve ›› Spend time with Lion Sands’ senior ecologist and head ranger for interesting talks on wildlife conservation ›› Cruise the Zambezi River at sunset, taking time to appreciate the fiery African sky ›› Take a private walking tour of stunning, thunderous Victoria Falls ›› Combine contrasting — but consistently luxurious — stays in the city center, wild bush and picturesque Victoria Falls during a single itinerary DAY 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa Fly overnight to Cape Town, a breathtaking harbor city where old and new harmoniously converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits, and the essence of its people. Warmed by the African sun, the city is dominated by the towering, flat-topped Table Mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys. An A&K representative meets and transfers you to your luxurious hotel, located at the entrance of the pedestrian precinct, St. George’s Mall. The Taj Cape Town DAY 2: Cape Town Wind your way through the scenic, shrub-dotted landscape to Table Mountain; ascend to its sky-high plateau by cable car (weather permitting) for dazzling views of city and sea. Take time to wander through the tranquil, lush Company Gardens, continuing to the pentagonal Castle of Good Hope. Built by the Dutch East India Company as a maritime refreshment station, it later became the center of military life in the Cape. This evening, gather with fellow guests for a festive welcome dinner. The Taj Cape Town | Meals: B D DAY 3: Cape Town Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bonteboks, chacma baboons and several endemic plant species not found elsewhere. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at blustery Cape Point, which presides over treacherous reefs, sandy beaches and an untold number of shipwrecks below. The views are amazing, and during the winter months, you may also see Southern right whales. At lovely Boulders Beach, sheltered from the wind, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure enjoying your hotel’s facilities, such as its Jiva Spa, with its many rejuvenating treatments based on the ancient healing wisdom of Ayurveda. You may also wish to continue exploring the city on your own, walking along the harborfront, shopping in the many boutiques or dining in one of the city’s world-class restaurants. The Taj Cape Town | Meals: B L DAY 4: Cape Town/Nelspruit/Sabi Sands Game Reserve Fly via Nelspruit to the privately owned Lion Sands Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands and your lodge, located at a spot along the banks of the Sabie River where trees date back 800 years. Facing due east, the lodge catches the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. Hosted by a family that makes it feel like home away from home, the lodge embodies spirit, warmth and nature. This afternoon, set off in search of the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards), as well as a wide variety of other species. Lion Sands River Lodge | Meals: B L D “From the beauty of the Cape to the wildlife of Kruger and the splendor of Victoria Falls, I created this trip to show SouthernAfricaatitsfinest.” — Paul Bauer, A&K South Africa DAYS 5-6: Lion Sands Game Reserve Spend two days immersed in this private game reserve. Your daily schedule is determined by the habits of the animals you have come to see. Embark on game drives in open Land Rovers for optimum viewing and go on early-morning game walks with your ranger. On both, you learn about the local wildlife, flora and fauna, as well as basic tracking skills. At dusk, stop for a sundowner, and then
  27. 27. 57800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa A pride of lions in Lion Sands continue your search for nocturnal animals before returning to your camp. Lion Sands River Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Lion Sands/Livingstone, Zambia/ Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe After a morning game drive, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in 1904, this gracious, colonial-style hotel epitomizes the romance of world travel in a bygone era. The hotel combines the charm of the old with the comfort and convenience of today. The remainder of the evening is at leisure. The Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: B D DAY 8: Victoria Falls Take a guided walking tour of breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, and explore the surrounding rainforest. Later, take a leisurely sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, looking for hippos, elephants and buffalo that have come to drink at the water’s edge. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a farewell dinner that celebrates your wondrous journey. The Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: B D wind down from a thrilling day at victoria falls with a sundowner cruise on the zambezi, savoring the images of a beautiful sunset and the abundant wildlife. DAY 9: Victoria Falls/Johannesburg/Depart Your journey comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport to board a flight to Johannesburg and connect to your homebound flight. Meals: B dates & PRicing Jan 08-16 Jun 18-26 Aug 13-21 Oct 22-30 Feb 12-20 Jul 23-31 Sep 17-25 Landarrangements: Double occupancy $6,495 Single supplement $1,800 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,815 Cape Town/Nelspruit/Lion Sands/Livingstone; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Lion Sands River Lodge Twenty luxurious air-conditioned bedrooms with private wooded viewing decks; newly expanded lodge on the banks of the Sabie River. The Taj Cape Town Luxury mountain-view room in this five-star hotel in the center of historic Cape Town. The Victoria Falls Hotel Colonial-style hotel, with a 10-minute walk down a private path to the majestic falls. SOUTH AFRICA ZIMBABWE ZAMBIA I N D I A N O C E A N VictoriaFalls Livingstone Johannesburg Cape Town Sabi Sands Game Reserve Air Road
  28. 28. 58 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa Lions prowling near a herd of cape buffalo in the Okavango Delta Best of South Africa & Botswana 12 days, visiting Cape Town, Winelands, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Johannesburg Priced from $10,195 Limited to 16 guests; arrives on Sunday, departs on Thursday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Combine the sophistication of Cape Town with safari drives, wildlife experiences and luxurious stays amid the unspoiled bush — all within the ultimate Southern Africa itinerary ›› Experience true South African hospitality and cuisine during an A&K-hosted gourmet dinner in a private home ›› Sample fine cheeses and local varietals during a private tour of the Cape Winelands, renowned for its quality wines ›› Take a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls — the best view of its stunning rainbows and thundering cascades ›› Enjoy magnificent game viewing in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve located in Botswana’s Okavango Delta DAY 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa Arrive in sun-drenched Cape Town, where an Abercrombie & Kent representative meets and transfers you to your luxurious hotel, situated at the heart of the city. Cape Town is set on a soaring, rocky peninsula punctuated by lush valleys; generations of weary seafarers have come to this idyllic “Tavern of the Seas” for rest and replenishment. Mount Nelson Hotel DAY 2: Cape Town Travel by aerial cable car to Table Mountain’s plateau (weather permitting), where unsurpassed panoramic views of the sea and city await. Explore the Company Gardens, viewing notable buildings, including the Houses of Parliament, Tuinhuys, National Art Gallery and Library, and make your way to the Castle of Good Hope, a museum depicting the military history of the Cape. Later, attend an elegant, A&K-hosted welcome dinner at a private family home. Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: B D DAY 3: Cape Town The Cape of Good Hope is blessed with a rugged beauty and indigenous wildlife — from rarely seen bontebok to shrub-like Cape fynbos. Its nature reserve, populated by chacma baboons, converges in the south at Cape Point — a stunning pinnacle of rock and the spot that marks the convergence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Climb the steps or ride the “Flying Dutchman,” a funicular railway, to the top. You also may view local seals and endangered African penguins. Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 4: Cape Town Embark on a gourmet tour of the Cape Winelands, with whitewashed homesteads nestled under avenues of oaks, rolling green hills covered with wildflowers and fertile valleys alive with the sounds of surging streams. Sample wines and Forest Hill cheeses at Anura Estate at the foothills of the Simonsberg mountain range. Continue through historic Stellenbosch to Waterford Wine Estate for a wine and chocolate tasting, followed by lunch at Terroir on the Kleine Zalze Estate. From there, experience a wine and olive oil tasting at Morgenster Estate. Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 5: Cape Town/Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe After a flight to Zimbabwe, embark on a guided walking tour of Victoria Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife in the rainforest, but it is the breathtaking falls that should prove to be the highlight of your day. Imagine yourself in the place of David Livingstone, the first known European to see the falls, and the awe he must have experienced at the sight of the thundering, crashing waters. The Stanley & Livingstone | Meals: B D DAY 6: Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park, Botswana During a Flight of the Angels helicopter ride, rise above the falls’ cloud of mist for a bird’s eye view. From this vantage point, see rainbows cast from the spray and the green Zambezi sweep over the cliff and plunge into wild, white foam. Continue overland to Chobe National Park, known for its large concentration of elephants, antelopes, buffalo and predators. Settle in to Chobe Chilwero, your award-winning safari lodge, which boasts 15 spacious cottages with private gardens and balcony, as well as a full-service spa. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D a thrilling, scenic “flight of the angels” helicopter ride gives you a bird’s eye view of the magnificent cascades of victoria falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. DAY 7: Chobe National Park Navigate Chobe’s riverine forests and floodplains on game drives in
  29. 29. 59800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com Africa Spotting an elephant along the Chobe River dates & PRicing Jan 06-17 Feb 17-28 Mar 10-21 May 19-30 Jun 16-27 Jul 14-25 Jul 21-Aug 01 Aug 18-29 Sep 22-Oct 03 Oct 06-17 Nov 10-21 Landarrangements: Jan-Mar May & Nov Jun-Oct Double occupancy $10,195 $10,740 $11,895 Single supplement $1,375 $1,495 $3,500 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,485 Cape Town/Johannesburg/Victoria Falls; Camp to Camp/Maun/Johannesburg open safari vehicles or via motorized boat. Set out on a sundowner cruise as the sun sets. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Chobe National Park/Okavango Delta (Moremi Game Reserve) Fly to Chief’s Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, located in the Okavango Delta, the “predator capital” of Botswana. Moremi is one of the best game reserves on the entire continent, sheltering leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, spotted hyenas and a large resident pride of lions. Your luxury safari camp is ideally located in the heart of this bounty of wildlife, with 12 thatched-roof cottages offering elegant sanctuary in the bush. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: B L D DAYS 9-10: Okavango Delta Explore this lush haven by open safari vehicle or water safari (seasonal), travelling at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro (dugout canoe). Watch for a large number of elephants, buffalo, red lechwe, giraffes and impalas, as well as 400 bird species. Join fellow travellers for a farewell dinner on your final evening. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 11: Okavango Delta/Maun/Johannesburg Fly to Johannesburg and spend the day at leisure. The Westcliff Hotel | Meals: B DAY 12: Depart Johannesburg Visit Soweto, a historic town tied to apartheid where nearly every tribe of people in South Africa is represented. Stop at the Hector Peterson Museum and Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world that was home to two Nobel Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Return to the hotel to relax until your international flight. The Westcliff Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp One of “The World’s Best Places to Stay” (2012 Gold List); great location in the Moremi Game Reserve. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Luxurious lodge with 15 air- conditioned cottages. Mount Nelson Hotel Scenic location at the foot of Table Mountain. The Stanley & Livingstone Elegant Victorian hotel; 16 unique suites with great views. The Westcliff Hotel Secluded property set on a cliffside in a garden estate. Take This Journey Private Thisitineraryisavailableasanindependentjourney ledbylocalguides.ContactA&Kfordetails. SOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE I N D I A N O C E A N S O U T H AT L A N T I C O C E A N VictoriaFalls OkavangoDelta Maun ChobeNationalPark Johannesburg CapeTown Air Road
  30. 30. 60 Luxury Small Group Journeys Africa A sunset walking safari in Luangwa National Park Zambia & Botswana Wildlife Safari 9 days, visiting Johannesburg, South Luangwa National Park, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park Priced from $5,995 Limited to 16 guests; arrives on Tuesday, departs on Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Throughout your journey, stay in award-winning Sanctuary lodges ›› View the abundant game from a variety of vantage points: in open, customized 4x4 vehicles, on foot on walking safaris, in motorized boats and on night game drives ›› Take a private, guided walking tour of the stunning and thunderous Victoria Falls ›› Embark on a tour of Nakatindi village, one of the projects supported by A&K Philanthropy ›› The Premier Lounge at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is available to you before you board your international flight home Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa Fly overnight to Johannesburg, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. Your award-winning boutique hotel is nestled in a park-like setting with mature trees and prolific birdlife. Each of the 40 suites is individually designed, with a working fireplace and views over the landscaped gardens, offering a quiet retreat meant for relaxation. Enjoy the hotel’s world-class gym and Balinese garden, and try to make time to visit the private couples spa villa. The balance of the day is at your leisure. This evening, join your fellow guests for an informal cocktail reception and an A&K-hosted welcome dinner. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa | Meals: D Day 2: Johannesburg/Lusaka, Zambia/Mfuwe/ South Luangwa National Park Fly to Lusaka, Zambia, and connect to Mfuwe, where you are met and transferred to your colonial-style lodge with four-poster beds. French windows open onto private verandas, an ideal spot for watching the sun rise over the Luangwa Valley. The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy your lodge. The elegant Victorian-style suites boast 19th-century charm and 21st-century comfort, and feature panoramic views across South Luangwa National Park. Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge | Meals: B L D DayS 3-4: South Luangwa National Park Game viewing at South Luangwa is considered to be some of the best in the world. From your lodge you are able to go on night game drives to see animals seldom observed during the day: leopards, hyenas and bush babies. You also have the opportunity to take guided walking safaris that give you a much closer look at the flora and fauna, as well as various animal tracks imprinted in the earth. Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge | Meals: B L D set out with a park ranger after dark in a safari vehicle equipped with spotlights, allowing you to observe the nocturnal animals. Day 5: South Luangwa/Livingstone Board a morning flight to Livingstone via Lusaka and transfer to your luxurious tree-house accommodations, built into the living canopy of giant ebony trees lining the bank. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D Day 6: Livingstone Embark on a guided, walking tour to see the thundering, crashing waters of Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. The afternoon is at leisure, but you may wish to go to final print akp icon final web akp icon Nakatindi village, an A&K Philanthropy project, or explore the game-rich park. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D Day 7: Livingstone/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/ Chobe National Park, Botswana Today, head to the town of Victoria Falls and visit the cascades from the Zimbabwean side. Notice the permanent rainbows that crisscross the gorge, producing the painting-like images. An abundant bird population thrives in the nearby rainforest, along with bushbucks, monkeys, baboons and mongoose families. From Victoria Falls, travel by road to your lodge, located deep in the heart of the Botswana wilderness. The award-winning Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero features 15 cottages, each with its own indoor and outdoor showers, and private garden and balcony. The lodge also boasts a split-level swimming pool, library and the only full-fledged spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy game viewing activities or your lodge’s spectacular facilities. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D NEW!

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