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Enter for a chance to win a finished copy of this breathtaking travel memoir and adventure guide, in which the legendary founder of the world’s premier luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, takes readers on a whirlwind tour around the globe, sharing his best-kept secrets and the story of his success and his life. In 1962, Geoffrey Kent had nothing but a Kenya pound Enter for a chance to win a finished copy of this breathtaking travel memoir and adventure guide, in which the legendary founder of the world’s premier luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, takes readers on a whirlwind tour around the globe, sharing his best-kept secrets and the story of his success and his life. In 1962, Geoffrey Kent had nothing but a Kenya pound and an old Land Rover when he hosted his first safari in Nairobi, Kenya. Today, he is the co-owner of Abercrombie & Kent, a half-billion dollar international corporation that provides unique, stylish luxury travel to the planet’s wildest frontiers, for an exclusive clientele that includes Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Ralph Lauren, and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. In his first book, this “Indiana Jones meets James Bond” entrepreneur who invented the cutting-edge travel industry tells his story—his life reads like a work of fiction, growing up barefoot in the African bush, riding his motorcycle across the continent, and ultimately becoming the most sought-after travel professional in the world. Safari: Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer is a breathtaking and exhilarating trip to some of the most exotic and stunning locations on earth. Beginning in Africa and ultimately spanning the globe, it is packed with sometimes harrowing and always entertaining memories from Kent’s life and career, revealing fascinating tales from his personal and ultra-exclusive celebrity clients. The book is also filled with insider travel tips and award-winning photography. In addition, Kent provides an inspiring bucket list of must-see sites, so that every class of voyager and even armchair travelers can experience the wonders of the world. From sophisticated cities to far-flung locales, Safari lets readers indulge their spirit of adventure, whisking them to the places of their dreams—and beyond through the lens of this larger-than-life action adventurer.


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Enter for a chance to win a finished copy of this breathtaking travel memoir and adventure guide, in which the legendary founder of the world’s premier luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, takes readers on a whirlwind tour around the globe, sharing his best-kept secrets and the story of his success and his life. In 1962, Geoffrey Kent had nothing but a Kenya pound Enter for a chance to win a finished copy of this breathtaking travel memoir and adventure guide, in which the legendary founder of the world’s premier luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, takes readers on a whirlwind tour around the globe, sharing his best-kept secrets and the story of his success and his life. In 1962, Geoffrey Kent had nothing but a Kenya pound and an old Land Rover when he hosted his first safari in Nairobi, Kenya. Today, he is the co-owner of Abercrombie & Kent, a half-billion dollar international corporation that provides unique, stylish luxury travel to the planet’s wildest frontiers, for an exclusive clientele that includes Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Ralph Lauren, and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. In his first book, this “Indiana Jones meets James Bond” entrepreneur who invented the cutting-edge travel industry tells his story—his life reads like a work of fiction, growing up barefoot in the African bush, riding his motorcycle across the continent, and ultimately becoming the most sought-after travel professional in the world. Safari: Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer is a breathtaking and exhilarating trip to some of the most exotic and stunning locations on earth. Beginning in Africa and ultimately spanning the globe, it is packed with sometimes harrowing and always entertaining memories from Kent’s life and career, revealing fascinating tales from his personal and ultra-exclusive celebrity clients. The book is also filled with insider travel tips and award-winning photography. In addition, Kent provides an inspiring bucket list of must-see sites, so that every class of voyager and even armchair travelers can experience the wonders of the world. From sophisticated cities to far-flung locales, Safari lets readers indulge their spirit of adventure, whisking them to the places of their dreams—and beyond through the lens of this larger-than-life action adventurer.

30 review for Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    The book started out beautifully, telling us about life growing up in the wilderness of Africa and the various dangers and adventures he lived through. After a while, his travel vignettes started to sound like a Who's Who of famous people he knows and how well connected he is to the upper class. The book became very tiresome as it evolved into a series of exploits that revolved around bragging about being chummy with these famous people and how he has the money to go galavanting around the world The book started out beautifully, telling us about life growing up in the wilderness of Africa and the various dangers and adventures he lived through. After a while, his travel vignettes started to sound like a Who's Who of famous people he knows and how well connected he is to the upper class. The book became very tiresome as it evolved into a series of exploits that revolved around bragging about being chummy with these famous people and how he has the money to go galavanting around the world with them. A little more humility and significantly less braggadocio would have been appreciated.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Greg Maslak

    I liked the first part of the book detailing his start in life and the travel industry better. I found it really fascinating. The later part of the book which describes a number of his adventures was also very interesting, but felt very chopped and piecemealed. Not sure how else you would have covered this much material otherwise. Just saying how I felt reading it. Overall, I liked it very much. Read it during a weekend relaxing in the mountains. Also, not particularly important, but I'm pretty s I liked the first part of the book detailing his start in life and the travel industry better. I found it really fascinating. The later part of the book which describes a number of his adventures was also very interesting, but felt very chopped and piecemealed. Not sure how else you would have covered this much material otherwise. Just saying how I felt reading it. Overall, I liked it very much. Read it during a weekend relaxing in the mountains. Also, not particularly important, but I'm pretty sure that the description of how the Dalai Lama is selected is way off the mark. Certainly not how the current Dalai Lama was selected.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathymw

    What I liked: ☆Gorgeous photography! ☆I enjoyed the first part of the book when he described his early upbringing in Africa and his time in the military. These gave some insight into his later life. ☆It was interesting to hear how A&K entered the various travel regions. What I didn't like: ☆The latter part of the book seemed very impersonal--lots of detail on the business and not much on his reactions and relationships. For example, once he basically took over the business from his parents there What I liked: ☆Gorgeous photography! ☆I enjoyed the first part of the book when he described his early upbringing in Africa and his time in the military. These gave some insight into his later life. ☆It was interesting to hear how A&K entered the various travel regions. What I didn't like: ☆The latter part of the book seemed very impersonal--lots of detail on the business and not much on his reactions and relationships. For example, once he basically took over the business from his parents there is no mention of them except their deaths. ☆The name dropping got old.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Grennan

    I liked this. I agree with some people that the beginning is better than the end, but I definitely did not struggle to make it through! I liked the little life lessons that weren't cliche or in your face--the lessons told themselves in the tales. Quite a life he's lived. I loved learning about so many new places, or seeing places I've traveled to through his lense. Easy, fun read. I'd recommend it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne Maesaka

    This is a memoir of the travel Pioneer Geoffrey Kent of the company Abercrombie and Kent. He is truly a pioneer in adventure travel. Starting from humble beginnings and building up a networking system that includes the Prince Charles, The Sultan of Oman etc.... It is a very interesting book about how someone builds his company from nothing to a multi-million dollar business. The book is part personal history, travelogue, and business model. A very interesting read about a remarkable man.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hulananni

    Loved the beginning of the book: motorcycle trip from Nairobi to Cape Town. Teenager alone proving his independence. How Ambercrombie Travels came to be. Family history of an amazing life and the many adventures and mishaps encountered around the world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Usually I reserve ratings this low for books that are poorly written or uninteresting stories. This book however I rated low because it is nothing more than a pompous man who claims to have started with nothing to build this business empire. This book seems like one big ego stroking exercise

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Murphy

    I enjoyed traveling around the world through Mr.Kent’s adventures! Beautiful photos!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lance Gideon

    Kent's memoir begins with excitingly simple adventures, and exciting events that unfold as he is pursuing life, love, and career. These are the kind of adventures that any one of us might find ourselves pursuing while we are young, and life is far less complicated. About mid-way through the book, however, the story begins to focus less on the adventures that most of us can dream of participating in, and turns instead to the "adventure" of developing a world-class travel business. Stories of spoi Kent's memoir begins with excitingly simple adventures, and exciting events that unfold as he is pursuing life, love, and career. These are the kind of adventures that any one of us might find ourselves pursuing while we are young, and life is far less complicated. About mid-way through the book, however, the story begins to focus less on the adventures that most of us can dream of participating in, and turns instead to the "adventure" of developing a world-class travel business. Stories of spoiled customers are now a common theme of the book - such as the ridiculous efforts that went into securing Cherry Coke for Warren Buffet on the Li River in China - and the adventurous side of me quickly looses interest. This is no longer a story that I can see myself in, and I begin to trudge my way through the last half of the book. Although perfect for the man or woman who aspires to greatness in the world of business, Geoffrey Kent's memoir does not relate as well to the aspiring adventurer. Kent has been there, done that, when it comes to building a first-class travel business. He has traveled to the ends of the earth, and charted new territory with those that have financial means as he leads them into some of the wildest places on earth. This is an excellent account of Kent's experience with building a luxury travel empire; however, many will be disappointed when they learn that this book is more a memoir of business adventures than travel adventures. And if you are like me, you will quickly loose interest with the endless stories of extravagant travel packages designed for only the wealthiest of individuals.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marcy

    WOW!!!! Geoffrey Kent is a go-getter! As a young man, he rode his motorcycle from Kenya to Capetown, South Africa. He was determined to make it and show his father that he could, and he did. And when he got back to Kenya, he took the motorcycle apart, polished every piece, put it back together, changed the mileage, and sold it back to the owner of the motorcycle shop for 75% of its new value. Geoffrey showed his intelligence and creativity at an early age. His schooling was high level, as was hi WOW!!!! Geoffrey Kent is a go-getter! As a young man, he rode his motorcycle from Kenya to Capetown, South Africa. He was determined to make it and show his father that he could, and he did. And when he got back to Kenya, he took the motorcycle apart, polished every piece, put it back together, changed the mileage, and sold it back to the owner of the motorcycle shop for 75% of its new value. Geoffrey showed his intelligence and creativity at an early age. His schooling was high level, as was his military career. When his family's land was taken over by an independent Kenya, he and his mother and father started Abercrombie and Kent. A fearless traveler, Geoffrey was responsible for creating the very best and luxurious safari in Kenya. Geoffrey did not stop creating the best safaris in Kenya; He made deals in Egypt, in China, in Uganda, and other places in the world where the most prominent and richest tourists could partake in unusual and unforgettable travel experiences. (Geoffrey worked a deal with China so that he could create an unusual itinerary for Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and their family and friends). I admire Geoffrey. He pursued his passion - his love of travel and adventure, and he made a fortune doing so. Geoffrey is an entrepreneur extraordinaire. I'm so glad he wrote this book to share his remarkable story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sara Hlín

    Ákvað að lesa þessa bók þar sem Geoffery Kent stofnaði ferðaskrifstofuna sem ég er að fara að fljúga heimsferð fyrir í maí. Hann kemur sjálfur með í ferðina og því ágætt að vera búin að kynna sér einstaklinginn. Greinilega mjög duglegur og atorkumikill maður sem frá unga aldri hefur haft mikinn áhuga á ævintýralegum ferðalögum. Í bókinn lýsir hann því fyrir okkur hvernig ferðaskrifstofan sem hann rekur er búin að koma tækla hvert landið á fætur öðru. Oft frekar mikil upptalning og þunn frásögn e Ákvað að lesa þessa bók þar sem Geoffery Kent stofnaði ferðaskrifstofuna sem ég er að fara að fljúga heimsferð fyrir í maí. Hann kemur sjálfur með í ferðina og því ágætt að vera búin að kynna sér einstaklinginn. Greinilega mjög duglegur og atorkumikill maður sem frá unga aldri hefur haft mikinn áhuga á ævintýralegum ferðalögum. Í bókinn lýsir hann því fyrir okkur hvernig ferðaskrifstofan sem hann rekur er búin að koma tækla hvert landið á fætur öðru. Oft frekar mikil upptalning og þunn frásögn en passað upp á að nefna alla frægu vini hans og viðskiptavini, svo sem Charles prins. Hlakka til að (vonandi) kynnast manninum og ferðast með honum í maí.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan Breslow

    Explorer, raconteur, businessman, Geoffrey Kent has lived a life of adventure on every continent. As a young man he rode his motorcycle from Kenya to South Africa, and he hasn't stopped moving since. The book has a fair amount of name-dropping — Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton... Prince Charles... Jeffrey Katzenberg — but with friends like that, why not mention them? Each chapter focuses on a different destination and what Kent found and did there. Given his attitude and accomplishments, i Explorer, raconteur, businessman, Geoffrey Kent has lived a life of adventure on every continent. As a young man he rode his motorcycle from Kenya to South Africa, and he hasn't stopped moving since. The book has a fair amount of name-dropping — Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton... Prince Charles... Jeffrey Katzenberg — but with friends like that, why not mention them? Each chapter focuses on a different destination and what Kent found and did there. Given his attitude and accomplishments, it's been a wonderful life. The book is likely to engage anyone interested in travel and business.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    I really liked this book, very interesting life this man has had. He was born and raised in Africa and after the normal teen rebellion his father suggests going to Sandhurst school in England and through having gone to this school and his love of polo he made many friends some of them very important people such as Prince Charles etc. The book also Chronicles his great success in the travel industry and the many places he personally traveled, if you like stories of travel this book is well worth I really liked this book, very interesting life this man has had. He was born and raised in Africa and after the normal teen rebellion his father suggests going to Sandhurst school in England and through having gone to this school and his love of polo he made many friends some of them very important people such as Prince Charles etc. The book also Chronicles his great success in the travel industry and the many places he personally traveled, if you like stories of travel this book is well worth reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    An absolutely beautifully published book, and an incredibly interesting life. I really enjoyed 98% of this book: the early life of Kent, how Abercrombie and Kent came about, all the travels around the world....... However, and it's a big however to me, I was completely appalled by Mr. Kent's rude (and quite false) descriptions of Tibet and Tibetans; he very much spouts the disgusting Chinese prejudicial view of a land and people that the Chinese illegally invaded and continue to occupy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Fascinating history of East Africa from the rustic colonial era into modern times. His entrepreneurial vision is uncanny. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, no doubt because I took one of his safaris with my extended family last summer in Tanzania. A great book for people who love travel adventure writing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    The quality and craftsmanship of this book alone makes it worth adding to your collection. If you wanderlust over Africa and enjoy travel writing and world explorers this is for you. Gorgeous photography throughout and decadent smooth paper are a book lover's delight. Geoffrey Kent's memories are engaging and cover a lifetime of travels and experiences.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judy Smith

    The quality of the book is what I noticed first. Heavy paper, beautiful photos throughout the book, and great color pages separating the chapters. Story covers a lifetime and seemed to hop around a bit, but still a great read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    NF 309 pages The memories of Kent as a boy growing up in Africa and the travel businesses he developed. Abeicrombie and Kent built the businesses with substainability of the land, its native people and wildlife in mind. they included luxtury for the traveler too. Cameras not guns.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I now want to travel the world even more than I did before!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Olga Vannucci

    Luxury travel Blankets the planet.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Avary

    A 300 hundred page advertisement for Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Travel. Parts were interesting, but Kent's ego got in the way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Ryan

    While Kent himself comes off as egoist, the book itself as a timeline of developing travel spots is interesting.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Wang

  25. 5 out of 5

    Logan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karyn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Burger

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christy Joubert

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cara W

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jill Mackin

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