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AFRICA, ARABIA & PERSIA Luxury safari adventures in Southern Africa and East Africa, birthplace of A&K, and unforgettable journeys through Egypt, Morocco and the Middle East — cradles of civilisations. 2020 TRAVELS


Maasai warrior, Kenya

CONTENTS WHY CHOOSE AN A&K JOURNEY

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CHOOSE YOUR TRAVEL STYLE

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A DAY ON SAFARI | SOUTHERN AFRICA OR EAST AFRICA

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TRULY LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATION

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QANTAS FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAMME | 10 MARCO POLO CLUB A&K PHILANTHROPY

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A JOURNEY MADE JUST FOR YOU

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SEE, DO, STAY, MORE EXPLAINED

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MAP 18 SOUTHERN AFRICA

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EAST AFRICA

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EGYPT & MOROCCO

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ISRAEL & JORDAN

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IRAN & OMAN

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SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS

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“I never knew a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” - Ernest Hemingway Dear Traveller, I am an African by birth and inclination. I spent my childhood on a beautiful farm in the South Kinangop, in the foothills of Kenya’s Aberdare Mountains, sharing the land with the local Kikuyu tribespeople and the full complement of wild East African animals. Hyenas barked and whooped outside our windows; snakes regularly, and leopards occasionally, crossed our front lawn; and one night a rhinoceros barrelled into our house with such force the impact shook us all awake. In my first few years of school, my Swahili was probably better than my English. My rites of passage through adolescence and into early adulthood were also like scenes from an African boy’s own adventure: I rode a vintage motorcycle 5,000km from Nairobi to Cape Town at 16, and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro at 17, before my love of polo took me to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in faraway Berkshire. My successive careers in the military, as a professional polo player, and in travel and philanthropy have taken me all around the world, but Africa has always been my ‘Mother Country’. I feel at home there, I know the place by heart, and I have taken every opportunity and only a moment’s notice to return countless times in the many decades since I first left home in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s, while I was home for the holidays with friends from the UK, my parents and I established Abercrombie & Kent in Kenya. We were pioneers of the luxury photographic safari, and went on to build a global travel company and many of the finest safari camps in East and Southern Africa. Of course, amazing accommodation, comfort and style are only a few of the facets of an Abercrombie & Kent safari. We also have the best-trained guides, travel experts on the ground across the continent, and real roots in communities we have been working with for decades. Over the years, thousands of the world’s most discerning travellers – including royals, movie stars and giants of the business world – have trusted their African experience to A&K. I always say to people, if they want to see any place in the world at its very best, they should see it with A&K. And if they want to see A&K at our very best, they should come to Africa. An Abercrombie & Kent safari is still unsurpassed as a luxury adventure holiday, but it is matched by the quality of our journeys through the epic landscapes and ancient histories of North Africa (Egypt and Morocco) and the Middle East. Classic A&K destinations. I hope the ready-to-book journeys and bespoke travel experiences here whet your appetite for an adventure in grand style. Enjoy exploring!

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Why Choose an A&K Journey Abercrombie & Kent takes you to the heart of a destination in extraordinary style and comfort, with authentic local insight, unforgettable experiences and encounters, and exclusive access privileges. THE LEADER IN LUXURY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES FOR NEARLY 60 YEARS From fledgling days on the plains of Kenya in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent pioneered the modern luxury African safari, taking intrepid guests on grand adventures into the wilderness, and always doing it in style. In those early days, the founders would take along the family’s own silverware and fine china, an old Land Rover and British Army-issue safari tents. Six decades later, A&K is still setting the standard for an African journey like no other, delivering authentic, inspiring experiences beyond the usual tourist destinations. While other safari companies subcontract their services from continents away, we live and work every day in the very areas you visit.

OUR PEOPLE A&K works tirelessly to design adventures you won’t be able to undertake with any other tour provider, backed up by the most robust support network, including over 2,500 handpicked staff in our 56 offices in more than 30 countries around the world. Unlike other operators, we recruit, train, and manage our own full-time staff, orchestrating every aspect of your journey with precision and flexibility, down to the last detail.

A PEERLESS LOCAL PRESENCE Our long-standing connections — and 17 permanent, full-time offices across Africa & Arabia — allow us to offer the most desirable room categories, the best game-viewing locations for lodges and camps, access to exclusive tours with the best historians in the region, as well as unmatched service at every stage of your journey. This kind of unencumbered insight into the authentic heart and soul of a place — to the people and sites that exist far beyond the reach of the average traveller — is something we pride ourselves on and ensure we deliver on every journey we create.

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SIMPLY THE BEST GUIDES

EXCELLENCE RECOGNISED

It is often said that a guide can make or break a special journey. We agree. A&K’s guides are the best in the world and deliver superlative experiences in every destination. They are handpicked for their expertise in the wildlife, flora and culture of Africa, Arabia and Persia. All are blessed with extensive knowledge and the ability to bring local attractions to life. Multilingual and well-travelled, each possesses insight to ensure the finest vantage points for game-viewing or placing you right in the centre of the action, and enlightening cultural interactions that will add depth to your journey.

A&K’s African safaris have won acclaim from guests and travel professionals alike. We’ve been named “Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator” for the ninth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards. In Africa and throughout the world, A&K sets the benchmark.

CUSTOM SAFARI VEHICLES WE DESIGN, BUILD AND OWN While other safari providers rent or lease their vehicles, A&K owns and maintains its own custom fleet — the finest in East Africa and elsewhere. Our fleet is built to our specifications, with high front and side windows providing great views, air-conditioning in most vehicles (a blessing on hot afternoons in the bush), a refrigerator filled with chilled water, and even Wi-Fi access.

SAFETY YOU CAN TRUST With experience comes excellence and reliability, and with A&K this translates to peace of mind and security. The safety of our guests is always our priority. Our network of local offices and long-established relationships in this region, and in every region in which we operate, allows us to keep our finger on the pulse of local dynamics and developments. If unexpected events occur, A&K has resources at the ready, and you can rely on us to go the extra mile to ensure your wellbeing and allow you to safely continue your journey.

A LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES Conservation and philanthropy have been integral parts of A&K’s operations for decades, long before they became de rigueur for other operators. Working hand-in-hand with local tribes and villages, we fund schools and clinics and generate opportunities for employment that benefit their communities. Grassroots Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy projects like these are included on several of our Africa journeys, welcoming our guests to participate in travel that changes lives. See page 12 for more information.

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A SAFARI BAG DESIGNED BY THE PROS Guests on our African safaris receive a complimentary A&K duffel bag, designed to the same exacting standards as the journey itself. Our bag is perfectly sized to hold your safari essentials while meeting all baggage size restrictions for your flights in Africa.


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The Siq, Petra Treasury, Jordan

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CHOOSE YOUR TRAVEL STYLE With Abercrombie & Kent, you can select from a range of handcrafted private and small group journeys. SEAMLESS, READY-TO-TRAVEL PRIVATE JOURNEYS We have extensively researched every journey in this brochure and every destination to which we travel. Each element of each itinerary is carefully considered in terms of guest enjoyment, travel logistics, and how it fits in the overall pace and flow of the journey. The result is the journeys you see in this brochure, each one travelled and tested, to ensure we present the destination in the best possible manner in seamless style and comfort. These journeys are all designed to give you an incomparable travel experience, each is operated on a private basis for you and your travelling companions, and each is ready-to-book and ready-to-travel as it appears in this brochure.

EXQUISITE SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS A&K also offers an exclusive portfolio of small group journeys to a variety of the world’s, and the region’s, greatest luxury travel destinations, as well as journeys to more emerging and off-thebeaten track destinations. These are expert-led shared adventures, with intimate group sizes of no more than 18 guests, and guaranteed departures once the first two guests are booked. Each of these journeys has been designed to ensure the right balance of guided activity and breathing room, the time and space for self-discovery in a destination, with local encounters and exclusive access to many attractions only available to a small group. See page 140 for more information.

CELEBRATE FAMILY & FRIENDS At A&K, we’re all about creating lasting memories for you, your family and your friends, spending time away together in the world’s most special places. Whether you’re gathering to celebrate a special milestone — a big birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or wedding — or simply a family get-together, we recognise that shared experiences are the most memorable and we know how to tailor the journey to suit every dynamic. Our Travel Specialists can create magical moments for every generation travelling. Imagine watching your parents or your adult children as they see the Pyramids for the first time, the wonder on a child’s face at sighting their first pride of lion or pod of hippo, the fun of a camel ride in Morocco, or the friendly sibling rivalry on a Zambezi canoe trip.

BESPOKE PRIVATE TRAVEL SERVICE — DISCOVER AFRICA, ARABIA & PERSIA ON A JOURNEY MADE JUST FOR YOU A&K also offers a Bespoke Private Travel Service, and any of the destinations and journeys included in this brochure can be adapted, amended and/or extended to meet your individual interests and requirements.

Our Travel Specialists understand travel planning at a level even the most fastidious travellers never consider. Creating a luxury private journey isn’t just about choosing hotels and arranging visits to museums or knowing the best time to see a landmark — it’s about giving you the kinds of uniquely inspiring experiences you may not even know exist, local encounters made possible only by A&K’s longstanding connections in the region and around the world. Bespoke private travel means seeing the world exactly how you want to see it, on an itinerary fashioned for you by the region’s foremost experts and matched to your interests, your style and your budget. Whether we’re working with your travel agent or directly with you, our Travel Specialists take the time to understand your ideal holiday, how you like to travel and the kinds of activities and experiences that will make your trip most meaningful to you. Then we create or curate a journey to match, with as much or as little direction from you as you want to provide, drawing on the expertise of the locals in our offices throughout Africa and Arabia, ultimately developing or recommending an itinerary that will make your dream a reality.

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A DAY ON SAFARI Being on safari, in the wilds of Africa, means seeking out rare wildlife in its natural habitat. This is how a typical day in the bush might unfold. Your luxury safari in Africa begins early, with a hot mug of coffee or tea delivered to you in bed. Outside, the sun is just beginning to peek over the horizon, and you emerge dressed for the day and armed with camera and binoculars. Marvel at the landscape which 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.

In Africa, the animals lie low during the midday heat, so you do, too. After lunch back at camp, there’s time to nap, lounge by the pool, take a short nature walk or maybe a spa treatment, or simply relax soaking up the pristine surrounds. After a light afternoon tea, set out on a second game drive. As the sun starts to set, stop at a

While each area has its own distinct wildlife population, there is little predicting what you will see in the bush. Elephant may gather around a watering hole; a pair of male cheetah may be seen scanning the surrounds for signs of prey; hyena, perhaps, tear into an early-morning kill; and herds of grazing giraffe and zebra 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 a hearty breakfast, either back at your accommodation or at a table laid specially for you in the wild. 6

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scenic spot for sundowners, the quintessential sunset cocktails on safari, before returning to camp. Dinner in the bush is always an event, with freshly prepared, multi-course meals at elegant tables. After dinner, gather around the campfire for stories and stargazing, or retire in preparation for another inspiring day on safari.

Sundowners, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Botswana


Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

SOUTHERN AFRICA OR EAST AFRICA As you decide which A&K safari journey best suits your travel interests, it helps to understand how the safari experience differs between East Africa and Southern Africa. SOUTHERN AFRICA: DYNAMIC AND DIVERSE Southern Africa, an area encompassing Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, offers dynamic topography. Variety abounds, from the lily-covered lagoons of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, to incomparable Victoria Falls, which borders both Zambia and Zimbabwe, from the stark, stunning sand dunes of the Namib Desert to the bushveld of South Africa’s private reserves. Southern African wildlife is similarly diverse, with the iconic big cats — lion, leopard and cheetah — always on the prowl. In Botswana, the lush Okavango Delta draws a profusion of species, including hippos, giraffes, crocodiles, rhinos and baboons, which A&K guests encounter in the uncrowded intimacy of private game reserves. The nation of South Africa offers first-rate culinary and cultural opportunities, ranging from tastings at award-winning wineries in the beautiful Cape Winelands, to visits to historical sites and the majestic Table Mountain in the country’s cosmopolitan “Mother City,” Cape Town.

EAST AFRICA: A CLASSIC APPEAL East Africa (including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda) is the definition of classic safari country. Home to the vast Serengeti and Masai Mara, and the teeming Ngorongoro Crater, East Africa has formed the backdrop for legendary safari expeditions since the storied days of Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen, and it is also the birthplace of A&K. In northern Tanzania, the seemingly endless horizon of East Africa yields to Mount Kilimanjaro — the tallest mountain in Africa, at 5,895 metres. Those who would conquer it can do so in style with A&K, enjoying the highest summit rate of any operator in Africa.

Wildlife viewing throughout Kenya and Tanzania is reliably spectacular. Africa’s iconic species — lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo — are sighted here in vast numbers and on a regular basis, along with hundreds of other species, ranging from wildebeest and zebra to antelope and cheetah. Up-close encounters with endangered mountain gorilla communities and other rare primates are also available on treks through the mountain forests of Uganda and Rwanda. East Africa’s wide-open grasslands also bear witness to the Great Migration, one of nature’s most incredible spectacles, when millions of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and other herd animals make their annual trek in search of water and fresh grazing land, stalked by predators every step of the way. The Great Migration vividly illustrates the timeless cycle of life and death in the wild. See pages 66-69 for more information.

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TRULY LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS THAT INSPIRE, ENHANCE & DELIGHT The quality of the accommodation we use is one of the many things that sets an A&K journey apart. On all handcrafted private and small group journeys, we select only the most remarkable hotels, boutique lodges and ships, each of which must combine superior service, a sense of place, local character and unanticipated luxuries. AWARD-WINNING, ICONIC HOTELS

ONE-OF-A-KIND LOCATIONS

When luxury is what you’re looking for, there’s no reason to settle for second-best. Our local experts choose only the very best hotels in a given destination. In many cases, their choice will be the undisputed local favourite, synonymous with five-star style, often a Condé Nast Traveler Gold List or Travel + Leisure World’s Best property. But the choice might also be a whispered secret, a better option, a small but perfectly-formed boutique property with a certain significant atmospheric, experiential or locational advantage.

When considering an hotel, our experts look at more than just the rooms. Wherever possible, we arrange for you to stay close to the places you most want to see, close to the people you’ll most enjoy meeting, and close to the experiences you’ll most enjoy discovering. We’ll choose the right option from within the region’s best properties, whether historically iconic, coveted high-design or supremely located on the edge of wilderness.

INTIMATE BOUTIQUE CAMPS & LODGES As a home base on secluded and extraordinary wilderness adventures, our more off-the-beaten track journeys feature luxurious boutique camps and lodges available to fewer guests and always with an incredible front seat to scenery and wildlife, often just outside your door.

STYLISH SHIPS Our commitment to luxury doesn’t stop at the water’s edge: When it comes to river cruising with A&K, step aboard knowing you’ll experience the same comfort, service and style you would on land, all while discovering the beauty of life on the water.

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, Botswana

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A&K Desert Camp, Morocco The Blue Train, South Africa

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana

One&Only Cape Town, South Africa

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, Egypt

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THE BEST WAY TO FLY: WITH A&K ABERCROMBIE & KENT HAS LONGESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS WITH A WIDE RANGE OF PARTNER AIRLINES. This works to your advantage in a number of ways: • Our Travel Specialists and dedicated Flight Desk know which flights work best for your particular itinerary and which can save you time in the air • We offer competitive airfares in conjunction with any of our holidays in any class of travel • You can choose from a wide variety of carriers and earn mileage credits with your preferred airlines (where applicable) Talk to your A&K Travel Specialist about our Flight Desk service.

Fly to Africa, Arabia & Persia with one of our preferred partner airlines

EARN QANTAS POINTS ON LUXURY TRAVEL EARN 1 QANTAS POINT FOR EVERY $1 SPENT ON ELIGIBLE ITINERARIES*. Abercrombie & Kent guests can earn Qantas Points when booking a luxury holiday. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 1 Qantas Point for every dollar spent on an A&K land itinerary of seven nights or more (excludes taxes and credit card fees)*.

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Visit our website to see the points you could earn when booking eligible itineraries.

many other rewards available through Qantas Frequent Flyer.

Start exploring today, book your qualifying holiday and you could be closer to your dream reward, whether it be a flight to an exotic destination, a shopping voucher or one of the

*Terms & Conditions apply. See the website for details www.abercrombiekent.com.au/qantasfrequent-flyer

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A REWARDS PROGRAMME FOR REPEAT TRAVELLERS EXPERIENCE THE MARCO POLO CLUB Created to recognise and reward our most loyal guests, the Marco Polo Club® is open to everyone who travels on three or more journeys with Abercrombie & Kent. Among the club’s benefits is a five-percent discount on almost any new booking made within nine months of returning from an A&K journey. This discount also applies to any immediate family member(s) travelling with the Marco Polo Club member. And solo travellers are entitled to a 50% discount on most single supplements booked at any time. Marco Polo Club members also enjoy recognition in other ways with a place on the priority waitlist for sold-out journeys, a members-only onboard reception on A&K Luxury Expedition Cruises, and a variety of exclusive communications and events. To learn more about A&K’s Marco Polo Club, visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au/marcopoloclub

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ABERCROMBIE & KENT PHILANTHROPY

BE A PART OF TRAVEL THAT CHANGES LIVES Make a deeper local connection on your next journey with a visit to an Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy project. TRANSFORMING TRAVEL The travel industry is in the midst of a transformation toward greater equity and sustainability. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) is dedicated to positively impacting lives and livelihoods in the communities where our guests travel. We are equally committed to ensuring guests learn about our philanthropic investments as an integral part of their travel experience.

SHARING A JOURNEY THAT MATTERS While an A&K journey reveals all kinds of inspiring experiences, our guests often find their visit to an AKP project the most stirring. You’ll find these unique opportunities on many of our journeys, affording a wealth of interactions and insights you won’t find anywhere else. Whether celebrating a newly opened school or the beauty of an ecosystem brought back from the brink, these visits forge memories that last a lifetime.

Look for this symbol for opportunities to visit an A&K Philanthropy project on your journey.

BUILDING ON A SOLID FOUNDATION

SUSTAINING AN UNMATCHED LOCAL PRESENCE

Established in 1982 by Geoffrey Kent, A&K Founder, Chairman and CEO, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy is dedicated to giving back to the vibrant communities we’re so privileged to share with our guests. Our local offices seek out and support grassroots projects in these communities, and we’re now deeply involved in more than 40 education, conservation, healthcare and community enterprise projects in 22 countries.

With full-time, locally-based coordinators serving our partner communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, India, Peru, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, AKP is fostering philanthropic commitments unprecedented in the travel industry. Focused on making the most of our efforts in the field, these community development professionals are also uniquely qualified to share these projects with you, our guests.

For example, in Nakatindi Village, Zambia, AKP has initiated projects that include constructing boreholes for clean water; establishing a community bike shop; expanding the school’s vegetable garden to generate income and supplement children’s diets; and building a medical clinic and maternity ward to address the medical needs of the community.

If you’d like to meet one of our Philanthropy Coordinators and experience an AKP project firsthand, please contact A&K or your travel agent to arrange a site visit on your next journey. Abercrombie & Kent makes a donation to AKP on behalf of every guest travelling.

AKP PROJECTS ON A&K AFRICA & ARABIA JOURNEYS › Botswana Rhino Conservation Program | African Waterways › Elephant Outreach Program | African Waterways › Safe Water for Schools Initiative | Great East Africa Migration › Masai Mara Conservation Program | Great East Africa Migration › Duuma Wajane Bike Shop | Great East Africa Migration, Tanzania Under Canvas › Bwindi Community Hospital & Nursing School, Women Bicycle Enterprise and Primary School | Uganda Wildlife Discovery › Funtasia Cultural Centre | A Portrait of Egypt › Jordan Bike Enterprise Program | Highlights of Jordan, Jordan Uncovered

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CASE STUDY: BIKE SHOP PROGRAMME In early 2019, AKP Australia mounted a successful campaign to ship a container load of secondhand bikes to northern Tanzania where a new bike shop is being established near the World Heritage listed Ngorongoro Crater. Over 400 bikes were donated and have safely arrived at their destination. A&K Australia staff, friends and family coordinated the project spending two weekends gratefully receiving bikes from right across the city. Every bike came with a story and the next chapter is being written as another transformational community bike shop opens in Africa. AKP’s inspirational bike programme enables mobility in the communities where the shops

are established. This means health care workers can see more patients, students can get to school, workers can get to work more easily, and families can carry more goods to and from home. In turn, the passionate women who run the operation earn an income enabling them to support their families. A&K travellers visiting the destination are encouraged to stop by the project and see firsthand the difference being made, even hiring a bike for a morning’s ride around the neighbourhood. In addition to Tanzania, AKP also supports the operations of bike shops in Zambia, Botswana, Uganda and Jordan with each bike shop employing five women and close to 10,000 bikes already shipped by AKP. 130 0 851 8 0 0 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM . AU

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DISCOVER AFRICA, ARABIA & PERSIA ON A JOURNEY MADE JUST FOR YOU True luxury bespoke travel means seeing Africa, Arabia & Persia exactly how you want to see it, on an itinerary fashioned for you by the region’s foremost experts. THE ULTIMATE IN INSPIRING TRAVEL IN AFRICA, ARABIA & PERSIA

ITINERARIES YOU WON’T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE

Our Bespoke Travel Service allows you to experience A&K’s hallmark blend of insider access and style throughout Africa, Arabia & Persia on an itinerary created for you and your family or friends. Our Travel Specialists, all dedicated travellers in their own right, work closely with you or your travel professional to create a made-to-order journey of a lifetime, optimised to make sure you get the most out of every moment.

With our unrivalled knowledge, A&K can create journeys that feature iconic destinations and perfect pacing, all seamlessly orchestrated for the luxury traveller. These are journeys that unfold with the narrative flow of a good book or a great film. Our approach and network advantages also bring practical benefits, including tailored transfer and flight routings to allow for extra time exploring, and longer stops in the places you most want to see.

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NO TWO HOLIDAYS ARE THE SAME Starting with a conversation, we’ll craft the holiday of your dreams. Much of this is in the planning and in our understanding of what you want to achieve on your holiday. Tell us where and how you’d like to travel. We’ll listen carefully, build your itinerary from scratch and tweak it until you’re 100 per cent satisfied. By tailor-making your journey with an A&K Travel Specialist, you are assured a unique experience from booking to boarding and beyond.


Chobe National Park, Botswana

Four steps to an inspiring bespoke journey 1.

Tell Us About Your Ideal Journey It starts with an A&K Travel Specialist, who works with you or your travel professional to open your eyes to the possibilities of travel with A&K — a world of inspiring destinations and exclusive insider access.

GENUINE IMMERSION We ensure every one of our journeys includes authentic encounters. Imagine a walk through a thicket of acacias in Kenya’s Northern Frontier district with your A&K naturalist guide who grew up in a nearby village and has been reading the signs of the bush his entire life. He pauses, listening for an alarm call, and points in the direction of a termite mound. Suddenly, a spotted pelt appears and two cheetah emerge, on the prowl. Our guides offer the kind of insight that only comes from being a local and at one with the land. The result is a journey that reveals the real spirit of the people, and the place, in a way you’ll never forget.

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Make Your Journey Your Own The Travel Specialist creates a detailed proposal for your journey, complete with touring, hotels and insider access activities arranged specially for you, refining the itinerary until it’s exactly what you’re looking for. Let Us Handle the Details Your journey is planned — now it’s time to sit back and let us finalise the details, as well as provide all the information you need to prepare for your journey. Travel with Around-the-Clock A&K Support Once you arrive at your destination, we manage everything behind the scenes, leaving you to enjoy every inspiring moment for as long as you travel with us. This is travel as it is meant to be.

Experience the Journey of Your Dreams Contact A&K at 1300 851 800, visit abercrombiekent.com.au or speak to your travel professional to start planning your bespoke journey today.

A&K’S TRAVEL SPECIALISTS Our Travel Specialists regard travel not as an occasional diversion, but as a calling that stimulates the mind and nourishes the spirit. Exceptionally well-travelled individuals with an average of more than 10 years’ travel industry experience, each is an expert in their chosen region of the world. They’re also born adventurers who can advise on the best places to visit because they’ve usually been there themselves already. They’re in constant touch with A&K’s partners and our network of offices throughout the region and throughout the world, with access to the most up-to-date information at their fingertips. Your Travel Specialist also gets to know you as an individual, either through your travel agent or directly with you, one traveller to another, to make sure your journey is everything you want it to be.

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See, Do, Stay, More explained The journey begins in your imagination. We hope the ideas in this book — which are just a sample of A&K’s almost limitless luxury travel options within Africa, Arabia and Persia — inspire you to start planning your own adventure. Working with our experienced Travel Specialists you can build your own A&K itinerary including destinations and experiences you will remember forever. To help you on your way, look out for these sections in the following pages:

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Witness the wonders of Africa, Arabia and Persia with the unparalleled experience our experts offer. In every corner of this extraordinary region there are iconic places that reveal pristine ecosystems and cultural vision. See places, spaces, sites and sights you’ll cherish forever.

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Exceptional activities, exclusive opportunities. Every bespoke journey is designed with you in mind. The examples you’ll see throughout this book are just a taste of what our wellconnected local teams can arrange.

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Luxury takes centre stage when it comes to the accommodation available on all our private journeys. This carefully curated collection of luxurious hotels, camps and lodges offers A&K’s clients a little something extra every time you check in.

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Each region across Africa, Arabia and Persia has so much to offer, and so much to experience. Extend your journey and gain a truly in-depth view into the rich diversity of the continent.

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Mountain gorilla, Uganda

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A&K’s Africa, Arabia & Persia Where will your journey take you?

MOROCCO Kasbahs, medinas, souks and deserts — Morocco is vibrant, colourful and exotic. Stay in boutique riads, desert camps and palace hotels and engage with Morocco’s unique culture.

EGYPT A land of majestic ruins, temples and tombs, mosques and markets, fascinating oriental bazaars and the timeless beauty of the River Nile.

ISRAEL The Holy Land abounds with historic and Biblical sites, ancient cities, a mix of cultures, a fascinating heritage and an identity like no other.

JORDAN Home to Petra and overflowing with an abundance of fascinating archaeological sites, Jordan has a colourful history and a warm and welcoming culture.

U.A.E & OMAN Consider these exciting and exotic Middle Eastern surprises as stopovers or standalone destinations. There’s year-round sun and adventure aplenty.

IRAN One of the most cultured nations on earth, Iran is full of surprises. Its people are warm and welcoming and its monuments dazzling.

ETHIOPIA A mysterious and diverse country with a rich history, fascinating religious traditions, a vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes and an extraordinary tribal heritage.

UGANDA & RWANDA Beyond the renowned and endangered mountain gorilla, each of these countries is blessed with breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary wildlife.

KENYA Original home of the safari, Kenya has some of the world’s most fabled game parks with unmatched wildlife and a rich tribal culture.

TANZANIA Most famous for the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, there are many other national parks for hard-core safari enthusiasts — as well as first timers — and stunning beaches.

MAURITIUS & SEYCHELLES Idyllic Indian Ocean islands with incredible beaches, coral reefs, diving, nature reserves, rare wildlife, and world class resorts. A perfect extension to an African safari.

MOZAMBIQUE An Indian Ocean paradise where beaches are unspoiled and the accommodation magical. Fits perfectly as an add-on destination to any African safari.

ZAMBIA Wild Africa at its best, Zambia has spectacular big game, abundant birdlife and iconic national parks like the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi plus the Victoria Falls.

ZIMBABWE Warmly welcoming with much to offer, Zimbabwe has some of the best wildlife in Africa, as well as the mighty Victoria Falls, Zambezi River and surrounding national parks.

BOTSWANA Famous worldwide for the quality of its wildlife and its safari experiences. It is remote and unspoiled with diverse landscapes, abundant game and unique safari lodgings.

NAMIBIA Rugged landscapes, desert-adapted wildlife, vast sand dunes and the legendary Skeleton Coast.

SOUTH AFRICA World class food and exciting wildlife paired with diverse and dramatic scenery and an easy going vibe, South Africa has something for everyone.

MADAGASCAR Curious wildlife, rare indigenous cultures, a primitive landscape and pristine beaches make Madagascar a stand-out destination off the beaten track.

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SOUTHERN AFRICA Discover pristine ecosystems of watery lagoons, rugged deserts, abundant vineyards and sun-drenched coastlines with rare wildlife and rich cultural encounters. TANZANIA ANGOLA

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Lusaka Lower Zambezi MADAGASCAR Mana Pools Victoria Falls Lake Kariba MOZAMBIQUE Hartmann Valley Kasane Harare Antananarivo Okavango Hwange Andasibe Delta Chobe Etosha Skeleton ZIMBABWE Coast Central Makgadikgadi Vilanculos Kalahari & Nxai Pan Benguerra Island Windhoek BOTSWANA Kruger Inhambane Manafiafy Swakopmund Gaborone Ifotaka Pretoria Xai Xai Sossusvlei Johannesburg Maputo Kafue

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From north to south, the African continent is rich in natural treasures. When you travel to the southernmost regions, you’ll be able to experience unique wildlife, awe-inspiring landscapes and colourful cultural attractions quite different to other parts of the continent.

Zimbabwe has upped the ante and once again captures the safari-goer’s imagination with huge tracts of wilderness and intimate safari camps. Neighbouring Zambia is wild Africa at its best, renowned for the up-close experience of its walking safaris.

South Africa is a world in one country where private game reserves deliver unmatched wildlife sightings and uber-luxurious lodgings. Namibia’s deserts are home to extraordinary animals and rugged landscapes, while Botswana is famous for the Okavango Delta where a mokoro excursion along the waterways will be remembered forever.

For something entirely different, Madagascar has people, creatures and landscapes that you’ll see nowhere else on the planet, whilst Mozambique is perfect for a beach getaway with pristine beaches and sparkling turquoise waters.

DISCOVER SOUTHERN AFRICA ON A JOURNEY MADE JUST FOR YOU The following suggested journeys, recommended places to visit and extraordinary experiences are just a taste of what you may be able to see and do across this region. Please visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au to find more inspiration for your next unforgettable journey, or contact our Travel Specialists who will work with you to create a memorable bespoke journey.

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Some of the region’s foremost sights and locations. CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA One of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town’s friendly locals will welcome you with open arms. There is an exciting modern art scene and a host of innovative culinary offerings. Stroll along the city’s lively waterfront, along cobbled walkways and past colonial-era buildings. Seek out designer shops on Bree Street; hike up Signal Hill for views of the Atlantic seaboard; and see two oceans meet at Cape Point. GREATER KRUGER AREA, SOUTH AFRICA Comprising Kruger National Park and a handful of private game reserves such as the Sabi Sand and Timbavati, the greater Kruger area sprawls across a vast expanse of bushveld, granite hills, mountains, savannah and tropical forest. It is inhabited by all of Africa’s iconic safari species, including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra. 22

Okavango Delta, Botswana

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA The oxbow waterways of the Okavango Delta provide a lush haven for a plethora of wildlife, including an astounding concentration of lion, cheetah and leopard. Glide through the reeds aboard a mokoro (dug-out canoe), spotting hippos as they doze in the afternoon sun while exotic birds flit overhead.

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VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE & ZAMBIA Marvel at the grandeur of Mosi-oa-Tunya as you experience this natural wonder from both banks of the Zambezi, cruise a stretch of the river below and explore the mist-soaked forest that surrounds the falls.


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Victoria Falls

Cape Town, South Africa

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE The largest of Zimbabwe’s national parks, Hwange’s 14,645 square kilometres of grassland and mopane woods harbour some 40,000 elephants, one of the world’s largest populations, and over 400 species of bird. Lion, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog round out the park’s impressive array of wildlife. SOSSUSVLEI DUNES, NAMIBIA The red dunes of Sossusvlei jut abruptly upward from the white salt of the pan, some topping out over 300 metres. Crest a dune to take in the monochrome sand sea that lies beyond, stretching endlessly out toward a distant horizon. LEMURS, MADAGASCAR Unique to the island nation of Madagascar, these endangered primates exhibit a variety of curious behaviours, including singing and strutting. Take in the distinctive markings of the various species, learning their classifications from your expert guide.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

A family of playful lemurs, Madagascar

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Elephant interactive experience, Botswana

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Exceptional activities curated by A&K’s travel experts. SLEEP OUT UNDER THE STARS Experience the magic of a ‘sleep-out’, where you have the unique opportunity to spend a romantic night on a raised open-air deck under the African sky, surrounded only by lanterns and the African bush, an unforgettable experience!

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge sleep-out

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EXPLORE THE CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA Discover some of South Africa’s finest wines and most majestic scenery across the Cape Winelands region, including Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch. A wide variety of options include winery tours, a behind the scenes ‘wine safari’, wine-blending, electric bike wine tastings and Heli visits.


SOUTHERN AFRICA EXPERIENCE AN EXCLUSIVE CURATED TOUR OF THE ZEITZ MUSEUM, SOUTH AFRICA Contemporary art aficionados can enjoy an eye-opening curated tour of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). The tour encompasses the entire gallery, spread over several floors, and presents highlights from the museum’s exhibitions and currently showcased works.

Wine tasting, Cape Winelands, South Africa

Zeitz Museum tour, South Africa

SHARK CAGE DIVING, SOUTH AFRICA Come face-to-face with the awe-inspiring great white shark on an exciting shark cage dive. Accompanied by marine experts, you will enjoy an up-close encounter with these impressive apex predators, providing the ultimate exhilarating wildlife experience. ENCOUNTER AN ELEPHANT UP-CLOSE, BOTSWANA Experience Africa from an elephant’s perspective. The charity Living with Elephants invites you to interact with Jabu and Morula, a pair of orphaned elephants, as you amble through the bush alongside them. Available exclusively from Sanctuary Baines’ and Sanctuary Stanley’s Camps. SPOT GAME ON FOOT, ZAMBIA Leave the 4x4 behind as you set out on a walking safari in one of Zambia’s finest national parks, the South Luangwa. Gain a new perspective on the subtleties of your surroundings and track game more stealthily, your local guide leading the way.

Shark cage diving, South Africa

Walking safari, Zambia

FLY HIGH ABOVE VICTORIA FALLS Experience a bird’s-eye view of the roaring Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Contemplate the incredible scale of the Falls, considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, as you watch volumes of water plummet into the gorge below.

Flight of the Angels, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Our preferred accommodation choices hand-picked for you. THE FARMSTEAD AT ROYAL MALEWANE Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa This beautiful new lodge sits in an elevated location offering dramatic views over the canopies of the Greater Kruger National Park. Situated around a watering hole makes wildlife viewing exceptional and Africa’s most qualified guiding team is on hand to share their expertise. There are just three luxury suites and the three-bedroom Farmhouse, all with interiors full of colour and atmosphere. THE SILO Cape Town, South Africa Feature d in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Hot List, this luxury waterfront hotel sets a new standard in the ‘Mother City’. Imaginatively built in an historic grain silo complex, The Silo sits above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa which houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art. Expect eclectic décor and extraordinary views. GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE Western Cape, South Africa This one-of-a-kind luxury eco-reserve close to the southern tip of Africa is tucked between mountains, forest and sea in a unique floral kingdom. Choose between accommodation at Forest Lodge where you amble through a milkwood forest to your opulent suite, or Garden Lodge with its panoramic ocean or fynbos views. Both lodges boast swimming pools and a host of outdoor activities including hiking, horse riding, botanist-led nature trails and marine safaris.

The Farmstead at Royal Malewane, Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa

ROCKFIG SAFARI LODGE Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa Inspired by its pristine setting, this luxury lodge has a wonderfully relaxed ambience with indoor and outdoor guest spaces that flow seamlessly into each other and exude an authentic bush feel. There are just six chalet-type suites with the colour palette in each inspired by the hues of local birds and plants. Game drives and bush walks reveal an abundance of wildlife, with bush breakfasts and safari dining from the open kitchen a highlight.

The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa

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SELINDA CAMP Selinda Reserve, Botswana This reimagined camp is beautifully situated on a remote site beside the Selinda Spillway in the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve. With just three spacious guest tents and the Selinda Suite, the camp is designed around the elements of Water, Air, Earth and Fire with a Robinson Crusoe vibe. Safari drives, walks, boating, tracking and birding place guests in front of the best wildlife the area has to offer.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa


SOUTHERN AFRICA SHIPWRECK LODGE Skeleton Coast, Namibia Evoking fragments of the wrecks which litter the coast, this architecturally striking property comprises ten eco-friendly cabins which stretch along the dunes with dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean and wood-burning stoves. Appreciate the harsh environment and the wildlife which inhabits it on a series of guided excursions. ROYAL ZAMBEZI LODGE Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia This luxury lodge is located on the northern bank of the Zambezi River just minutes from the Lower Zambezi National Park with its own 3.5 kms of unspoiled river frontage. Set against the scenic backdrop of the valley escarpment, the Royal Zambezi has 15 impeccably finished tented suites positioned for maximum enjoyment of the views and complete privacy. An abundance of wildlife exists here making for outstanding game viewing as well as fishing, canoeing, bush walks and treatments at the award-winning Royal Bush Spa.

Rockfig Safari Lodge, Timbavati, South Africa

CHIKWENYA Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe Chikwenya is a photographer’s paradise with a perfect location overlooking an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River, with a backdrop of the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. The camp is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees, and the seven tents (including two family units) stand on low wooden decks linked by walkways. Large concentrations of birds and animals ensure memorable safari outings.

Royal Zambezi Lodge, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Selinda Camp, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Chikwenya Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

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SANCTUARY RETREATS — SOUTHERN AFRICA The Sanctuary Retreats portfolio of luxury lodges and safari camps in Southern Africa brings the boutique safari experience to guests with authenticity.

SANCTUARY RETREATS PORTFOLIO Sanctuary Retreats was born in Africa with the opening of Sanctuary Olonana in Kenya in 1999. The company now owns and operates lodges and camps in Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. Located in some of the most stunning locations on the Mother Continent, each property is completely individual in its design, and operated around the philosophy of “Luxury, naturally.”

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SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA ZAMBIA — MOSI-OA-TUNYA NATIONAL PARK

This luxurious camp with just eight secluded air-conditioned suites offers riverside exclusivity. Each suite has a spectacular glass-walled bedroom and uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and river, an openfronted lounge, private sundeck and spacious bathroom The stylish main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by game and has a spacious lounge and dining area with expansive deck and spectacular views. There is also a spa, air-conditioned gym and infinity pool.

With a spectacular river setting just a short drive from world-famous Victoria Falls, the newly refurbished Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is a perfect base for relaxing, viewing the Falls, cruising the Zambezi or visiting the A&K Philanthropy supported Nakatindi village. Accommodation is in 12 luxury air-conditioned tree houses, built into the canopy of majestic ebony trees lining the river bank with private viewing decks, and two private houses suitable for families or small groups.

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SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP BOTSWANA — MOREMI GAME RESERVE

SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO BOTSWANA — CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Consistently rated one of the top safari camps in Botswana, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp oozes ‘safari chic’. Its 10 bush pavilions are some of the largest in the area and each features a private dining area, outside seating and a plunge pool. En suite bathrooms boast an outdoor shower, large bath tub, beautiful floor to ceiling windows and folding glass doors. The Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite comprises two adjoining pavilions and private housekeeping with other camp facilities including a spa and fitness centre.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is perched on a hill overlooking the magnificent Chobe floodplain with breathtaking vistas from all around. Accommodation is in 15 luxury cottages with en suite bathroom including two showers, one inside and one out, and a large free-standing bath plus terrace and private garden. The lodge has a split-level swimming pool and a nature-inspired spa.

SANCTUARY BAINES’ CAMP BOTSWANA — OKAVANGO DELTA

SANCTUARY STANLEY’S CAMP BOTSWANA — OKAVANGO DELTA

Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. With star baths and sky beds on your private deck, this is a romantic oasis with just six suites, and the unique ‘Living with Elephants’ activity.

Set amongst ebony and sausage trees, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is a classic tented camp on a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The luxury classic style canvas tents have been sustainably redesigned and crafted to evoke the days of explorer Henry Stanley, whom the camp is named after. Each has a deck with views over the floodplains. The camp is also home to the unique ‘Living with Elephants’ interaction. 130 0 851 8 0 0 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM . AU

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ESSENTIAL SOUTH AFRICA 8 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Soak up a stunning blend of dramatic scenery, exciting wildlife, vibrant cuisine and a colourful culture on a curated journey through South Africa. Kick things off in Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where Table Mountain beckons, beaches are on the doorstep and vineyards just a stone’s throw away. Beyond ‘the Cape’, revel in an outstanding safari experience at Dulini River Lodge in the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve — South Africa’s prime game viewing territory.

Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Ascend Cape Town’s Table Mountain by cable car, or on foot, for views of city and sea Savour the finest varietals at leading wine estates in the Stellenbosch region Soak up the views along one of the world’s most beautiful roads, Chapman’s Peak Drive Seek out the stunning array of wildlife across 10,000 hectares of pristine wilderness Day 1: Arrive Cape Town. A warm A&K welcome on arrival in the Cape and assistance to your elegant hotel located at the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Cape Grace Hotel

Private deck sundowners, Dulini River Lodge


Rhino sighting, Dulini Private Game Reserve

Days 5-7: Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Bid farewell to Cape Town and transfer for your flight to the Sabi Sand where you are driven onwards to your boutique safari

accommodation at Dulini River Lodge in the heart of the famous reserve. Situated in a leafy, evergreen thicket shaded by a grove of ebony trees on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, tranquil Dulini River Lodge features just 8 spacious, thatched suites with private plunge pools, dining boma, viewing deck, and a comfortable down-to-earth atmosphere. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is renowned for its exceptional opportunities of seeing Africa’s iconic species (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) as well as cheetah, wild dog, hippo, crocodile, an abundance of general game and over 400 bird species. Spend two days enjoying exceptional game viewing with experiences tailored to your individual interests and expectations. In addition to morning and afternoon game drives, optional game walks are also on offer. Dulini River Lodge | BLD

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Days 2-4: Cape Town. The next three days are spent exploring some of the many highlights of the ‘Mother City’. Head off for an ascent by aerial cableway up Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting). Afterwards, you may choose to explore the waterfront. Journey beyond the city for a day to explore the famous Cape Winelands where picturesque vineyards are set against imposing granite peaks and eye-catching Cape Dutch homesteads nestle under avenues of oaks. Stellenbosch is the centre of the local wine making industry and is surrounded by hundreds of vineyards. You’ll have the chance to visit some privately owned wineries, which date back hundreds of years, and enjoy a variety of tastings. Venture south along the Atlantic coast road past the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, located at the base of the towering Twelve Apostles. Descend into Hout Bay with its bustling fishing harbour and white sand beach and on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the end of the Cape Peninsula. Look out for whales and sea birds from the viewing point. On your return, visit Boulders, a lovely beach famous for its colony of endangered jackass penguins, before lunch at a local restaurant. Cape Grace Hotel | B/BL/BL

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Lion sighting, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA BY LAND & RAIL 16 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Be thrilled by South Africa’s extraordinary wildlife in two of the country’s finest wilderness areas, and take an epic journey on The Blue Train travelling 1,600 kilometres from one side of the country to the other stopping to discover the diamond mines of Kimberley en route. End your journey in Cape Town and the famous Cape Winelands. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Be treated to sophistication and style on safari Seek out Africa’s iconic species, including lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant and more Take in the seascapes of Cape Point as you ascend the Cape of Good Hope Explore Stellenbosch and its world famous wines Admire the South African countryside in style aboard the famous Blue Train Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg. A warm A&K welcome to South Africa and assistance to your airport hotel. InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo 32

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Days 2-4: Madikwe Game Reserve. Fly to the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Home to all the major animal species, including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino along with almost all the plains antelope species. Your base is Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge set in lush riverside forest dramatically located on the edge of a ravine. Spend two days on safari with morning and late afternoon game drives. Sanctuary Makanyane Lodge | BLD Days 5-7: Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Fly via Johannesburg to the Sabi Sabi airstrip with an onward transfer to Sabi Sabi Selati Camp, an intimate all-suite retreat perfectly positioned for exploring the Sabi Sands. Spend the next two

days on safari with twice daily game drives and walking safaris. Sabi Sabi Selati Camp | BLD Day 8: Johannesburg. Drive to Skukuza for your flight to Johannesburg where you are met and transferred to your hotel for overnight. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa | B Day 9: Pretoria. Morning visit to the Apartheid Museum followed by lunch. Transfer by road to Pretoria to board The Blue Train, widely regarded as one of the world’s most luxurious. The train departs Pretoria Station around 6.30pm bound for Cape Town. Enjoy an elegant dinner onboard.  The Blue Train | BLD Day 10: Onboard. Stop in Kimberley this morning for an excursion to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum. Continue the journey to Cape Town. The Blue Train | BLD Days 11-13: Cape Town. A leisurely morning before arriving into Cape Town Station at approximately 10.30am. You are met and transferred to the Belmond Mount Nelson located at the foot of iconic Table Mountain. Ascend by aerial cableway up Table Mountain (weather permitting) for panoramic views of the city and coastline. Venture south for a full day exploration of the beautiful Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where you can climb the steps or ride a funicular


Sanctuary Makanyane Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Days 14-15: Cape Winelands. Transfer to the famous Cape Winelands, where picturesque vineyards are set against imposing granite peaks. After settling into your luxury accommodation in Franschhoek, visit privately owned wineries, some dating back hundreds of years, and enjoy a variety of tastings. There is time at leisure to explore more of the Cape Winelands at your own pace. Le Quartier Français | BL/B

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Departs on selected Sundays and Tuesdays. Please contact A&K for specific departure dates. Our complete range of ready-to-travel private journeys can be viewed on our website and all can be personalised to your individual requirements.

Luxury Suite, The Blue Train

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LUXURY RAIL JOURNEYS Extend your A&K holiday with one of these train journeys.

The Blue Train

THE BLUE TRAIN Widely regarded as one of the world’s most luxurious trains, The Blue Train is an all-inclusive experience offering a truly five star experience, fine cuisine, personalised butler service and routes that offer breathtaking views of the South African countryside. The finest cuisine prepared by top chefs is served with some of the best wines South Africa has to offer. By day, the private suites are elegant and relaxing havens with lounge chairs and a writing desk allowing unparalleled views of the passing countryside. By night, they transform into cosy bedrooms complete with all the luxury trimmings and an en suite bathroom. PRETORIA — CAPE TOWN | 3 DAYS

The southbound route is a journey of 1,600 kilometres through some of South Africa’s most diverse and spectacular scenery. En route there are 2 nights spent onboard, and a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where guests take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush. Also available from Cape Town to Pretoria, the northbound route includes a stop at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion in this Victorian-era town complete with a glass of sherry in a local bar.

PRETORIA — KRUGER NATIONAL PARK | 2 DAYS

This overnight route from Pretoria to Hoedspruit and the Kruger National Park delivers guests to an outstanding wildlife area where a broad choice of luxury camps and lodges is available for an independent safari experience. Please contact A&K for specific departure dates and prices.

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Rovos Rail

ROVOS RAIL Rovos Rail’s elegant features evoke the spirit of a bygone era where just 72 guests are treated to an unforgettable African rail experience. The Deluxe Suites are cosy and stylishly decorated with wood panelling and polished timber finishes, each with en suite bathroom. Meals are a highlight with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, traditional dishes, and a selection of fine South African wines. PRETORIA — CAPE TOWN | 3 DAYS

This 1,600 kilometres journey traverses the highveld grasslands out of the nation’s capital, the barren reaches of the Great Karoo, the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape before arriving in Cape Town. Stops en route include the historic village of Matjiesfontein and Kimberley.

PRETORIA — VICTORIA FALLS | 4 DAYS

This journey highlights Africa’s diverse landscapes as you travel westwards into Botswana and then north crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and through the country’s dry reaches before the border crossing into Zimbabwe. The train continues past Bulawayo and into Hwange Game Reserve for a game drive and on to the spectacular Victoria Falls.

CAPE TOWN — DAR ES SALAAM | 15 DAYS

This epic journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. Beginning in Cape Town, the train takes in Matjiesfontein, Kimberley and Pretoria, followed by the Madikwe Game Reserve. Continue through Botswana into Zimbabwe with a night at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Cross the Zambezi River and journey through Zambia before crossing the Tanzanian border and descending into the Great Rift Valley. As it climbs again to Dar es Salaam, it traverses the Selous Game Reserve. Please contact A&K for specific departure dates and prices. 130 0 851 8 0 0 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM . AU

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SOUTH AFRICA & MOZAMBIQUE: BUSH TO BEACH 12 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Immerse yourself in a wilderness experience par excellence in two of South Africa’s premier private game reserves where expert guides and trackers will help you seek out Africa’s magnificent wildlife, predators and their prey, herbivores large and small, colourful birds and intriguing reptiles. After action-packed days in the bush, wind down at an exclusive Indian Ocean hideaway amidst deserted white sand beaches and sparkling seas. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Study the signs of the bush with your professional guides and trackers on safari Seek out the leopards of Londolozi and a stunning array of wildlife in six million acres of wilderness Dine safari style by candlelight on crafted culinary delights in a pristine bush setting Watch dhows sailing over turquoise seas from your perfect beachfront villa Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa. A warm A&K welcome to South Africa and assistance to your airport hotel. InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo

Days 2-4: Timbavati Game Reserve. Morning flight northeast to the Timbavati Game Reserve and your boutique safari accommodation at Rockfig Safari Lodge. Fill your days with exhilarating twice daily game activities in search of the many diverse and rare species which make the Timbavati their home. Game drives are conducted with professional guides and trackers, and no more than four guests per vehicle making the experience truly exclusive. Guided walking safaris are a highlight giving you a fresh perspective on the surrounding ecosystem. Rockfig Safari Lodge | BLD Days 5-7: Sabi Sand Game Reserve. A short hop today by air to the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve and your boutique safari accommodation at Londolozi Founders

Benguerra Island, Mozambique

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Camp. Situated in the shade of ancient trees along the banks of the Sand River, intimate Founders Camp features just 10 air-conditioned chalets with private verandah, a boma, swimming pool, and a ‘Yoga Deck’ suspended high in the arms of a 500-yearold ebony tree. Londolozi is renowned for its exceptional opportunities of seeing Africa’s iconic species (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) as well as cheetah, wild dog, hippo, crocodile, an abundance of general game and over 400 bird species. Experiences are tailored to suit your individual interests and expectations and in addition to morning and afternoon game drives, optional game walks are on offer as well as visits to local villages and schools. Londolozi Founders Camp | BLD Days 8-11: Benguerra, Mozambique. Fly to Kruger International Airport for onward connection to Vilanculos on Mozambique’s east coast. A helicopter awaits to whisk you to your secluded hideaway on Benguerra Island. The next three days are spent in this idyllic paradise in the Bazuruto Marine National Park famous for its pristine white beaches, remarkable dive sites and incredible fishing. Snorkelling or scuba diving, saltwater fly fishing or big game fishing, sunset dhow trips or a beach picnic — the choice is yours. Azura Benguerra | BD


Elephant sighting, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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Sundowners, Okavango Delta

AFRICAN WATERWAYS 8 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY This inspiring journey takes a privileged look at two pristine parts of Africa — the Okavango Delta and the Chobe National Park, which has one of the largest concentrations of game on the continent. The wildlife in Botswana is prolific and the landscape diverse and dramatic. Game viewing is offered by 4WD vehicle, boat and, at times if you choose, on foot. The companionship of outstanding safari guides combined with the privacy of luxurious Sanctuary Retreats’ Lodges & Camps delivers an unforgettable safari experience. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Admire an African sunset on a Chobe River cruise Glide through the Okavango Delta on a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) Spot wildlife on open 4WD safaris by day and night Spend an intimate morning at close quarters with elephants Jabu and Morula Sleep in sophisticated safari style with Sanctuary Retreats 38

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Day 1: Arrive Kasane – Chobe National Park. A warm A&K welcome to Botswana on arrival at Kasane airport. Transfer to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, a luxurious retreat in the heart of the bush, located on the edge of Chobe National Park, Botswana’s second largest, famous for its massive herds of elephant and buffalo. From the lodge’s hilltop position, enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | LD

Day 2: Chobe National Park. Rise early for a morning game drive traversing the park’s diverse landscapes, getting up close to elephants, hippo, buffalo, puku and other species that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Lion and leopard are also found in the area. This afternoon, take a boat safari on the river watching elephants as they come down to drink and bathe, hippos grazing and wallowing and the odd Nile crocodile basking on the banks. Enjoy sundowners as the sun sets over the river and Namibia beyond. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | BLD Day 3: Okavango Delta. Travel by light aircraft from Kasane into the heart of the Okavango Delta. Settle into your intimate and luxurious accommodation, Sanctuary Stanley’s or Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, before your afternoon safari adventure by mokoro (seasonal), 4WD or on foot. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp or Sanctuary Baines’ Camp | BLD Day 4: Okavango Delta. Today, a rare and unforgettable experience awaits. Join handler Doug and his semi-habituated elephants, Jabu and Morula, for a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll spend a morning with


Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta

these gentle pachyderms on an interactive walk learning about their behavioural habits. Enjoy lunch while the elephants forage nearby. This experience is supported by A&K Philanthropy. Later, take a game drive on the grassy plains, glide along the waterways by mokoro (seasonal), or take a guided safari walk. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp or Sanctuary Baines’ Camp | BLD Days 5-7: Okavango Delta. Fly onwards by light aircraft to the flagship Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, in the world renowned Mombo Concession, Africa’s “predator capital”. Intimate and exclusive, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is set in an outstanding natural landscape. Thanks to soul-stirring perspectives from the sophisticated, private pavilions, the lounge deck and your dining table, you won’t ever miss the thrill of a sighting. Game viewing here is outstanding with the Big Five a highlight. Spend the next two days further explore the Delta, with morning and afternoon game viewing activities. Head out into the bush

Elephant interaction, Okavango Delta

by 4WD with an expert safari guide and by mokoro through the waterways (in season). There are good opportunities to see rhino, leopard, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, zebra, wild dog, antelope — and for the keen birder, a wonderful variety of avian species. Back in camp, relax by your plunge pool, indulge in a safari spa treatment or simply soak up the views from your deck or from the bar. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | BLD Day 8: Depart Maun. Fly by light aircraft to Maun where your safari ends. B

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Lilac-breasted roller, Chobe National Park

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Chobe National Park

Hippo pod, Chobe National Park

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DELTA TO DESERT 10 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY This unique journey showcases Botswana in all its magnificence. You’ll experience the wilds of the Linyanti Reserve, where game viewing is hard core, the wetlands of the pristine Okavango Delta, and the extraordinary desert experience of the remote Makgadikgadi salt pans. See big game in huge numbers, as well as the smaller more elusive species, and at the end of each adventurous day retire to the sublime comforts of our hand-picked camps and lodges. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Experience Botswana wildlife viewing at its finest in the game-rich Linyanti Reserve Glide through the Okavango Delta on a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe), observing aquatic life Search for rare nocturnal wildlife on a night safari Explore the Makgadikgadi, one of the world’s largest extinct super lakes Lose yourself in the old-world safari glamour of the Great Kalahari at Jack’s Camp Day 1: Arrive Maun – Linyanti Reserve. An A&K welcome to Botswana where you are met and assisted to your light aircraft flight to Savuti Camp, positioned along the Savute Channel in the private Linyanti Concession. This wild, unfenced wildlife sanctuary is well known for

its large number of predators including lion and African wild dog, plains game, as well as huge elephant herds. Before your first game viewing activity this afternoon, settle into your accommodation, featuring seven classic, spacious, canvas tents raised on wooden decks with a large private verandah for your own private slice of Africa. Savuti Camp | LD Days 2-3: Linyanti Reserve. Setting out at dawn, when predators are active, guides are as keen as guests to discover the riches of each day. Once the sun is high and strong, retreat with the herds to camp. Then, as the sun begins to wane, head out late afternoon in search of nocturnal wildlife and the action that comes with sunset. Short guided walks are offered as well. Savuti Camp | BLD Days 4-6: Okavango Delta. Fly to the Okavango Delta with its network of lagoons, channels, palm islands and floodplains. Your

Wild dog viewing, Linyanti Reserve

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base is Qorokwe Camp, one of Botswana’s newest luxury safari camps set in a highdensity game area of the south-eastern Okavango, bordering the renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Exploring Qorokwe reveals a world of diverse Delta habitats supporting a wealth of wildlife. Venture out on safari twice daily in this spectacular part of the Okavango Delta by 4WD, boat and mokoro with expert guides always on hand. There are opportunities to see hippo, leopard, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, zebra, sable antelope, even wild dog and spectacular bird life. Qorokwe Camp | BLD Days 7-9: Makgadikgadi Pans. Leave the wetlands behind and fly to the remote Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the largest saltpan in the world. Your elegant 1940s-style safari accommodation, Jack’s Camp, is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert located in a beautiful palm grove. Spend the next two days exploring a relic of one of the world’s largest super lakes, the Makgadikgadi, which dried up thousands of years ago. Travelling by 4WD quad bike (seasonal), you will be able to explore remote archaeological sites including fossil beds of extinct species. A safari here is an extraordinary, complete desert experience focusing on species


Meerkat encounter, Makgadikgadi Pans

Leopard, Okavango Delta

unique to the area such as aardvark, gemsbok and springbok. It is the only place where you are virtually guaranteed to see the rare and elusive brown hyena and interact with a gang of habituated but wild meerkats. Jack’s Camp | BLD Day 10: Depart Maun. Fly to Maun airport where your safari ends. B

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BEST OF ZAMBIA 10 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Be captivated by this outstanding wilderness experience in the South Luangwa, home of the ‘walking safari’. The area is widely considered one of Africa’s finest and most unspoiled wildlife reserves and it makes for an exciting contrast with the Lower Zambezi where you’ll see game from safari vehicles, get up close on foot and float gently past herds which frequent the river and its banks. Unspoilt natural beauty and abundant game make these two areas unparalleled for a wildlife adventure. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Soak up Zambia’s diverse landscapes — rivers, mountains, open bush and ebony groves — in its two great parks Enjoy the thrill and intimacy of a walking safari in the South Luangwa Canoe the mighty Zambezi River through the breathtakingly beautiful Lower Zambezi National Park Meet inspiring Zambian safari guides dedicated to conservation Stay in exclusive and intimate camps in idyllic locations

Day 1: Arrive Lusaka. An A&K welcome to the Zambian capital and transfer to your contemporary boutique hotel where local art works and colourful fabrics exude a creative vibe. Latitude Fifteen Degrees

Leopards, South Luangwa National Park

Days 2-4: South Luangwa National Park. Fly to Mfuwe in the east of the country. You are met and transferred to Kaingo Camp, situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in the spectacular South Luangwa National Park, a vast reserve covering 9,050 km². Kaingo comprises six spacious chalets, each with thatched roof, outdoor bath, and private deck overlooking the wide river expanse. Spend the next two days exploring the magnificent South Luangwa. This world-renowned wildlife haven supports large populations of Thornicroft’s

giraffe, and herds of elephant and buffalo often several hundred strong. The vegetation too is diverse, and keen spotters are rewarded with incredible sightings of lion, elephant, giraffe and any number of antelope from bushbuck and puku to Greater Kudu and impala. Each day, enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive with sundowners and a thrilling night drive. Or, as the South Luangwa is home of the walking safari, head out on foot with your guide to see the bush from a different perspective. Kaingo Camp | BLD

Canoeing with elephants, Lower Zambezi National Park

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Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park

Northern carmine bee-eaters, South Luangwa

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game. Discover the Lower Zambezi over the next two days. An early morning canoe safari is one of the most serene, and exciting, ways to explore the Zambezi River. A half day game drive will bring close encounters with elephant, buffalo, lion and possibly the endangered wild dog, and a guided walking safari will highlight the smaller creatures of the bush. Sausage Tree Camp | BLD

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Days 5-6: South Luangwa. Transfer by road to the unparalleled luxury of Chinzombo Camp. Each of the six stunning villas offers panoramic views of the Luangwa River and the abundant wildlife that frequents its banks. Ancient shade trees and private plunge pools offer comfort and relaxation. Explore one of the most game rich areas of the South Luangwa, renowned for its world-class predator action, with especially strong sightings of the elusive leopard. Enjoy game drives, safari walks and boat cruises (seasonal), or pamper yourself with an in-villa spa treatment during the midday break between safari activities. Chinzombo | BLD

Walking Safari, South Luangwa National Park

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Walking Safari, Mana Pools National Park

ZIMBABWE DISCOVERY 10 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Reclaiming celestial status in the safari realm, beautiful Zimbabwe is back. It has some of Africa’s best wildlife and safari guides, and on this journey you discover the elephants of Hwange National Park, the Matusadona National Park on Lake Kariba as well as the breathtaking Mana Pools National Park in the Zambezi Valley. Accommodation is in luxury tented camps and lodges with a variety of safari activities including game drives, walks and boat trips. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Stay in intimate camps and lodges in stunning locations Seek out the rare and endangered roan antelope Indulge your inner photographer at Chikwenya Canoe on the mighty Zambezi River, enjoying abundant game sightings at Mana Pools Sip on sundowners while soaking up the view over Lake Kariba

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Day 1: Arrive Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park. Depart Victoria Falls by light aircraft south to Hwange National Park, the country’s largest. Hwange is legendary for its vast array of wildlife, particularly the massive herds of elephant and buffalo. Your base is the exclusive and luxurious Somalisa Camp, situated on a stunning island on the edge of a flood plain where herds gather making for awe-inspiring game viewing year round. Somalisa Camp | LD Days 2-3: Hwange National Park. Two days to explore Hwange. This park is one of the best for predators — lion, leopard, wild dog and

cheetah are regularly sighted, along with the smaller African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Bird life in the area is also prolific, with more than 400 species found. Somalisa Camp | BLD Day 4-6: Lake Kariba. Fly to Lake Kariba where you are transferred to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, boasting one of Africa’s finest wilderness locations with an elevated position on a range of remote hills overlooking the vastness of Lake Kariba. The next two days are spent exploring Lake Kariba with game viewing by boat and 4WD in the Matusadona National Park plus excellent fishing opportunities. Birdlife is prolific and walking safaris a highlight. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge | BLD Day 7-9: Mana Pools National Park. Fly to Mana Pools in the north of the country, and transfer by road to Chikwenya. Your camp is perfectly located overlooking floodplains and the mighty Zambezi River with spectacular views across to the distant blue hills of the towering escarpment on the Zambian side of the river. This idyllic camp is nestled beneath shady trees with just seven dreamy tents. The surrounding area is world renowned for its large numbers


Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba

Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park

Cheetah, Hwange National Park

Chikwenya Camp, Mana Pools National Park

of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are also found and the birdlife is superb, particularly mopane woodland and riverine species. You’ll have two full days to explore on game drives, walking safaris and boat trips in this beautiful part of Africa. Chikwenya Camp | BLD Day 10: Depart Harare. Your safari ends with a flight back to Harare airport. B

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SOUTHERN AFRICA SAFARI ADVENTURE 13 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Visiting three southern African countries, this outstanding safari takes you to the region’s finest game viewing locations. The iconic Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a stand out, where you stay in a tranquil lodge in a rich riverine setting, and go in search of the Big Five. You’ll marvel at the extraordinary Victoria Falls and the huge herds of elephants in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. Cap it all off with unforgettable game viewing in the Okavango Delta, where you stay in an intimate tented camp set on an idyllic lagoon.

Tengile River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Dine beside a roaring fire beneath a ceiling of stars in a traditional African boma Go boating through the Linyanti channels in search of bird and animal life Explore Victoria Falls on a private walking tour Seek out nocturnal species on a delta night safari Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa. A warm A&K welcome to South Africa and assistance to your airport hotel. InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo

Sunset river cruise, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana


Victoria Falls, Zambia

Days 2-4: Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Morning flight to Sabi Sand where your secluded new lodge is ideally positioned on a bend of the Sand River. Game viewing here is amongst the world’s best, and this afternoon you’ll head out on a game drive. Enjoy two days of exceptional game viewing in the Sabi Sand, with morning and late afternoon game drives as well as guided walks, bird watching and community visits. Tengile River Lodge | BLD Days 5-7: Livingstone, Zambia. Depart on a light aircraft transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport where you connect with the onward flight to Livingstone. Here you are met and transferred to the chic and luxurious hideaway Thorntree River Lodge, set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. The next two days are yours to visit both the Zambian and Zimbabwe sides of the Victoria Falls. Activities include a walking tour of both sides of the falls, rhino trekking on foot, and game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, cultural village visits, high tea at Victoria Falls Hotel, sunset river cruises, canoeing trips, sundowners, nature walks and a visit to the nearby Livingstone Museum. Thorntree River Lodge | BLD Days 8-9: Linyanti Reserve, Botswana. This morning, transfer to Livingstone Airport for a light aircraft transfer to Kasane in northern Botswana, and an onward flight to Duma Tau Camp, consisting of ten luxurious, spacious tents raised off the ground to take advantage of the dramatic views of Osprey Lagoon. Spend a full day in the Linyanti, which borders the western

Giraffe sighting, Okavango Delta, Botswana

boundary of Chobe National Park. Thanks to its location close to the source of the Savute Channel and between two elephant ‘corridors’, there is abundant wildlife — some of the best in northern Botswana. Activities here include game drives, nature walks, boat trips, birding and fishing (seasonal). Duma Tau Camp | BLD Days 10-12: Okavango Delta. Fly to the Okavango Delta and the spectacular, reimagined Jao Camp, set amongst islands fringed with riverine forests and vast, floodplains with prolific wildlife. Familiarise yourself with this magical place on morning, afternoon and night game drives, traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) rides through the reed-lined channels and bush picnics. The wildlife in this area is plentiful with big game and small to delight. You might even consider a romantic sleep-out during your stay at the raised hide where wildlife comings and goings can be observed close-up. Jao Camp | BLD Day 13: Depart Maun. Depart the Okavango on a light aircraft flight to Maun where your safari ends. B

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa

ICONS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA 21 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY On this extraordinary journey you’ll travel in the seamless style and comfort for which A&K is best known, bed down in some of southern Africa’s finest lodgings, view iconic wildlife, soak up some of Africa’s most inspiring landscapes, and share the universal pleasures of warm hospitality and outstanding culinary experiences. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Drift through the Okavango Delta on a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) Traverse the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei Witness the ‘Smoke That Thunders’, Victoria Falls Explore the otherworldly landscapes and desertadapted wildlife of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast Seek out Africa’s iconic species with expert rangers in one of the continent’s largest expanses of wilderness

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Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa. An A&K greeting on arrival and assistance to your elegant boutique hotel. The Saxon Days 2-4: Okavango Delta, Botswana. Fly to Maun and into the magical Okavango Delta by light aircraft to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, in the world renowned Mombo Concession, Africa’s “predator capital”. Intimate and exclusive, the camp is set in an outstanding natural landscape. Thanks to soul-stirring perspectives from the sophisticated, private pavilions, the lounge deck and your dining table, you won’t ever

miss the thrill of a sighting. Game viewing here is outstanding with Africa’s iconic species a highlight. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | BLD Days 5-7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. A light aircraft flight to Kasane, and on by road to your lodge located in an idyllic location on the Zambezi River 40 kilometres from Victoria Falls. Spend your days exploring the Matetsi Game Reserve on foot, by vehicle and by boat in awe of the great herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game which are resident here. Visit the extraordinary Victoria Falls and enjoy high tea at the grand Victoria Falls Hotel. Matetsi River Lodge | BLD Day 8: Windhoek, Namibia. Fly southwest to the Namibian capital and your hotel. The Olive Exclusive | B Days 9-10: Sossusvlei. Journey by light aircraft to Sossusvlei, and your luxurious desert retreat. Explore the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei on a morning drive, on foot, take a game drive into the rugged Namib Desert and visit Sesriem Canyon. Little Kulala Camp | BLD Day 11-13: Skeleton Coast. Take a breathtaking flight from Sossusvlei to the remote Skeleton Coast, an area of startling beauty. Spend two days exploring this extraordinary landscape, including game drives in search of


Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

desert-adapted animals, and a full day excursion along the coast, with its dunes, shipwrecks and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp | BLD Days 14-17: Cape Town, South Africa. Fly by light aircraft to Windhoek with an onward flight to Cape Town. Arrival transfer to your luxury hotel, set in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, with exceptional views of Table Mountain. Enjoy three days exploring the ‘Mother City’ including an ascent by aerial cableway up iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting), a full day exploration of the beautiful and dramatic Cape Peninsula, and a tailored visit to the Cape Winelands. One&Only Cape Town | B/BL/BL Days 18-20: Thornybush Game Reserve. Journey by air to Hoedspruit and on to your exclusive new safari lodge where stunning interiors cleverly balance colour and playfulness with serious style. While contemporary African

Elephants, Okavango Delta, Botswana

art hangs on the walls, the place feels rustic yet homely. Close wildlife encounters in the vast Greater Kruger National Park are guaranteed and the personalised service is second to none. Spend two days here with exceptional game viewing and excellent chances of sighting Africa’s iconic species and much more. The Farmstead at Royal Malewane | BLD

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DESERT DISCOVERY 10 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY An exceptional experience awaits in Namibia. This is a land of vast and spectacular landscapes, of giant dunes, mountains, savannah, and possibly the oldest desert on earth. It’s a destination that will enthral the return safari enthusiast with its fantastic and unique wildlife experiences, and exceptional photographic opportunities. An excellent range of luxury accommodation options, from boutique hotels to unique tented camps and remote lodges, is sure to impress the discerning traveller. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Explore the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei and the extraordinary Dead Vlei landscape Pause for sundowners on a scenic safari in the Namib Desert Gaze at the clear night sky from a star bed Gain insight into Namibia’s last traditional tribe at a Himba village Get close-up photographic encounters in a hide at Little Ongava Day 1: Arrive Windhoek. Arrive into the Namibian capital where you are met and transferred to your elegant and stylish boutique hotel. The Olive Exclusive Days 2-3: Sossusvlei. Board a light aircraft flight for the journey south into the private 37,000 hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve — the gateway to Namibia’s Sand Sea with its

towering dunes. See desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night. Your base is Little Kulala Camp, a luxurious desert retreat whose thatched ‘kulalas’ merge seamlessly into the landscape and offer a private plunge pool, rooftop ‘star bed’ and luxury fittings including indoor and outdoor showers. Activities at Little Kulala include morning guided drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei, among the highest in the world, walks as well as game drives in this pristine private wilderness reserve with incredible views, desert-adapted wildlife and plants. Little Kulala Camp | BD/BLD Days 4-6: Hartmann Valley. This morning, fly from Sossusvlei to Serra Cafema Camp (arriving late in the afternoon), in the extreme northwest of Namibia, set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in this region and

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creates a lush oasis along its banks. Spend two full days to explore. Activities revolve around the surrounding Namib Desert sands and the lush oases along the river, including informative nature drives and guided quad bike excursions through the dunes. Serra Cafema | BLD Days 7-9: Ongava Game Reserve. Fly east to the Ongava Game Reserve which borders Etosha National Park to the south. Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination and one of Africa’s largest game reserves. In the dry season, large herds of wildlife congregate around the waterholes and the endless plains offer breathtaking vistas. Anderssons at Ongava features spacious suites designed to put the surrounding landscapes on display, a busy waterhole, and underground photographic hide. Activities at Anderssons revolve around day and night drives, visiting hides and walks with experienced guides. Game drives and daytrips into the easily accessible Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park are rewarding with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest and white and black rhino. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking white rhino on foot is an exhilarating adventure. Anderssons at Ongava | BLD


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PRICE From $15,410 per person twin share (low season) and from $20,160 per person twin share (high season). Solo travellers on request. Our complete range of ready-to-travel private journeys can be viewed on our website and all can be personalised to your individual requirements.

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CLASSIC MADAGASCAR 10 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Discover one of travel’s final frontiers, where the people, creatures and landscapes are like nowhere else on the planet. This comprehensive journey takes in five distinctly different regions, and offers diverse experiences of Madagascar’s wildlife, history and tribal culture. You’ll see the country’s most important national parks, homes to many varieties of lemur, the charming capital Antananarivo, and Ifotaka in the south for wildlife and cultural experiences with the local Atandroy tribe. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Seek out rare animal and birdlife on escorted wildlife outings by day and night Observe the huge variety of lemur species and stunning chameleons in the country’s finest national parks Experience the unique culture of the Atandroy tribe, one of Madagascar’s most traditional Explore extraordinary landscapes found nowhere else on earth Stay at a range of intimate hotels, camps and lodges

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Day 1: Arrive Tana. Arrive into the quirky Malagasy capital Antananarivo (Tana) and transfer to your hotel, a restored colonial mansion. Maison Gallieni | D Days 2-4: Andasibe National Park. This morning you are driven to the Andasibe National Park. The journey is a gentle introduction to rural life in Madagascar, passing rice fields and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits. Andasibe is home to a large variety of lemurs, birds, reptiles and invertebrates and your lodge is located on a hill with panoramic views of the surrounding eucalyptus forest. During your stay visit the Analamazaotra Reserve with a local guide. This 810-hectare reserve protects the largest of all lemurs, the indri. Look for some of the remaining

11 species of lemur that live here, including the grey bamboo lemur, common brown lemur and diademed sifaka. Bird watching is also excellent. A guided night walk will reveal some of the nocturnal species found here. Also enjoy a full day spent exploring Mantadia National Park. An estimated 80% of this park is virgin forest, home to a multitude of species of lemurs, chameleons and birds, as well as an incredible array of orchids, pandanus and giant ferns. Hike along the forest trails on the look out for the diverse flora and fauna, enjoy a picnic lunch in the park and see the Rianasoa waterfall. Mantadia Lodge | BLD Day 5: Tana. Morning at leisure. This afternoon you are driven back to Tana and your hotel near the airport. La Relais des Plateaux | BLD Days 6-8: Ifotaka. Transfer for the flight to Fort Dauphin and on by road (approx 4 hours) to Mandrare River Camp in the Ifotaka region. This secluded, classic tented camp offers guests easy access to the unique spiny forest, where an abundance of fascinating wildlife exists, and opportunities to encounter the Antandroy tribespeople who call this otherworldly landscape home. This afternoon, head out on a walk to the sacred community forests filled with the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy


Mandrare River Camp

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Chameleon, Andasibe National Park

tribe. Spend two days enjoying all the activities on offer. Drive to the sacred forests, home to an abundance of wildlife, in particular large groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Visit nearby markets to see the rich tapestry of valley life. Travel to the forest of Zenavo, a rewarding spot for night walks and head out in search of sifakas and sleeping white-foot sportive lemurs. Mandrare River Camp | BLD Day 9: Tana. Transfer (approx 4 hours) to Fort Dauphin airport for the return flight to Tana. Transfer to your hotel. Maison Gallieni | B

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Extend your journey, and deepen your appreciation of the region. TSWALU KALAHARI RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA In the heart of the beautiful Northern Cape Province, this private reserve covers nearly a quarter of a million acres of savannah which you’ll share with no more than 30 guests. Accommodation is available at The Motse, in nine suites, or the private homestead Tarkuni for exclusive use. Safaris and tracking expeditions in search of the resident blackmaned lion, rhino, zebra, leopard and other rare endangered species are a highlight as well as visits to ancient San rock art galleries. LAPALALA WILDERNESS RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA On the banks of South Africa’s Palala River lies the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, 48,000 hectares of breathtaking natural beauty. Home to a diverse range of iconic wildlife, Lapalala is a true safari paradise. The reserve hosts luxurious lodgings, including the Tintswalo Lapalala, a family-friendly camp overlooking the surrounding rolling mountains and plains. 54

KAFUE NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA Wild and unfenced, Kafue in the west of the country is Zambia’s largest national park yet is more rarely visited than its counterparts. Blessed with extraordinary diversity, game drives are an exciting revelation with sightings of Burchell’s zebra, waterbuck, hartebeest, Cape buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah and more. In the remote northwest, the grasslands of the Busanga Plains teem with huge herds of lechwe, antelope, wild dog, zebra and much more.

Tintswalo Lapalala, South Africa

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SAPI CONCESSION, ZIMBABWE In 2016, the 120,000-hectare private Sapi Reserve, a former hunting concession, joined neighbouring Mana Pools National Park to create a vast 337,000-hectare wilderness and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Forming the core of the Middle-Zambezi Biosphere Reserve, the concession is bordered by the mighty Zambezi River to the north and thanks to the work of conservationists there are encouraging signs of recovering wildlife populations. Fishing is outstanding in the area.

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Sapi Explorers Camp, Zimbabwe

LAKE KARIBA HOUSEBOAT, ZIMBABWE Enhance your Zimbabwe experience with your own privately chartered luxury cruise boat on Lake Kariba. Tailor your own safari to include both water and land based activities while on board there is a crew of four, your own personal chef and three spacious airconditioned queen bedded cabins plus an alfresco bar, lounge, dining area and Jacuzzi. MV Matusadona is perfect for a family holiday, a romantic getaway, or an intimate small group safari experience. DAMARALAND, NAMIBIA Discover stark plains of ancient valleys and petrified forests, some of which are a staggering 200 million years old, explore the ravines and caves of the Brandberg Mountains with bushman rock art dating back at least two thousand years, and seek out the endangered desert elephant, which has adapted to live in this harsh region. Damaraland offers an experience of natural history with a distinctly surreal edge. MANAFIAFY, MADAGASCAR Settle into your bungalow with its huge picture windows and large terrace with sun-beds, outdoor shower and hammock, and enjoy an afternoon swim as the sun sets over the tranquil bay. This is a typical Manafiafy experience, an idyllic eco-lodge protected by forestclad mountains and fringed with wildlife-rich mangroves. A wide range of activities includes boat trips, walks in the rainforest to spot lemurs; snorkelling and whale-watching (June to Dec).

Lake Kariba houseboat, Zimbabwe

Desert-adapted elephants, Damaraland, Namibia

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, Madagascar

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EAST AFRICA Home of the safari, and A&K, East Africa will thrill and surprise you with its epic wildlife viewing, iconic landscapes, rich cultural heritage and pristine Indian Ocean beaches. Simien Mountains Gondar

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The never-ending golden plains of the savannah dotted with acacia trees and huge herds of game are quintessential East Africa. This is where the extraordinary phenomenon of the Great Migration plays out across the Serengeti in Tanzania, and the Masai Mara in Kenya, two of Africa’s most iconic wilderness areas. Other fascinating wildlife spectacles in the region include encounters with the endangered mountain gorilla in Rwanda and Uganda, chimps in Tanzania, the Gelada baboon in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains, and rare desert adapted species in Kenya’s north.

There’s also more to experience here than just the wildlife. A rich cultural heritage exists amongst the resident tribes of East Africa, and there are opportunities aplenty to visit local villages and schools and community projects. For spectacular beaches and sparkling seas, there are also thousands of kilometres of coastline, as well as breathtaking island destinations such as Mauritius and the Seychelles that offer luxurious and appealing accommodation choices for a relaxing way to end a safari.

DISCOVER EAST AFRICA ON A JOURNEY MADE JUST FOR YOU The following suggested journeys, recommended places to visit and extraordinary experiences are just a taste of what you may be able to see and do across this region. Please visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au to find more inspiration for your next unforgettable journey, or contact our Travel Specialists who will work with you to create a memorable bespoke journey.

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The Great Migration, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Some of the region’s foremost sights and locations. SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA Spanning some 25,900 square kilometres of vast, rolling grassland, the park borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve to the north and shares in the spectacle of the Great Migration. The Serengeti supports one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world, including antelope, hyena, leopard, giraffe, lion, buffalo and cheetah.

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RUAHA NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest national park and one of Africa’s hidden gems. It is wild Africa at its best and home to an incredible number of animals including an estimated 20,000 elephants alone. Other species include huge herds of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland, hippo, lion and leopard, as well as some of the rarer creatures, including sable and roan antelope and greater kudu.


EAST AFRICA NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA The 600-metre-deep chasm of Ngorongoro Crater formed when the cone of a massive volcano collapsed eons ago. Today, the crater’s watering holes support a unique microcosm of wildlife, including lion, buffalo, flamingo and leopard. LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY, KENYA In the foothills of Mount Kenya, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an admirable model for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. Comprising 62,000 acres, the reserve supports over 440 species of birds and more than 70 different mammals including lion, leopard, zebra, cheetah, elephant and a significant rhino population. Visitors will discover an intimate, conservation-focused safari experience with walking safaris, game drives, horse and camel riding, rhino tracking and night drives.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

CHYULU HILLS, KENYA Tucked between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks, the Chyulu Hills National Park is characterised by rolling hills, volcanic cones, grassy plains and towering Mt Kilimanjaro in the distance. The park shelters a wide variety of wildlife including some of Africa’s largest herds of free-roaming, large-tusked elephants, cheetah, lion, antelopes such as gerenuk and lesser kudu, as well as huge concentrations of plains game such as giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and eland. MOUNTAIN GORILLAS, UGANDA & RWANDA Majestic, powerful and critically endangered, the world’s remaining mountain gorillas now only number in the hundreds. Roughly half of this population can be found in Uganda and Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains, where you can experience an unforgettable encounter with a habituated gorilla family on a tracking expedition. LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA This “New Jerusalem” of monolithic churches and rock-hewn architecture draws Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims from the farthest corners of the country. Carved straight down into Lalibela’s red volcanic rock hills, the holy city’s 11 monolithic churches are ringed by trenches, courtyards, graves and hermit cells, connected by a tangled maze of tunnels and passageways.

ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Mountain gorilla, Rwanda

Lalibela, Ethiopia

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Exceptional activities curated by A&K’s travel experts. A&K PHILANTHROPY Enhance your East Africa safari with a first hand glimpse of the work A&K Philanthropy is doing in local communities to improve education, conservation, health care, and community wellbeing. Visit village schools, community bike shops, tree planting enterprises, hospitals and maternity units.

Hot air ballooning, Masai Mara, Kenya

SOAR OVER THE SAVANNAH Ascend in a hot air balloon with your expert pilot for a bird’s-eye view of the Masai Mara or Serengeti wilderness. Gain a stunning new perspective on these timeless landscapes, capturing once-in-a-lifetime photographs and taking in far more than you could ever hope to experience on land. SUMMIT MOUNT KILIMANJARO Whether observed from afar or taken in from the summit, the highland montane, volcanic lava landscapes and breathtaking canyons of Mount Kilimanjaro inspire awe in the most seasoned of travellers. If you do opt to climb, ascend in confidence with A&K’s summit rate of 97%.

Sunrise view, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

EXPLORE ON FOOT OR HORSEBACK Step down from a 4WD and see the bush from a different perspective — on foot or on horseback. Both are more active safari experiences allowing an exhilarating new appreciation of your surroundings and the wildlife which inhabits it.

Exploration on foot, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Tuk tuk village tour, Tanzania

GO ON A TUK TUK TOUR Experience the bustling farming village of Mto Wa Mbu like the locals do on board a tuk tuk. Light and small, tuk tuks can be easily taken off the main tracks enabling more in-depth exploration. Your guide will take you to local farms, into homes and schools, working mills, churches and much more.

‘Out of Africa’ picnic experience, Kenya

EXPERIENCE AN ‘OUT OF AFRICA’ PICNIC From the Masai Mara’s Angama Mara Lodge, a Maasai naturalist escorts guests up the hill to discover an old-world private picnic scene: checked blankets, comfy cushions, canvas safari chairs, sparkling wine on ice, elegant picnic food and of course, breathtaking views. An experience you’ll remember for years to come.

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Our preferred accommodation choices hand-picked for you. CHEM CHEM LODGE Chem Chem Reserve, Tanzania Lying in a 20,000-hectare wildlife management area, this stunning lodge offers eight beautifully stylish and secluded tents which have been designed to reflect the camp ethos and evoke the vintage safari spirit. En suite bathrooms feature a double vanity, an indoor bath and outdoor shower. A pool is hidden beneath the trees to cool off from the midday sun, a gym is available and the Spa offers the ultimate in relaxation. THE HIGHLANDS Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania Set high on the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano, The Highlands looks out over craters and mountains all the way to the distant Serengeti. This peaceful retreat in the midst of exquisite wilderness, has eight eco-conscious, canvas and glass domeshaped tents which each have their own fireplace to keep you cosy when the temperature drops. Floor-to-ceiling windows mean jaw-dropping views and there is a variety of activities available, including guided hikes and visits to Maasai villages. LAMAI SERENGETI Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Lamai Serengeti sits in a privileged location in the remote north of the park in a perfect position to witness the wildebeest migration on its annual journey. There are just 12 rooms split between two entirely separate lodges, the Main Lodge with eight rooms and the smaller Private Lodge of four rooms. Each has been built to take advantage of the location and views. Wildlife viewing may reveal zebra, topi, gazelle, impala, buffalo and giraffe, lion and the elusive leopard.

Chem Chem Lodge, Chem Chem Reserve, Tanzania

GREYSTOKE MAHALE Tanzania – Mahale Mountains National Park Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains in the background. There are just six wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest with views of the beach and lake beyond. Each has an en suite bathroom — accessible by a short boardwalk — dressing room and upstairs chill-out deck. Dining is in the main beach banda and sundowners are best enjoyed in the bar or on the beach.

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SIRIKOI Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya This intimate and exclusive family owned camp is like a very chic African home with just four luxury tents, a cottage and a house making it the perfect place to stay and discover the magic of Lewa. Knowledgeable guides await to reveal the magnificent wildlife that abounds here with a wide range of activities allowing you to explore on foot, by 4WD, biplane, helicopter, horseback or even camel.

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Greystoke Mahale, Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania

Sirikoi, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

ANGAMA MARA Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya Get the genuine Out of Africa vibe at this beautiful camp where one of the film’s most memorable scenes was shot. It enjoys prime position on the edge of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and each of its romantic tented suites boasts a 180-degree view of the Masai Mara below. Just ten minutes away and you find yourself in the beating heart of safari country on an exhilarating game drive or a walking safari. ONE&ONLY GORILLA’S NEST LODGE Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga Volcano range, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is a brand new haven for experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime, personal encounter with the rare and majestic mountain gorilla, which are found in the mountainshere. MAGASHI CAMP Akagera National Park, Rwanda Magashi Camp is situated on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga in Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem where rare species like the eastern black rhino, shoebill stork and sitatunga are found. It is also home to lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, one of Africa’s highest hippo densities and more than 520 bird species. Six spacious tents offer uninterrupted lake views with the architecture and interiors paying homage to traditional Rwandan culture. Explore the area on game drives, boating trips and walking safaris.

Angama Mara, Masai Mara, Kenya

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge, Rwanda

Magashi Camp, Rwanda

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SANCTUARY RETREATS — EAST AFRICA

The Sanctuary Retreats portfolio of luxury lodges and safari camps in East Africa brings the boutique safari experience to guests with authenticity.

SANCTUARY RETREATS PORTFOLIO Sanctuary Retreats was born in Africa with the opening of Sanctuary Olonana in Kenya in 1999. The company now owns and operates lodges and camps in Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. Located in some of the most stunning locations on the Mother Continent, each property is completely individual in its design, and operated around the philosophy of “Luxury, naturally.”

SANCTUARY NGORONGORO CRATER CAMP TANZANIA — NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

SANCTUARY KICHAKANI SERENGETI CAMP TANZANIA — SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Located close to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, this camp boasts access to one of Tanzania’s most exciting wildlife arenas. There are 10 luxury safari tents here, each with en suite bathroom and indoor bucket shower. There is also a dining tent, lounge and bar tent. Bush picnic lunches are a highlight with camp meals always set against the incredible backdrop. 4WD game viewing on the crater floor is the main attraction as well as cultural village visits.

Designed to be packed up and moved along in a style reminiscent of the pioneering explorers of the 19th century, Sanctuary Kichakani also boasts all the modern comforts and with a minimal ecological footprint. An elegant contemporary take on the classic campaign look, it offers accommodation under canvas in 10 new five-star tents, each with wooden deck, en suite bathroom, authentic bucket shower plus a personal tent attendant. Gym and yoga kits are also standard in each tent.

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SANCTUARY KUSINI TANZANIA — SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

SANCTUARY SWALA TANZANIA — TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Situated amidst a cluster of kopjes, Sanctuary Kusini is a permanent tented camp which blends seamlessly into its environment. The surrounding plains provide the setting for the spectacular wildebeest migration, during which time the hordes amass around camp. Accommodation is offered in 12 newly refurbished tents with large private verandas enabling excellent wildlife viewing. The dining area, lounge and library are housed in the main lodge, which also affords spectacular views.

Sanctuary Swala is located in a beautiful setting under a canopy of giant acacia trees. Accommodation is offered in 12 newly refurbished luxury canvas pavilions, each attended by a personal butler and decorated in elegant neutral tones matching safari-chic furnishings with rich African textiles. Indoor and outdoor showers, floor-to-ceiling 180° views, and private decks maximise the viewing experience. Welcoming communal spaces blend chic style with relaxed open-air living.

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SANCTUARY GORILLA FOREST CAMP UGANDA — BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Newly relaunched Sanctuary Olonana is an impressive fusion of modern design and traditional African finishes. Set in woodland on the banks of the Mara River there are 14 new spacious glass-sided suites. Interiors are tastefully finished with organic materials, elegant furnishings, sumptuous king-sized beds, overhead fans, a daybed and lounge area. The exclusive Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite comprises two en suite bedrooms, dining area, lounge and private decking area with infinity pool.

Ecologically respectful, contemporary-yet-classic in style, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp blends in sensitively with the dramatic African mountain landscape and is situated uniquely inside the national park, just minutes away from the start of all gorilla tracking outings. There are just eight comfortable canvas tents dressed with indigenous prints, local artefacts and furniture made from natural materials, with spacious, stonewalled bathrooms. 130 0 851 8 0 0 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM . AU

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GREAT EAST AFRICA MIGRATION 12 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Uncover some of the world’s most acclaimed wildlife reserves on this comprehensive journey through East Africa. Taking in a combination of diverse ecosystems means your game viewing is varied and abundant, and your expert safari guides are there to share outstanding wildlife encounters away from the crowds. To optimise your experience of the Great Wildebeest Migration, A&K will recommend the best Serengeti accommodation based on normal wildlife patterns during your month of travel. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Observe the Great Migration close up in the Serengeti and Masai Mara Seek out the huge elephant herds of Tarangire Toast sunset over the savannah and dine on Swahili fare by firelight at a bush dinner Meet the Maasai community on a cultural village visit Stay in authentic safari camps best placed to experience ‘The Great Migration’ Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya. Welcome to the Kenyan capital where you are transferred to your elegant boutique hotel in the charming residential area of Karen. Hemingways Nairobi Days 2-3: Nairobi – Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Fly south to Kilimanjaro Airport and on to Tarangire National Park, home to one of the largest populations of elephants in Tanzania. Settle into the exclusive Sanctuary Swala Camp, secluded

amongst giant acacia trees overlooking a watering hole and the open savannah beyond. Enjoy game drives allowing time for plenty of wildlife viewing, including seeking out elusive nocturnal animals as dusk falls. There is also an opportunity to visit A&K Philanthropy supported projects. Sanctuary Swala | BLD Days 4-5: Ngorongoro Crater. Depart Tarangire for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Explore a vibrant local market and community on a tuk-tuk ride followed by lunch at Gibb’s Farm, a working coffee plantation in the highlands. Time to stretch your legs before the drive to your charming Cape Dutch style lodge. Descend into this vast extinct volcano whose towering walls are a natural enclosure for a dazzling abundance of wildlife. See wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle on the plains, waterbuck, bushbuck and eland in the forest, a healthy elephant population, black rhino, lion, leopard, hippo and flamingo. On return to your lodge, stop at a traditional Maasai village.  The Manor at Ngorongoro | BLD

Traditional Maasai warriors, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

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Day 6-8: Serengeti. Take a short flight to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Depending on your month of travel, and the location of ‘The Migration’, A&K will recommend which camp is best suited for your stay. Enjoy two days spent exploring the never-ending savannah, where more animals roam than in any other place on earth. The Serengeti plays host to a wonderful spectacle each year — the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra that follow the rains in a search of new pastures and water. This is an unforgettable experience for even the most seasoned African traveller. Serengeti (Choice of accommodation — see page 69) | BLD Days 9-11: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Fly to Tarime where you are driven across the Kenya border to Migori for a flight into the Masai Mara National Reserve and on to the luxuriously reimagined Sanctuary Olonana, an exclusive hideaway set on a private stretch of the Mara River. The next two days are spent exploring the Masai Mara — safari central! Game viewing may deliver some unique sightings — a pride of lion stalking its prey; or a herd of elephant protecting its young from opportunistic predators. Over the next two days, your camp guide accompanies you on early morning and late afternoon game drives. You will also be able to participate in the AKP Tree


Wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River, Tanzania

Leopard and her cub, Masai Mara, Kenya

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PRICE From $14,975 per person twin share (low season) and from $17,705 per person twin share (high season). Solo travellers on request. Our complete range of ready-to-travel private journeys can be viewed on our website and all can be personalised to your individual requirements.

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SEASONS IN THE SERENGETI The wide open plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve play host annually to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth — the Great Wildebeest Migration — a cycle that sees over two million herbivores on the continual search for new grazing areas. Wildebeest numbers top 1.7 million plus some 400,000 Thomson’s gazelle, 300,000 zebra and 12,000 eland. In attendance are the predators — primarily lion, hyena, and leopard.

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With an area of over 30,000 square kilometres, game viewing in the vast Serengeti ecosystem varies according to the season. Our Travel Specialists can help you determine the best location for your month of travel with a few of our recommendations below. Please contact A&K for additional accommodation options.

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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SANCTUARY KICHAKANI SERENGETI CAMP JUN TO NOV (NORTH) / JAN TO MAR & DEC (SOUTH)

This is the only permanent camp in this unspoilt and remote southern part of the Serengeti. Every year, the herds of wildebeest and zebra congregate on the camp’s doorstep during the calving season, with predators in attendance. Accommodation is in 12 spacious tents with en suite bathrooms and private deck.

This camp moves according to the wildlife. Reminiscent of a vintage safari camp, it is packed up and moved on to follow the herds. There are 10 luxury canvas tents, each with wooden deck, en suite bathrooms and bucket showers with modern comforts and a minimal ecological footprint.

GRUMETI SERENGETI TENTED CAMP MID MAY TO MID JUL

SERENGETI BUSHTOPS MID JUL TO OCT

Set in the remote Western Serengeti, this tented camp is the perfect vantage point for watching the Great Migration as the herds make the dramatic river crossing. eleven rustic yet sophisticated suites overlook a hippo pool and meals can be enjoyed on an extensive deck with beautiful river views or in the traditional African boma. Other features include a swimming pool and in-room massage.

One of a handful of permanent camps in the Northern Serengeti, Serengeti Bushtops has a prime location near the Mara River in the path of the spectacular annual wildebeest migration. Designed to blend into the landscape, there are 12 spacious, beautifully-designed and fabulously appointed tents. 130 0 851 8 0 0 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM . AU

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Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park

TANZANIA UNDER CANVAS 9 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Be captivated by extraordinary game viewing and quintessential African landscapes on this safari through Tanzania. The parks in the north of the country boast open savannah, acacia trees and huge herds of game including one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles, the annual Wildebeest Migration. On this adventure, you stay at camps selected for their proximity to the wildlife. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Explore two of Tanzania’s most exciting parks Stay at luxurious, authentic tented safari camps in prime locations Visit a Maasai village to learn about tribal customs and daily life Discover an extraordinary natural wonder teeming with wildlife End each day on safari soaking up unforgettable African sunsets 70

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Day 1: Arrive Arusha. A warm A&K welcome to northern Tanzania and private transfer to your lodge located on the country’s largest coffee plantation. Arusha Coffee Lodge Days 2-3: Tarangire National Park. This morning you are driven to Tarangire National Park, home to one of the country’s largest elephant populations. Your camp is situated in a remote corner of the park, with just twelve spacious canvas pavilions ensuring unrivalled tranquillity, overlooking a popular watering hole. The landscape is filled with ancient baobab trees, ambling

elephants and birds in flight. Head out on a walking safari or a night game drive in search of elusive nocturnal animals rarely seen by visitors. This park is famous for its large herds of elephants that migrate through the park in search of water between July and October. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the south make a stop at Tarangire a memorable experience. A full day allows time for plenty of game viewing or visits to the A&K Philanthropy supported bike shop. Sanctuary Swala | BLD Days 4-5: Ngorongoro Crater. Today, travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, stopping for lunch at Gibb’s Farm, a working coffee plantation in the highlands, with time to stretch your legs. Later this afternoon, arrive at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, located on the crater rim with spectacular views. Descend into this vast extinct volcano whose towering walls are a natural enclosure for a dazzling abundance of wildlife. See wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle on the plains, waterbuck, bushbuck and eland in the forest, a healthy elephant population, black rhino, lion, hippo and flamingos. On return to camp, stop at a traditional Maasai Village. Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp | BLD


Ngorongoro Crater

Days 6-8: Serengeti National Park. This morning, board your light aircraft flight into the world famous Serengeti. Game viewing in the park varies depending on the time of year. Your remarkable luxury tented safari camp, Sanctuary Kichakani, is mobile and moves seasonally between two sites according to the movement of the game, ensuring you are always in the best spot to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration. With an expert safari guide, explore the vast plains of the Serengeti in search of predators and other game for the next two days. Depending on your season of travel, you may encounter the extraordinary migration of wildebeest and zebra who follow the rains in their continual search for grass and water — an unforgettable experience. Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp | BLD Day 9: Depart Arusha. A flight returns you to Kilimanjaro Airport where your Tanzanian safari ends. BL

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Elephant beneath a baobab tree, Tarangire RUAHA N.P.

Cheetah with cubs, Serengeti National Park

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Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

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TANZANIA ENCOMPASSED 13 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Discover Tanzania’s extraordinary biodiversity on this safari adventure which takes in two of the country’s most iconic national parks and two that are lesser known but equally rewarding. Handpicked accommodation includes a vintage safari camp in big game territory, eco-sensitive pods set high on the slopes of an ancient volcano, a mobile camp that ensures maximum exposure to the Great Wildebeest Migration, and a sophisticated new camp in one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Experience unrivalled game viewing, including the Great Wildebeest Migration Enjoy unprecedented exclusivity on game drives in Ruaha National Park, a vast and remote wildlife reserve Stay in some of the region’s newest and most unique safari camps and lodges Glimpse a vignette of everyday village life as you ride by tuk-tuk and visit a local market in the vibrant town of Mto wa Mbu Day 1: Arrive Arusha. Arrive into northern Tanzania and transfer to your lodge, set in lush tropical gardens on a working coffee farm just outside Arusha. Legendary Lodge | D Days 2-3: Tarangire National Park. Fly by light aircraft to Tarangire National Park, renowned for its towering baobabs, open grasslands, and large herds of elephant. Spot wildlife en route to your vintage-style camp. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives either

in the camp’s private concession, or in Tarangire itself. Keep your eyes trained for abundant wildlife, including eland, oryx, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, hartebeest, large prides of lion, and exotic birds such as the bateleur and martial eagle. Little Chem Chem | BLD Days 4-5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Onwards by road to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping to explore a vibrant local market and community on a tuk-tuk ride, followed by lunch at charming Gibb’s Farm, a working coffee plantation. Later, arrive at The Highlands, located on the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano, where you bed down in a perspexand-canvas domed suite with stunning views. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, exploring the panoramic grasslands on the floor of this ancient volcanic caldera. Home to a plethora of wildlife including rare black rhino, as well as the rest of the ‘Big Five’, this incredible ‘Lost World’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, visit an elder at a Maasai village to learn about the tribe’s traditional, nomadic lifestyle and coexistence with wildlife. The Highlands | BLD

Walking Safari, Chem Chem Reserve

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Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Lace up the boots for a walk into the Empakaai Crater accompanied by a ranger. Keep an eye out for an array of animals and extensive birdlife as you descend through lush forest to the sparkling soda lake on the crater floor, famous for the pink flamingo that congregate on its shores. The Highlands | BLD Days 7-9: Serengeti National Park. Fly to the world famous Serengeti National Park and settle into your luxurious mobile tented camp which moves with the Great Migration, ensuring maximum exposure to this spectacular movement of wildebeest and zebra, and their accompanying predators. The next two days are spent exploring the boundless Serengeti, home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of wildlife, with lion, hyena and leopard all abundant. Roving Bushtops | BLD Days 10-12: Ruaha National Park. Fly south to Ruaha, one of Tanzania’s wildest parks and home to an incredible number of animals including an estimated 20,000 elephants alone. Other species include huge herds of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, lion and leopard, as well as some of the rarer creatures, including sable and roan antelope and greater kudu. Your accommodation is sophisticated Jabali Ridge, set high on a rocky kopje overlooking a landscape dotted with spiky palms


Lion pride, Serengeti National Park

and bulbous baobabs. Ruaha offers as definitive a cross-section of wildlife as any park on the continent. Over the next two days, explore the territory with game drives and guided walks. Jabali Ridge | BLD Day 13: Depart Dar es Salaam. Fly by light aircraft east to Dar es Salaam. B

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Jabali Ridge, Ruaha National Park

Empakaai Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Roving Bushtops, Ruaha National Park

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WILDLIFE OF TANZANIA & RWANDA 12 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY On this new wildlife-focused adventure, spend a week exploring northern Tanzania’s most famous wilderness areas where a huge ancient caldera is home to the highest density of big game in Africa and where more than 14,000 square kilometres of savannah hosts vast migrating herds on a continuous search for new pastures. Then, contrast the golden plains of Tanzania with dense jungle terrain in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans when you spend two life-changing days tracking the endangered mountain gorilla. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Stay at three of the most beautiful lodges in Africa Explore the wildlife-rich Singita Grumeti Reserve, adjacent to the Serengeti National Park Visit an anti-poaching observation post and meet the game scouts who keep the wildlife safe Descend into an ancient caldera which teems with wildlife Spend two days tracking the endangered mountain gorilla Day 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania. Arrive into northern Tanzania and transfer to your elegant boutique hotel set in tropical gardens on a coffee farm just outside Arusha. Legendary Lodge | D Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater. Fly west to Lake Manyara where you will meet your guide for lunch at Gibb’s Farm, a working coffee plantation in the highlands. Time to stretch your legs before the drive to your spectacular lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge | BLD

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into this vast extinct volcano whose towering walls are a natural enclosure for a dazzling abundance of wildlife. See wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle on the plains, waterbuck, bushbuck and eland in the forest, a healthy elephant population, black rhino, lion, leopard, hippo and flamingo. On return to your lodge, stop at a traditional Maasai village. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge | BLD Days 4-6: Grumeti Reserve. Return to Lake Manyara for the short flight west to the private 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti Reserve, adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. Your exceptional lodge is situated on a hill above a beautiful waterhole and the Grumeti River. Spend three days exploring the never-ending savannah, where more animals roam than in any other place on earth. Singita Faru Faru | BLD Day 7: Kigali, Rwanda. Transfer to the airstrip for the afternoon flight to the Rwandan capital, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. The Retreat | BLD

Singita Faru Faru, Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Day 8: Parc National des Volcans. On a guided introduction to Kigali, see the craft centre, the Kandt House Museum of Natural History and the memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994, a moving experience. Make a short stop for refreshments and a briefing before travelling northwest to the Parc National des Volcans and your exquisite lodge on the edge of the park. Singita Kwitonda Lodge | BLD Days 9-10: Parc National des Volcans. Protecting the Rwandan side of the Virunga volcanoes, a range of six extinct and three live volcanoes which shelter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world, this park gained world notoriety for the work Dian Fossey conducted here. Each day you are driven to park headquarters where you are allocated a gorilla tracking group. After a briefing by your tracker/guide, the adventure begins. It may take anything from one to five hours of hiking to reach the gorillas depending on the location of the family. You’ll trek through farmland, thick vegetation and rainforest and upon sighting the gorillas, you spend a magical hour observing them

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania


Mountain gorilla, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

as they go about their daily habits, feeding, foraging, playing, resting and tending their young. During your stay take a scenic drive to view the twin lakes, Ruhondo and Burera, with the spectacular backdrop of the Virunga Volcanoes. Singita Kwitonda Lodge | BLD Day 11: Kigali. Return to Kigali with dinner at a local restaurant. The Retreat | BLD Day 12: Depart Kigali. Transfer airport for your departure flight. Meals: B

PRICE From $28,630 per person twin share (low season) and from $37,745 per person twin share (high season). Solo travellers on request.

Male lion, Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania

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VISIONS OF KENYA 12 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Discover Kenya’s foremost big game sanctuaries on this unique journey, which takes in an eclectic collection of the country’s finest boutique lodges and safari experiences. Get up close to elephant herds and Mt Kilimanjaro in Amboseli. Explore one of the great Rift Valley lakes and the wild and beautiful Meru National Park with a grand finale in the famous Masai Mara. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Sleep under canvas vintage safari style in boutique tented camps Explore a 90,000 acre conservancy home to a northern white rhino sanctuary Sip Sundowners in true safari style in prime game viewing locations Learn about the nomadic traditions of the indigenous Maasai during visits to local villages Includes private guiding and vehicles throughout the journey Day 1: Arrive Nairobi. A personal welcome to the safari capital of Kenya and transfer to your hotel located close to the airport. Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport Days 2-3: Amboseli National Park. This morning, drive south to Amboseli National Park, and on to charming Tortilis Camp, facing the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Explore Amboseli, famous for its huge elephant

herds. Experience the wildlife diversity which the varied terrain sustains — buffalo, giraffe and hippo, as well as smaller mammals such as black-backed jackals and the delightful bat-eared fox on morning and afternoon game drives. Tortilis Camp | BLD Day 4: Lake Elmenteita. Fly to Nairobi and drive on to Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp, located on the shores of glittering Lake Elmenteita, a soda lake home to over 400 bird species. An afternoon game drive in the Soysambu Conservancy may reveal buffalo, hyena, zebra, leopard, the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe and much more with abundant birdlife including flamingoes on and around the lake. Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp | BLD Days 5-6: Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Depart by road to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Your base is Kicheche Laikipia, a small, luxurious tented camp nestled in the shadow of Mount Kenya. The conservancy covers 90,000 acres of wilderness and is home to Kenya’s largest population of black rhino, large numbers of

Lioness and cubs, Masai Mara National Reserve

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elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard, and plentiful plains game. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, as well as visits to the Endangered Wildlife Educational centre and northern white rhino enclosure. Kicheche Laikipia | BLD Days 7-8: Meru National Park. Drive east to the wild and beautiful landscapes of the Meru National Park brought to the world’s attention by George and Joy Adamson and their inspiring work with the resident lion prides. Your lodge is named for Elsa, one of their adopted cubs, and it is located on the site of the Adamson’s original camp. The park is recognised as having a greater diversity of animal species than any other in East Africa and is remote so there will be few other vehicles crossing your path. Discover this awe-inspiring wilderness on game drives by day and night, visits to the park’s rhino sanctuary, guided walks and river fishing. Elsa’s Kopje | BLD Days 9-11: Masai Mara National Reserve. Fly southwest to the boundless plains of the world famous Masai Mara, where your accommodation is at the exclusive Serian The Original. The reserve’s wide open spaces and abundant wildlife make for exciting and effortless game viewing in this area considered one of the finest for wildlife in all of Africa. The next two days are spent on safari. The Masai Mara is a photographer’s dream, with lion,


Mt Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park

Flamingos on Lake Elmenteita

elephant, buffalo, cheetah and the graceful Maasai giraffe all resident. Spend the next two days exploring the reserve with early morning, late afternoon and night game drives by 4WD and local village visits (additional cost). Serian The Original | BLD Day 12: Depart Nairobi. Return by air to Nairobi where your safari ends. B

PRICE From $16,698 per person twin share (low season) and from $20,002 per person twin share (high season). Solo travellers on request. Elsa’s Kopje, Meru National Park

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Sundowners, Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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Maasai Warriors

WILDLIFE & WARRIORS 11 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY This highly personalised journey takes you to the home of the safari, and combines two of Kenya’s most fabled game viewing spots with another in the south that is a hidden gem. You’ll mix wildlife with culture as you traverse three contrasting ecosystems in search of big game, meeting Maasai villagers and staying in some of the country’s finest lodgings. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS See wildlife at close quarters from a photographic hide or on horse back Admire the striking landscapes and excellent views of Mt Kilimanjaro at Chyulu Hills See endangered black and white rhino at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Hone your photographic skills on the abundant wildlife of the famous Masai Mara Experience an intimate ‘Out of Africa’ picnic overlooking the Masai Mara at Angama Mara

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Day 1: Arrive Nairobi. A personal welcome to the safari capital of Kenya and a transfer to your elegant boutique hotel located in the charming residential area of Karen. Hemingways Nairobi Days 2-4: Chyulu Hills National Park. Transfer to the airport for the flight southeast to Chyulu Hills. Located between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks, ol Donyo Lodge is situated on the 270,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, communally owned Maasai land. Your spacious luxury cottage comes complete with a rooftop ‘star-bed’ and a private plunge-pool. Views over the waterhole mean you can even watch game from the comfort of your cottage. Over the next two days, choose from a range

of guided activities in this exclusive concession enjoyed solely by lodge guests. Track wildlife by vehicle, on foot or horseback. Night drives are offered for those interested in spotting the more elusive nocturnal species. Over 7,000 wild animals find their habitat in and around the lodge environs. Not only the ‘Big Five’, but also cheetah, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk, giraffe and many other species. ol Donyo Lodge | BLD Days 5-7: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Transfer for the flight northwards via Nairobi to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy where you are met and transferred to stylish Lewa Wilderness Lodge, where antiques and handmade furniture give each of the lodge’s nine exclusive thatched cottages the rustic charm and character of a ranch homestead. Later head out on your first game drive. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy comprises 48,000 acres of privately owned land plus 14,000 acres of national forest. The reserve supports over 440 species of birds and more than 70 different mammals including lion, leopard, zebra, cheetah, elephant and a significant rhino population. Enjoy two full days spent with ample opportunity to explore the conservancy. Walking safaris and game drives are available,


Lewa Wilderness Conservancy

Days 8-10: Masai Mara National Reserve. Fly south to the boundless plains of the world famous Masai Mara, whose wide open spaces and abundant wildlife make for exciting and effortless game viewing in an area considered one of the finest for wildlife in all of Africa. An afternoon game drive in a specially-adapted 4WD vehicle is included. The Masai Mara is a photographer’s dream, with lion, elephant, buffalo, cheetah and the graceful Maasai giraffe all resident. Spend the next two days on safari with thrilling morning and afternoon game viewing activities. The Mara’s vast rolling hills make spotting game a relatively easy prospect

and the hilltop location of your luxury camp means the views down to the plains below are breathtaking and your tented suite enjoys the same outlook. Angama Mara | BLD Day 11: Depart Nairobi. Return by air to Nairobi where your safari ends. B

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Masai Mara National Reserve

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horse and camel riding, rhino tracking and night drives. Lewa Wilderness Lodge | BLD

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ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills

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WILDLIFE OF KENYA & UGANDA 11 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Traverse the untamed bush of a private conservancy on the two-million-acre Laikipia Plateau, one of Kenya’s largest wilderness expanses, and discover the wide-open plains of the world famous Masai Mara. Be guided on safari by naturalists who read the signs of the bush to deliver you the best sightings of Africa’s iconic species. Contrast this with an intimate encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi in Uganda for a wildlife adventure like no other.

Loisaba Tented Camp, Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Discover Kenya’s rich diversity, and search for iconic species including lion and elephant on safari Stay in a vintage safari camp owned by one of the oldest safari families in Kenya Marvel at the endangered mountain gorilla on a two-day tracking adventure Visit the Bwindi community school, clinic and bike shop projects Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya. A personal welcome into the safari capital of Kenya and transfer to your hotel located close to the airport. Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Uganda


Masai Mara, Kenya

Days 2-4: Loisaba Conservancy. A flight north this morning to the Loisaba Conservancy, which is situated in the Laikipia Plateau region, and your sophisticated luxury camp which is perched on the edge of an escarpment maximising the breathtaking views across the mottled landscape all the way to Mt Kenya. Game drives introduce you to the extraordinary array of resident wildlife here with other activities including mountain biking, camel treks, hiking, horse riding and conservation participation. Join a traditional Samburu guide on an educational walk or visit a traditional Maasai village. For your first night, consider the open-air option of slumbering in a Loisaba Star Bed with sweeping views over an undulating valley and a permanent waterhole, frequented by resident wildlife. Loisaba Tented Camp | BLD Days 5-7: Masai Mara National Reserve. Fly south to the boundless plains of the world famous Masai Mara, whose wide-open spaces and abundant wildlife make for exciting and effortless game viewing in this area, considered one of the finest for wildlife in all of Africa. Your vintage safari camp is situated in a small private conservancy in a little visited area of the Mara where your professional guides will enthral you on morning and afternoon game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners and respectful Maasai cultural encounters. The Mara’s vast rolling hills make spotting game an easy prospect and a photographer’s dream. Cottar’s 1920’s Camp | BLD

Gorilla viewing, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Days 8-10: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Fly to Entebbe and onwards by air southwest to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Your luxury camp is located in pristine rainforest surrounds on a mountainside in the park. The next two days are spent exploring the region which is home to many primates including colobus monkeys and chimpanzees, but is most notable for its population of the critically-endangered mountain gorilla. Spend the next two days trekking through the forest to locate one of the four habituated gorilla families. The walk is demanding, up and down steep forested slopes and through thick jungle vegetation, but sighting the gorillas in the undergrowth is unforgettable! Spend time observing the family as they interact with each other, play and forage. During your stay there’s time to visit the community projects supported by AKP. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp | BLD

Bush Dinner, Masai Mara, Kenya

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UGANDA WILDLIFE DISCOVERY 9 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY The beautiful Central African country of Uganda is one of the continent’s most surprising. Although best known for its population of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there are many other wildlife experiences to discover. In Kibale Forest Reserve, track chimpanzees in the wild, spot tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park and at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park bed down at the luxurious Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, your base for gorilla tracking adventures.

Gorilla encounter, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Overnight in a lodge nestled on the edge of an extinct volcanic crater Venture out on a forest trek to view habituated chimpanzees at Kibale National Park Choose your activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park, from game drives to launch trips to forest and crater walks Track the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Visit A&K Philanthropy’s inspiring community projects at Bwindi Day 1: Arrive Entebbe. On arrival, transfer to your stylish boutique hotel nestled in the leafy suburbs. Hotel No 5 Days 2-3: Kibale National Park. Much of today is spent on the road to Kibale National Park, in the far west of the country, which boasts one of the highest diversities and concentration of primates of any park in Africa. It is home to a large number of endangered chimpanzees, as well as the red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. Arrive at elegant Kyaninga 82

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Lodge, where the great Rift Valley meets the mighty Congo basin. Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains, there are just nine spacious cottages on stilts made from hand-carved logs. A terrace leads down to a swimming pool overlooking the lake. Kibale is one of Africa’s premier destinations for chimpanzee tracking, and today you head out with your tracker in search of these engaging creatures. The forest is also home to over 300 species of birds, with six endemic to the park, and other mammals including leopard, rare forest elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog and half a dozen species of antelope. Kyaninga Lodge | BLD Days 4-5: Queen Elizabeth National Park. Drive south to idyllic Ishasha Wilderness Camp, located on the Ntungwe River within Queen Elizabeth National Park. The game density here is high and the park supports some of the largest herds of elephant in Uganda. There is also prolific plains game and a good number of predators. Explore Ishasha on game drives by day and night. Resident wildlife includes spotted hyena, leopard, hippo, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck and a population of tree-climbing lions. Ishasha Wilderness Camp | BLD

Days 6-8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This morning, continue south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Arrive at luxurious Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, with eight private, comfortable, canvas tents situated uniquely inside the national park, meaning you are only minutes away from the

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


Chimpanzee, Kibale National Park

start of your gorilla tracking adventure. Bwindi is home to many primates including colobus monkeys and chimpanzees, but is most notable for its population of the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Spend the next two days trekking through the forest to locate one of the habituated gorilla families. The walk can be demanding, up and down steep forested slopes and through thick jungle vegetation, but sighting the gorillas in the undergrowth is one of life’s most inspiring moments and well worth the effort. Spend time observing the family as they interact with each other, play and forage. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp | BLD

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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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GORILLAS OF RWANDA 5 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Time spent tracking and observing, at close quarters, a family of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas is simply unforgettable. The mountains and volcanoes of Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans, world famous for the work conducted there by Dian Fossey, are home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas and you’ll have two days tracking included in the programme. Tracking is conducted in small groups of no more than eight and a good level of general fitness is recommended. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Observe, at close quarters, a family of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas Spot rare mammals in Volcanoes National Park including the golden monkey, side-striped jackal, serval, black-fronted duiker, buffalo and elephant Soak up views of dramatic volcanic peaks and the surrounding countryside from your forest eco-retreat Watch a traditional dance and drumming performance in a local village Day 1: Arrive Kigali. Arrive into the Rwandan capital, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Kigali Serena Hotel Day 2: Parc National des Volcans. A guided introduction this morning to Kigali. See the craft centre, the Kandt House Museum of Natural History and the memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994, a moving experience. Make a short stop for refreshments and a briefing before driving to Bisate Lodge in the Parc National des Volcans, positioned in an eroded volcanic cone

with extraordinary views of surrounding peaks and forest. Bisate Lodge | BLD Day 3: Parc National des Volcans. Protecting the Rwandan side of the Virunga volcanoes, a range of six extinct and three live volcanoes which shelter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world, this park gained world notoriety for the work Dian Fossey conducted here. After an early breakfast, drive to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters where you are allocated a gorilla tracking group. After a briefing by your gorilla tracker/guide, the adventure begins. Today’s hike may take anything from one to five hours to reach the gorillas depending on the location of the family. You’ll walk through farmland, bamboo forests and rainforest. Upon sighting the gorillas, stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily habits, feeding, foraging, playing, resting and tending their young. Afterwards, return to base where your driver awaits. Lunch is back at the lodge and this afternoon enjoy a scenic drive to view the twin lakes, Ruhondo and Burera, with the spectacular backdrop of the Virunga Volcanoes. Bisate Lodge | BLD

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Day 4: Kigali. Today is another opportunity to head into the park in search of the mountain gorillas. You will most likely be allocated a different group, the terrain may vary but the experience will certainly be unforgettable. After lunch, return to Kigali and later enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Kigali Serena Hotel | BLD

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ETHIOPIA: THE HISTORIC ROUTE 11 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY This little-visited destination — source of the Blue Nile — offers a spectacular adventure for the intrepid traveller. The country’s magic unfolds as you trek in the majestic Simien Mountains and discover painted monasteries, ancient castles and rock-hewn churches. Experience traditional village life, visit Africa’s largest market and be welcomed into a private home to participate in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Explore the sacred city of churches, Lalibela Discover Ethiopian hospitality at a typical coffee ceremony Marvel at idyllic farming scenes and colourful local markets Spot rare flora and fauna in the Simien Mountains Visit the oldest continuously inhabited town south of the Sahara, Axum

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Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa. Welcome to the Ethiopian capital and transfer to your hotel. Sheraton Addis | D Day 2: Addis Ababa. Explore the city of Addis Ababa, founded in 1886. Visit the National Museum, home to the fossilised hominid ‘Lucy’; St. George’s Cathedral and the Mercato, Africa’s largest market. There is also an opportunity to visit the ZOMA Museum an environmentally conscious art installation. Sheraton Addis | BLD Days 3-4: Bahir Dar. Fly north to Bahir Dar, located on the southern shores of Lake

Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Afternoon sightseeing of this town referred to by some as the Ethiopian Riviera, thanks to its wide streets shaded by palm trees and views across Lake Tana’s shimmering waters. Hike to the beautiful Tis Isat Falls (Blue Nile Falls) followed by an afternoon cruise on Lake Tana. Watch local fishermen at work in traditional papyrus reed boats, and visit a selection of the remote island monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret with its extraordinary murals and frescoes. Kuriftu Spa & Resort | BLD Day 5: Simien Mountains. Skirt the northern shores of the lake passing rural villages and farmers along the road to Gondar, the 17th and 18th century capital. Famous for its medieval castles and churches, some of the sights you’ll explore include Fasiledes Castle and the 16th century Church of Debre Birhan Selassie with its iconic ceiling of painted angels. Late afternoon, continue by road to the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your lodge is situated on the edge of an escarpment with breathtaking views all around. Limalimo Lodge | BLD Day 6: Gondar. Spend a full day exploring the parks truly dramatic jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices. The national park is


Ancient religious paintings, Axum

also home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada monkey, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, found nowhere else in the world. Discover the extraordinary wildlife and scenery on a short trek through the park. Afterwards return by road to Gondar. Gondar Hills Resort | BLD Day 7: Axum. A flight north to the oldest city in Ethiopia. An afternoon exploring this ancient trading post and the impressive stelae fields where carved columns represent the tombs of ancient rulers. Atroanos Hotel | BLD Days 8-9: Lalibela. Fly to the World Heritage site of Lalibela. Explore the monolithic red-hued churches carved into the rock. Your guide will lead you through the network of crevices and tunnels linking each of the churches. Still in use today, step inside and you may see a robed priest observing the faith in time-honoured

Fasiledes Castle, Gondar

fashion. Discover the eastern group of rock churches. Smaller in size, these are no less impressive with intricate carvings and many dark tunnels to explore. Also, enjoy an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Mezena Lodge | BLD Day 10: Addis Ababa. Journey back to Addis Ababa by air. Sheraton Addis | BLD Day 11: Depart Addis Ababa. Transfer to the airport where your tour ends. B

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Extend your journey, and deepen your appreciation of the region. ZANZIBAR ESCAPE, TANZANIA Home over centuries to Arabs, Africans and the British, the beautiful ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar has a colourful history of slaves, spices and sultans. Today it is an exotic mix of many cultures with Stone Town at its heart. After exploring the narrow streets and alleyways of Stone Town, take time out in a luxury resort such as Baraza Resort & Spa, framed by white sand beaches and turquoise blue sea. TANZANIA CHIMPANZEE TREKKING Trek through Mahale Mountain National Park, led by knowledgeable local guides in search of the elusive chimpanzee. The park is one of two chimpanzee protected areas in the country and boasts the largest chimpanzee population. Revel in their lively nature as you admire these charismatic animals at play in their natural habitat.

Baraza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar, Tanzania

KENYAN BEACH STAY Following your exhilarating safari experience, take time out at an exclusive villa on the glistening Indian Ocean. Considered by many as one of the finest private establishments on the East African Coast, Alfajiri Villas has stunning ocean views from an elevated position. Three stylish villas are available for exclusive use, and come with their own private butler and swimming pool. HELICOPTER TOURS, KENYA A country of extraordinary landscapes, Kenya is rich in wildlife and culture. Tailor-made helicopter safaris connect the most exciting and breathtaking destinations, exploring mountains, lakes, deserts and forests in search of iconic wildlife. As you follow spectacular scenic routes between geographical wonders such as the Masai Mara and the lakes of the Great Rift, immerse yourself in a truly unforgettable safari experience.

Chimpanzee trekking, Tanzania

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EAST AFRICA NYUNGWE FOREST, RWANDA Nyungwe Forest is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa and is rich in biodiversity. Its mountainous terrain teems with wildlife including 13 different primate species, more than 300 bird species and over 75 different types of mammal. One&Only Nyungwe House is located in a working tea plantation beside the rainforest and welcomes guests to rustic lodgestyle rooms and suites providing front-row seats to the forest magic. OMO VALLEY, ETHIOPIA Home to an incredible number of ethnic groups, the tribes around the Omo Valley have lived there for centuries and follow many ancient practices. Explore their villages, learn about local customs and wander through bustling markets which are a unique way to observe the social interaction and commercial dealings between the different groups.

One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda

MAURITIUS This far-flung jewel of the Indian Ocean captivates with an intoxicating mix of powderwhite beaches, sapphire-blue waters, stunning wildlife, first-class resorts and worldly cuisine. Relatively large in size, the island caters to adventure seekers, foodies, beachcombers, birdwatchers and hammock-dwellers alike. SEYCHELLES The Seychelles’ 115 islands paint a vibrant masterwork of azure waters, white sands and verdant mountains. A diverse wealth of marine and birdlife inhabits this “Galápagos of the Indian Ocean”. Divers and snorkelers flock to the Seychelles’ vast atoll, a coral wonderland spanning some 35 kilometres.

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles

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EGYPT & MOROCCO From Egypt’s ancient history, grand monuments that defy imagination and the romance of sailing along the Nile, to Morocco’s bustling medinas, timeless walled cities and towering Saharan sand dunes, these two countries have an exuberant energy all their own. ATLANTIC OCEAN Chefchaouen Rabat Casablanca Meknes Essaouira Erfoud Marrakech Ouarzazate

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Egypt has made a triumphant comeback in recent years, re-establishing itself as an alluring, exciting, and friendly travel destination. Surround yourself with contemporary comforts, outstanding cuisine, and mesmerising sights as you holiday in one of the world’s oldest and most vibrant nations, a favourite of intrepid travellers from ancient times to the modern era. Glide along the Nile River and experience breathtaking desert landscapes aboard one of our luxury river cruisers, and travel in the company of your own personal A&K Egyptologist uncovering the mysteries of this ancient land.

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A raw and varied landscape of undulating desert dunes, soaring mountains and vibrant cities, Morocco is blessed with a unique culture resulting from indelible Arabic, African and European influences. Explore bustling souks, relax in a hammam or sip tea in a traditional café. Discover some of the world’s great cities, including Marrakech, Fes and Rabat, all home to sites of huge importance. Travel just a few miles from the city, however, and you’ll find an entirely different face to Morocco. Berber tribes inhabit the golden Sahara sands, and traditional farming communities grow produce in the valleys of the Atlas Mountains amongst dramatic scenery.

DISCOVER EGYPT & MOROCCO ON A JOURNEY MADE JUST FOR YOU The following suggested journeys, recommended places to visit and extraordinary experiences are just a taste of what you may be able to see and do across this region. Please visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au to find more inspiration for your next unforgettable journey, or contact our Travel Specialists who will work with you to create a memorable bespoke journey.

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Some of the region’s foremost sights and locations. GREAT PYRAMIDS AND THE SPHINX, EGYPT Towering over the Giza Plateau, the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chefren flank the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Gain VIP access to the pyramid’s interior, stepping back some 4,000 years in time. Delve deeper as you admire the Great Sphinx, the ancient world’s largest monumental sculpture.

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TEMPLES OF ABU SIMBEL, EGYPT The solitude of Abu Simbel belies the grandeur of its colossal archaeological marvels, the temples of Ramses II and Nefertari. Learn how the temples were saved from flooding while glimpsing the town’s Nubian culture.


EGYPT & MOROCCO VALLEYS OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS, EGYPT In this vast City of the Dead, 138 magnificent tombs span iconic royals such as Tutankhamun and Ramses V. Prepare to be dazzled by special entry to the burial chamber of Seti I whose colours are as vibrant today as they were 3,000 years ago.

BERBER VILLAGES, MOROCCO Wedged between sheer mountain cliffs and vast Saharan dunes, the Berber villages of the Atlas foothills preserve a traditional way of life that has endured for centuries. Experience authentic interactions with a local family, joining them in their home for traditional Berber bread and mint tea.

RUINS OF VOLUBILIS AND MEKNES, MOROCCO The Roman ruins of Volubilis remain remarkably well preserved, its arches frozen in time among a vast fertile plain. Twenty miles north, the sleepy enclave of Meknes hides its historic Alaouite architecture in plain sight. Your guide reveals privileged insights, evoking images of glories past.

MEDINAS AND SOUKS, MOROCCO Few things epitomise the spirit of Morocco like its meandering, walled medinas and their bustling maze of souks (markets) that lie shoehorned within. Djemaa el-Fna square forms the heart of Marrakech’s iconic medina; its stalls selling spices, handicrafts, clothes and perfume.

SAHARA DESERT, MOROCCO Set out on the windswept sand sea amid dormant volcanoes and endless views of the Sahara Desert. Cresting vast sand dunes, some reaching up to 150m in height, you’ll find there is no place quite like this on Earth.

Ancient souk, Morocco

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Valley of the Kings, Egypt

Ruins of Volubilis, Morocco

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Berber Village, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

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Exceptional activities curated by A&K’s travel experts. CRUISE THE NILE IN LUXURY, EGYPT The best way to properly experience Egypt’s ancient history is on a luxury cruise down the Nile. Lifeblood of ancient Egypt, the river’s banks are dotted with ancient tombs, temples and ruined cities whose stories paint a colourful picture of mighty pharaohs and their kingdoms.

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PRIVILEGED MUSEUM ACCESS, CAIRO Gain special behind the scenes access to the Grand Egyptian Museum during its construction phase. The US$1 billion facility next to the Pyramids, opening late 2020, will be the world’s largest archaeological museum and will house 100,000 Egyptian artefacts. Visit the subterranean preservation labs, watch meticulous restorers at work and stroll through the vast forecourt.


EGYPT & MOROCCO HONOUR THE FALLEN AT EL ALAMEIN, EGYPT Follow the courageous stories of Australian diggers in the Military Museum and Commonwealth War Cemetery at El Alamein, where 7,000 tombstones overlook the desert battlefield. Be moved as you appreciate the bravery of those who paid the ultimate price.

El Alamein, Egypt

FLOAT OVER LUXOR’S TEMPLES, EGYPT Take to the skies above Luxor in a hot-air balloon and enjoy a panoramic view of the world’s greatest open-air museum. Leaving at sunrise, your scenic flight passes over some of Egypt’s most iconic monuments, including the magnificent temples of Karnak and Hatshepsut. VISIT THE TANNERIES OF FES, MOROCCO Moroccan leather is widely used by artisan cobblers, book binders and luggage makers. A visit to the tanneries in Fes will reveal how the country’s highly esteemed leather is tanned and hand dyed using all natural ingredients with methods unchanged since medieval times.

Hot air ballooning, Luxor, Egypt

Tanneries of Fes, Morocco

COOK LIKE A LOCAL IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO Hone your culinary skills with a dada (traditional family cook) during a Chef’s Table demonstration. Learn to balance Moroccan spices and flavours as your culinary coach reveals secrets of tagine, bastilla and other local specialties. Finally, enjoy the feast you helped to prepare.

Chef’s Table Experience, Marrakech, Morocco

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Our preferred accommodation choices hand-picked for you. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, CAIRO, EGYPT With its stunning views of the Nile, the majestic Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is a beacon of sophisticated hospitality on the legendary Corniche along the bank of the river. Airy guest room interiors feature natural wood finishes and comfortable, stylish furnishings. Most have private outdoor terraces for relaxing or dining, and all have triple-glazed windows to ensure that interiors remain cool and quiet. Other features include 3 pools, 7 restaurants and a spa. SOFITEL LEGEND OLD CATARACT, ASWAN, EGYPT Positioned on a pink granite outcrop overlooking the Nile opposite Elephantine Island, this hotel became legendary almost as soon as it opened in 1889 and boasts a long and distinguished guest list. Although recently renovated, the hotel has retained its old world charm and elegance, receiving visitors in its historic lobby where polished marble floors, arabesque screens and Moorish arches create an exotic atmosphere. Relax glass in hand on the terrace at sunset and breathe in the timeless views. SOFITEL WINTER PALACE, LUXOR, EGYPT The Winter Palace was built in 1886, within a tropical garden on the banks of the Nile, and just minutes from the Luxor Temple. Full of character and colonial glamour, the age of the building gives it a magical atmosphere, whilst modern decor creates a comfortable feel. The famous English writer, Agatha Christie wrote her famed 1937 novel Death on the Nile in this very hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo, Egypt

PALAIS AMANI, FES, MOROCCO Set within the old walls of Fes, Palais Amani is an opulent 15 room riad which provides spacious accommodation and refined dining. Each room is individually decorated with beautifully tiled floors, carved wooden doors and en suite bathrooms. Relax with a cocktail in the cosy salon by the fire or at the panoramic rooftop bar and breathe in the wafting scent of citrus. The spa incorporates a mosaic-tiled hammam.

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LA MAMOUNIA, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO La Mamounia is arguably the most iconic hotel in North Africa. Favoured by Winston Churchill and a long list of luminaries, this grande dame is a model of sophisticated elegance with a MoroccanArt Deco feel. Set within the 12th century ramparts surrounding the medina, the hotel is a peaceful oasis with sprawling gardens dotted with fruit trees, beds of roses and dramatic cacti as well as a vast swimming pool, gym, tennis courts and spa.

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KASBAH TAMADOT, ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO Kasbah Tamadot, Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan retreat, is a heavenly hideaway set in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. A magical walled compound conceals stunning bedrooms, suites and Berber Tents, all furnished with traditional Moroccan antiques and contemporary touches. Landscaped gardens, tranquil courtyards and breathtaking views add to the experience while most of the staff are from the local Berber villages giving guests the feeling of staying in a private home. A&K EXCLUSIVE DESERT TENTED CAMP, ERG CHEBBI, MOROCCO Arrive through the dunes by camel and take in the sheer remoteness. Stay in cosy atmospheric Caidal tents which are decorated in traditional Berber style with rugs on the floor and a small hand basin. A simple bathroom is available nearby with shower, basin, toilet and hot and cold running water. Two chairs stand sentry outside your tent — perfect for watching the permanently shifting dunes and the incredible desert — and you dine on traditional Moroccan cuisine by the campfire admiring the twinkling night sky before turning in.

Palais Amani, Fes, Morocco

La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

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SANCTUARY NILE CRUISES Cruising the Nile on board authentic boutique ships.

SANCTUARY SUN BOAT IV Recently relaunched after a stylish refurbishment, the reimagined Sanctuary Sun Boat IV adds new levels of sophistication to the Nile with its contemporary-yet-classic design. On board elegance has been elevated with rich teak flooring, Egyptian marble and hand-painted decorative details which give a real sense of place. With just forty rooms, including two presidential suites and two royal suites, time on the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is spent in unrivalled seclusion. Softly-lit lounges are as suited to socialising as they are to quiet reflection while on the upper sun deck, iconic tableaux are framed in high-definition and enhanced by cool cocktails and shade, or radiant sunshine, perfect for a dip in the pool. Exquisite meals are prepared by gourmet chefs who reveal regional specialities, and old favourites, using fresh produce and ingredients. Expert Egyptologists ensure every day and every outing is enriching. Sun Boat IV features on Nile in Style (page 100) and A Portrait of Egypt (page 102). 98

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SANCTUARY NILE ADVENTURER The soon-to-be-relaunched Sanctuary Nile Adventurer promises a sophisticated yet relaxed Nile cruise experience. Regilded in bright and inviting tones, the calm azure, warm sandstone and softly burnished gold and bronze shades reflect Egypt’s landscapes and her cultural legacy. The 32 refurbished cabins and suites will be elegant havens with distinctive touches and tasteful fabrics, plus five star amenities and superlative Nile views. All are fully air-conditioned with private bathrooms (bathtub, shower and hairdryer), mini bar and LCD television with satellite. Add gourmet cuisine as well as sightseeing with the country’s most experienced Egyptologists for a taste of genuine luxury on a timeless river. The extensive sun decks, with elegant teak floors, offer private cabanas around the pool area, the perfect spot for relaxing while taking in the scenery. Sun Boat IV features on Nile in Style (page 100) and A Portrait of Egypt (page 102).

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Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

SANCTUARY ZEIN NILE CHATEAU Only a chosen few can experience the Nile on board this exclusive home afloat. Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is a bespoke dahabiya, the traditional sailing boat of the Nile, which is only available for charter. Custom-built for families and small groups of no more than 12 guests, she combines modern elegance with old-world glamour and lets you tailor your own Nile odyssey with a la carte sightseeing choices. Fitted with luxury amenities throughout, there are two suites and four signature cabins which have been created with guest comfort in mind. Each is decorated in its own original style with influences drawing from Egypt’s history, culture and geography. All cabins feature a Nile view, air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms. There is plenty of open space on board with an Arabian themed sun deck and an opulently styled dining area. The smallest of the Sanctuary fleet, Zein Nile Chateau can dock in places the larger ships cannot, giving you exclusive access to special sites. 130 0 851 8 0 0 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM . AU

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NILE IN STYLE 9 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Ancient Egypt comes to life on this perfect introduction to the world’s oldest travel destination. Explore exotic Cairo in the company of an expert Egyptologist, immersing yourself in history both ancient and modern. Discover temples and ancient tombs on a luxury cruise between Luxor and Aswan aboard the stylish Sanctuary Sun Boat IV or Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, two of the finest small ships on the river. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Gain special access to the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Mummy Room at the Egyptian Museum Marvel at 4,500 years of history and explore the Great Pyramids from the inside out Get an up-close look at the remarkable pharaonic Solar Boat of Cheops Sail down the Nile aboard a luxury vessel from Luxor to Aswan Enjoy easy access to your cruise ship at private docks on the Nile Day 1: Arrive Cairo. A warm A&K welcome on your arrival into the Egyptian capital. Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza 100

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Days 2-3: Cairo. Over the next two days explore the many highlights of this ancient city. Wander through 7,000 years of history with your private Egyptologist at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (or the Grand Egyptian Museum, upon its opening) and uncover the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Mummy Room. Choose between a walking tour of Islamic Cairo and an adventure in the bustling Khan El Khalili bazaar, or a visit old Cairo including the Coptic Museum, featuring the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artefacts in the world. Continue to the 4,500year old Pyramids of Giza with privileged access into the Great Pyramid itself. Just to the east lies the legendary Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum, which houses the re-assembled funerary boat of King Cheops. Four Seasons at Nile Plaza | BL

Day 4: Luxor. Fly south to Luxor and board your luxury vessel. An afternoon tour of the East Bank starting with a visit to the Karnak Temple Complex, the world’s largest religious site. Next is the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor, the largest and most significant religious centre in ancient Egypt, constructed over hundreds of years. Return to your cruise boat for afternoon tea and the evening on board. Sanctuary Sun Boat IV or Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | BLD Day 5: Esna. An adventure to the West Bank and the world-renowned Valley of the Kings and Queens. Most famous for the tomb of Tutankhamun, with its legendary treasures, there are many tombs here. You will also visit the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female pharaoh, and on your way back to the river, pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon. Cruise south to Esna. Sanctuary Sun Boat IV or Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | BLD Day 6: Kom Ombo. Head ashore to visit the beautifully preserved Graeco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. Continue the cruise to Edfu and visit the extraordinary Temple of Horus, one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt. Back on board for afternoon tea and an Egyptian cooking class as the ship continues on to Kom Ombo. Tonight, an Egyptian themed event is planned, with traditional entertainment and local cuisine. Sanctuary Sun Boat IV or Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | BLD


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Day 7: Aswan. Venture ashore to the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek, before cruising on to Aswan, a bustling market town in the south. After lunch, a motorboat ride to the Island of Agilika to visit the majestic Philae Temple. Next stop is the Granite Quarries and the huge unfinished obelisk. Later, a short cruise on a felucca around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens and the Aga Khan Mausoleum. Sanctuary Sun Boat IV or Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | BLD

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A PORTRAIT OF EGYPT 14 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY In this alluring destination, you’ll be guided to the most iconic museums and ancient monuments around Cairo and along the Nile and be introduced to unexpected attractions that will take you off the beaten path. See a different side of the capital in its Coptic neighbourhood and browse the stalls of its oldest bazaar, explore unexpected tombs and key WWII battlegrounds with time to soak up the Mediterranean vibe in Alexandria. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Marvel at the mighty Pyramids and Sphinx Wander through the lanes of Coptic Cairo to the Church of St. Simeon Stay in grand Victorian style at two Nile-side palace hotels Discover Roman ruins and the ultra-modern Library in Alexandria Learn sobering stories of Australian soldiers at the renowned battle site of El Alamein Day 1: Arrive Cairo. Welcome to the bustling Egyptian capital. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza Days 2-3: Cairo. Two days spent exploring with your private Egyptologist. Wander through 7,000 years of history at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and uncover the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Mummy Room. Continue to the 4,500-year old Pyramids of Giza with access into the Great Pyramid. Admire the legendary Sphinx, visit the Solar Boat Museum and view the more recently excavated tombs of the pyramid builders. Venture into some of the most traditional parts of the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, stopping for

refreshments at the legendary El Fishawy coffee shop along the way. Be guided through the twisting lanes of Coptic Cairo to the beautiful Church of St Simeon the Tanner and soak up the city views from the Citadel. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza | BL Day 4: Luxor. Fly to Luxor and transfer to your luxury accommodation. After time to refresh, drive north to Dendera and explore the Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor. Tonight, witness a dazzling Sound and Light show at the Karnak Temple Complex. Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor | B Days 5-8: Cruising the Nile. The next four days cover the most important attractions between Luxor and Aswan. Luxor’s East Bank reveals the graceful Temple of Luxor and the Karnak Temple Complex, the world’s largest religious site. And on the West Bank, the world-renowned Valleys of the Kings and Queens, and the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female pharaoh. The majestic Philae Temple, the Granite Quarries and unfinished obelisk, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu and the beautifully preserved Graeco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna will also be explored. On board, there is a cooking class, an Egyptian themed event

with traditional entertainment and local cuisine, and a farewell gala dinner. Sanctuary Sun Boat IV or Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | BLD Days 9-10: Aswan. Disembark and take a short flight to visit the awe-inspiring temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. Seek out the vivid paintings in the tombs of ancient governors and nobles in the desert cliffs of Aswan’s west bank and ride a camel to the ruins of St Simeon Monastery. Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan | BL/B Days 11-12: Alexandria. Return to Cairo by air and journey by road to Alexandria. Descend into the Catacombs of Kom El Shuqafa, the largest Roman burial site in Egypt, and then visit the Library of Alexandria, reborn on the site of the ancient library. Afterwards, continue to the Roman Amphitheatre, the only one of its kind in Egypt. Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano | BL

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Day 13: Cairo. Journey west along the Mediterranean coast to El Alamein, scene of two of the most decisive battles of World War II. Follow the stories of Australian diggers in the Military Museum and Commonwealth War Cemetery, where 7,000 tombstones overlook the desert battlefield. Return to Cairo. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza | BL


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Day 14: Depart Cairo. Private transfer to the airport for your onward journey. B Notes: The Nile cruise also operates in reverse from Aswan to Luxor. See website for details.

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MOSAICS & MEDINAS 8 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Prepare to be dazzled as you venture into this vibrant and colourful country full of grand imperial cities, spectacular landscapes, ancient ruins, bustling souks, beautiful handicrafts and a mouth-watering cuisine. The fascinating history and rich culture will captivate as you uncover all that is exotic in this magical place. Discover six UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this introduction to irresistible Morocco. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Explore charming Rabat and the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Sala Colonia Wander through Meknes and Volubilis, UNESCO World Heritage Sites Get lost in the narrow lanes and alleyways of the old medina in Fes Breathe in the aromas and soak up the colour of Marrakech’s main square Stay in charming boutique hotels, infused with rich Moroccan character 104

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Day 1: Rabat. A warm Moroccan welcome to Casablanca before driving up the Atlantic coast to the country’s charming capital, Rabat. Villa Mandarine Day 2: Rabat. Start off at the 12th century Hassan Tower and the Mohamed V Mausoleum next door. Pay a visit to the Oudaya Kasbah overlooking the ocean where you’ll explore a delightful craft museum and an Andalusian garden. Beyond the city walls see the ancient Roman remains of Sala Colonia and the tomb of the “Black Sultan”. Lastly visit the Mohamed VI museum of Modern & Contemporary Art. Villa Mandarine | B

Days 3-4: Fes. Drive inland to Meknes, one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco. The impressive monuments here were built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail, to rival the court of his contemporary Louis XIV of France. Marvel at the monumental Bab Mansour gateway, the granaries and the royal stables, which were built to accommodate some 12,000 horses. Take in the grand triumphal arches, basilicas, capitols and superbly preserved mosaic floors of Volubilis, the largest and most well-preserved Roman site in Morocco. Continue on to Fes, the ‘Spiritual Heart of Morocco’. Step back in time to the Middle Ages when you visit the medieval medina. Stroll through some of the 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks that make-up the labyrinth of the city’s old quarter. In this renowned centre of medieval learning, wander through the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still-functioning universities in the world, and the neighbouring Koranic college, a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture. Visit Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain, and the nearby caravanserai, now converted into a museum of carpentry. A visit to the tanneries will reveal how the country’s highly esteemed leather is dyed using natural ingredients before


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continuing on to the former royal palace, and the Museum of Moroccan Arts. New Fes is your final stop today where you see the Royal Palace, mosques, medersas, souks, city wall and old Jewish quarter. Palais Faraj Suites & Spa | BL/B Days 5-6: Marrakech. Fly to Marrakech, ‘the Red City’ and settle into your accommodation in the medina. Get a taste of exotic Marrakech deep in the medina, the old walled section of the town, where most of the city’s architectural attractions lie. Wander the labyrinthine souks, in particular Souk Smarine. Admire some of the city’s beautiful gardens and the Koutoubia mosque, an icon of Marrakech. Wind up your day with an evening in Djemaa El Fna, the city’s beating heart, home to a multitude of street-artists, food vendors, cafés and restaurants. Get a front row seat, sip mint tea and watch the spectacle from above. La Sultana Marrakech | B/BL

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Day 7: Marrakech. Explore your way today. Join a chef led experience through the souks followed by a Moroccan cooking class or journey to the High Atlas Mountains soaking up the views and meeting some of the Berber tribes that call the region home. Alternatively step out and discover Marrakech on your own. La Sultana Marrakech | B Day 8: Depart Marrakech. Private transfer to the airport for your onward journey. B

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KASBAHS & CARAVANS 12 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY A country more exotic and enticing is hard to find. Full of colour, sophistication, a fascinating heritage and tantalising cuisine, Morocco blends the best of Arab civilisation with an appealing climate and some of the world’s most dreamy hotels. On this journey, take in the fascinating history of imperial Fes, the mysterious Kasbahs of the Dades Valley, A&K’s exclusive desert camp and the exotic charms of Marrakech. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Step back in time on a ramble through the ruins of ancient Volubilis Wander through the beguiling souks and colourful tanneries of Fes Sleep Bedouin style in A&K’s Exclusive Luxury Desert Camp Drive to a hilltop Berber village for a traditional tea ceremony at dusk Admire the exquisite creations of one of the world’s great designers at the Museum of YSL Day 1: Arrive Casablanca. Welcome to Morocco and your glamorous accommodation. Four Seasons Casablanca Days 2-4: Fes. After an orientation tour of Casablanca head east via Rabat to the historic city of Fes, the largest living medieval medinacity and cultural heart of Morocco Stroll through the narrow laneways, alleys and souks of the medina and explore New Fes, built in the 13th century, where you see the Royal Palace, mosques, medersas (schools), bustling souks and the old city wall. Visit the imperial city of Meknes and the ruined Roman city of Volubilis where excavations have revealed many fine mosaics, some prominent public buildings and homes of the wealthy. Palais Faraj | B/B/BL

Tented Camp located in the shadow of the Erg Chebbi Dunes in a remote part of the Sahara. On arrival, you are greeted with mint tea and pastries, before a camel ride into the Erg Chebbi dunes. Return to camp for a mouth-watering dinner served under the stars by the camp fire. A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp | BD Days 7-8: Skoura. After a stunning desert sunrise travel through the Dades Valley on the Road of 1000 Kasbahs reaching your hotel in Skoura, in the foothills of the Atlas, late afternoon. Spend two days relaxing at your exquisite hotel, a converted 19th century kasbah, in picture postcard surrounds or explore the Palmeraie. Dar Ahlam | BD/BLD Days 9-11: Marrakech. Travel to Marrakech today, stopping en route in Ouarzazate and the UNESCO listed fortified city Ait Benhaddou, one of the best preserved kasbah-towns in the

Atlas and location for many feature films. Soak up the captivating atmosphere of the Red City as you wander through Souk Smarine, a maze of colourful alleys with an array of stalls and ateliers devoted to traditional crafts. Visit some of the city’s beautiful gardens and palaces. Wind up in famous Djemaa el-Fna Square where there’s time to soak up the vibrant

Day 5: Erfoud. Today you travel to Erfoud, a small town on the edge of the desert. The latter part of your journey is filled with stunning scenic views of endless palm plantations, Berber villages and the spectacular Atlas Mountains. L’Hotel by Chateau de Sable | BD Day 6: Desert Camp (Erg Chebbi). Depart the oasis and its palm trees and head to the fortified town of Rissani, the beginning of the desert. See Rissani’s quarry, where fossilised fish have been discovered, and after lunch head by 4WD to your exclusive A&K Desert 106

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atmosphere — snake charmers, musicians, storytellers, acrobats and stalls of dried fruit, nuts and orange juice vendors. Villa Des Orangers | BL/BL/B Day 12: Depart Marrakech. Transfer to Marrakech airport for your departure flight. B

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Extend your journey, and deepen your appreciation of the region. SIWA OASIS, EGYPT The magical Siwa Oasis lies isolated in the heart of Egypt’s Western Desert. With a distinctly different cultural heritage from the rest of the country and a spectacular landscape of dramatic rock formations, lush palm groves and salt lakes, you’ll be mesmerised by the unique cultural traditions that have endured here for thousands of years. RED SEA, EGYPT With year-round sunshine, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and vibrant coral reefs, head to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm El Sheikh and indulge in the luxe comforts of Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh. Float over undersea worlds in the world-renowned snorkelling and diving mecca, venture into the starkness of the Sinai Peninsula, and step back in time at one of the world’s oldest working Christian monasteries.

Red Sea, Egypt

ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO Escape the bustle of Marrakech and surround yourself with the breathtaking landscapes and clear air of the nearby Atlas Mountains. Dramatic snow-capped peaks, rugged hillsides and fertile valleys create a mesmerising vignette while your lodgings are at one of the country’s most exquisite luxury retreats. ESSAOUIRA, MOROCCO Take time out in the ancient port of Essaouira, a charming whitewashed town on the Atlantic coast and a popular beach destination. It’s one of the most picturesque places in the country with a thriving fishing industry, harbour front restaurants and a wonderfully relaxed pace of life. Your boutique lodgings are a converted palace in the heart of the city.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO The tiny charming town of Chefchaouen located in the heart of the Rif Mountains was built in the 17th century as an Arab Fortress and town boasts one of the country’s most fascinating medinas. Painted in varying shades of blue, it is otherwise known as the Blue City, and is an enticing labyrinth of narrow blue alleyways heavily scented with spices, incense, fresh flowers and oranges.

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ISRAEL & JORDAN Walk in the footsteps of biblical heroes, desert legends, Roman emperors and Crusader militia through this fascinating part of the Levant where ancient relics reveal a cradle of civilisation. Acre Haifa

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A country held sacred by three faiths, Israel is steeped in history dating back to the dawn of human civilisation. Immerse yourself in the country’s vibrant past, its resplendent landscapes and its abundant atmospheric sights from Jerusalem and Nazareth, to high-tech Tel Aviv, the scenic mountains of the Golan Heights and the bewitching Negev Desert. Israel is a true melting pot of cultures, traditions and religions. Whether you’re interested in a religious pilgrimage or you’d like to treat yourself to an indulgent, restorative getaway, Israel’s many treasures provide the ingredients necessary for an unforgettable experience.

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An ancient land where prophets once roamed, Jordan is home to biblical landmarks, beautiful architecture, and the famed Dead Sea. Admire the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Madaba, the city of mosaics. Explore beautifully preserved Roman ruins at Jerash. Wander through narrow laneways of the 19th century walled village of Kan Zaman. Treat yourself to an afternoon spent floating in the healing waters of the Dead Sea. And, of course, a visit to Jordan is incomplete without exploring the city of Petra, often described as the eighth wonder of the ancient world. All this and more awaits.

DISCOVER ISRAEL & JORDAN ON A JOURNEY MADE JUST FOR YOU The following suggested journeys, recommended places to visit and extraordinary experiences are just a taste of what you may be able to see and do across this region. Please visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au to find more inspiration for your next unforgettable journey, or contact our Travel Specialists who will work with you to create a memorable bespoke journey.

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Some of the region’s foremost sights and locations. JERUSALEM, ISRAEL Jerusalem’s Old City embodies a spirit of living history unlike any place on earth. Sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, the city and its vast trove of holy sites draw pilgrims from every corner of the globe. Diverse faiths mingle between temples, churches and mosques as fragrant spices waft from souks and calls to prayer echo around the ancient walled city. TEL AVIV, ISRAEL One of the most vibrant cities in the world. Tel Aviv has been described as the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ with a vibrant beach vibe, worldclass nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognised architecture, and a thoroughly cosmopolitan outlook. MASADA, ISRAEL In Masada, revisit the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Romans as you ride a cable car to their final stronghold atop a rocky plateau. Delve deeper at Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls lay undiscovered until 1947.

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NEGEV DESERT, ISRAEL The Negev Desert covers over half of Israel’s total area and is starkly beautiful. Home to nomadic Bedouin, historic sites and ancient copper mines there are also many unique geological formations like the Ramon Crater.

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PETRA, JORDAN Chiselled from the imposing red cliffsides some 2,000 years ago, the lost city of Petra snakes its way through a vast, winding gorge. This sprawling complex of dwellings, baths, temples, tombs and markets was built by the Nabataeans and later occupied by the Romans. After the Byzantine era, Petra lay largely forgotten until a Swiss explorer rediscovered it in 1812. Today it stands as Jordan’s most treasured UNESCO World Heritage Site. RUINS OF JERASH, JORDAN Founded by Alexander the Great, Jerash boasts a staggering wealth of remarkably intact Greco-Roman ruins, including grand temples, theatres and colonnaded avenues. Walk the Roman Cardo as your guide reveals grooves made by the chariot wheels of empires past. WADI RUM, JORDAN For a thousand years, the valleys of Wadi Rum offered the nomadic Bedouin passage to the Arabian Peninsula. It was from Wadi Rum that T.E. Lawrence and his allies mounted daring raids on Aqaba and Damascus during World War I. Explore the region’s towering dunes and rose-red mountains, taking in the romantic atmosphere captured in the classic film, Lawrence of Arabia.

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Exceptional activities curated by A&K’s travel experts. FLOAT IN THE DEAD SEA, ISRAEL Since the days of Cleopatra and Herod the Great, generations of travellers have flocked to these waters for their health-giving properties. Smear on a relaxing mud facial, float in the buoyant waters and enjoy a therapeutic treatment countless millennia in the making. Qumran Caves Scrolls, Israel Museum

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ISRAEL MUSEUM, ISRAEL Spanning some 5,000 years of regional history, Jerusalem’s Israel Museum houses a vast wealth of archaeological and artistic treasures. Marvel at the museum’s celebrated Shrine of the Book exhibit and its awe-inspiring collection of original fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls. EXPLORE JAFFA, ISRAEL Thought to be the port from which Jonah embarked before his fateful encounter with the whale!, Jaffa is one of the oldest port cities in the world. Today its cobbled alleyways are home to an artists’ colony with galleries exhibiting paintings and sculptures from both local and foreign artists. Meander through the winding streets of the Old City, admiring galleries, visiting designer boutiques and shopping for local crafts and Arabic treats.


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THE ROSE-RED CITY BY CANDLELIGHT, JORDAN One of the world’s oldest cities, Petra is as beautiful and mysterious now as it ever was. Head out after sunset for a new perspective on this stunning destination, viewing the oftphotographed Treasury façade, carved from sandstone, with its glorious frontage illuminated by the light of 1,800 candles.

Wine tasting, Jordan

SUSTAINABLE WINE MAKING, JORDAN The Jordanian climate and its basalt desert combine to provide one of the world’s most distinctive terroirs growing more than 40 grape varieties, which are handpicked and crafted into more than 20 wine varietals. Visit the family-owned Zumot Winery, meet founder Omar Zumot and taste their organic wines under their Saint George label.

DANA BIOSPHERE RESERVE, JORDAN This area of staggering beauty, history, and biodiversity encompasses four different biogeographical zones and is a melting pot of species from Europe, Africa and Asia, many of them rare. Some 800 plant species and over 400 animal species have been recorded, of which 25 are known to be endangered, including the Sand Cat, the Syrian Wolf, the Lesser Kestrel and the Spiny Tailed Lizard.

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Our preferred accommodation choices hand-picked for you. THE KING DAVID, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL A Jerusalem landmark, The King David hotel overlooks the Old City’s walls, minarets and domes from a commanding hilltop site. This classic hotel occupies an historic façade dating back to the 1930s, while its guest list bears the names of celebrities, world leaders and artists. Amenities include extensive gardens, two gourmet restaurants, an outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre. THE NORMAN, TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Nestled on a picturesque square in the heart of ‘the White City’, The Norman is surrounded by historical Bauhaus, Modernist and eclectic architecture. Situated in two restored preBauhaus buildings, the hotel comprises 50 pastel-coloured rooms and suites, two fabulous restaurants, contemporary Israeli art, an elegant Library Bar, and the stunning rooftop which features a spectacular infinity swimming pool and sundeck with breathtaking views of the city. BERESHEET HOTEL, NEGEV DESERT, ISRAEL The beautiful rock-built Beresheet Hotel overlooks a breathtaking primeval landscape on the edge of the towering cliffs that slope down into the Ramon Crater. Its unique location, 800 metres above sea level, guarantees cool, comfortable weather year-round. Accommodation is made up of rooms and villas, many which have plunge pools and views over the crater rim. The restaurant uses ingredients from local organic farms and serves wines from the vineyards springing up in the region. The infinity pool offers unbelievable views and there are plenty of available activities including crater safaris.

SCOTS HOTEL, TIBERIAS, ISRAEL Originally built in the 1890s as a hospital, the sumptuously restored Scots Hotel looks out over the Sea of Galilee, and features meticulously tended gardens, breezy courtyards, a lake-view pool (open April to October), and a spa with Turkish hammam, hot tub and massage. The Torrance restaurant serves rich gourmet food, including Galilee specialities.

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FAIRMONT HOTEL AMMAN, JORDAN Fairmont Amman is a modern urban oasis located close to the city’s most affluent neighbourhoods. Architecturally designed, elegantly appointed rooms offer unparalleled views of the Amman hills, and are spacious with stunning interiors that combine classic luxury with contemporary design. An exceptional selection of dining options is on offer and the Willow Stream Spa is amongst the city’s most indulgent. A fitness centre and outdoor pool complete the wellness facilities.

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MÖVENPICK RESORT PETRA, JORDAN With its prime location a stone’s throw from the entrance to the historic city of Petra, the Mövenpick Resort Petra is a perfect retreat from a day’s exploration. Recently refurbished, it is decorated with handcrafted Oriental wood and embroidered cushions and has a fun, buzzing atmosphere that caters for all age groups. Dine in the award winning Al Iwan restaurant, which serves delicious Mediterranean delicacies against the backdrop of the central marble fountain. KEMPINKSKI HOTEL ISHTAR DEAD SEA, JORDAN The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is elegant and contemporary in design with direct access to the Dead Sea. Quiet enclaves set amidst gardens, lagoons, winding rivers and waterfalls offer ideal locations to snatch a quiet moment, whilst the terrace provides stunning views of the Dead Sea — especially at sunset. Rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, based on a Babylonian-inspired theme styled with carved natural stone and contemporary fittings.

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CLASSIC ISRAEL 11 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Brimming with world famous historic and biblical sites, Israel is a timeless yet refreshingly authentic destination. From fashionable Tel Aviv to Bethlehem and the bewitching Negev Desert, explore the Holy Land’s most famous sights and take in its diverse appeal. Explore Caesarea, capital of the Roman province, the beautiful Golan Heights, the Western Wall and the poignant war cemetery at Beersheba. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Amble through the cobbled streets of the ancient port city of Jaffa Learn about life on a kibbutz with a visit to one of Israel’s oldest Stroll through Tel Aviv’s White City and discover the world’s most impressive collection of Bauhaus style buildings Explore the ancient and colourful city of Acre Day 1: Arrive Tel Aviv. Shalom and welcome to Tel Aviv. Transfer to your boutique accommodation. The Norman 118

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Day 2: Tel Aviv. Stroll through the vibrant Carmel Market this morning for a glimpse into Israel’s fascinating ethnic diversity. Continue to the pretty Neve Tzedek neighbourhood and drive along the beach promenade. Explore the ‘White City’, famous for its Art Deco and Bauhaus architecture and finish the day at Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world, whose cobbled alleyways are home to an artists’ colony. The Norman | B Days 3-4: Tiberias. Travel north along the coast to the ancient Roman capital, Caesarea. Visit the seaport cities of Haifa and Acre. At Acre, tour the Knights’ Halls, view the El Jazaar Mosque and explore the covered markets. Drive

to your hotel in Tiberias located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. View Tabgha with the Church of Peter’s Primacy and the Mount of Beatitudes where Christ gave his famous Sermon on the Mount. Drive up to the Golan Heights overlooking the Sea of Galilee and visit one of the sources of the Jordan River. Scots Hotel | BL Days 5-7: Jerusalem. Start the day with a fascinating cultural insight at Kibbutz Degania, the first established in Israel. Learn more of the early principles of the collective community. On next to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation before a stop at Beit Shean, the biblical Scythopolis, to visit Israel’s best preserved Roman amphitheatre before arriving in Jerusalem. Spend the next two days exploring this remarkably sacred city. Start in the centre of the Jewish Quarter at the ancient Roman road. Proceed past the Burnt House to the Western Wall with the Dome of the Rock in the background. Walk towards the Southern Wall excavations for an overview of the Temple Mount complex. Visit St Anne’s Church with the Pool of Bethesda nearby and walk the Stations of the Way of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Experience a poignant visit to Yad Vashem — the Jewish people’s memorial to the Holocaust — and continue to


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GLIMPSE OF ISRAEL & JORDAN 10 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Combining two of the Middle East’s most fascinating destinations makes perfect sense, and with A&K a private guide accompanies you in both countries bringing to life thousands of years of history. You’ll walk in the steps of biblical giants and modern-day adventurers seeing some of the world’s most iconic and ancient sites and understanding something of contemporary life and cultural relations in this extraordinary part of the world. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Uncover the impressive historical legacy of neighbouring Jordan and Israel Marvel at the rugged natural fortress of Masada and its breathtaking views Embark on a 4WD excursion through Jordan’s otherworldly Wadi Rum desert See why Petra is listed amongst the New Seven Wonders of the World Cook and dine alongside Bedouin locals Day 1: Arrive Tel Aviv – Jerusalem, Israel. Shalom and welcome to the Holy Land. Transfer into the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. The King David Days 2-4: Jerusalem. Begin your discovery of this remarkably sacred city at the Mount of Olives. Venture into the Garden of Gethsemane, with its ancient olive trees, then into the Old City to follow the Stations of the Cross and several more important religious sites — the Temple

Mount and Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims. Make time to wander through the markets of the Christian and Muslim Quarters. Travel to Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea in the Judaean Desert where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in 1947. Continue to Masada and marvel at the fortress built by King Herod with time to take a dip in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Take a poignant visit to Yad Vashem — the Jewish memorial to the Holocaust — and the Israel Museum. Travel to the West Bank city of Bethlehem and the UNESCO World Heritage Church of the Nativity, one of the holiest sites in Christianity. The King David | B Day 5: Amman, Jordan. Transfer into Jordan with VIP immigration services. Journey to the ancient city of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Explore the iconic Temple of Artemis, the long colonnaded street and monumental Hadrian’s Arch. Continue to Amman and your luxury hotel. Four Seasons Amman | BL

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Days 6-7: Petra. Travel south along the King’s Highway, an ancient trade route, to the Christian town of Madaba famous for its beautiful mosaics. Admire the mosaic map on the floor of the Church of St. George and continue to Mt. Nebo for spectacular views of the Jordan Valley from where Moses is said to have gazed upon the Promised Land. Stop at the Crusader castle of Kerak before arriving at Petra, the country’s most famous archaeological site. This evening a culinary experience at the Petra Kitchen when you learn to make traditional Bedouin dishes from local ingredients. Explore the many wonders of the ‘Rose Red City’ on foot. Whilst the entire site is extraordinary, the most well-known sites include the Treasury, accessed through the narrow ‘siq’, the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian and Palace Tombs and the Roman Road. Later climb to the awe-inspiring Monastery for spectacular views. Mövenpick Resort Petra | BLD/BL Days 8-9: Dead Sea. Travel south to Wadi Rum, setting for the epic film Lawrence of Arabia and more recently The Martian. Discover impressive desert landscapes, huge rock formations, narrow canyons and Bedouin settlements on a 4WD excursion. Continue your journey across the arid landscape to the Dead Sea. Enjoy a day at leisure to enjoy the resort’s lavish facilities and soak up the mineral rich


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waters whose medicinal qualities have drawn visitors to the area for millennia. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea | BL/B Day 10: Depart Amman. Transfer to Amman and the airport for your onward journey. B

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HIGHLIGHTS OF JORDAN 7 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Jordan’s most recognisable attraction, Petra, never fails to impress. The epic proportions and sheer grandeur of the place are utterly captivating but the country offers so much more, including crusader castles, Roman ruins and the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea. Easy to navigate, Jordan can be covered in a perfect week-long adventure.

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Stroll through the architecturally impressive Darat al Funun art centre and admire Amman’s contemporary art scene Be swept away by the magic of ancient Petra Explore the extraordinary lunar landscapes of Wadi Rum Celebrate Jordanian cuisine cooking alongside locals at Petra Kitchen Bathe in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea Day 1: Arrive Amman. Marhaba and welcome to Jordan. On arrival you are personally greeted and transferred to your hotel, located in one of the city’s smartest districts. Four Seasons Amman Day 2: Amman. Travel north to Jerash, acknowledged as one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Explore the iconic temple of Artemis, the long colonnaded street and the monumental Hadrian’s Arch — all which were hidden for centuries in the sand before being excavated and restored some 70 years ago. 122

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Later return to the modern, bustling capital. Venture up to the citadel and spend time wandering through the National Archaeological Museum, home to artefacts which date from prehistoric times to the 15th century. Take a seat in the magnificently restored 6,000 seat Roman Amphitheatre and stroll through Darat al Funun arts centre, housed in a series of restored sandstone residences and warehouses, which provides a collaborative space for contemporary Arab artists. Four Seasons Amman | BL Days 3-4: Petra. Travel south along the King’s Highway to the Christian town of Madaba famous for its beautiful mosaics. Admire the vast mosaic map embedded on the floor of the Church of St. George depicting the Holy Land. Continue to Mt. Nebo to admire the spectacular views of the Jordan Valley from where Moses is said to have gazed upon the Promised Land. Stop at the ancient 12th century Crusader castle of Kerak before arriving at Petra, the country’s most famous archaeological site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This evening a culinary experience at the Petra Kitchen when you learn to make traditional Bedouin dishes from farm-fresh local ingredients.

Explore the many wonders of the ‘Rose Red City’ on foot. Established as the capital of the ancient Nabataeans, it was an important stop on the caravan route between Asia, Arabia and Europe. Discover tombs, temples and exquisite monuments hewn out of the surrounding mountains. Visit the most wellknown structures including the Treasury, accessed through the narrow ‘siq’, the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian and Palace Tombs and the Roman Road. Later climb the 1,200 steps to the Monastery with its spectacular views. Mövenpick Resort Petra | BLD/BL

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Days 5-6: Dead Sea. Travel south to Wadi Rum, setting for the epic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia and more recently The Martian. Discover impressive red desert landscapes, huge rock formations, narrow canyons and Bedouin tents on a 4WD excursion. Continue your journey across an arid lunar landscape to the lowest point on the earth’s surface, the Dead Sea, known for its highly salty waters. Enjoy time at leisure to enjoy the resort’s lavish facilities and soak up the mineral rich waters whose medicinal qualities have drawn visitors to the area for millennia. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea | BL/B

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JORDAN UNCOVERED 10 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Ancient history and biblical sites vie with beautiful desert landscapes in this compact country where you can wander down ancient Roman streets, dine on traditional cuisine and marvel at some of the starriest skies on earth. The hospitality of the Bedouin will win you over and you’ll be amazed to discover a 60-year-old wine industry. Unexpected delights abound in this extraordinary desert kingdom. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Discover Petra, the Rose Red City, lost for centuries to the outside world Take part in an inspiring workshop at the Iraq Al-Amir women’s co-op Walk through and touch Roman history in Jerash Explore the lunar landscapes Wadi Rum by 4WD Bedouin vehicle Hike through Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan’s largest Day 1: Arrive Amman. Arrive into the Jordanian capital where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Fairmont Amman Days 2-3: Amman. Explore Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns

in the world. Return to Amman and visit Tiraz, an intimate museum in a converted villa, with its collection of Palestinian, Jordanian and Arab clothing. Meet the curator, share tea in the garden and gain a glimpse into Jordan’s disappearing heritage. Continue to an exclusive wine tasting experience at Jordan River Wines, the country’s finest state of the art winery. Head into the valley of Wadi Essair to see some of the extraordinary caves carved out of the cliff face and some important Hellenistic ruins. Later visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative which supports women, helping them become financially independent, raising living standards and preserving local heritage. Meet the women, hear their stories, take part in a workshop and join them for a homemade lunch. Later visit the citadel and tour the city’s archaeological sites.

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Wander through the National Archaeological Museum, take a seat in the Roman Amphitheatre and stroll through Darat al Funun arts centre. Fairmont Amman | BL Day 4: Dana Nature Reserve. Leave the city for an adventure into Dana Biosphere Reserve. Stop en route at Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have gazed upon the Promised Land. Visit the “Church of Moses” and its beautiful mosaics and admire the breathtaking views over Jordan, the Dead Sea and Israel. Next stop is Madaba, the “City of Mosaics”. Savour a traditional Jordanian lunch before arriving at Dana Nature Reserve. Feynan Eco Lodge | BLD

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the ‘Rose Red City’ on foot. Discover tombs, temples and exquisite monuments including the Treasury, the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian and Palace Tombs and the Roman Road. Lunch amidst the ruins before climbing up to the Monastery. Later join a culinary experience at the Petra Kitchen learning to make traditional Bedouin dishes from local ingredients. Mövenpick Resort Petra | BLD

Day 7: Wadi Rum. Morning at leisure. Early afternoon, drive to Little Petra and on to Wadi Rum, setting for the epic film Lawrence of Arabia and more recently The Martian. Discover impressive red desert landscapes, huge rock formations and narrow canyons on a 4WD excursion. End the day with a Bedouin experience as the sun sets. Sun City Camp | BD Days 8-9: Dead Sea. Continue your journey across the arid landscape to the Dead Sea. Enjoy time at leisure to enjoy the resort’s lavish facilities and soak up the mineral rich waters whose medicinal qualities have drawn visitors to the area for millennia. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea | BL/B Day 10: Depart Amman. Transfer to Amman and the airport. B

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Full of surprises, Iran is one of the most cultured nations on Earth and is a destination on the cusp of change. Its people are open and welcoming and curious about foreign visitors. It boasts some of the world’s most astonishing ancient sites, and no crowds, and its landscapes are nothing short of divine. For the well-travelled individual with a fascination for history, art and culture and an adventurous spirit, there’s no better destination. With one of the oldest civilisations on the Arabian Peninsula, fascinating Oman boasts

stunning cultural landmarks including hundreds of forts, castles, and towers. Its landscapes will not disappoint: the country has more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline, vast sandy deserts, and impressive mountain ranges. Watch turtles come ashore to lay eggs on the beaches of Ras al Jinz. Follow in the footsteps of Thesiger and capture the stillness of the Wahiba Sands. Dine under a canopy of desert stars. Witness wooden dhows carefully handcrafted by local artisans. Shop for traditional khanjars and locally-produced frankincense at Mutrah Souk.

DISCOVER IRAN & OMAN ON A JOURNEY MADE JUST FOR YOU The following suggested journeys, recommended places to visit and extraordinary experiences are just a taste of what you may be able to see and do across this region. Please visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au to find more inspiration for your next unforgettable journey, or contact our Travel Specialists who will work with you to create a memorable bespoke journey. 130 0 851 8 0 0 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM . AU

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Some of the region’s foremost sights and locations. ISFAHAN, IRAN Persia’s 16th century capital, Isfahan is unquestionably one of the world’s great cities with beautiful mosques bejewelled with exquisite tile-work and dazzling turquoise domes alongside splendid Safavid gardens and an abundance of highly decorative bridges. PERSEPOLIS, IRAN The extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site of Persepolis features the remains of palaces and tombs of some of the greatest rulers in history, including Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes. Other highlights include the famous bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers and gift-bearers from around the Persian Empire.

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SHIRAZ, IRAN Known as the ‘City of Poets’ this heartland of Persian culture and sophistication is also a city of gardens, both private and public, with the scent of orange blossom wafting through the streets and one of the most colourful bazaars in the country.


IRAN & OMAN TEHRAN, IRAN Iran’s most liberal city is chock-full of worldrenowned museums and art galleries. It is bustling with a buzzing art scene, a host of new galleries and the Grand Bazaar, whose lanes run for more than 10 kilometres.

WAHIBA SANDS, OMAN The Wahiba Sands is a vast area of golden undulating dunes, home to some 3,000 Bedouin and a wide array of flora and fauna The ever-changing patterns and breathtaking landscapes are a photographer’s delight.

MUSCAT, OMAN Muscat is Old Arabia at its most evocative. Dramatic mountains loom over this port city on the Gulf of Oman, where the Portuguese forts of al Jalali and al Mirani guard the harbour. Explore the bustling souk, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and dine on seafood at the marina restaurants.

NIZWA, OMAN The oasis city of Nizwa is packed with history, and surrounded by the dramatic Al Hajar Mountains. The city’s immense palm oasis stretches for eight kilometres along the course of two wadis. Discover Nizwa’s 17th century fort, and bustling souk where you can buy exquisite copper and jewellery among other crafts.

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Exceptional activities curated by A&K’s travel experts. EXPLORE ISFAHAN’S GRAND BAZAAR, IRAN Walking in the narrow alleys of Isfahan’s bazaar is like a stroll through Persia’s glorious history. The sprawling covered market with its arched corridors overflows with exquisite handicrafts. Visit hidden workshops to learn the stories behind every pattern and colour in the exquisite Persian carpets, admire the unique bazaar architecture, and relish the opportunity to handpick the best mementos direct from the artisans.

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A PERSIAN CULINARY ADVENTURE, IRAN Experience a guided market walk with a chef, selecting fresh and seasonal ingredients in local shops before participating in a cooking class and Persian feast in her kitchen. Discover the usage of a large range of spices, herbs, nuts or seeds, and learn how to make sticky Persian desserts to tantalise the taste buds.


IRAN & OMAN MOUNTAIN & VALLEY TREKS, OMAN Retreat to the cool foothills of the Al Hajar Mountains in Oman. Your local guide will lead you on an exhilarating trek to the country’s highest peak and down into the deepest canyons and wadis by air-conditioned 4WD. You’ll also visit ancient mountain villages, and Nizwa Souq, renowned for its antiques and silver jewellery.

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DOLPHINS IN THE ARABIAN SEA, OMAN Observe playful dolphins in the waters of the Arabian Sea from the comfort of your boat off the rugged coast of Muscat. Keep your camera poised for sightings of the majestic humpback whale or passing turtles, a perfect family experience. DESERT STARGAZING, OMAN Marvel at the dazzling Arabian night-sky when you stay in one of A&K’s luxury desert camps in Oman. Free of light pollution and bathed in silence it is the perfect place to gaze up at the twinkling stars once the sun has disappeared over the ripple of golden sand dunes.

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A SUNSET DHOW CRUISE, OMAN View the rugged coast of Muscat through the eyes of ancient mariners as you embark on a sunset dhow cruise. Your twilight trip will take you out into the Indian Ocean’s warm waters, rich with sealife from dolphins to turtles. And take in the twilight view of Muscat’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in silhouette.

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Our preferred accommodation choices hand-picked for you. ESPINAS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, TEHRAN, IRAN The Espinas International Hotel is well positioned in the heart of Tehran and offers 202 rooms with views of the city or courtyard. There are two restaurants on site, one serving Mediterranean fare the other traditional Persian cuisine. Facilities include a fully equipped gym, indoor lap pool, steam room, sauna, massage, yoga and a vitality pool. GRAND HOTEL SHIRAZ, IRAN The Grand Hotel Shiraz is well positioned, located in the heart of the city, close to many local attractions. The hotel welcomes guests with 170 luxurious rooms and suites, all equipped with free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel includes access to sports complexes, a pool, jacuzzi and saunas, and a revolving restaurant providing a unique view of the city while enjoying a delicious meal. HOTEL ABBASI, ISFAHAN, IRAN The Abbasi Hotel was built on the site of a Safavid caravanserai, dating back 300 years to the time of Sultan Husayn of Safavid. It is uniquely Persian with a charming and atmospheric historic wing. The 1974 film Ten Little Indians, starring Oliver Reed and Elke Sommer, was shot here. Facilities include a traditional tea house, coffee shop, indoor pool, sauna and gym.

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DESERT NIGHT CAMP, OMANI DESERT Luxurious Bedouin styled tents await those seeking a desert adventure. Each is equipped with a bedroom and sitting room, air-conditioning and en suite bathroom with amenities. All tents have a cosy sit-out which offers a panoramic view of the golden Sharqiya Sands. The fragrance of frankincense and myrrh transports travellers back in time. THE CHEDI, MUSCAT, OMAN Set along a beautiful beach overlooking the unbroken blue waters of the Gulf of Oman, The Chedi is one of Oman’s finest resorts. Its rooms and suites are all beautifully appointed with high ceilings and a refined Asian style décor. There are also three swimming pools, a spa, numerous dining options, a water garden and stunning stretch of private beach. ALILA JABAL AKHDAR, JABAL AL AKHDAR, OMAN Nestled high in the majestic Al Hajar Mountain range, Alila Jabal Akhdar’s location is second to none, and perfectly located to explore the surrounding landscape. Each room is decorated in traditional Omani style with minimalist yet rustic features, and there are indoor and outdoor pools, a modern fitness centre and the renowned Alila Spa.

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WONDERS OF PERSIA 11 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY One of the most cultured nations on earth, Iran is full of surprises. With 5,000 years of history, the country has seen empires and conquerors come and go. Ancient civilisations have left their mark with ruined cities like Persepolis and Pasargadae that travellers have the unique opportunity of exploring. It’s a destination full of surprises with warm, welcoming people, a rich textile heritage and a flavoursome cuisine. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Experience the life of a local on a walk through the Tajrish Bazaar selecting spices for an exclusive cooking demonstration held by a local chef in her home Marvel at the priceless and historic crown jewels of Iran at the Treasury of National Jewels Witness a unique and traditional Sufi practice at a local Zurkhaneh, house of strength Visit Iran’s best UNESCO World Heritage sites including Persepolis, Pasargadae, Golestan Palace and the Eram Garden Day 1: Arrive Tehran. Fast track arrival in the Iranian capital. Espinas International Hotel Days 2-3: Tehran. Appreciate some of Iran’s most prized treasures today at the National Museum. Visit the sumptuous Golestan Palace, one of the city’s oldest monuments. Wind your way through the alleys and stalls of Tehran’s 134

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Grand Bazaar and admire Iran’s imperial crown jewels in the vaults of the Central Bank. Ride like a local on the metro back to your hotel. Exercise your taste buds on a guided market walk with a chef before a cooking class and Persian feast in her kitchen. Take an intriguing look at the lifestyle of the shahs on a visit to the Sa’ad Abad Palace & Museum Complex, and explore the Reza Abbasi Museum which showcases Iranian art from ancient times. Espinas International Hotel | BL Days 4-6: Isfahan. Travel to the oasis city of Kashan on the edge of the desert. Discover the old quarter with its historic houses and stroll through the Garden of Fin. Continue to Abyaneh, one of the most picturesque villages in the country, and Natanz, world famous for its saffron cultivation. Taste saffron tea and continue on to Isfahan. Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the Islamic world, there are two days exploring Isfahan’s splendid mosques, cathedrals, public squares, bridges, palaces and bazaars. Stroll around the Sheikh Lotfollah,

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Imam and Friday mosques. Take in some of the important palaces around the Maidan and the Qeisarieh Bazaar to admire, and shop for, the arts and handicrafts for which Isfahan is worldfamous. There’s time to explore the fascinating Armenian quarter and a small private music museum. Be sure to watch the sun go down at one of the city’s many bridges. Hotel Abbasi | BL/BL/B Day 7: Isfahan. A day to explore with a driver and guide at your disposal. Perhaps a visit to the old Safavid-era bathhouse; or the Eight Paradise Pavilion; or a spot of shopping. This evening, a unique visit to a Zurkhaneh, or house of strength, to witness an unusual routine demonstrating a compelling blend of rhythm, endurance, and creative flourish. Hotel Abbasi | B


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Days 8-10: Shiraz. Your day of discovery starts at the ancient city of Pasgardae, the capital of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire. Built in the 6th century BC it remains a stunning testimony to early Persian art and architecture. Continue to the beautiful city of Shiraz. Spend the next two days in and around sophisticated Shiraz exploring the famous gardens, tombs, mosques and archaeological sites. Highlights include the splendid pink tiled 19th century Nasir-ol-Molk mosque and the Madrasa Khan theological school. There’s time browsing the stalls of the Vakil Bazaar, one of the best places to buy Persian rugs, spices, handicrafts and antiques, and a cooking demonstration followed by dinner in a local

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ARABIAN ODYSSEY 8 DAYS | PRIVATE JOURNEY Wild wadis, an untouched coastline, spectacular deserts, 16th century forts and castles and dramatic mountain scenery — Oman is the best kept secret in the Middle East. It is also one of the oldest civilisations in the Arabian Peninsula. Combining a fascinating ancient heritage with all the trappings of modernity, stunning accommodation and yearround sunshine, Oman is a surprising and unspoiled destination. JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS Uncover the vibrant city of Muscat Stay at an exquisite eco-hotel and experience its unique mountain location Explore Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sand dunes Enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality in a desert camp set beneath the stars Marvel at the soaring towers of Nizwa Fort Day 1: Arrive Muscat. A warm welcome to the Omani capital and transfer to your luxury accommodation. The Chedi Muscat Day 2: Muscat. Explore the enchanting port city of Muscat with your private guide. Tour the lavish Royal Opera House, stroll around the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a stunning example of contemporary Islamic architecture containing the second largest hand loomed Iranian carpet in the world and drive along the corniche, visiting the fish market and savouring a lunch of traditional Arabian cuisine. After lunch discover the treasures inside the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a showcase for traditional Omani crafts and culture from across the country. Later explore the old Muscat area and finish with a visit to the souk. The Chedi Muscat | BL

Days 3-5: Jabal Al Akhdar. Start the day with a perfume immersion when you visit the Amouage perfumery before travelling by 4WD to the oasis of Nakhl and its fort and on through the dramatic Hajar mountain ranges past villages and date plantations to your resort at Jabal Al Akhdar. Explore the legendary Nizwa Fort at the foot of the mountains, making your way to the rooftop for excellent views of the city. Make time to wander through the Nizwa souk, one of the oldest in the country, before continuing to Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles, built in the late 17th century. Stop at the farming village of Wadi Ghul before continuing to Wadi Nakheer in Oman’s deepest canyon. Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing and soaking up the tranquillity of this inspirational location or taking in a spa treatment. Alila Jabal Akhdar | BL/BLD/BD Day 6: Wahiba Sands. Today’s destination is Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating dunes, whose ever-changing patterns are a photographer’s delight. Travel through a mountain area of small villages and waterfalls. The wadi (valley) is in the Al Sharqiyah Region and has several pools as well as a spring that keeps water flowing year-round. Arrive at your Bedouin camp in time to see a golden sunset. Desert Nights Camp | BLD

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Day 7: Muscat. Experience the thrills of dune driving and observe the surprisingly wide array of flora and fauna found in the desert sands. Head out of camp to Sur, one of the few places that still produces traditional wooden dhows. Watch the craftsmen as they go about their highly skilled work. Journey to Fins beach for a swim and then drive onto the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater filled with blue green water. Continue along the coast back to Muscat and on a clear day you may see sharks in the deep blue water or fleet-footed gazelle sprint across the landscape. Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa | BL

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Extend your journey, and deepen your appreciation of the region. AHWAZ, IRAN Base yourself in Ahwaz, and explore some of the most important archaeological sites in southwestern Iran, including the ancient city of Susa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the nearby Tomb of Daniel. Discover the ziggurat at Chogha-Zanbil. This UNESCO World Heritage site built around 1250 BC is one of the few found outside Mesopotamia. Spend time at the flourishing Bronze Age city of Haft-Tappeh and its necropolis, and explore the remains of Achaemenian palaces. MUSANDAM PENINSULA, OMAN Dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia’ for its beautiful rocky inlets, small villages, fjords and dramatic, mountain-hugging roads, the Musandam Peninsula is a scenic and cultural gem, isolated from the rest of Oman by the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. Dolphins cavort in the turquoise blue waters which lap the rugged mountainsides, Arab dhows ply the coastline and Bedouin villages wait to be explored. SALALAH, OMAN Salalah’s coconut-fringed beaches and plantations of bananas and papayas are more reminiscent of its Zanzibari heritage than its Arabian Desert location. This colourful, subtropical region is unexpectedly green and fertile thanks to its summer rains, known as the khareef, which transform the area into a haven of lush vegetation and thundering waterfalls.

Musandam Peninsula, Oman

Salalah, Oman

ZIGHY BAY, OMAN On your way to or from Europe or Africa or as an add-on to a Middle Eastern exploration, this extraordinary hideaway is a perfect place to unwind. Just two hours from Dubai yet in an utterly remote part of northern Oman, Six Senses Zighy Bay combines just the right amount of seclusion with as much indulgence and adventure as required. DUBAI, U.A.E Nowhere is the mingling of past and present more evident than in the United Arab Emirates’ cosmopolitan city of Dubai. Gleaming skyscrapers and shopping malls jostle for position with traditional Arab souks, mosques and wind towers in the most well known of the seven individual Emirates that make up the country. Dubai, U.A.E

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SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS

In addition to our portfolio of private journeys, A&K also offers a range of small group journeys across the globe. Below is a selection of what is available in this region. Please visit our website for more details, or request a copy of our Small Group Journeys brochure.

CAPE TO CAIRO NEW LIMITED EDITION SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 23 DAYS | FROM $35,990 PER PERSON | MAX 18 GUESTS.

TRIBES & TRADITIONS OF ETHIOPIANEW LIMITED EDITION SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 16 DAYS | FROM $13,995 PER PERSON | MAX 18 GUESTS.

Follow the vision of colonialist Cecil Rhodes, whose grand dream of connecting the African continent by rail from south to north was never realised. Your streamlined 23-day odyssey, however, takes you from Cape Town to the Egyptian capital introducing quintessential experiences along the way. Tick off the wines and wildlife of South Africa, the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, unmatched safari encounters in Kenya, the treasures of Cairo and an illuminating luxury cruise along the mighty Nile. Expert Tour Directors and Egyptologists share their knowledge as you go making this an adventure like no other.

An incredibly diverse country, Ethiopia is rugged and mysterious. Pack a sense of adventure on this exclusive journey which combines the rich history, culture and landscapes of the north with the tribal heritage in the south. You’ll visit the source of the Blue Nile, see the skeleton of ‘Lucy’ and spend a night in the Simien Mountains. There is rare wildlife amidst high peaks, extraordinary rock-hewn churches, World Heritage sites and an incredible number of different ethnic groups in and around the Omo Valley. You’ll explore their villages, learn about local customs and wander through bustling markets.

SURPRISING ZIMBABWE NEW LIMITED EDITION SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 14 DAYS | FROM $19,990 PER PERSON | MAX 16 GUESTS.

NAMIBIA UNEARTHED LIMITED EDITION SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 14 DAYS | FROM $15,890 PER PERSON | MAX 14 GUESTS.

Raw and untamed, Zimbabwe’s vast tracts of wilderness shelter an endless array of the continent’s extraordinary wildlife, including healthy populations of rhino and elephant. On this two-week safari, you’ll delve into some of the country’s lesser visited areas including Gonarezhou National Park and UNESCO World Heritage listed Matobo Hills where Cecil Rhodes’ grave is famously located. Intimate safari camps and lodges carefully positioned amidst unspoiled landscapes provide a welcome nightly refuge with plenty of time in each for contemplation of nature and Africa’s incomparable sunsets.

Venture into a vast landscape of shimmering salt pans, red dunes, glittering oceans and haunting coastlines where the sunsets are unforgettable, and some of the continent’s finest game reserves where the wildlife is abundant. With specialist guiding throughout, you’ll get an intimate understanding of the country’s ecology and wildlife and its ancient cultures. Photography enthusiasts will have outstanding opportunities to focus their lenses on big game and small, dramatic landscapes and tribal portraits, bringing home unforgettable memories of a unique part of the world.

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THE GREAT MIGRATION SAFARI IN STYLE LUXURY SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 14 DAYS | FROM $24,475 PER PERSON | MAX 18 GUESTS. From the cradle of civilisation to world acclaimed wildlife reserves and a rich tribal culture, a journey to East Africa is full of theatre. On this unique safari adventure, you follow in the footsteps of pioneering explorers who also gazed across the savannah at the same extraordinary wildlife. You’ll see elephants against the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro, hippo snorting in the Mara River, predators on the prowl in the Serengeti, and birds of all shapes and colours gliding over the landscape. Safari accommodation is of the highest standard — glamorous lodges and luxury tented camps — and you’ll travel in comfort in A&K’s customised 4WD safari vehicles, with expert naturalist guides.

A NATURALIST’S GUIDE TO MADAGASCAR WITH CHARLIE GARDNER LIMITED EDITION SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 12 DAYS | FROM $15,990 PER PERSON | MAX 10 GUESTS. Curious and other-worldly, Madagascar is full of surprises and extraordinary creatures. On this fascinating journey you’ll explore the island nation and its flora and fauna with a wildlife expert who knows the destination and its inhabitants like the back of his hand. You’ll be amazed by Madagascar’s rainforests, its clear blue seas, white beaches and spiny forest habitat. Your Guest Host grew up in Africa and around the Indian Ocean and caught the wildlife bug at an early age. He has been fascinated by the natural world ever since and makes an engaging companion on this incredible journey of discovery.

EGYPT & THE NILE LUXURY SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 10 DAYS | FROM $12,000 PER PERSON | MAX 18 GUESTS.

IRAN: A JOURNEY THROUGH PERSIA LIMITED EDITION SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 14 DAYS | FROM $9,595 PER PERSON | MAX 18 GUESTS.

Journey to the heart of an ancient land that has captured the imagination of travellers for millennia. Follow in the footsteps of pharaohs, emperors and conquerors from Cairo to Luxor and along the Nile to Aswan. You’ll cruise aboard A&K’s own award-winning ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’ and explore the country’s myriad archaeological treasures and ancient monuments with a leading Egyptologist, bringing both ancient and modern Egypt to life.

This unique journey reveals why Iran is widely regarded as one of the most cultured nations on earth with a 5,000-year-old history and some of the world’s most extraordinary ancient sites like the ruined cities of Persepolis and Pasargadae. Iran’s cities are vibrant, full of atmospheric teahouses, bustling bazaars and beautifully tiled mosques. It has a rich textile heritage, a flavoursome cuisine and its desert landscapes are eerily beautiful. Above all, though, you’ll be mesmerised by the Iranian people who are warm and welcoming, eager to share their views and their beautiful homeland. 130 0 851 8 0 0 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM . AU

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EXPLORE MORE OF THE WORLD IN A&K STYLE EUROPE Luxuriate in the Continent’s pageant of dazzling cities, enchanting rural scenes, dramatic mountainscapes and sparkling coastlines; from the Arctic North and Scandinavia to the Mediterranean South, from the Sceptred Isles to the splendours of Central and Eastern Europe.

SUJATA RAMAN Regional Managing Director A&K Australia & Asia Pacific I hope the journeys in this brochure have piqued your interest and inspired you to explore more of the world with Abercrombie & Kent. We offer luxury private and small group travel experiences — including rail journeys, river cruises, great walks, safari adventures and polar expeditions — to destinations in more than 100 countries across the globe. On an A&K journey, you’ll be backed every step of the way by more than 2,500 expert local staff in 56 A&K offices, ensuring you’ll always travel in effortless style and comfort, even in some of the world’s most remote locations.

INDIA & THE ORIENT Wonder at the different worlds unfurled across a vast continent, from the ancient empires of Central Asia, the sensory adventure that is India, to the millennial powerhouse of Modern China and the alluring lands of the Far East, Asia is a kaleidoscope of colours and cultures.

AFRICA, ARABIA & PERSIA Explore the Mother Continent and her near eastern neighbours, from the incredible wildlife of Southern and East Africa, home of the safari and birthplace of A&K, to the living histories of Egypt and Morocco, the Arabian Peninsula and Persia, birthplaces of civilisations.

SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS

LATIN AMERICA

Setting the standard for comfort and service in small group travel, these shared adventures to the world’s great destinations feature guaranteed departures, the finest hotels, and insider access to revered sites, often before the crowds arrive. With expert local hosts and small group sizes (maximum 18), these are journeys to the heart and soul of a destination.

Discover the Promised Land for the modern experiential traveller, where the New World and the pre-Columbian past meet in larger than life landscapes, vibrant cities and otherworldly ecosystems; from Patagonia to the Amazon; the festivals of Mexico to the peaks of the Andes; the wildlife of the Galapagos to the nightlife of Buenos Aires.

LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISES

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Unscripted journeys through the High Arctic, realm of the polar bear, the legendary Northwest Passage, and to Antarctica on incredible expedition vessels, with on board enrichment programmes and shore excursions with expert guides and naturalists. Also includes cultural cruises in the Mediterranean region, Japan and beyond.

Adventure and luxury begins on your doorstep, from the Red Centre to the golden beaches and azure waters of the coast; World Heritage rainforests and rich pastoral lands; glaciers, geysers, fiords and alpine peaks; with modern, cosmopolitan cities and world class lodging, fishing, hiking, golfing, food and wine.

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Africa, Arabia & Persia 2020 Portfolio  

Luxury safari adventures in Southern and East Africa, birthplace of A&K, and unforgettable journeys through West Africa, Egypt, Morocco and...

Africa, Arabia & Persia 2020 Portfolio  

Luxury safari adventures in Southern and East Africa, birthplace of A&K, and unforgettable journeys through West Africa, Egypt, Morocco and...

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