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New 2015 A&K brochure release: Africa & Arabia.

August 26, 2014 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Luxury travel companyAbercrombie & Kent has just released its 2015 Africa & Arabia brochure containing 48 itineraries and extensions.

The 2015 collection is an entire portfolio for the private independent traveller seeking luxury travel experiences throughout Africa and the Middle East. Every itinerary has beendesigned to deliver the destination in the best possible way.

A&K Managing Director Sujata Raman comments, “with sales to Africa continuing to perform solidly, we have expanded the number of journeys in our new brochure and added more online. In response to consumer demand, multi-country tours are a major focus. We recognise that Australian travellers tend to visit more than one country on an African safari and these itineraries are intended to showcase regions and how well they combine. One example is the 26-day, four country adventure through southern Africa which incorporates every possible highlight.”

Despite recent issuesfacing East Africa, Sujata has confirmed A&K’s continuing commitment to the region including significant investment in a fleet of new upgraded safari vehicles. Being gradually rolled out, these 6-seater Land Cruisers have Wifi connectivity, ipads, GPS, air-conditioning, fridge and charging socket withuniversal plug. In addition the windows have been raised and the seats lowered for better viewing.

Says Sujata, “One of the trends we’ve noticed our guests following is the desire to engage with the environment and come home with new experiences. To this end a new adventurethrough the diverse landscapes of Namibia has been designed taking in the dramatic Skeleton Coast and the new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Another trend which the A&K traveller follows is taking time out to slow down. The new selection of luxury Mauritius stopovers delivers this, with relaxed, leisurely resort stays which make the perfect extension to an African safari or a stand-alone beach holiday.”

Customisation and flexibility

To offer flexibility and achieve the best guest experiences, A&K is featuring two new camps, which have opened around the Great Migration in East Africa. Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp is a mobile camp that follows the migration and Sanctuary Masai Mara Seasonal Camp on the banks of the Mara River which opens from late June to late October annually. The two camps position safari-goers in the very bestspots to experience the migration.

Added flexibility andcustomisation are key attributes of A&K’s Great East Africa Migration itinerary. Guests are offered clear guidelines on the seasonal movement of the migration and a choice of the best safari camps for their month of travel.

Engaging with nature

A new adventure through Namibia goes to the heart of some of the country’s most rugged and iconic parts includes the legendary Skeleton Coast. Highlights include extraordinary desert-adapted wildlife, vast dunes and the sand sea plus a flight over thestark shores and shipwrecks of the coast and a visit to the noisy Cape fur seal colony. Stylish tented camps including the new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp are a feature of A&K’s 8-day ‘Sossusvlei & the Skeleton Coast’ journey. Prices from $6,350 per person.

Also launching is the26-day exploration of southern Africa. It visits four countries letting guests experience diverse and amazing wildlife sightings from Zambia’s South Luangwa to Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta, Namibia’s desert reaches and prime game viewing in South Africa’s Sabi Sand. A new camp on the Skeleton Coast is a highlight with waterfront luxe in Cape Town and tented retreats elsewhere. A&K’s 26-day ‘Southern Circle’ itinerary is priced from $22,880 per person.

A new combination of Kenya and Uganda combines a range of different game viewing experiences. In the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy there is rhino in abundance and activities varying from walking safaris and riding to camel treks and night drives. The world famous Masai Mara has the iconic huge herds of game while the forest ecosystem of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to the endangered mountain gorilla and there are two day’s spent tracking these incredible creatures. A&K’s 12-day ‘Kenya & Uganda’ journey is priced from $11,800 per person.

North Africa & Arabia

Jordan remains a stand-out performer for A&K with sales up 25% and the number of guests booking the week long Highlights of Jordan itinerary almost doubled in the last six months year on year. For 2015 a 10-day combination tour of Jordan and Israel has been introduced focusing on the historic attractions in each place and prices from $5,935 per person.

A new journey to Oman and the U.A.E. combines a boutique hotel stay in Dubai with outdoor adventure at Al Maha desert conservation reserve and Oman’s remarkable Musandam Peninsula staying in the stunning Six Senses Zighy Bay. The 9-day itinerary is pricedfrom $8,035 per person.

Interest in Morocco remains high and there’s a good choice of holiday ideas on offer including an in-depth exploration of the country’s old imperial cities, its ancient sites, spectacular landscapes and fascinating cultural influences. Hotels are the finest and include hand-picked riads, exclusive boutique hotels and impressive country retreats. The 12-day ‘Kasbahs & Caravans’ journey is priced from $12,665.

A&K’s Egypt sales have been severely impacted by the volatile political situation but the company continues to carefully monitor local conditions through its nine offices on the ground there. The Safety Net initiative is still in play enabling guests booking a holiday to Egypt to postpone travel for up to two years at no additional cost when tension or disturbances are reported in the Australianpress. A&K’s 9-day ‘Nile in Style’ itinerary including a 4-night luxury Nile cruise is priced from $5,400.

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