A&K Team

Abercrombie & Kent is committed to being the market leader in luxury travel through innovation, excellent product and exemplary customer service. We have a specialised team of travel consultants on hand to answer all your travel queries and offer advice on destinations around the world. Our travel consultants regularly visit all the destinations we cover and experience the A&K difference first hand to offer our clients' unparalleled knowledge and a travel service that is second to none.

Our consultants have a strong passion for travel and delivering excellent client service that allows A&K to lead the way in luxury travel and to offer experiences that are unlike any other.

At A&K we pride ourselves on the service and standard of excellence that we give to you, our clients. This service extends to every stage of your journey with Abercrombie & Kent, from the very start of your enquiry to the phone call you receive from us when you get back from your holiday.

THE A&K AUSTRALIA TEAM

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Patrick Clementson - Email me

Patrick is a safari enthusiast and lives and breathes all things Africa. Since his first visit nearly 20 years ago, Patrick visits Africa regularly to explore and discover this wonderful continent and learn about any new developments in the safari world.  His favourite African experiences have been canoeing the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, getting up close and personal with lions on a walking safari in Zambia, witnessing the migration from a balloon above the Masai Mara and trekking to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.

Since joining A&K, some of his favourite experiences have been sailing down the Nile aboard the Sun Boat IV in Egypt, sunrise over the ancient city of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, tasting the street food of Hoi An in Vietnam as well as watching the sun rise (and set) over the Taj Mahal in India.  More recently he travelled by train to Machu Picchu, sailed the MV Aria on the Amazon River in Peru, enjoyed the food, wine and tango of Buenos Aires and visited Iguassu Falls on both sides. Recently he has visited India visiting the holy city of Varanasi and spent a week in search of tigers in central India, escorted our Hosted Journey to Ethiopia and visited the parks of Northern Tanzania including over a week in the Serengeti.

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Judy Harris - Email me

In 1996, Judy was invited to join A&K's private travel desk. A keen traveller, Judy has a background with major airlines, and retail travel consulting.

She has travelled to much of the world, and her favourite A&K destination is The Royal Scotsman for its elegance, tradition and service, plus the magical Scottish scenery which is her heritage. Other A&K highlights include Libya, Myanmar, Bhutan, Iran and family holidays in the Masai Mara.

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Faye Dowling - Email me

Faye joined the A&K team in 2008 and is known for her travel preference of unique locations and experiences away from the crowds. Always excited to impart knowledge on favourite destinations she enjoys knowing that others can benefit from her vast experience.

Faye has travelled to Africa on several occasions with an express desire to photograph animals in their natural habitat. Faye has also travelled overland from Ushuaia, Argentina to Anchorage, Alaska and her favourite travel experience is Antarctica, particularly the wildlife and history of South Georgia Island.

A penchant for the unusual, Faye has seen the midnight sun in Norway, explored Moscow by night and the souks of Fes and Marrakech.

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Pauline Stavrakis - Email me

Pauline joins the A&K team with over five years in the travel industry, tailoring personalised holidays to a wide variety of destinations.

A passionate traveller, she has visited Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Japan, Mauritius, Oman, UAE, Morocco and has travelled extensively throughout Europe.

Pauline aims to visit a new destination each year and her travel experiences range from riding a camel in the Sahara Desert, ice trekking in Patagonia, coming face to face with a tortoise on the Galapagos Islands, spending a night in a Buddhist temple in Japan and bathing in the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. She draws from her experiences to create itineraries with equally inspiring moments for her clients.


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Amanda Karcher - Email me

With an impressive 30 years in the business, Amanda brings a great depth of experience and knowledge to the Private Travel Desk. She has enjoyed planning and managing travel plans on behalf of a loyal clientele of luxury travellers and corporates business travellers. Amanda owned her own agency in Northern NSW for over 15 years and prides herself on excellent service and understanding of each client's travel needs.

Amanda has enjoyed all aspects of her travel career, is passionate about creating interesting holidays for her clients and always has the contacts and knowledge to create that excellent itinerary. If you are looking for the luxury cruise to suit you, Amanda is our cruise specialist with a wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure this dream is fulfilled. She is busily co-ordinating our own tailor made luxury holiday cruise departures for 2015.

She has a particular attachment to Europe, especially a deep appreciation for the architecture, food and lifestyle. One of her favourite memories is cycling the Pyrenees Mountains of France and following the Inn and Danube Rivers to Budapest. Arranging complex airfares and itineraries no matter what the destination is where Amanda's years of retail travel experience excels.

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Sarah Kidd - Email me

Sarah has worked in travel for ten years and has a passion for exotic destinations. Having travelled to India on three occasions she has managed to cover most of this amazing and diverse country. Her travels have taken her high into the majestic Himalayas, to the deserts and palaces of Rajasthan, through the backwaters of tropical Southern India, and in search of tiger in the jungles of Kanha and Bandhavgarh. She is equally as passionate about South America, visiting it at every opportunity.

Travelling highlights include sailing the Galapagos Islands, trekking to Machu Picchu and through Patagonia, and photographing the stunning landscapes of the Atacama Desert. Sarah has also been on safari in Botswana, Zambia, South Africa & Tanzania, as well as journeyed through Mexico, lived in Japan, cycled through Europe and spent months exploring the countries of South East Asia.

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Zoe Rees -
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With a passion for travel, Zoe loves nothing more than experiencing new destinations, cultures, food, languages, people, wildlife, landscapes and architecture. Having travelled on frequent trips to the UK from a young age she completed a university degree in Travel and Tourism before heading off on a two year working holiday to the USA, Mexico and Western Europe. On returning home over ten years ago she entered the travel industry.

Since then, Zoe has travelled extensively through Europe, East Africa, the Middle East, North India, Bhutan, trekked to Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna in Nepal, covered Southeast Asia in depth and parts of Australia.

A particular favourite of Zoe's is Cambodia - not just for the amazing Khmer food, fascinating culture and the beautiful temples and architecture but also the people. Survivors of the Pol Pot era, they have suffered unimaginable hardships yet are some of the happiest and serene people on the planet.

A close second is Bhutan, the "Last Shangri La". Zoe considers a visit to such an unspoilt destination a rare opportunity. Its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes have remained largely intact due to the country's relative isolation from the rest of the world and it is a model for proactive conservation. Blessed with spectacular monasteries, the Himalayan mountain range and the warm and friendly people who live respectfully in accordance to their Buddhist beliefs, Zoe considers Bhutan an enlightened country. And what's not to love about a place which measures its quality of life and social progress by 'Gross Domestic Happiness'?

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Anna Small -
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Anna is passionate about travel and experienced at creating personalised itineraries for clients to dream destinations in Europe, the Middle East and especially South America. Anna loves Latin America for its culture, history, landscapes and language, and has trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sipped Mexican hot chocolate in Oaxaca, and watched a leatherback turtle lay eggs by moonlight on a Costa Rican beach. She has also travelled through much of Europe, where her favourite experiences have included discovering the unique Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, photographing spectacular Santorini, and lunching on market day in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

With two young sons, Anna also has plenty of experience travelling with children. A family holiday specialist, they have travelled together to a variety of places including Japan, Malaysia and Costa Rica and she loves nothing more than tailoring amazing travel experiences and special memories for families of all ages.

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Kathryn Heness -
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Kathryn joins the A&K team having studied and worked in the travel industry for over three years. Originally from Adelaide she loves Melbourne for its fantastic restaurants, nightlife and sporting culture. She previously worked in Los Angeles where her passion for Australia was invaluable in the role of coordinating unique and exciting holidays 'Down Under' for US travellers. Her own travels have taken her throughout the USA, Europe and some parts of Asia as well as Far North Queensland, The Red Centre, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

Her favourite Australian destination is Tropical North Queensland for the spectacular beaches and rainforests as well as the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Kathryn is passionate about travel and believes the best part is being able to experience different cultures plus diverse scenery and landscapes - all of which Australia has in abundance. Every experience should be tailored to the individual's personal interests and create an everlasting memory!

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Rachel Davis - Email me

Rachel loves Melbourne for its great coffee, great food and great sporting culture. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent she was working in Los Angeles showcasing the beauty of Australia and New Zealand to the North American market. Her own travels have taken her throughout the USA, England, Ireland, Bali, Fiji, New Zealand, Mexico and extensively throughout Australia. Her favourite Aussie destination is Tropical North Queensland for its mixture of beautiful palm fringed beaches, colourful reefs and serene tropical rainforests. Rachel is passionate about travel and thrives when helping travellers turn their dreams into reality.


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