Two of Britain’s most iconic brands, Land Rover and Abercrombie & Kent, team up to offer a range of scintillating safaris that put you in the driver’s seat
If there’s a problem with luxury travel, it’s that sometimes you can feel too cossetted. Viewing dangerous terrain and wildlife from the cocoon-like comfort of the tour bus or hotel veranda makes for an enjoyable holiday, but it’s easy to feel shielded from the things that made these destinations earthy and exciting in the first place.
No such concerns with the tours offered by the new partnership between Land Rover and luxury travel operator Abercrombie & Kent. From this autumn, holidaymakers can navigate their way through the African Serengeti or Indian jungle from behind the wheel of a Land Rover, acquiring experiences that don’t usually happen if you’re in the back-seat of a zebra-striped safari bus.
Take their Tanzanian safaris (available from 1 September to 14 October, £8,995*) where guests can drive among rhino, lions and giraffe. By day, you could be rolling through the Serengeti savanna or Tarangire National Park. By night, you’ll be served sundowners and silver-service meals by a butler before happily retreating to the crisp linen and hot running water of your canvas tent.
And there’s wildlife-spotting aplenty in the India tours (1 November to 11 December, £8,235*) too, where travellers can spy tigers, elephants and leopards while steering Land Rovers through the Kipling-like jungles of Pench National Park. Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur in Rajasthan also feature on the itinerary. And for any drivers nervous about steering into packs of salivating big cats or
a ravine, specialist instructors are available for both trips.
Closer to home, the ‘Best of British’ Land Rover experience (31 August to 8 September, £5,690) is a nine-day journey through the English countryside taking in the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Burghley Horse Trials.
For more information, visit www.abercrombiekent.co.uk/landrover or call 0845 485 1519