On Safari with Austin Mann and the Apple iPhone 7 in Rwanda

On Safari with Austin Mann and the Apple iPhone 7 in Rwanda

Austin Mann, professional travel photographer took Apple’s new iPhone 7/7 Plus for a test drive in Rwanda. Ker & Downey was pleased to curate his safari for the trip. Packing light for a safari could get a lot easier with the release of the iPhone 7/7 Plus. Professional Travel Photographer Austin Mann took the newly released iPhone for a test drive with Ker & Downey in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, setting aside his traditional camera gear to discover what the new iPhone’s camera features are, and whether or not they could make his pictures better. To fully test the camera […]

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A Luxury Zambian Safari

A Luxury Zambian Safari

From a swank mobile safari camp to the swirl of Victoria Falls, Eric Rosen soaks up the rhythm of life on a Zambian safari along the great river in Zambia, Africa’s undiscovered treasure. A Zambian Safari in South Luangwa “You will find a whistle on one nightstand for little emergencies, and an air horn on the other for big emergencies,” explains Yaliwe, the young woman giving me the welcoming tour at my safari tent at Chinzombo. This is Norman Carr Safaris’ latest luxury camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Yaliwe giggles and then leads me into the palatial bath- […]

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Photography Tips For Safari

Photography Tips For Safari

Ker & Downey President David Marek, an avid photographer, visited Mara Plains Camp in 2013 and asked two professional photographers to share their photography tips for the Ker & Downey clients. Update: To see how the new iPhone 7/7 Plus perform on a safari, click here. Recently I had the opportunity to spend some quality time at Mara Plains Camp; the luxury safari property owned by Great Plains Conservation. One of the truly unique things they do for guests during their stay is provide them with a Canon 7D or 50D camera with 100-400 f4 lens and also with a […]

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Kwihala Camp, Tanzania's Authentic Safari

Kwihala Camp, Tanzania’s Authentic Safari

Ann Abel forgoes the bells and whistles and gets back to bush basics for a truly authentic experience at Tanzania’s Kwihala Camp. This article first appeared in Ker & Downey’s Quest Magazine. Thirty minutes into my first game drive from Kwihala Camp into Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, I’ve learned more than I’ve learned on dozens of game drives on six previous trips to East Africa: exactly why certain biological adaptations came about, how long elephants are pregnant, how it is that lions can sleep 20 hours a day, and some new details on that endlessly-amusing topic of mating. My curiosity was […]

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A Solo Safari Made Simple

A Solo Safari Made Simple

Planning a solo safari can be intimidating, but it is made easier with a trusted expert in your corner. Thinking about traveling alone? We spoke with our client who recently returned from a solo safari trip to South Africa. Starting a Solo Safari Elizabeth wanted a grand adventure, and she couldn’t think of anything more outstanding than a classic safari. A long journey to an unfamiliar country, the prospect of seeing wild animals and wild adventure… It was exciting, and a little scary, even for a seasoned international traveler. Faced with doubts about going it alone, she first researched taking a larger […]

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A Safari in December

A Safari in December

Break out of the ordinary and start a new family tradition this holiday season with a safari in December. Travel to Africa in December to enjoy summer weather with your family and a slower pace than the normal end of year hustle. When I was a child, Christmas was my favorite holiday. As I’ve become an adult, I’ve struggled to find some of that Christmas magic amid the consumerism of the holiday. Sometimes, I just want to leave it all behind and spend the break traveling. The top of my list would definitely be an African safari in December. Christmas […]

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The World's Top Skiing Destinations

The World’s Top Skiing Destinations

Ker & Downey’s guide to the world’s top skiing destinations. Mix up your skiing holiday this year. These are 7 of the world’s top skiing destinations. The Dolomites, Italy Italy’s Dolomites are a year-round destination, but in the winter, their slopes are a top skiing destination. The Dolomites’ extensive system of slopes are just a short walk away from the Gardena Grödnerhof Gourmet & Spa Hotel. The hotel’s central location is ideal for a winter skiing holiday. It’s located near the ski lifts, the Alpe di Siusi cableway, and the ultra-modern covered walkway to the Seceda gondola, connected to the […]

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Ker & Downey's Ultimate Guide to 2017 Festivals

Ker & Downey’s Ultimate Guide to 2017 Festivals

Ker & Downey’s ultimate guide to 2017 festivals around the world.  There’s always a reason to celebrate. Let this list of 2017 festivals around the world be your guide to the world’s top celebrations and parties. Your Luxury Travel Consultant can help you make the most of your journey. Contact us when you are ready to start planning. Dubai Shopping Festival, UAE | December 26, 2016 – January 28 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah | January 19 – 29 World Buskers Festival, New Zealand | January 19 – 29 Muscat Festival, Oman | January 19 – February 11 Quebec […]

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Wellness Travel - Our Ultimate Destination Workouts

Wellness Travel – Our Ultimate Destination Workouts

Wellness travel is gaining in popularity around the world. Writer Mary Bemis shares where to go to find some of the latest trends in Wellness Travel. With a focus on fitness, luxury spas are raising the bar for guests who want to stay in shape. From dedicating more space to smart new fitness facilities with top-of-the-line equipment, to creative classes for achieving specific goals, to taking it into the great outdoors—more resort and hotel spas are offering serious fitness programs for guests who place a priority on health and wellness. Reboot Your Routine In the ancient port town of Veli […]

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Gone Glamping: The Ranch at Rock Creek

Gone Glamping: The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek makes Big Sky Country larger than life. By Martine Bury In 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a road trip across America with his pet poodle. The result was the classic Travels with Charley: In Search of America. Out of all the places he went, Montana’s open skies and epic mountain terrain left an indelible impression. “I’m in love with Montana,” he wrote. “For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.” With a wide expanse that spreads […]

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