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The Best of South Africa by Abercrombie and Kent
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Under Southern African Skies
13 Day Tour

Under Southern Africn Skies by Abercrombie and Kent


In 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 safari camp.

    The A&K Advantage 

    • Sleep under the stars in an exclusive "star bed" at Baines' Camp
    • Interact directly with a group of semi-habituated elephant
    • Spot game by air on scenic flights between most destinations
    • Discover South Africa's history from a guest speaker
    • Embark on walking safaris in Botswana and South Africa
    • Enjoy attentive service in an intimate group of 10 guests

    Not included: travel insurance; any airfares; airport departure taxes; excess baggage fees; cost of obtaining passports or visas; gratuities to your guide; personal expenses such as meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the itinerary;  communication charges; laundry.

    (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner


Canada/Johannesburg, South Africa
Depart on an overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2: 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.

The Westcliff D
Day 3: 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 activities.

Sanctuary Baines' Camp B L D

Days 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 professional guides.

Living with Elephants: introduces the children of Ngamiland to their natural heritage through positive interaction with a trio of orphaned elephant.

Sanctuary Baines' Camp B L D

Day 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 service spa.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero B L D

Day 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 the river.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero B L D

Day 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.

The Westcliff B

Day 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.

Ngala Tented Safari Camp B L D

Days 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.

Ngala Tented Safari Camp B L D

Day 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.

Day 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.
Departures are limited to 10 passengers.

2010 PRICE PER PERSON  (land arrangements)

13 Days | Limited to 10 passengers

2010 PRICE PER PERSON May and Nov-Dec
Jan-Apr Oct Jul - Aug
Double occupancy $8,815 $9,195 $9,830 $11,220
Single supplement $   510
$   725
$   790
$  1,995

Internal airfare:
(Johannesburg/Maun/Camp to Camp; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg/Ngala Tented Camp/Johannesburg)
Economy class from $2,075

Connoisseurs 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 the best available hotel and most meals are included, as are airport transfers 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 picture of your destination.

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Under Southern African Skies
13 Day Tour
Abercrombie and Kent AFRICA
From $8,815USD
Simply the Best!

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. 
Offer subject to availability and change without notice.

Certain restrictions may apply. Airfares if included are based on departure from New York.
For year 2012, departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications.

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It’s Simply The Best Way To Travel

Some people collect travel destinations the way others collect Biedermeier furniture or presidents’ autographs.

What’s come onto the market this year? Bhutan? Libya? Mongolia? Why not fly over this summer and add it to the collection?

Others travel for an entirely different set of reasons. Reasons which have less to do with collecting countries (who needs another trophy on the shelf?) than with gathering experience.

If you’re a member of the latter group, you know that, at its best, a journey down the Sepik River or up Mount Kilimanjaro, across Provence or along the Antarctic Peninsula, can change you deeply in ways both tangible and intangible, acknowledged and unavowed.

However, when changing the way you look at the world is one of your travel objectives — when authentic experience matters more to you than casual acquisition — the travel company you choose has a tall order to fill.

That’s where Abercrombie & Kent comes in.

Since 1962, A&K has been doing one thing exceptionally well. We specialize in matching unique people with unique places, and in providing the expertise and (unobtrusive) support that allows them to experience those places fully, at first hand and in their own personal style.

It’s simply the best way to travel. And it requires a unique combination of local knowledge and global organization that only Abercrombie & Kent is equipped to provide.

The travel industry is filled with companies who own only their brochures and a handful of contracts with independent suppliers overseas. In contrast, A&K has its own network of offices (48 and counting) across the globe, staffed full time by A&K professionals. We own and operate luxury camps and lodges in remote destinations to ensure that our clients have access to the best.

And we draw on the knowledge, humor and creativity of an incredible team of staff members and local “friends of A&K,” to bring you face-to-face with an Antarctic iceberg the size of Chartres Cathedral, or make it possible for you to walk around Chartres itself with an expert on its stained glass. To set you down for a private picnic a deux in the middle of the African savannah or give you and the children your own tropical island for a day.

Experience does count. Ours will make yours unforgettable.

A&K - The First Name in Luxury Travel

For more than forty years, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has been internationally recognized as the first name in luxury travel. Born in 1962 as a safari company in Nairobi, Kenya, A&K's unparalleled travel and tour operations now extend across the far and exotic reaches of the globe. A&K takes its travelers on extraordinary journeys-in extraordinary style-to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. The company's tours and safaris span the globe from Africa to the Middle East, India and Nepal; from the Orient to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific; and from Europe to Central and South America and Antarctica. Forty-five destination management companies ensure the "insider access" that only a local staff can provide.

A&K’s impressive and enticingly varied list of luxury and adventure holidays combine active days with comfortable, luxuriant nights. Small group escorted journeys allow guests to confidently travel to places they might otherwise hesitate to go on their own, with a choice of itineraries at varying levels of luxury. Family holidays are tailored to the interests, attention spans and abilities of all ages, with comfortable hotels and comforting meals, and, most importantly, a friendly guide who understands children. Tailor made private travel offers independent travellers meticulous attention to detail, safety and customer service. These lifestyle-oriented programs are one reason why A&K was honored at the World Travel Awards as “World’s Leading Luxury Specialist Tour Operator.”

Geoffrey Kent, who along with Jorie Butler Kent owns and operates A&K, was born-most fittingly-while his British parents were on safari in Zambia. Indeed, he spent much of his childhood on the African continent. In 1962, Geofrey Kent, along with his 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 into a partnership with Jorie Ford Butler of Oak Brook, Illinois, to run A&K. They continue to travel the world in search of adventures that will surprise and thrill their guests. Under their passionate and visionary guidance-Geoffrey Kent serves as Chairman and CEO, Jorie Butler Kent as Executive Vice Chairman - Abercrombie & Kent represents the uncompromising best at every turn in the road.

With a philosophy that is governed in equal parts by the Kents' unswerving commitment to conservation and their mission to provide "memories of a lifetime," A&K goes to seemingly limitless lengths to design tours that offer privileged access and special insight. 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 Africa's finest game-viewing; a fleet of comfortable, well-maintained ground transport vehicles; and the Sun Boats on the Nile. A&K also creates unique travel experiences built around the luxury trains of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the Royal Scotsman; the Road to Mandalay river cruiser and 29 canal and river cruisers in Europe; and the legendary Sea Cloud, the world's most beautiful sailing ship.

Abercrombie & Kent's headquarters are in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-seven offices worldwide, employing more than 1,700 travel professionals, offer unrivaled attention to detail, safety issues and service standards.

A deep-rooted concern for the natural world infuses each and every A&K trip: Geoffrey Kent and Jorie Butler Kent believe passionately in "high-yield, low-impact" tourism-adventure that respects the natural environment and benefits indigenous peoples. They are the founders of Friends of Conservation and the Abercrombie & Kent Global Foundation, established to address global environmental and conservation concerns. Among its achievements have been significant contributions to the preservation of Kenya's famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well as to anti-poaching and environmental education projects on all seven continents.

Abercrombie and Kent is a NON-FEE/no discount buy

We will not charge a fee for any/all tour planning for Abercrombie and Kent. Our services are absolutely free when servicing this quality program. Additionally, no travel agent or web-based travel concern is allowed to discount when representing Abercrombie and Kent and any of its affiliated touring companies. Rest 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.

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Abercrombie & Kent is proud to have received the following:

Recommend Magazine
“Best Africa/Middle East Tour Operator” - December 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
Men’s Journal
“10 Great Companies to Work For” - November 2004 
“Best of the Web” - April 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
Elite Traveler
“Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu”, Juan Lazo, Best Guide - January 2004
World Travel Awards
 “World’s Leading Luxury Specialist Tour Operator” - 2003
 “World’s Leading Villa Operator” - 2003
Travel + Leisure Magazine
 “Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter” - 2004 (#12), 2003 (#5), 2002 (#2), 2001 (#1), 2000 (#2), 1999 (#1), 1998 (#1), 1997 (#1), 1996 (#1)
 “Top Guides in Africa” – Joseph Ndunguru, Gavin Ford - 2001
Conde Nast Traveler
“Readers’ Choice Awards: Top 15 African Safari Camps”
   Olonana and Chief’s Camp - 2004
   Chief’s Camp - 2003
   Chobe Chilwero -2002
“The World’s Best Places to Stay,” Gold List
   Chief’s Camp - January 2004
   Chobe Chilwero - 2003
“The Greatest Travel Pros on Earth”
“A&K has access 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 whiz with logistics.” - 2003
"Reader’s Choice: Top 20 Small-Ship Cruise Lines" - 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Gavin Ford, “15 Best Safari Guides” - 2002
Ecotourism Award – Special Mention - 1996
Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
"World's Best Tour Operator” - 2004 (#3), 2003 (#5), 2001 (#2), 2000 (#1), 1999 (#1)
Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report
“Favorite Hideway Resorts of the Past 25 Years”, Chief’s Camp - 2004
“Favorite Worldwide Travel Adventures”, Olonana, Chief’s Camp - 2004
“Previewing Heaven: 15 Worldwide Hotels with Drop-Dead Views”, Chief’s Camp - 2003
“Top 20 Hideaway Gems,” World’s Best Hotels, Resorts & Hideaways, Chief’s Camp - 2002
Travel Agent Magazine
“Leaders in Luxury,” Geoffrey Kent - 2002
World Travel & Tourism Council
Green Award for Corporate Social Leadership in Travel & Tourism - 2002
Town & Country
Gavin Ford, “Top Guides in Africa” - 2001
Queen’s Award for Enterprise
(A&K Europe) - 2001, 2000
Chevron Conservation Award
Jorie Butler Kent - 1999
Environmental Award - 1992

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