Taking the Kids — on a safari planned for more than seeing amazing wildlife
Jack Frater is unfazed by a passing , fully fed lioness

Taking the Kids — on a safari planned for more than seeing amazing wildlife

The Madikwe Game Reserve borders Botswana to the north and is home to the famous “Big Five.” Before breakfast one morning, we’d seen four of them — lions, elephants, Cape buffalo and white rhino

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In Zambia: Empowering women through skills and A&K Philanthropy
At work in the recycled bicycle shop

In Zambia: Empowering women through skills and A&K Philanthropy

This project, one of several here run by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropies, is designed not only to bring money into the village—the bikes sell from $25 to $120, with people coming from Livingstone to purchase them—but to empower women, explained Mabvuto Phiri, who is showing us around the village

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Spending New Year’s with the penguins and whales in Antarctica
Zodiac excursion in Antarctica

Spending New Year’s with the penguins and whales in Antarctica

Everyone is busy getting ready for the black-tie New Year’s Eve bash. Here in Antarctica, it’s a giant penguin party, of course. Whales are invited too

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To Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – a trip of a lifetime even for kids
Fur Seals, King Penguins and our ship Le Boreal

To Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – a trip of a lifetime even for kids

We walked amid thousands of penguins (we saw five species) not bothered by our presence and fur seals who were. The huge elephant seals ignored us, as did the humpback whales we watched from zodiacs.

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Memories for a lifetime: kids on an expedition to the Antarctic
Kids having a snowball fight on Antarctica Dec. 31

Memories for a lifetime: kids on an expedition to the Antarctic

Each kid on this A&K expedition to Antarctica has many memories but distinct favorites. “Sailing by an iceberg, it was so beautiful,” said Lake, 12, from New York City.

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A New Years Day to Remember: on the ice and with the whales in Antarctica
A Humpback whale breaching in Wilhelmina Bay off Antarctic Peninsula

A New Years Day to Remember: on the ice and with the whales in Antarctica

Then there were the whales—feeding at the edge of the ice here in Wilhelmina Bay, which is kind of a supermarket for whales with abundant Krill that the Southern humpbacks feed on.

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Snow fun in the sun in Antarctica on New Years Eve!
Kids making snowballs at Nekko Harbour on Antarctic Penninsula

Snow fun in the sun in Antarctica on New Years Eve!

The kids—and some of the parents from this Abercrombie & Kent expedition to Antarctica -- are sliding down the hill they’ve just trudged up on their backsides. It is so warm everyone has shed parkas, hats and mittens.

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Day One in Antarctica – kids try a spin in the Zodiacs
Kids try driving a Zodiac in Antarctica

Day One in Antarctica – kids try a spin in the Zodiacs

We’re ashore with Abercrombie & Kent on the rocky, crescent shaped Half Moon Island which was known to sealers as early as 1821. The stars of the show are the Chinstrap Penguins

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Watch for whales, seabirds and penguins on icebergs in the Antarctic
Chinstrap penguins frolic on iceberg in middle of Southern Ocean

Watch for whales, seabirds and penguins on icebergs in the Antarctic

Adults and kids alike on the Abercrombie & Kent trip aboard Le Boreal are on deck, bundled in parkas and hats as we pass a giant iceberg where Chinstrap penguins frolic

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Last Day on South Georgia Island – learning animal behavior
A juvenile elephant seal on South Georgia Island

Last Day on South Georgia Island – learning animal behavior

This morning in Gold Harbor on the southern end of South Georgia, an elephant seal pup, just a few months old, approached Sophie as if to say “Be my friend!”

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