Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is ramping up its focus on the experiential. As Managing Director, Sujata Raman says, “it’s not enough for today’s discerning traveller to simply visit a place, tick off the sights and stay in a glamorous hotel room, they want a hands-on immersion in the culture and one-on-one connections. Our new portfolio for 2016 features this concept in a myriad ways.”
In Africa, some of the experiences include an unforgettable morning in the bush with a family of semi-habituated elephants, a helicopter flight and gourmet picnic in the heart of big game country, the opportunity to make a blend of your favourite drop in the Cape Winelands or sleeping under the stars under a dreamy muslin canopy with nothing but the noises of the bush for company.
In Arabia, guests are invited to a dinner by candlelight at Little Petra. There’s a market experience with a local chef in Tel Aviv, a private tomb viewing in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings or the chance to stroll the alleys of Marrakech with a photographer on hand for direction.
Little known and rarely visited, Ethiopia is one of A&K’s hottest destinations. It has a magical quality with its rich history, vibrant culture, wild landscapes and a fascinating tribal heritage. A&K introduces a new two week hosted journey there with Africa expert Patrick Clementson. From the capital, the itinerary visits the monasteries and rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the Blue Nile Falls, the spectacular Simien Mountains and the extraordinary villages, markets and lands of the Omo Valley tribes.
A&K’s 15-day ‘Tribes & Traditions of Ethiopia’ itinerary, 17 – 31 May 2016 is priced from $8,995 per person.
Another new offering from A&K’s extensive luxury small group portfolio is a migration safari through Kenya & Tanzania visiting the finest game reserves from Amboseli and the Masai Mara to Tarangire and the Serengeti. Special offers apply on departures in February, March and June. Prices from: USD13,995 per person (normally priced from USD15,140).
New private journeys for 2016 include a gourmet tour through the Cape Winelands
just outside Cape Town where visits are made to a hand-picked selection of vineyards, providores and producers along with tastings of the many epicurean delights on offer. Expert wine, cheese and chocolate makers are on hand to share information on the production process and what makes each item so special. A Cape Cuisine walking tour is also included and accommodation is at Sir Richard Branson’s newly refurbished Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard.
A&K’s 3-day ‘Cape Food & Wine Route’ is priced from $1,145 per person.
As an add-on to an East African safari, A&K is featuring the stunning Alfajiri Villas on the Indian Ocean. A stay at the villas is a fully inclusive experience with all meals, drinks and water activities part of the package.
A&K’s 4-day ‘Kenyan Beach Stay’ is priced from $2,450 per person.
A short stay in Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro in southern Kenya is another new addition with accommodation at luxury tented Tortilis Camp. Morning and afternoon game drives, bush walks or relaxing in camp are part of the experience.
A&K’s 3-day ‘Amboseli National Park’ itinerary is priced from $840 per person.
A rare experience awaits at Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau where the game density is on a par with the Masai Mara. Accommodation is at the exclusive Segera Retreat which looks out over Mt Kenya.
A&K’s 4-day ‘Laikipia Plateau’ itinerary is priced from $2,875 per person.
In Mauritius, new hideaways include the stunning One&Only Le Saint Geran and the newly re-opened Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. Prices for a 6 day stay from $2,755 per person.