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At 15, In honor of successfully completing the customary African rite of passage from boy to man by engaging in an elephant hunting safari, Geoffrey was presented with an elephant hair bracelet.
A ritual gift for good fortune – a gift that would ignite Geoffrey’s entrepreneurial flare and inspire him to create and sell his own, funding his 3000 mile expedition from Nairobi to Cape Town, on his motorbike (a 250cc Daimler Puch) the following year.
Influenced by his Kenyan upbringing, mixed with his time at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and passion for travel and animals, Kent together with his parents, repositioned the safari experience to “shoot with a camera, not with a gun.”
In 1962 the first Abercrombie & Kent luxury mobile tented safari was introduced, making it possible for the first time to have ‘champagne on ice’ in the bush.
Geoffrey, a world-renowned polo player as Captain of the Rolex/Abercrombie & Kent team wins the U.S. Open and the U.S. Gold Cup.
Throughout his polo paying career Geoffrey also goes on to win the Cartier International, the World Open Championship and serve as captain and patron of the Windsor Park polo team, playing alongside the Prince of Wales.
Abercrombie & Kent constructs its first luxury tented camps in East Africa: award-winning properties combining local design and craftwork with eco-friendly amenities but also providing sustainable tourism.
In 1999 an excursion to the North Pole would inspire Geoffrey to recreate such ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences – Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent
Having explored the far corners of the world, visiting over 170 countries and travelling more than 260 days of the year, Geoffrey understands, better than most, the challenge of packing and finding luxury travel items, combining functional design with quality and style.
Geoffrey Kent has long been associated with luxury brands, as personal brand ambassador for Rolex and in 2009, with Abercrombie & Kent taking up residence in Harrods.
Geoffrey Kent publishes his first book. This “Indiana Jones-meets-James Bond” entrepreneur recounts his phenomenal journey to becoming the most sought-after worldwide travel pioneer.
“A must read for anyone who is captivated by the magic, mystery, and majesty of travel” – Jeffrey Katezenberg
This inaugural journey: Treasures of Palau, a trip rich in experiences and spent abroad a luxury yacht.
All guests pampered in style, each receiving a personal selection of Geoffrey Kent Safari travel essentials.