Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

There aren't many names as well known and synonymous with luxury adventure travel as one if its pioneers, Geoffrey Kent.

So it's always interesting to see what new journeys the Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) CEO has on tap.

In recent years, he has personally crafted and led some of A&LK's private jet tours. And last year he led a group to see Emperor Penguins in Antarctica and trek up a mountain that had never been climbed.

This month he announced two more trips aimed at meeting what adventure travel companies say is rising demand for ultra high-end adventure travel.

Kent said he tapped some of his favorite travel memories to create two new "Inspiring Expeditions:" a $185,000 trip to Ethiopia and to Brazil for Carnival starting at $105.000.

"Delving back to my early guiding days, I've mapped out an expedition across one of Africa's most remote regions to reveal Ethiopia's awe-inspiring natural beauty, as well as the country's remarkable history that dates back to biblical times," Kent said in a press release. "Traveling by helicopter provides access to places that few other Westerners have had the privilege to visit.

Kent said his Brazilian wife will join him in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival," which he calls "one of the most thrilling events we have experienced together, and something I couldn't wait to share with others."

Ethiopia by Air: Danakil & Beyond runs from Oct. 4 to 13. Guest will travel by helicopter to different remote sites, including the rarely-visited Danakil Depression, where A&K says "a glowing lava lake and sulphur-yellow salt flats are among the Earth's most otherworldly landscapes." The trip also includes behind-the-scenes access to the original Lucy skeleton, which dates back more than 3.2 million years, a private visit to one of the rock-hewn churches, Stelae Park and the church believed to house the Ark of the Covenant.

Carnival & Cariocas runs Feb 21 to 27, 2020, offering exclusive access to Rio de Janeiro's famed celebration including an all-access pass to the Copacabana Palace Magic Ball, a Samba school and seats in a private VIP box to witness the elaborate floats, whirling dancers, and  drum corps at the Sambodromo.

Guests will stay at the Kent's favorite hotel, the Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro, and besides Carnival, will take a helicopter tour of the city, do a shootout drill with a professional soccer player and take a private yacht cruise to the coastal resort of Angra dos Reis.

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