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BIG FIVE IN BOTSWANA Welcome to Africa’s wild, heartbreakingly beautiful, mesmerising heartland. Africa is where A&K started over half a century ago with a silver ice bucket and a Land Rover, and where we first established our unrivalled reputation for authentic luxury experiential travel. Africa is in the DNA of both Land Rover and A&K; nobody else has our experience, contacts or passion for this amazing continent, and nobody could offer you an experience like this inspiring self-drive adventure through beautiful Botswana. We will, of course, take you to some of the very best game parks on earth with prolific

wildlife, superb private lodges and brilliant guides. But that really is just the start. Under the vast, big-sky wilderness of Botswana you’ll witness brilliant game viewing from a unique perspective, behind the wheel of your own state of the art Land Rover Discovery. It’s no ordinary destination and it’s certainly no ordinary trip. You’ll be accompanied at every step of the way by Land Rover Experience Instructors and informative local guides, who will help you make the most of your epic journey. This is a larger-than-life journey through Africa’s heartland.

Max No of Land Rover Experience Instructors: 3

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS Drive your Land Rover Discovery off-road through the varied and challenging terrain of the Delta and national parks

SOUTH AFRICA

No of support vehicles: 2 BY AIR BY LAND

Minimum driving age: 21 Minimum participation age: 12

Take a boat safari along the Chobe River Stay in some of Botswana’s most luxurious camps and lodges See elephant in the mystifying Savute Channel before it dries up again The chance to see all of the Big Five Head out on a game paddle through the fertile Okavango Delta

Enjoy the ride.

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pools, grasslands and assorted waterways make for a varied and interesting drive. Your first full day in Moremi is yours to do as you please, with scheduled morning and afternoon safari activities with local guides or the chance to get behind the wheel of your Land Rover to explore the reserve. Whatever you choose, we recommend you make the most of your time in the delta. At the point where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meets the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of dense forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains; put simply, there is nowhere else quite like it on Earth.

DAYS 1-2

Touchdown, Botswana. Welcome to the gateway of the Okavango Delta, the vast inland web of waterways, fuelled by annual floods, whose divine channels and pools fresco hundreds of kilometres of the Kalahari, like a giant fertile hand spreading across the arid earth. Meet your A&K guide on arrival at Maun Airport for a light aircraft flight into the Moremi Game Reserve, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Enjoy afternoon tea in a traditional African boma: the adventure starts here. Under a million-tog duvet of Southern Hemisphere stars, you’ll sleep soundly in a luxurious camp in the eastern delta, in the privileged surrounds of Moremi Game Reserve; we say privileged, as Moremi is the only reserve in Botswana where you can see every one of the Big Five. Boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent, the reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful and plentiful game reserves in Africa; if you’re here to spot wildlife, you’re in good hands. Transforming into a lush and tranquil lagoon from March to July, this is the time to head out on ‘game paddles’ in hollowed out mokoro (local canoes). It’s a diverse area of mopane woodland, acacia forest and plains, boasting prolific bird and animal populations including buffalo, giraffe, impala and red lechwe. Unsurprisingly that means there are predators, in fact the reserve is nicknamed ‘Predator capital of Africa’, with cheetah and leopard sightings, along with lion, hyena and jackal, as well as packs of wild dogs. It’s no ordinary safari. Here the terrain is not only exciting but also exceedingly beautiful. Either seasonally or perenially wet, the lagoons,

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DAYS 3-4

It’s time to leave the Moremi Game Reserve behind, travelling further into the bush in your Land Rover to the Savute Channel. Situated in the Linyanti, a concession to the north east of the Okavango Delta, this area is rich in wildlife, particularly a large population of bull elephants. The first glimpse of the channel appears deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain, a ribbon of brilliant blue cutting a swathe through the wilds. Known as the ‘Stolen River’, the Savute Channel was a dry river bed for over thirty years, until 2008 when the waters miraculously returned. Now in full flood, the area surrounding the channel is now teeming with animal life, with seasonal zebra and elephant migrations attracting predators and giraffe, impala, kudu, lion, spotted hyena and leopard also in abundance. Your route

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meanders from the riverside and floodplains into veld, crossing the Magikwe sand ridge which will test your newly acquired skills. Game drives are the best way to spot the local wildlife, and you’ll have your very own Land Rover to explore the area in detail. The Savute Marsh is an ecosystem within an ecosystem, teeming with bird and animal life and best explored in the comfort of an all-terrain vehicle. Nearby, the Gubatsa Hills form a remarkable landmark in the otherwise flat landscape; the outcrop is home to ancient San rock paintings, depicting the San’s cultural beliefs and interaction with the local animals. As well as the thousands of years old paintings, this is also the perfect spot to view leopard and klipspringer antelope. DRIVING TIME: DAY 3: APPROX 6-7HRS OFFROAD. DAY 4: APPROX 6-7HRS OFF-ROAD

DAYS 5-6

An early start affords the best conditions for your drive to Chobe. Your destination: a camp in a remote and unspoilt northern extremity of Chobe National Park, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains. The verdant surroundings aren’t all that surprising: you’re a mere 90km from Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River, in a fertile plateau that was the first National Park in Botswana and remains the second largest. Its diversity is what makes it so attractive to wildlife: marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodlands and sandy channels. It’s rightly famous for its predators and large concentrations of game, particularly elephant, with herds reaching up to 500 creatures in size. Thanks to the abundance

of water, this is a popular site for boat tours which take in the tributaries, meanders and oxbow lakes of the watercourse. On your last full day in Chobe, you’ll be able to choose how you spend your time. Participate in game drives, enjoy a sundowner cruise or take a photographic safari in a double decker boat, complete with 360-degree swivelling seats to enable the best viewing. Whatever you choose, your knowledgeable A&K guides and Land Rover Experience Instructors will help you to make the most out of your day. DRIVING TIME: DAY 5: APPROX 6-7HRS OFFROAD. DAY 6: APPROX 6-7HRS OFF-ROAD

DAY 7

Your final day brings a private transfer back to Kasane for your flight home. Goodbye, Botswana.

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Driving times: Please note that these apply to our Moremi – Chobe departures. For reverse departures the driving times will be the same, just in reverse.

XAKANAXA CAMP

SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE

SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO

As the custodians of one of Botswana’s very first safari camps, the owners of Xakanaxa have gone to extraordinary lengths to preserve its original bush camp character. Most of the staff have been loyal employees of the camp for many years, and traditional gas lamps and candles cast a warm glow over the charming interiors at night. Xakanaxa – pronounced ‘Kaka-naka’ – is one of the smaller, more luxurious camps in the delta, with large bathrooms; if, however, you seem to be missing a few towels during your stay, look to the baboon population who live in and around the camp. They’re just as fond of luxury linen as you are.

Game concentrations near Savute Safari Lodge are high, so it’s not surprising that past guests have reported traffic jams of the elephant variety blocking the roads surrounding the camp. Since the waters returned to the Savute Channel in 2008 the area has enjoyed spectacular game viewing as the wildlife returned to the area; the lodge itself sits a mere 50m from the freely-flowing channel. Rooms are designed around game watching: sliding glass doors, expansive viewing decks and alfresco dining areas, with a stunning swimming pool overlooking the channel where elephants regularly drink, bathe and play. As sunlounger views go, this is one of the best.

Chobe Chilwero – meaning ‘high view’ – gazes across water and flood plains into Namibia’s Caprivi Strip with 15 cottages. It’s Botswana’s only true safari spa – you simply can’t miss a ‘spafari’ therapy in the treetop treatment room – and has a burgeoning reputation for gourmet food. After settling in and enjoying one of the best sundowners known to man or beast, you can sit back, relax, and observe the park’s massive concentration of elephant and buffalo from your hammock. As well as game viewing, there are waterborne safaris on the Chobe – and that means encounters with crocodile, hippo and the amazing range of birdlife. Small wonder the area is labelled ‘The Galapagos of Africa’.

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MOROCCO

PRICE PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

10TH MAY - 16TH MAY

£8,245†

£2,000

21ST MAY - 2 7 TH MAY

£8,245†

£2,000

28TH MAY - 3RD JUNE

£8,245†

£2,000

5TH JUNE - 11TH JUNE

£8,245†

£2,000

2015 DATES

† Based on two people sharing, excluding international flights. Discounts cannot be applied to any other Abercrombie & Kent offer. Availability and terms and conditions apply.

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ATLAS AND ATLANTIC Our Morocco is a kaleidoscope of colour, culture and adventure. Discover a raw and varied landscape, of undulating desert dunes of saffron yellow, soaring mountains capped with glittering snow and vibrant cities humming with an effervescent energy. Morocco is blessed with a unique culture resulting from indelible Arabic, African and European influences; multifaceted, multi-coloured and multicultural, it’s at once unpretentious and indulgent, but most importantly, intensely welcoming. On this self-drive adventure you’ll become accustomed to the hospitality. Morocco knows how to do luxury. You’ll cross the barren flats

between Marrakech and Essaouira, travelling the ancient route caravans once used along the romantic spice trails, driving in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains. Taking in beaches, forest and desert dunes, you’ll travel up into the Atlas range, navigating your Range Rover Sport along historic byways and off-road tracks, before returning to Earth in the heady souks of Marrakech for sumptuous feasts. Welcome to our Morocco. This is a colourful exploration, full of forgotten flavours. Enjoy the ride.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS Thrilling off-road driving from behind the wheel of a luxury Range Rover Sport

BY LAND

Max No of Land Rover Experience Instructors: 4 Minimum driving age: 21 Minimum participation age: 12

Driving in varied terrain, such as the Agafay Desert and the Atlas Mountains Explore buzzing and exciting Marrakech, visiting Djemaa el-Fnaa and the souks Stay in some of Morocco’s finest boutique accommodation Experience the stunning scenery and warm hospitality of vibrant Moroccan culture Upgrade to a luxury departure, including fabulous accommodation and VIP hospitality at British Polo Day Morocco

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DAYS 1–2

On arrival at Marrakech Menara Airport you will be chauffeured into the city to your luxury residence. Your fellow guests will join you for a welcome dinner at Villa des Orangers before your driving adventure begins in the morning. After a brief familiarisation with your Range Rover Sport and an introduction to your Land Rover Experience Instructors, you’re off – nipping through the streets of Marrakech, bursting through the city limits into the affluent suburbs and out in to the barren flats flanking the city. Today you’ll be crossing the desert landscape between Marrakech and the coastal town of Essaouira, passing through villages and navigating rocky tracks. Your route will be watched over by the arresting north face of the Atlas Mountains, and you’ll be driving in its looming shadow for most of the way. You’ll pause for thought – and lunch – at the famous Essaouira institution, Chalet de la Plage. Constructed entirely from wood by the Farraud family in 1893, the restaurant has seen four generations of owners in its lengthy history. The walls are lined with souvenirs and photographs from all around the globe, delivered by its international clientele who flock to the restaurant for its freshly-landed grilled fish, sea urchin and oysters.

DAYS 3-4

Essaouira. A windswept little town on the far west coast of Morocco, and, perhaps surprisingly, a veritable surfer’s paradise. Surrounded by crenelated fortress walls, its isolated location on a jutting promontory creates a natural bay protected by the Île de Mogador, the perfect environment for tumbling barrel waves. After a sumptuous dinner and a restful night’s sleep within the walls of the old medina, you’ll be taking your Range Rover on to the beach, enjoying a challenging sand drive along the Atlantic coast before turning inland through the semi-desert Souss valley. Thickly carpeted in thousands upon thousands of argan trees, the arganier forest is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, inhabited by hundreds of goats who feast on the nuts and climb high into the trees. Heading south, you’ll cross the Low Atlas to the town of Taroudant. Hemmed in by imposing defensive walls, the pink-hued town is often known as the ‘Grandmother of Marrakech,’ as it resembles

the city in miniature with its enclosing ramparts. The fortified town lies along the ancient caravan route; you’ll take a tour of the Kasbah Quarter, originally a magnificent winter palace, before a traditional Moroccan supper. Day four brings some of the most challenging driving of your trip. Heading north, you’ll drive through the scenic Tizi n’Test Pass, a 2000m ascent crossing the Atlas Mountains, connecting Taroudant to the north of the country. Excavated by the French in the 1920s by blasting earth from the mountains, it created an important trade passage between the northern cities and the communities south of the harsh and hostile mountain range. One of the most scenic drives in the country, it meanders seemingly skywards in a series of hair-raising hairpin bends, affording unmatched panoramic views that serve as a gateway to the south and passing through Berber villages that scarcely hear a foreign tongue. After the pass, the tawny rocks of the Agafay Desert await. DRIVING TIME: DAY 3 APPROX 6HRS. DAY 4 APPROX 6HRS.

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DAYS 5-6

Leaving the romantic desert landscape behind, your route brings you on a short drive back to Marrakech along compacted dirt terrain and gravel tracks via the Plateau du Kik, an area of awe-inspiring natural beauty where you can pause for lunch in a Berber village, trying traditional tagine-cooked dishes. Next: Marrakech. A frantic circus of activity in the desert; prepare to lose your inhibitions and sense of direction and embrace the loud,

DRIVING TIME: DAY 2 APPROX 6HRS

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colourful city and its hurried population. Try to walk ten paces in any direction and you’ll come up against towering piles of spices, trundling donkey carts, piles of vibrant leather pouffes or stalls selling fragrant slow-cooked dishes to make your mouth water. In the centre of it all, Djemaa el-Fnaa is a brilliant culture shock and an immersion in all that is unfamiliar. Our Moroccan office has years of experience in guiding guests around the city. This is no normal, run-of-the-mill guided tour. We’ll take you to the best bazaars, introduce you to the finest local craftsmen and show you where to sit for the best view of Djemaa el-Fnaa’s incredible evening transformation, as the snake charmers make way for steaming street food outlets. After five days of thrilling action, you’ll surely sleep soundly on your last night, but even the deepest of slumbers deserves to be disturbed to hear the haunting call of the early morning muezzin. The soundtrack to Marrakech, one lone voice rising into the dawn, above the distant din of Djemaa el-Fnaa and the Ville Nouvelle: it’s a moving and unforgettable refrain that strikes a chill down the spine and creates lingering memories that stay with you, long after you’ve left the cacophony of Marrakech behind. This is the end of your driving adventure, but we’d recommend extending your stay in Marrakech for a few days to fully appreciate the city and all its splendours. Ma’assalama, Morocco. DRIVING TIME:

VILLA DES ORANGERS

VILLA DE L’O

It’s quite hard to comprehend the silence at Villa des Orangers. Just 400 metres from frantic, frenetic Djemaa el-Fnaa, the cacophony of sound that accompanies Morocco’s day to day life disappears as soon as you slip behind the thick whitewashed walls, peace only punctuated by the distant call of the muezzin, guiding faithful Muslims to prayer at nearby Koutoubia mosque. Inside, Orangers has a heart of tranquillity. The secluded courtyards and terraces hide three pools, expansive gardens and restful sun decks, with shade from fragrant orange trees giving the hotel its name and intricate architecture at every turn. Welcome to the oasis.

You can’t get more boutique than Villa de l’O. Owned by two sisters, Caroline and Celine, the twelve suites of this 18th century riad sit just metres from the coastline in the heart of the medina. In the surfers paradise of Essaouira there’s an end-of-the-world feeling, but l’O is packed full of modern conveniences and oozes character and warmth. Inside, a subtle alchemy of stone, sculpted wood and rich fabrics creates a contemplative space perfect for relaxing after a day of thrilling off-road driving, whether it’s in the hammam, Orientinspired spa or relaxing lounge rooms, before sipping mint tea in one of Essaouira’s cosy taverns.

DAY 5 APPROX 3 HRS.

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KASBAHS, KSARS AND THE SPORT OF KINGS There’s no question, Morocco knows how to do luxury. Outstanding hotels, exquisite feasts and glittering soirees are par for the course, all executed with a dash of Arabic elegance. But what if we said there was more? Alongside our Morocco adventure we have a little extra something for those who admire the finer things in life – and then some. Staying in a host of Morocco’s most fabulous residences, you’ll drive your Range Rover Sport off-road in the hills surrounding Kasbah Tamadot, heading up into the Atlas Mountains, through Berber villages and rocky canyons before dropping down to Morocco’s dramatic Atlantic coastline and the surfing town of Essaouira. Travelling on to Taroudant, you’ll explore Marrakech in miniature, heading once again into the Lower Atlas and arriving in truly decadent style at mobile desert camp in the Agafay desert. Returning to Marrakech, you’ll attend the star-studded welcome party for British Polo Day at Riad El Fenn. Spending the following day at British Polo Day at the Jnan Amar Polo Club, you’ll enjoy the quintessentially British splendour before an evening celebration at the legendary La Mamounia. A luxury journey deserves the epitome of luxury accommodation, and we’ve selected the finest Morocco has to offer. Kasbah Tamadot, the exclusive home of Richard Branson, needs no introduction, nor does the hospitality of the sleek oasis, Sofitel Mogador. You’ll also experience A&K’s legendary mobile tented camp in the heart of the desert, stay at the international renowned La Gazelle d’Or and conclude your trip at Marrakech’s fabulously lavish Royal Mansour.

KASBAH TAMADOT

SOFITEL MOGADOR

LA GAZELLE D’OR

A&K LUXURY MOBILE CAMP

ROYAL MANSOUR

ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS

PRICE PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Kasbahs, Ksars and The Sport of Kings

£12,795†

£3,300

13TH MAY - 18TH M AY

£5,995†

£1,500

20TH MAY - 26TH M AY

£5,995†

£1,500

27 TH MAY - 1ST JUNE

£5,995†

£1,500

2015 DATES 19TH APRIL - 26TH APRIL

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SCOTLAND

DRIVING EXPERIENCE KEY

Atholl Butterstone Perth

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Gleneagles

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Accommodation Style: Luxury

Kilmarnock

Vehicle Type: Land Rover Discovery Manual or automatic: Automatic No of customer vehicles: 6

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BONNIE SCOTLAND Scotland. A mighty land bursting with pride, with a stunning wild landscape and a history equally as dramatic. Its rolling green hills, wide open views and undulating coastline create the perfect foundation for an off-road adventure in a Land Rover Discovery. It goes without saying that our Scotland adventure takes in the finest sights, from the imposing backdrop of Edinburgh Castle to the heath-carpeted moorlands of its stunning estates. But there’s more: grand, quietly graceful

hotels in idyllic positions; the freshest Scottish produce served up by the country’s best chefs; behind-the-scenes access to iconic sights and cultural institutions; and charismatic local guides who will bring the country’s tumultuous history to life. Scotland has riches galore, and A&K is here to reveal them to you. This is an exhilarating cross-country adventure. Enjoy the ride.

BY LAND

ENGLAND

Max No of Land Rover Experience Instructors: 7

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

No of support vehicles: 2

Explore historic Edinburgh, including the Castle and royal residences

Minimum driving age: 21 Minimum participation age: 12

Drive over open moorland, rocky tracks and river crossings at Land Rover Experience Scotland Go off-road on private estates with spectacular views Visit historic whisky distilleries for exclusive tasting sessions Stay in iconic Scottish hotels, including Gleneagles Sumptuous private banquet in the stunning Blair Castle

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A member of the A&K team will meet you at Edinburgh Airport for your transfer into the city. This evening you’ll be staying in the iconic Waldorf Astoria Caledonian, enjoying a sumptuous welcome dinner in the hotel. The next day, Edinburgh is yours to explore. Undoubtedly one of the most dramatically situated cities in Europe, the ancient streets buzz with history and tradition, under the watchful eye of Edinburgh Castle. You’ll spend the morning exploring the Castle, home to the Honour of Scotland, the oldest set of Crown Jewels in the British Isles. From its impressive battlements you’ll be privy to probably the most incredible view of the city, a birds-eye look at its wide boulevards and narrow alleyways, including the iconic Royal Mile. From one castle to another, you’ll travel down the Mile to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s Official Residence in Scotland, and former home of Mary Queen of Scots. Though she lived at the palace for only a few years, they were to be some of the most dramatic in Scottish history. It was here that she loved, lost, faced volatile political treachery, endured scandals of murder and was in turn threatened with her own life, before later being imprisoned and sentenced to death in England by Elizabeth I. If no member of the Royal Family is in residence, you will tour Holyrood Palace, including Mary’s apartments and the staterooms, noted for their ornate plasterwork ceilings.

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Discovery. Today you’ll make the journey from Edinburgh to Land Rover Experience Centre Scotland, on the peaceful banks of Butterstone Loch. Here you’ll enjoy lunch, followed by a thrilling afternoon of offroad adventure, developing your driving skills on the nursery slopes, obstacles and forest tracks accompanied by your Land Rover Experience Instructor, followed by a picturesque drive through the mountains of a neighbouring private estate, culminating at Edradour Distillery. Renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in the world, Edradour stands alone as the last stronghold of handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production today. Here you’ll enjoy a whisky tasting, sampling the classics to the wine finishes and the formidable heavily peated single malt; your instructor will chauffeur you safely back to Fonab Castle, your residence for the evening. Day four dawns with a lavish breakfast feast, and after you’ll travel northwards into the Atholl Estate for an exhilarating off-road drive, fording streams and observing the area’s abundance of wildlife. You’re on hallowed ground here; this is Land Rover country, and you’re driving a route that has been used for vehicle testing and new launches, which will put you and your vehicle through your paces. In need of refreshment, you’ll pause for a traditional picnic as Land Rover owners do: on your tailgate. A favourite pastime at shooting parties and country fairs throughout the country, tailgating is the perfect way to enjoy the local produce of Scotland alfresco.

DAYS 3-4

This morning you’ll meet your team of Land Rover Experience Instructors and familiarise yourself with your very own Land Rover

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BONNIE SCOTLAND Afterwards, you’ll return to your hotel for some indulgent rest and relaxation time. Alternatively, ramp up the action with clay pigeon shooting, quad trekking or fishing (although we can highly recommend the brand-new spa). Tonight a truly unique experience waits within the sacred walls of Blair Castle. You’ll hear the enchanting story of the castle’s tumultuous 700-year history, taking you through visits from Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s own stay in the castle. A tour of the castle will reveal its impressive renovation, from a smuggler-infested island into a comfortable home, before a sumptuous traditional Scottish banquet housed in a private room within the castle walls. DRIVING TIME: DAY 3: APPROX

6,000 acres and home to the beautiful Loch Turret. A drive through the estate provides the ideal path to your home for the night: Gleneagles. One sight of the green, hilly landscape below will help you understand why the outdoor game of golf was developed here around six hundred years ago. Gleneagles is certainly a beautiful place to play: springy moorland underfoot, and unspoilt views of the rock faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon. In addition to golf, the world-famous hotel provides the chance to try out traditional Scottish pursuits: there are shooting and fishing schools, one of the most impressive riding centres in Europe and the chance to try your hand at falconry and gundog training. If that’s not enough the Club and the spa will cater for all your exercise and relaxation needs.

Gleneagles is also home to the restaurant of two Michelin-starred chef Andrew Fairlie – of course, we’ve made a reservation for you. On arrival you’ll enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, but after you might like to try out one of the famous golf courses or simply relax in the spa. It’s a fitting send-off to your memorable Scottish voyage.

FEATURED ACCOMMODATION

DRIVING TIME: DAY 5: APPROX 6HRS

DAY 6

Your final day brings a private transfer back to Edinburgh Airport for your flight home, although you may like to extend your trip with a night at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Farewell, bonnie Scotland. Please note: This trip can be combined with our Great Britain departures.

WALDORF ASTORIA CALEDONIAN

FONAB CASTLE

GLENEAGLES

A £24 million investment has seen the Caledonia undergo a facelift of epic proportions, bringing cosseted luxury to a landmark building affectionately known as ‘The Caley’ among Edinburgh’s locals. Nestled in the grand shadow of Edinburgh Castle, the former Victorian railway hotel has embodied Scottish hospitality for over 100 years. While its restoration has added modern touches (and the largest bathrooms of any hotel in the city), the Caledonian has retained its charm, seen in its grand staircases and softly lit alcoves.

Instantly welcoming, quintessentially Scottish. The warm, russet walls of the turreted castle hotel conceal a five-star masterpiece of tweed textiles, wood panelling and Baronial features, at once traditional but with subtle modern touches to keep your fairy tale on the right side of luxury. As castles go, this one is spectacular. Staying in the original fortress, panoramic views stretch from your window over Loch Faskally and the Highland scenery beyond. There is simply nowhere better to rest your head after a day of exploring Scotland’s verdant valleys and rippling roads.

When Gleneagles opened its doors in the decadent art deco era, it was hailed as ‘the Riviera of the Highlands’. Today, over 90 years on, this world-famous hotel is still a proud symbol of Scottish grandeur and robust country pursuits – all wrapped up in a cosseting layer of tartan luxury. The great outdoors brings fly-fishing, horse riding, falconry, wildlife photography, shooting, walking, cycling and no fewer than three championship golf courses. Once inside, there are grand interiors, sumptuous suites, an impeccable spa and Scotland’s only twoMichelin Star restaurant.

5HRS. DAY 4: APPROX 6 HRS

DAY 5

Auchnafree Estate is today’s beauty spot, a hidden glen with outstanding panoramic mountain views and a resident population of red deer, grouse, pheasant, Blue Mountain Hare and golden eagle. You’ll put your Land Rover – and yourself – through its paces across the 12,000 acres of stunning hill and crag, experiencing the absolute tranquillity of the remote wilderness. With a landscape forged by the onslaught of a bygone ice age, Auchnafree’s scenery is as dramatic as it is primeval, with scattered ruins and sacred monuments accompanying your passage. After a tailgate picnic, you’ll drive into the Glenturret Estate, a grouse moor of about

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OPTIONAL EXTRAS

TANZANIA

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

There is no greater appreciation of Scottish history than at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Each year’s mammoth celebration is heralded as a ‘global gathering’ of sorts, with performers from over 46 countries taking part. Located on the Esplanade, under the looming shadow of Edinburgh Castle, your ticket – VIP, naturally – will ensure that you are front and centre for all the thrills and excitement. You’ll be treated to a luxurious dinner beforehand at the award-winning Amber Restaurant of the Scottish Whisky Experience, just moments from the Esplanade. With music, performances and fireworks that illuminate the Edinburgh sky with a cacophony of sound and colour, the Tattoo showcases the pride of Scotland with magic and history in spades: the perfect end to your trip.

ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS

PRICE PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

9TH JULY - 14TH JULY



£5,220†*

£1,795*

19TH JULY - 24TH JULY



£5,220†

£1,795

12 TH AUGUST - 17 TH AUGUST



£5,220†

£1,795

18TH AUGUST - 23RD AUGUST



£5,220†

£1,795

24TH AUGUST - 30TH AUGUST

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

£5,995†*

£1,995*

2015 DATES

† Based on two people sharing, excluding international flights. Discounts cannot be applied to any other Abercrombie & Kent offer. Availability and terms and conditions apply. *Save 10% when booked in conjunction with our Great Britain programme.

BY AIR

UGANDA

DRIVING EXPERIENCE KEY

BY LAND

Lake Victoria

K E N YA

Serengeti National Park

R WA N DA

Adventure level: ARUSHA

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

BURUNDI

Mahale Mountains National Park

On-road

Tarangire National Park

Gravel Dirt trails

TANZANIA Katavi National Park

INDIAN OCEAN

Dodoma Ruaha National Park

Our safari takes in wild, untamed, majestic Tanzania. Accompanied by knowledgeable Land Rover Experience Instructors, you will explore the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Parks in comfort and luxury from behind the wheel of the very latest Land Rover Discovery. Under the massive canopy of Africa’s sky you’ll navigate wildlife-rich bush, vast open savannahs and baobab-riddled creeks. As the setting sun stains the horizon blood red, return to some of Africa’s most luxurious accommodation for our trademark blend of extraordinary opulence in astounding settings.

Could there be a better location? The African wilderness is where it all started for A&K when Geoffrey Kent set off in a Land Rover Defender stocked with army tents and his mother’s silver ice bucket. Fast forward more than 50 years and we’re taking you there with top-notch guides and an unparalleled reputation for safe, seamless travel in the hands of Land Rover’s experts. This is an off-road adventure, into the wild. Enjoy the ride.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS Drive through the Serengeti in a luxury Land Rover Discovery

Accommodation Style: Luxury, authentic safari camps and lodges

Dar es Salaam

Vehicle Type: Land Rover Discovery Manual or automatic: Automatic

Selous Game Reserve

OFF ROAD… INTO THE WILD

Types of driving:

Mt. Kilimanjaro

No of customer vehicles: 6 Max No of Land Rover Experience Instructors: 3

ZAMBIA

MOZAMBIQUE

Minimum driving age: 21 Minimum participation age: 12

See wildebeest, buffalo, elephant and exotic birdlife in Tarangire National Park Stay in Tanzania’s finest safari lodges and camps in the heart of the bush Visit a philanthropic beekeeping project and sample locally-produced honey Stay inside the rim of the majestic UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater The chance to witness the amazing spectacle of the migration

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In the park you’ll discover Mwika Beekeeping Project, a philanthropic endeavour supported by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, to assist villagers in providing honey, a local delicacy, to the community. Using sustainably-forested wood for hives, beekeepers harvest and bottle their honey for the village, selling the surplus to the Sanctuary safari camps in the area. In visiting Mwika you’ll learn about the Maasai culture and meet the villagers who call the area home. DRIVING TIME: DAY 2: APPROX 3.5 HRS.

OFF ROAD… INTO THE WILD DAY 1

You will be welcomed by a member of the A&K team at Kilimanjaro Airport for your transfer to Arusha, where you’ll spend your first night. Here you can take a short tour of the famous coffee region, feel the wind in your hair on a mountain bike or sample the local coffee blends: the adventure starts here.

DAY 3: APPROX 6HRS

DRIVING TIME: 1 HR 30 MINS

DAYS 4-5

DAYS 2-3

This morning you’ll meet your team, an experienced group of Land Rover Instructors and guides, not to mention your very own Land Rover Discovery 4. After running through the day’s drive in detail, keys in hand, you’ll set off for the spectacular scenery of Tarangire National Park, which we regard as one of the best game reserve secrets on Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. With large herds of wildebeest, buffalo and elephant – up to 300 strong – and 550 species of birds, it offers the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. And, as you’ll be delighted to find, it also offers outstanding off-road driving with widescreen panoramas of savannah grasslands, dotted with acacia woodland and large baobabs. Once your entry formalities are completed, over a pot of tea or local coffee, of course, you’ll have the chance to explore the park from behind the wheel of your vehicle, a privilege only a few have experienced. While it teems with wildlife during the day, at night is when you’ll hear the park come alive; stargaze under a diamondstudded blanket of inky sky, before retreating to your luxury lodge and falling asleep to the sounds of the bush.

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Climbing a steep escarpment which will put your off-road skills to the test, you’ll reach the Ngorongoro Crater, your spectacular home for the next two nights. Here you’ll discover a second thrilling hit of African wildlife and enthralling history. Your first sight of the crater – the world’s largest unbroken caldera – is from behind the wheel of your Land Rover, peering over the plunging rim. Twenty kilometres wide and 600m deep, it’s home to 30,000 animals including zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, buffalo and eland. And if there are grazing animals, you can guarantee there are predators with around 100 well-fed lion and 400 spotted hyena. At dawn endangered black rhino return to the cover of the magical crater forest after eating dew-laden grass in the morning mist. It’s also the stage for more superb off-road driving. All drives are meticulously planned by our guides and your Land Rover Experience Instructors, offering superb routes and epic tests of your newfound skills. DRIVING TIME: DAY 4: APPROX 5 HRS. DAY 5: APPROX 6HRS.

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OFF ROAD… INTO THE WILD

FEATURED ACCOMMODATION

DAYS 6-8

The Serengeti. The magnificent, soul-lifting, savagely remote Serengeti, and you’re in the driving seat. No one knows Africa like we do, and for the next two days you’ll experience a thrill like nowhere else in the world. Forget any great drives you have made before. This is in a different league. Tarmac, traffic and cafés belong to another planet. The Serengeti – meaning ‘endless plains’ in Maasai – near the northern border with Kenya, contains three million large animals with legendary twice yearly migrations that see some six million hooves thundering to new grazing grounds. Here you can test the Discovery’s acclaimed Terrain Response system in thick sand, deep ruts, slippery gravel and water crossings. There’s an opportunity for more challenging drives – or use the time to kick back and relax at camp if you prefer. A decent night’s sleep – trust us, you will sleep like never before – and another day reveals more Serengeti secrets. Spectacular sightings are never far away with the migratory animals spending much of the year near the edge of the park, and common plains game includes giraffe and warthog. Prides of lions hunt the herbivores while the Grumeti River in the north of the park has some of the largest Nile Crocodiles on Earth. If you wish to throw some airborne excitement into the mix, we’ll organise a dawn hot air balloon flight for you. It’s a glorious way to wrap up your thrilling driving adventure.

Day eight means a trip back to Arusha, where you’ll recharge your batteries before your flight home. Goodbye, Tanzania. DRIVING TIME: DAY 6: APPROX 6HRS. DAY 7: APPROX 6 HRS. DAY 8: APPROX 1.5HRS

Driving times: Please note that these apply to our Arusha – Serengeti departures. For reverse departures the driving times will be the same, just in reverse.

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SANCTUARY SWALA

LEMALA KURIA HILLS

CRATER MOBILE CAMP

Nestled in a remote valley in the heart of Maasai country, in Tarangire National Park, Sanctuary Swala is comfort personified. Each of its 12 permanent double tents is attended by a personal butler, whose knowledge of the Park and attention to detail will only highlight your stay here. Set in total seclusion amongst soaring acacia trees, with views across the savannah, this little pocket of privacy offers game drives, walking and night drives, but the true highlight? The infinity pool. Not just any infinity pool. Swala’s shimmering azure oasis overlooks a watering hole often frequented by game; spotting elephants, or even lion, is closer than you think.

Rising majestically from the Serengeti, Lemala Kuria Hills is an intimate cluster of just ten suites, perched on a granite kopje close to the Mara River. We have it on good authority that Lemala offers some of the most luxurious safari accommodation that you’re likely to encounter: calling them mere tents is an understatement. Glass-fronted, with private plunge pools, angled not only for privacy but the best views across the main corridor of the legendary wildebeest migration, these are designed with relaxation in mind, featuring sitting and dressing areas, with indoor-outdoor showers, baths and a secluded deck. Unwind after your drive with an indulgent massage in the wild at the camp’s Melengali Spa.

The history of A&K begins on safari, and our mobile camps are still the best in the business. Crater Mobile Camp has a location like no other: sitting on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll have the best vantage point to view the wildlife that calls this area home. Lion, jackal, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, hippo, elephant, leopard… We could go on. And the sunsets. Oh, the sunsets. Recline on your private veranda with a sundowner and watch the flaming orange orb slip beneath the horizon of the crater. You’ll need your rest: staying in our mobile camp allows unprecedented access to the crater, so you can stay out longer and later than day visitors. It’s all part of the A&K experience.

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GREAT BRITAIN

ADDITIONAL PARK FEES*

PRICE PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

24TH SEP TEMBER - 1ST OCTOBER

£475

£7,995†

£2,000

1ST OCTOBER - 8TH OCTOBER

£475

£7,995†

£2,000

10TH OCTOBER - 17 TH OCTOBER

£475

£7,995†

£2,000

18TH OCTOBER - 25TH OCTOBER

£475

£7,995†

£2,000

27 TH OCTOBER - 3RD NOV EMBER

£475

£7,995†

£2,000

4TH NOV EMBER - 11TH NOV EMBER

£475

£7,995†

£2,000

2015 DATES

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Stamford

Solihull

DRIVING EXPERIENCE KEY

Birmingham

Adventure level: Cambridge

Stratford-upon-Avon

Types of driving: Eastnor Castle

ENGLAND

Cheltenham Blenheim Palace

Rock Crawl

Oxford

Cirencester

Mud & Ruts

Swindon Bristol

On-road

LONDON Windsor

Bath

Accommodation Style: Period properties and private homes Vehicle Type: Land Rover Discovery Manual or automatic: Automatic No of customer vehicles: 6

OFF ROAD… BEST OF BRITISH Welcome to a totally unparalleled experience. This unique programme, blending exhilarating adventure with the finest accommodation is the result of a union of two globally renowned British brands: Abercrombie & Kent and Land Rover. Our combined expertise has created a remarkable journey across our home turf. It’s your opportunity to drive a state of the art Land Rover Discovery through glorious countryside in the heart of Britain, a swelling symphony of verdant fields, rolling hills and lush forest, punctuated with historic stone villages, magnificent stately homes and dramatic castles.

ENGLISH CHANNEL

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

And this won’t be any ordinary drive: far from it. You’ll spend time with Land Rover Experience Instructors, safely developing and honing your skills on specially designed courses used to prepare explorers for major expeditions, before visiting the manufacturing facilities where the vehicles are made. Travelling on through the Midlands, your journey culminates with a classic sporting event that attracts the very best international competitors.

Explore the stunning British countryside in comfort from behind the wheel of a Land Rover

This is a tried and tested classic journey.

Private tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Enjoy the ride.

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Max No of Land Rover Experience Instructors: 2

BY LAND

Minimum driving age: 21 Minimum participation age: 12

Thrilling off-road driving in the beautiful surroundings of Eastnor Castle Visit magnificent stately homes and palaces Luxury accommodation throughout, embodying the best of English tradition and heritage Unique behind the scenes access at Land Rover’s state of the art manufacturing facilities

Extend your trip with a VIP sporting event

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OFF ROAD… BEST OF BRITISH

DAY 1

Your first day is spent in London where you’re chauffeured to your central hotel, The Milestone. You couldn’t find a more quintessentially British residence. In the heart of the Royal Borough, just a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace and Hyde Park, exploring the capital couldn’t be easier. Perhaps soar in the London Eye or stroll around the Tate Modern, before an evening dinner surrounded by the rich mahogany panelling and Victorian leaded windows of the Milestone’s acclaimed restaurant. DAYS 2-3

Day two and it’s time to head northwest, making acquaintance with your Land Rover in Berkshire under the imposing shadow of Windsor Castle. It’s a perfect aperitif for another British classic: Stratford-UponAvon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. A private tour of the recently redeveloped Royal Shakespeare Company theatre is followed by dinner and, of course, the best seats in the house for one of the Bard’s classic plays. As bedtime stories go, this one is a cracker. Your home for the night is The Arden, a boutique hotel just steps from the theatre. Travelling west, you’ll discover the beating heart of England, the Cotswolds, boasting some of the most classically beautiful English countryside in which to experience the Land Rover’s smooth handling and power. A retreat for London’s high flyers, the area is home to

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weekend retreats of the Prime Minister, A-list stars and supermodels. But first, Solihull; close to Britain’s car city of Birmingham, and it’s no ordinary visit. In classic A&K style, we’ve teamed up with Land Rover to offer an ‘access all areas’ private viewing of the production line. The millionth Discovery rolled off the line a couple of years ago and promptly drove 11,000 miles to Beijing to celebrate. This is no ordinary vehicle. You’ll also have the opportunity to test your ability on the famous Jungle Track in the heart of the factory, before returning to tarmac for a drive to Ellenborough Park, just south of Land Rover country on the edge of the Cotswolds in Cheltenham. Your home for the night is this former stately home, brimming with history, overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse. DRIVING TIME: DAY 2: APPROX 6HRS. DAY 3: APPROX 2HRS.

DAYS 4-5

Your first stop this morning is Sudeley Castle, just a short drive over the brow of the Cleeve Hill escarpment, the highest point in the Cotswolds. It’s a major player in the country’s history, a stage that has seen performances by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Richard III. There’s afternoon tea in a lovely property dating back to the 17th Century, Dormy House, a stones throw from the heartbreakingly beautiful honey-stoned village of Broadway. After tea you’ll make the short journey to your home for the next two nights: your very own castle.

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OFF ROAD… BEST OF BRITISH

FEATURED ACCOMMODATION

Eastnor Castle. The hugely impressive Baronial gem with a lush 5,000 acre estate swaddled by the Malvern Hills has long been the spectacular stage for the development and testing of Land Rover vehicles. The following day, get set for one of the most memorable experiences you can have behind the wheel. This is a full day off-road at Eastnor, tackling deep mud, steep hills and thick forest, along with specially designed obstacles. You’re in the expert and capable hands of Land Rover Experience Instructors, learning new skills in a location that is steeped in Land Rover’s history. We call it off the brochure, a true ‘wow’ experience that the qualified instructors ensure is also perfectly safe. You’ll have a picnic lunch out in the grounds of the Eastnor Castle estate, before retiring to the castle’s stately dining room for supper. DRIVING TIME: DAY 4: APPROX 1.5HRS. DAY 5: APPROX 4HRS.

DAY 6

Leaving Eastnor Castle behind you’ll head straight to another architectural showstopper: in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Its 2,000 acre sprawling estate is one stunning masterpiece after another, from the Formal Gardens to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscaped parkland. After lunch at the palace you’ll make your way back to Windsor, where it’s time to say farewell to your Land Rover. From here, you’ll be chauffeured back to London for the final part of your adventure.

Driving times: Please note that these apply to our London - Blenheim departures. For reverse departures the driving times will be the same, just in reverse. Please note: This trip can be combined with our Scotland departures.

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THE MILESTONE HOTEL, KENSINGTON

ELLENBOROUGH PARK

EASTNOR CASTLE

Located in the epicentre of imperial London, The Milestone is perfectly placed within the Royal Borough for exploring Britain’s legendary capital. It’s a mere amble from the hotel to the Serpentine in gloriously green Hyde Park, while the theatres and museums of the West End are just a short hop away. The Milestone is charm personified: decadent four-posters, heirloom furniture and the type of hushed, courteous yet unobtrusive service that you’d expect from one of the country’s finest five star hotels. Add in a commended restaurant, an intimate equestrian-themed bar and a legendary afternoon tea, and you have all you’ll ever need to explore the city in classic British style.

Luxury boltholes in the Cotswolds are ten a penny, but there’s a reason our Cheltenham office chooses to host its guests at Ellenborough Park. We know from experience that it has the most sumptuous beds in the county. We’re in on the secret that its Beaufort Dining Room serves the best loin of lamb in the area. And we know that even its most basic of rooms are overflowing with luxury features. Located on the brow of a hill with stunning views across Regency Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, its surroundings are made for country pursuits. Just as well then, that the hotel has its own gun room, and can arrange shooting – clay pigeon or otherwise – at the drop of a tweed cap.

There are few opportunities in life that afford the chance to stay in a castle, let alone the private residence of one of England’s oldest aristocratic families. Eastnor is a hidden treasure; built between 1810 – 1824, its fourteen year development gave birth to a colossal country house that elevated the standing of the Earl who commissioned its existence. Appearing as if a Medieval fortress standing guard over the Welsh Borders, the surrounding landscape is as dramatic as its architecture – perfect for testing out Land Rover’s superior vehicles. While it may lack the huge array of amenities of a five star hotel, it more than makes up for it with an abundance of character.

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ICONIC SPORTING EVENTS

WIMBLEDON

BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS

Nothing symbolises British sport more than Wimbledon, and there’s no better way to experience it than within the hallowed surroundings of the Gatsby Club, which allows entry to Court No.1, a Champagne reception, an Albert Roux three course lunch and that infamous afternoon tea. Should you choose to spend your last full day at Wimbledon you’ll stay at The Milestone, though you might like to upgrade your overnight accommodation to the Savoy, which needs no introduction.

Three-day eventing is the perfect package of equestrian disciplines: the harmony of dressage, the thrill of cross country and the precision of showjumping combine to make an electrifying spectacle of horsemanship. Burghley Horse Trials offers the chance to see some of the world’s most accomplished equestrians against the backdrop of one of Britain’s most stunning country estates. After the thrills and spills of the event, rest your head at the William Cecil, one of the most charming hotels in the area.

2015 DATES 25TH JUNE - 2ND JULY 2ND JULY - 9TH JULY 30TH AUGUST - 7 TH SEP TEMBER

AUSTRALIA

ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS

PRICE PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Wimbledon

£7,495†

£1,500

Wimbledon Men’s Quarter Finals; overnight at The Savoy

£8,495†

£2,000

Burghley Horse Trials

£7,495†

£2,593

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DRIVING EXPERIENCE KEY

NORTHERN TERRITORY

N'Dhala Gorge National Park

West MacDonnell National Park

Types of driving:

QUEENSLAND

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Adventure level:

On-road Rocky passes Sand Dirt tracks

Alice Springs

Kings Canyon

Finke Gorge

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru

Accommodation Style: Comfortable hotels and luxury lodges

Mt Conner

SOUTH AUSTRALIA BY LAND

Vehicle Type: Land Rover Discovery Sport Manual or automatic: Automatic

AUSTRALIA: ALICE TO ULURU Australia. A vast country comprised of juxtapositions: coast and mountain, desert and beach, modern and ancient indigenous culture and we’re taking you to the heart of it on this adrenalin-fuelled adventure to the Top End, Down Under. You’ll be venturing into the Red Centre – the wild, deserted and spiritual soul of Australia, steeped in Aboriginal heritage and tradition. Traversing the most challenging terrain, you’ll navigate your Land Rover Discovery Sport across dirt tracks, sandy riverbeds and rocky passes as you make your way into the country’s epicentre for adventure. Along the way you’ll be rewarded with spectacular sights and experiences such as the imposing, mythological beauty of Uluru,

No of customer vehicles: 6

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Max No of Land Rover Experience Instructors: 2

the waterways and canyons of Finke Gorge and Kings Canyon, and finally Cave Hill, home of the Anangu people, where you will gain a true insight into the culture and history of this raw and fascinating land.

Explore Australia’s iconic Red Centre from behind the wheel of the new Land Rover Discovery Sport

No of support vehicles: 2

Stay for two nights at Uluru’s most luxurious lodges – Sails in the Desert or Longitude 131°

Minimum driving age: 21 Minimum participation age: 12

You’ll be accompanied at every step of the way by Land Rover Experience Instructors and our informative local guides, who will help you make the most of your time in the captivating and sparsely populated Northern Territory.

Drive off-road through the thrilling scenery of Finke Gorge National Park as you follow a spectacular section of the Finke River

This is a legendary epic, across Australia’s final frontier.

Experience the best of Uluru, visiting sites of ancient rock art before enjoying sundowners as the sun sets

Enjoy the ride.

Visit Cave Hill, famed for its Aboriginal heritage and 20,000 year old cave paintings

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Hike the spectacular rim walk for views of Kings Canyon

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AUSTRALIA: ALICE TO ULURU DAY 1

The adventure starts as you arrive in Alice Springs, the gateway of the Red Centre, where a member of the A&K team will meet you and chauffeur you to your hotel. Alice is not without its own draws: springing up from humble beginnings more than 140 years ago, its far-flung location, its original attraction, is now dwarfed by the boom in adventure tourism. Its vast surroundings of burnished desert help to underscore its remoteness. After a short driver briefing and acquaintance with your Land Rover Discovery Sport, you’ll take a short drive through the nearby East MacDonnell Ranges, a weather-beaten rocky fissure stretching away from the town centre that was named after Sir Richard MacDonnell, Governor of South Australia in the 1860s. Your destination is N’Dhala Gorge Nature Park – this picturesque little gorge is a cultural treasure trove, with thousands of ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings), paintings and other sites of cultural significance. Its red quartzite peaks, striking cliffs and the meandering Ross River create the perfect backdrop for your first Land Rover driving experience. The rough tracks, sandy river beds and shallow water crossings will provide a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with your vehicle and off-road driving, as you swing through canyons streaked with ochre, pastel-hued hills and bleached gum trees. DRIVING TIME: APPROX 4-5HRS

DAY 2

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the beaten track. As you leave Alice Springs this morning you’ll head southwest to Finke Gorge National Park, where you’ll embark on the ultimate off-road drive along the course of the Finke River, one of the world’s oldest waterways. You’ll meander through the River Red Gum eucalyptus trees in the shadow of towering sandstone cliffs and fiery red dunes, passing unique plant life and inviting billabongs. The challenging terrain here varies from dry rocky creek beds to stretches of pillowy soft sand, testing your driving skills along the way. After Finke Gorge you’ll pass through the remote Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve, one of the jewels in the Northern Territory’s crown, before arriving at Watarrka National Park, home of Kings Canyon. After the day’s driving, shake off the road miles and reward your efforts with the awesome views into the canyon. DRIVING TIME: APPROX 8HRS

DAY 3

A yawning chasm slashing through the tawny desert, the walls of Kings Canyon are over 100m high, with a shining ribbon of creek rippling through the bottom. You’ll spend the morning exploring Kings Canyon, embarking on one of the three walks which reveal the natural wonder in all its glory, with varying degrees of difficulty. The popular 6km loop around the canyon, known as the Rim Walk, is designed for the more adventurous, kicking off with a challenging 500-step climb known affectionately as Heartbreak Hill among locals. The four-hour walk passes through stunning scenery with spectacular views of the gorge below and the surrounding landscape of

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open desert and gently rising sandstone domes. From the canyon rim you’ll descend into the belly of the beast, where you’ll find the Garden of Eden, a lush pocket of green amid the towering walls, where ferns and prehistoric cycads surround a tranquil pool, before a gentle descent back to the start. After your walk it’s time to get your sufficiently stretched legs back behind the wheel as you continue through the arid outback, deviating off-road through the Liddle Hills, before arriving at Uluru, the most culturally significant monolith in Australia. Here you’ll have the option to experience the Mala Walk, a gentle 1km amble around the base of Uluru, where your guide will explain the significance of Uluru and its rock art, before retiring to your hotel where you’ll enjoy sundowners as the sun sets over the great rock – a once in a lifetime experience. DRIVING TIME: APPROX 4-5HRS

DAY 4

Leaving Uluru behind, this morning’s drive takes you deep into the desert of the Pitjantjatjara Lands, traversing dirt tracks and dusty terrain towards your next destination, the remote Cave Hill, home to the Anangu people. En route you will drive past the formidable Mount Conner, the third largest monolith of the Red Centre and the

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characteristic opposite of Uluru with its starkly flat top. Here your indigenous hosts will provide a unique insight into Aboriginal culture and history including a guided tour of fascinating cave paintings, some of which are over 20,000 years old. They will also teach you about life in the desert, including how to prepare bush tucker delights, which you can sample if you dare. DRIVING TIME: APPROX 7-8HRS

DAY 5

It’s time to breathe in the desert air for a final time before you are chauffeured to your next destination. Ayers Rock Airport is the gateway to the rest of Australia, so it’s easy to extend your trip or alternatively take a connecting flight home.

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Driving times: Driving times are based on our Alice Springs to Uluru departures, driving times may vary according to local conditions. Reverse departures will have a similar amount of driving but the order of the days will vary.

Set against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges, Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs is an eco-friendly hotel perfectly placed for exploring the nearby mountain range. It is also just a 15 minute walk from Alice Springs, meaning you can easily venture into the historic outback town. That being said, you may have no reason to leave with the gym, spa and sauna at your fingertips, as well as two tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course nearby. The hotel is also home to one of the most popular restaurants in Alice Springs, the tried and tested Hanuman.

KINGS CANYON RESORT

LONGITUDE 131°

Designed to seamlessly blend in with the surroundings, Kings Canyon Resort – as the name suggests – is the perfect base from which to explore the mighty Kings Canyon which tears into the earth nearby. The spacious and comfortable rooms all have private balconies which afford spectacular views over the rocky gorge, which can also be enjoyed from the spa baths in the Deluxe Spa Rooms. From here you can embark on the challenging rim walk, or if that’s all too much effort simply relax in one of the resort’s two pools before sliding off to the sunset viewing platform, sundowner in hand.

Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131° brings a slice of safari to the Australian desert with its 15 luxury ‘tents’. These stand-alone rooms are draped with a flowing fabric to give the illusion of camping and are kitted out with crisp white linen and king size beds. Floor to ceiling windows reveal the ever-changing colours of Uluru, and controlled blinds mean you just have to flick a switch to see the stunning landscapes from the comfort of your bed. Away from the rooms, Table 131° is an unforgettable dining experience and spa facilities can be enjoyed at nearby Sails in the Desert Hotel.

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OPTIONAL EXTRAS

NAMIBIA

HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER KATA TJUTA

There are few places in Australia more breathtaking than Kata Tjuta. In the country of contrasts, with more beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs, soaring mountains and tangled jungles than anywhere else on Earth, this is no mean feat, but Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, is one of the most spiritual, visually arresting and culturally significant sites in Australia. You’ll have the option to enhance your visit with a helicopter flight over the rock formations, gliding through the air above Kata Tjuta for a bird’s-eye view of the 36 domes of burnished, sedimentary rock and of course, Uluru. Legend has it, if you visit in the wet season you may spot the great snake king Wanambi, who is said to live at the summit.

PRICE PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

OP TIONAL HELICOP TER FLIGHT (PER PERSON)

22ND NOV - 26TH NOV

£5,595†

£1,995

£170

28TH NOV - 2ND DEC

£4,495†*

£1,100

£170

4TH DEC - 8TH DEC

£5,595†

£1,995

£170

10TH DEC - 14TH DEC

£4,495†*

£1,100

£170

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Etosha National Park

Khaudum National Park

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Galton Gate

Ongava Game Reserve

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Skeleton Coast National Park

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Types of driving: On-road

Waterberg Plateau Park

Brandberg Mountain

Gravel roads Sand dunes

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Dusty dirt tracks

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Swakopmund

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Naukluft Mountains

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Sossusviel

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Namib Rand National Park

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Drive through the looming ochre dunes of Sossusvlei and across the challenging terrain of northern Damaraland

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11-day epic adventure through the varied and fascinating landscapes of Namibia, behind the wheel of your own iconic Land Rover Defender

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And where more strikingly beautiful to put the Defender through its paces than wild, unrelenting Namibia? Namibia is Africa with bells on, a million facets in one country ranging from the extremes of Sossusvlei’s strangely beautiful dunes to the lush, leafy bush of Etosha National Park. It’s the adventure capital of Africa: where else can you scale a 350m tall sand dune, go off-road

driving in scenic game reserves and take a balloon flight over the desert before spotting whales on a marine safari out in the crashing Atlantic? We are loathe to use the word breath taking, but in this instance there’s simply no other word to use: Namibia takes your breath away. If it’s not the views, it’s the sand boarding, off road adventuring, quad biking and, of course, game drives, that will have you exclaiming with delight as you turn up the action on a once in a lifetime experience. And for after, there’s the silence. Under a blanket of crystalline stars, you’ll never experience quiet like it anywhere else. It’s not only breath taking, it’s practically out of this world. This is an action-packed epic adventure.

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It’s a well-documented fact that Abercombie & Kent owes an element of its success to the Land Rover Defender: without Geoffrey Kent’s reliable Defender our company would not be what it is today. Founded in the plains of Africa, it seems fitting that we join together for an epic Adventure in what is possibly Land Rover’s most iconic all-terrain vehicle.

No of support vehicles: 2

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Minimum driving age: 21 Minimum participation age: 12

Track the elusive endangered black and white rhino through Damaraland Drive your Defender through Etosha National Park and Ongava Reserve, to witness the awe inspiring wildlife from a new perspective Enjoy a marine safari in Walvis Bay, with the chance to see migrating whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and many species of bird

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NAMIBIA: SOSSUSVLEI & SAFARI DAY 1

Welcome to Windhoek, Namibia’s small but perfectly formed capital. You will be greeted by a member of the A&K team at the airport and taken to your hotel for the night. A welcome dinner affords the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and learn more about your upcoming adventure. DRIVING TIME: APPROX 1HR.

DAYS 2-3

It’s time to get behind the wheel, and what a vehicle to be driving. After a continuous run of 67 years, production of the iconic and globally recognised Land Rover Defender will cease at its birthplace in Solihull in December 2015. Since 1948 it’s been an international workhorse, from the rolling green fields of the English countryside to the rocky, barren plains of Africa, and now it returns to the mighty continent for its last hurrah. Leaving Windhoek, you’ll head south to the dramatic Naukluft Mountains, traversing the wildlife-rich stacks and meandering around the many streams and waterfalls that characterise the range. Peering down from the craggy peaks from behind the wheel of your capable Land Rover Defender, it’s here that you’ll get your first sighting of Sossusvlei, great ribbons of amber, copper and vermillion, cutting a swathe through the arid desert. You’ll spend the next two days exploring Sossusvlei, with a hot air balloon flight over the dunes the ideal way to experience the glorious colours of the desert. Some of the oldest and highest dunes in the world are located here,

DAYS 4-5

DAYS 6 -7

Travelling across the vast, empty pains of the Namib Desert, today you’ll head north through the deep canyons and gorges surrounding the Kuiseb River, which cuts a dramatic gash through the lonely desert landscape. Concluding the day’s drive in Walvis Bay, you’ll arrive in a palm-fringed town on the Atlantic, replete with Dutch and German influences. The natural deep water harbour is a haven for ships, and waters rich in marine life draws large numbers of Southern right whales. While in Walvis Bay you’ll head out to sea on a marine safari, taking advantage of the protected lagoon and its plethora of wildlife. You’ll also have the chance to take your Defender off-road through the nearby dunes, or visit the charming colonial town of Swakopmund. Sandwiched between crashing Atlantic rollers and the desert, the only thing separating the German-Namibian city from its cousins along the North Sea is the tropical blend of palm trees and blown sand.

Heading north further still and you’ll enter Damaraland. The terrain rises upwards from the Skeleton Coast into the scrubby, remote plateaus of central Namibia, streaked with belts of green and swirling rivers which provide much needed sustenance for wildlife. The challenging drive across the rocky moonscape is supplemented by rutted dirt tracks and water crossings, making for a thrilling entrance to the Palmwag Concession. With 5,000km² of conservation areas, you’ll benefit from access to a restricted reserve that is home to the largest population of free-roaming black rhino in Africa. From your privileged position inside the park, you’ll join a rhino tracking project operated in conjunction with the Save the Rhino Trust. In tracking the elusive star of the show, you may also spot herds of wandering desert elephant, zebra and giraffe. At night, you can fall asleep to the sounds of the plains, but not before an alfresco supper around the camp fire under Namibia’s starry skies. Known for their diamond-like clarity, you’ll have one of the best views of the night sky on Earth.

wildlife in its natural habitat. Entering through the southwest Galton Gate, a new opening that was once limited to park personnel and few privileged visitors, you’ll not only observe the prolific wildlife in the area, but also learn about the traditional culture of the Himba and Damara people who call the harsh, unforgiving landscape home. Thanks to your Land Rover Defender, you’ll be one of the few able to head off-piste into the wilderness, in the restricted western section of the park. After exploring Etosha, you’ll cross into Ongava Game Reserve, a 28,000 hectare private reserve nudging Etosha’s southern boundary. Tinted white from lime and salt, the stark pan is a vast, cracked eggshell cloak stretching as far as the eye can see. Putting your Defender through its paces, you’ll have the chance to spot antelope and zebra from your vehicle, crossing from the lush, verdant bush of Etosha into the harsh openness of Ongava. Your thrilling adventure ends with a final game drive before driving south to Windhoek, for your last night in Namibia and a chance to recharge your batteries.

DRIVING TIME: DAY 6: APPROX 6-7HRS.

DRIVING TIME: DAY 8: APPROX 5-6HRS.

DAY 7: NO DRIVING.

DAY 9: APPROX 4-5HRS. DAY 10: APPROX 6-7HRS.

DAYS 8-10

DAY 11

Leaving Damaraland behind, you’ll navigate your Defender into Etosha National Park, another of Namibia’s renowned game reserves. The early morning game drive affords incredible views across the vast pan: an immense saline desert which transforms for a few days each year into a shallow lagoon teeming with vibrant, candy-floss pink flamingos and striking white pelicans. Home to more than 110 species of mammal, 340 species of bird plus countless reptiles, amphibians and insects, Etosha ranks as one of the world’s greatest venues for observing

Today you’ll leave the aridly beautiful city behind for your flight home. Farewell, Namibia. Farewell, Defender.

DRIVING TIME: DAY 4: APPROX 6HRS. DAY 5: OPTIONAL DRIVING.

formed through many thousands of years of oxidisation in the harsh environs of the Namib Desert. Here you’ll see the famous dunes, some of the most photographed landscapes in all of Africa. Affectionately named Big Daddy, Big Mama, and possibly the most famous of all, Dune 45, you’ll be able to climb the soft peaks for incredible views across the ochre carpet of dunes. Navigating your Defender through the crusty salt pan you’ll travel to the heart of Sossusvlei: Deadvlei. The setting of many a post-apocalyptic virtual reality in commercials, music videos and fantasy films, Deadvlei was once a fertile oasis of acacia trees, fed by the floods from the nearby Tsauchab River. Now it

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resembles the ideal setting for a psychological thriller: after drought hit the area, the 900-year old trees perished and turned black, scorched by the unforgiving desert sun. Here you’ll find a captivating contrast between the white salt pan, black trees and cerulean sky, surrounded by the violent orange of the dunes. Your evenings are free to enjoy the incredible silence of the desert from your thatched camp, where you can spot ostrich, jackal and gemsbok around the waterhole, or wash away the sand in the plunge pool. DRIVING TIME: DAY 2: APPROX 6HRS. DAY 3: APPROX 4HRS.

DRIVING TIME: NO DRIVING.

NAMIBIA: SOSSUSVLEI & SAFARI

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GOCHEGANAS

KULALA DESERT LODGE

PELICAN POINT LODGE

DESERT RHINO CAMP

DOLOMITE CAMP

ONGAVA LODGE

Situated a mere 29km southeast of Windhoek, GocheGanas perches on a hilltop overlooking the spectacularly beautiful landscape of craggy hillocks and acacia trees. Meaning ‘place of Camel Thorns’, the 16 thatched chalets gaze out onto a nature reserve, home to 25 different species of large game. There’s a heated indoor pool, cave sauna and fitness centre – if you can tear yourself away from the views, and a hilltop restaurant from which you might spot springbok and kudu. From your private timber deck you’ll have uninterrupted views of the landscape, offering the perfect welcome to Namibia.

Kulala means ‘to sleep’ in Oshimwambo, the local dialect, and sleep you shall after a thrilling day of exploring the dunes of Sossusvlei. The rustic thatched tents peer at the dunes in the distance, but for the best views you’ll need to go higher. Now’s your chance to experience that famous Namibian night sky, as comfortable bedrolls are placed on the flat roof of your lodge from which you’ll have the best seats in the house for a night under the stars. Ostrich, jackal and gemsbok are frequent visitors to the nearby waterhole, and you’ll have a waterhole to yourself in the welcome form of the lodge’s refreshing plunge pool.

When it comes to location, Pelican Point Lodge is in a class of its own. Walvis Bay is protected by a narrow sand spit, cocooning the calm lagoon from the crashing rollers out in the Atlantic. It is on this spit that you’ll find Pelican Point: a renovated old harbour control building, its nine individually designed suites have bio fireplaces and private decks from which to observe the abundant wildlife. With the untouched Atlantic beaches on one side and the marine-rich lagoon on the other, you are quite literally sandwiched between natural beauty. The hotel’s restaurant is renowned for serving wholesome and sophisticated dishes with national flavours.

Nestled in a wide valley, Desert Rhino Camp’s eight raised Meru-style canvas tents sit in prime position amid the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession and its rolling, rocky hills. Front verandas take in the sweeping views of scattered euphorbia and the dramatic Etendeka Mountains in the distance, while the dining and lounge areas are elevated to take in more of the soaring views. There’s a welcome swimming pool which provides respite from the heat, and evening meals are often enjoyed around the camp’s fire pit, under a canopy of shimmering stars. You’re in the perfect place to spot the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa.

The first hotel inside western Etosha, Dolomite Camp is your home inside one of the last remaining wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The camp’s 20 chalets sit on elevated wooden decks around the edges of a natural ridge, with thatched roofs, canvas walls and large, wooden-framed retractable doors allowing spectacular panoramic views. While the surrounding landscape of the plains and its abundant wildlife is enough to keep you enthralled, there’s also a restaurant, bar, sunset deck and infinity pool. And with more than 10 waterholes surrounding the camp, a chance to spot the local plains game isn’t too far away.

Seemingly hewn from the earth, Ongava Lodge’s 12 brick, rock and thatch chalets are perfectly placed for your time exploring Etosha National Park and Ongava Game Reserve. Here you’re sharing your bed with lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok and hartebeest, all of which can be spotted at many of the waterholes in the park. With commanding views over the bush, your private lodge has a covered veranda from which you’ll have the best spot in the house for observing the wildlife. There’s even a swimming pool for you to cool off in after a day behind the wheel exploring the beautiful parks.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Who operates the trips? Abercrombie & Kent operate the trips in conjunction with Land Rover who provide the vehicles and the qualified Land Rover Experience driving instructors. Each route has been designed by Land Rover.

Why has Land Rover partnered with A&K? Our combined expertise offers you the unique opportunity to explore spectacular destinations from behind the wheel of Land Rover’s state of the art allterrain vehicles: all this while enjoying every creature comfort en route, underpinned by the meticulous planning, local insight and seamless ground arrangements for which A&K is renowned.

Who does the driving? You do! There will be a number of Land Rover Experience instructors on hand to provide guidance and support and help out if you’re tired or want to take a break, but these are self-drive itineraries, so you’re behind the wheel in the latest Land Rover vehicles. PRICE PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

1ST NOV - 11TH NOV

£8,495†

£2,195

13TH NOV - 23RD NOV

£8,495†

£2,195

25TH NOV - 5TH DEC

£8,495†

£2,195

7 TH DEC - 17 TH DEC

£8,495†

£2,195

2015 DATES

† Based on two people sharing, excluding international flights. Availability and terms and conditions apply.

I’ve never driven a 4x4 vehicle before, can I still go on the trip? Absolutely. There will be qualified Land Rover Experience Instructors accompanying each trip who will provide expert guidance and reassurance. There are some trips where the driving is easier, and some where the routes are more challenging but each trip is designed for drivers of all abilities.

How is this trip different to a regular A&K trip? All trips are self-drive unlike other trips in our portfolio. Due to the nature of driving off-road, there are more support staff on these trips giving you additional reassurance and an exceptional level of service and detail on the ground. You will travel with a minimum of two and a maximum of six expert Land Rover Experience Instructors, plus the added services of your A&K tour director who is on hand to provide assistance where required, offer unique insight and generally make sure the group is having a great time.

Are these trips more for people interested in driving off-road or for seeing the destination? Both. These trips are for people looking to experience the best of each destination, from a unique perspective: behind the wheel of the world’s most capable all-terrain vehicles.

Do we have a guide with us in the vehicle? Not at all times. The tour director will move between the client vehicles.

How much off-road driving do we do? Off-road driving will depend on the programme and destination, please take a look at the individual key for the level of off-road driving on a particular trip.

Is there a service car? Each trip is planned with two support vehicles, one lead and one tail vehicle to accompany the group.

Do we travel in a convoy? Yes, we will travel in convoy, following the safest and most enjoyable route. Whilst in convoy we use radio communication between vehicles. For the Great Britain programme we will travel with GPS co-ordinates pre-programmed and agreed rendezvous points along the way.

Does an A&K guide go on the trip? Yes – you will have both the services of an A&K tour director and local guides depending on the programme.

What is the clothing requirement for the trips? For driving days you will need to dress in comfortable clothing appropriate for off-road driving, including sturdy footwear. For Africa the usual recommendations for safari clothing will apply. We will provide a detailed clothing list at the time of booking.

Do I need to purchase extra insurance to be able to drive? What if there is an accident? As with all of our trips it is compulsory for all guests to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy. You must inform your insurer you will be driving off-road and ensure that this element is covered. Additional vehicle insurance is not required, although prior to commencing each trip guests will be required to sign a Land Rover driving disclaimer.

What type of driver’s license will I need? For all trips you must have a full driving licence that is valid in your country of residence and has been held for a minimum of three years. You must bring all parts of your driving licence with you. If the driver’s licence is in a language other than English, an International Driving Permit is also required.

Are the cars manual or automatic? All cars are automatic, with the exception of the Defender which we will use for the delivery of the Namibia programme.

What happens if a trip does not reach its minimum numbers? Will it be cancelled? We will endeavour not to cancel any of our departures but in some cases this is inevitable. We reserve the right to cancel a trip if minimum operating numbers have not been reached 12 weeks before departure. Trips will operate based on a minimum of eight passengers. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.

What will the accommodation be like? Reflective of the destination you are visiting, we have secured the best available and most authentic accommodation throughout each of our programmes, enabling you to truly experience the finest of each destination.

How many people are in each vehicle? Our prices are based on two people sharing a vehicle. The vehicles can take up to 4 people in total.

What is the maximum group size on each Adventure? To provide a more intimate and exclusive experience, the maximum group size on each adventure will be 12 guests (two per vehicle)

We would like to extend our trip by a few days, can we do this? Absolutely. Speak to your dedicated travel consultant about the number of options to extend your trip, they will be more than happy to make recommendations based on your interests and budget. If your extension involves reducing or amending the time spent on the main tour programme then please note that additional charges may apply.

How much is the deposit? Our deposits are 20% of the overall trip cost, this is required to secure your place on the tour. Some programmes may require a larger deposit to secure additional components, such as hospitality tickets for our sports tours or helicopter excursions and balloon flights, etc. Your consultant will advise of the additional costs involved.

Will I need a visa? Visa requirements depend on your nationality. For full requirements please check with your Embassy before booking your trip. We can offer a visa processing service if required.

When do I need to pay in full?

What is included in the cost of the trip?

Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single-occupancy room than for a shared twin room because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single-occupancy rooms are the same as twin or double rooms.

All meals according to the board basis stated at the time of booking. Water and soft drinks will be readily available with alcoholic beverages available at meal times. Also included is vehicle hire, fuel and excursions as per your itinerary.

What isn’t included in the cost of the trip? International flights, meals not mentioned in the programme, visa fees, park entry fees, immunisations and any pre or post arrangements that deviate from the tour itinerary.

Full payment is due twelve weeks before departure.

Why do I pay more if I’m a single traveller?

If I am travelling by myself will I have my own vehicle? No. As a single traveller you will be either paired in your vehicle with a fellow traveller or with a Land Rover Experience instructor for safety reasons. You will have your own room throughout.

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