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DEMAND HAS led to the creation of a new wildlife-focussed journey around the world by private jet.

Abercrombie & Kent’s latest tour will explore nine nature-rich destinations, giving guests the trip of a lifetime.

“Our Wildlife Safari by Private Jet has sold out year after year,” said Ann Epting, Senior Vice President, Private Jet & Special Interest Travel.

“We’ve seen a growing demand for wildlife experiences and, based on guest feedback, we developed a new itinerary in search of iconic animals in some of the most exceptional destinations in the natural world.”

Just 48 guests will get to travel on A&K’s ‘Wildlife & Nature: Around the World by Private Jet’ experience.

The tour will provide the opportunity to spot the Komodo dragon and the Sri Lankan leopard, and the abundant species that call Fiji’s coral reefs home.

You’ll meet Tasmania’s famed devil, spot the Amazon’s pink dolphin and search for the ‘Big Five’ in Zambia’s newest national park.

A professional photographer will be on hand throughout to offer tips and guidance while an experienced Tour Director will oversee the adventure from start to finish.

Guests may personalise their journey with a choice of Design Your Day activities, including active outdoor excursions, enriching cultural encounters and relaxing wellness experiences.

In Brazil, search for humpback whales along the coast as they perform their annual mating migration, learn to prepare Bahian cuisine with a local chef, keep time at a percussion workshop, or enjoy an immersive spa treatment.

Flights will be aboard A&K’s chartered Boeing 757 with 48 first-class, fully lie-flat seats and a range of amenities, including iPads, noise-cancelling headphones and an espresso maker.

The 26-day ‘Wildlife & Nature: Around the World by Private Jet’ departs on September 2, 2024.


LUXURY TRAVEL shows no signs of slowing down, despite inflation and global economic challenges.

That was the key message shared at the sector’s leading event, the 35th?annual Virtuoso Travel Week, held last month in Las Vegas. More than 5,000 top professionals from 105 countries were in attendance.

In the first half of 2023, Virtuoso reported a 69 per cent uptick in sales versus 2019 numbers, with hotel and cruise segments leading the way, up 173 per cent and 122 per cent respectively.

Thirty-seven per cent of high-net-worth individuals are traveling for cultural reasons, 34 per cent are looking for adventure and 16 per cent are seeking expedition travel.

When it comes to the hottest travel trends, Virtuoso advisors have noted continued demand for exclusive-use experiences, such as private aviation and yachting along with itineraries that incorporate next-level stimulation and engagement (i.e., scientific expeditions in Antarctica).

The wellness sector continues to thrive, with 94 per cent of travellers incorporating self-care into their travels and a rising interest in programs that incorporate creative and performance art.

Iceland has emerged as a wellness destination, as has Thailand, as travel to Asia returns. Paris, London and Florence rank among the most-booked cities.

Tailor-made travel is in even higher demand. In a recent study, 57 per cent of travellers across the globe said that “creating a travel experience that best fits my expectations is more important than price.”

This is particularly true for travellers from Mexico, Hong Kong, Brazil, China and Australia.