Southern African Skies
Simply the Best
Southern African Skies
13 Day Tour
true Connoisseur style, your adventure includes the services of a top
specialist guide and immersion in the richest wildlife viewing areas in
both Botswana and South Africa. Program highlights include interacting
with semi-habituated elephants, spotting game by air on scenic flights
between most destinations and sleeping under the stars in a luxurious
- Sleep under the stars in an
exclusive "star bed" at Baines' Camp
- Interact directly with a group of
- Spot game by air on scenic flights between
- Discover South Africa's history from a guest
- Embark on walking safaris in Botswana and
- Enjoy attentive service in an intimate group
travel insurance; any airfares; airport departure taxes; excess baggage
fees; cost of obtaining passports or visas; gratuities to your guide;
expenses such as meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the
communication charges; laundry.
Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
- Depart on an overnight flight to Johannesburg.
- Settle in at your lovely hotel situated in
Johannesburg's most exclusive suburb. This evening's welcome dinner,
hosted by Abercrombie & Kent, provides a perfect opportunity to
meet your fellow travellers. Tonight's festivities includes a guest
speaker who introduces you to South Africa's fascinating history.
Johannesburg/Maun, Botswana/Okavango Delta
Fly to Maun in Botswana and transfer to your luxurious safari
camp, Baines' Camp, where five elevated suites offer expansive views
over the permanent water of the Boro River. The four-poster beds are
fully mobile, giving you the choice to slumber underneath a star-filled
African sky. This afternoon, choose from the available wildlife viewing
Baines' Camp B L D
4-5: Okavango Delta
Situated on a private concession neighboring the famed Moremi
Game Reserve, the area is superb for viewing all animal and bird
species. Spend two days exploring this lush oasis by land and water. A
unique Baines' opportunity is an educational experience with a nearby
group of semi-habituated African elephant, a rare chance to encounter
these magnificent creatures face to face. The unending African sky and
the beauty of the Delta provide a breathtaking setting for a picnic
under the shade of the sausage trees. Activities and game viewing
options at Baines' Camp include water safaris at the gentle pace of a
poled mokoro (dugout canoe) or the faster speed of a shaded
motorboat (both offered seasonally) or game drives in open vehicles.
Walking safaris are offered to explore on foot with skilled, armed
Living with Elephants: introduces the children of Ngamiland to
their natural heritage through positive interaction with a trio of
Baines' Camp B L D
6: Okavango Delta/Chobe National Park
Fly to Chobe National Park, where Chobe Chilwero lodge offers
unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and flood plains. The
lodge's thatch-roof bungalows include a large bath, indoor and outdoor
showers and private garden with hammock. Between game drives, enjoy the
split-level swimming pool, library and curio shop or choose from a wide
variety of available spa and hydrotherapy treatments from the full
Chobe Chilwero B L D
7: Chobe National Park
Take part in a full day of wildlife viewing on morning and
afternoon safari drives in open vehicles and on river cruises. The
park's lush, water-fed landscape is home to the largest concentration
of elephant in Africa, as well as hippo, buffalo, antelope and lion. A
sundowner cruise offers unparalleled views of a spectacular sunset over
Chobe Chilwero B L D
8: Chobe National Park/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/ Johannesburg
Travel overland, crossing the border into Zimbabwe for a guided
walking tour of Victoria Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the
world. Later, board a flight to Johannesburg where the rest of the
afternoon is at leisure.
9: Johannesburg/Ngala Private Game Reserve
Experience the bygone days of a classic tented safari. Ngala
Tented Camp is internationally renowned for its sophisticated tented
accommodation in tranquil African bush surrounds. It is comprised of
six luxurious tented suites on raised platforms, each suite cleverly
designed to incorporate existing trees, thereby minimizing its
environmental impact. Mature indigenous shade trees form a cool,
luxurious canopy over the camp, and the swimming pool, merging with the
contours of the riverbank, is perfect for idle afternoon game viewing.
After a pre-dinner game drive, return to your comfortable tent.
Tented Safari Camp B L D
10-11: Ngala Private Game Reserve
Two additional days on safari on game drives and bush walks
show you the spectacular variety of wildlife that this region,
bordering the world renowned Kruger National Park, is famous for. Your
exploration by open safari vehicle, both day and night, reveals
unbridled wildlife. Accompanied by an expert ranger, bush walks are an
opportunity to learn how to track and identify signs of game. Warm
afternoons relaxing by the swimming pool and evening sundowners
complete your African safari experience. Your farewell dinner marks an
unforgettable conclusion to your adventure in the bush.
Tented Safari Camp B L D
12: Ngala/Johannesburg/USA or Canada
Depart for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, you are
assisted in collecting any stored luggage. The Premier Lounge is
available to A&K passengers and offers a quiet place for relaxation
before boarding your homebound flight.
13: USA or Canada
Connect with your onward flight.
The price shown
is in USD. Price is per person, based on double occupancy, and does not
include international or internal air.
are limited to 10 passengers.
PER PERSON (land arrangements)
Days | Limited to 10 passengers
PRICE PER PERSON
Internal airfare: (Johannesburg/Maun/Camp to Camp;
Victoria Falls/Johannesburg/Ngala Tented Camp/Johannesburg)
class from $2,075
travel is A&K's
most fully supported escorted option. Group sizes are very small: never
more than 24 travellers and often limited to 18 or 20. You'll stay in
best available hotel and most meals are included, as are airport
regardless of the flights you choose. Although there are opportunities
to explore on your own, you'll spend much of your sightseeing time with
your guide, on excursions designed to present a full and balanced
of your destination.
Under Southern African Skies
13 Day Tour
per person, based on double occupancy.
to availability and change without notice.
restrictions may apply. Airfares if included are based on departure
year 2012, departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications.
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Butler Kent owns and operates A&K, was born-most fittingly-while
British parents were on safari in Zambia. Indeed, he spent much of his
childhood on the African continent. In 1962, Geofrey Kent, along with
parent's Colonel John and Valerie Kent, formed Abercrombie & Kent.
In the 1970s,
Geoffrey Kent, who
by then had long been the Managing Director of the company, entered
a partnership with Jorie Ford Butler of Oak Brook, Illinois, to run
They continue to travel the world in search of adventures that will
and thrill their guests. Under their passionate and visionary
Kent serves as Chairman and CEO, Jorie Butler Kent as Executive Vice
- Abercrombie & Kent represents the uncompromising best at every
in the road.
that is governed
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their mission to provide "memories of a lifetime," A&K goes to
limitless lengths to design tours that offer privileged
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Further distinguishing A&K is the fact that the company owns luxury
safari lodges in pristine wilderness areas, including Chief's Camp and
Chobe Chilwero in Botswana; exclusive rights to camps with some of
finest game-viewing; a fleet of comfortable, well-maintained ground
vehicles; and the Sun Boats on the Nile. A&K also creates unique
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are in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-seven offices worldwide, employing
than 1,700 travel professionals, offer unrivaled attention to detail,
issues and service standards.
concern for the natural
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that respects the natural environment and benefits indigenous peoples.
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to the preservation of Kenya's famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well
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Our services are absolutely free when servicing this quality program.
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to discount when representing Abercrombie and Kent and any of its
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assured, you will receive the quality that you expect and the unique
value of a well-designed tour program from the beginning and planning
stage to the culmination of this exceptional journey.
the Abercrombie and Kent Difference with Gardner Travel!
& Kent is proud to have received
East Tour Operator”
- December 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
to Work For”
- November 2004
“Best of the
2003, 2002, 2001
World: Machu Picchu”,
Juan Lazo, Best Guide - January 2004
Leading Luxury Specialist
Tour Operator” - 2003
Leading Villa Operator”
+ Leisure Magazine
Operator and Safari
Outfitter” - 2004 (#12), 2003 (#5), 2002 (#2), 2001 (#1), 2000 (#2),
(#1), 1998 (#1), 1997 (#1), 1996 (#1)
Africa” – Joseph
Ndunguru, Gavin Ford - 2001
Awards: Top 15
African Safari Camps”
Camp - 2004
Camp - 2003
Places to Stay,”
Camp - January
Chilwero - 2003
Pros on Earth”
to places and
people that other operators in China don’t – including some of the top
English speaking guides. Hatherly is a cultural encyclopedia, Chen a
with logistics.” - 2003
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Cruise Lines" - 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Operator” - 2004
(#3), 2003 (#5), 2001 (#2), 2000 (#1), 1999 (#1)
Harper’s Hideaway Report
Resorts of the
Past 25 Years”, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Olonana, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Hotels with Drop-Dead Views”, Chief’s Camp - 2003
Best Hotels, Resorts & Hideaways, Chief’s Camp - 2002
& Tourism Council
Leadership in Travel & Tourism - 2002
Guides in Africa”
Award for Enterprise
AND KENT is a member of