The Best Destinations in the World for Solo Travel

The Best Destinations in the World for Solo Travel

Ker & Downey’s guide to the best destinations in the world for solo travel. We get it – trying to find a travel companion that shares your interests and travel styles is difficult! And besides, you’re a lone ranger. Why not go it alone? Take a solo journey because you need a break. Take a solo journey to pursue a special interest like photography or birding. Travel alone to find yourself. Whatever your reason for solo travel, our Luxury Travel Consultants can help guide you to the right destination. Himalayas, Nepal For many, a trek through the Himalayas is the […]

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A WildAid Safari with Peter & Corie Knights

A WildAid Safari with Peter & Corie Knights

Every Ker & Downey itinerary is designed to leave the traveler transformed, and this special journey is no exception. Join WildAid founders Peter and Corie Knights from June 14-26, 2017, as they visit important conservation projects in Kenya and Tanzania on our exclusive WildAid safari. This private and intimate safari will bring you up close to some of the world’s most majestic and threatened wildlife. Complete with celebrated accommodations and private charters, your journey is both meaningful and magnificent. On this trip you will visit WildAid’s partner projects on the ground and participate in hands-on experiences side-by-side with Peter Knights, CEO of WildAid. Begin the 13-night […]

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The Best Places to Travel in January

The Best Places to Travel in January

Kick off the new year with an adventure. Whether you are flying south or hitting the slopes, these are the best places to travel in January. Malta Make plans to be in Malta mid-to-late January for the Valletta International Baroque Festival, a two and a half week-long celebration that honors the baroque identity of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valletta. The city was built shortly after the Great Siege by the Ottoman Empire in 1565, and with 320 monuments in a 0.2 square mile radius, it’s one of the most densely populated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. The […]

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Top 9 Things to Do in Southeast Asia

Top 9 Things to Do in Southeast Asia

Seasoned traveler and Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Consultant Jamie Bell shares nine of her top things to do in Southeast Asia. Jamie Bell is a seasoned traveler who has spent over 25 years as a destination specialist with Ker & Downey. Having traveled extensively throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, she took a big jump out of her usual spots in the world with a fast-and-furious multi-country jaunt through Southeast Asia. After her trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, we asked her to share her list of top things to do in Southeast Asia. My expertise has always been Africa. but […]

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The Best Places to Unplug with Your Family

The Best Places to Unplug with Your Family

Turn off your notifications and break the screen habit. These are the best places to unplug with your family. Botswana The Young Explorers program in Botswana was designed specifically with children in mind. Its aim is to introduce the wonders of the African wilderness to young minds through safari experiences like tracking, bush survival skills, and game drives, with an emphasis on conservation and respect for the earth. Each family is booked on exclusive use to the six bedded camp and includes a private chef, waiter, housekeeper, and two professional guides to ensure the experience sticks with your family long after […]

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An Update from the Nets for Africa Kenya Medical Mission

An Update from the Nets for Africa Kenya Medical Mission

An update from the Nets for Africa Kenya Medical Mission – the team treated over 4,700 people and handed out 6,025 mosquito nets. In September Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana traveled to Kenya on their annual medical mission to assist doctors with blood tests, dental and eye exams, general doctor’s visits, handing out prescriptions, and distributing nets to the rural communities. This was the first year the team traveled to Kenya. In years past, the team has based their mission out of Uganda. Our medical mission this year took us near Eldoret in western Kenya […]

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WildAid's Knights

WildAid’s Knights

Peter and Corie Knights are on a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. We caught up with Corie to chat about her travel habits and WildAid’s important mission. Peter and Corie Knights are driven by passion and a desire to leave the world a better place than when they arrived. That desire manifests itself in WildAid, founded by Peter in 2000. WildAid’s main message is simple – “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” Instead of focusing on protecting animals from poaching, they’ve shifted their focus to reducing the global consumption and demand on products made from animals. […]

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Phoenix Rising: The Rebirth of Tintswalo Atlantic

Phoenix Rising: The Rebirth of Tintswalo Atlantic

Tintswalo Atlantic enjoys a privileged location – on a pebbled beach at the base of Chapman’s Peak on the coast of Hout Bay. From there, you can see Sentinel mountain peak, a panoramic view of Hout Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. To  get there from Cape Town International Airport, you pass through the quaint streets of Cape Town, down a winding road that hugs the coast of Hout Bay and into Table Mountain National Park. It’s a breathtaking entrance as you make your way down to the pebbled coast. I visited Tintswalo Atlantic in 2013. It was a beautiful […]

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A Legendary New Zealand Helicopter Tour with Alfie Speight

A Legendary New Zealand Helicopter Tour with Alfie Speight

In September, Luxury Travel Consultant Catherine Brown spent a week and a half exploring New Zealand where she had the opportunity to take a New Zealand helicopter tour with pilot Alfie Speight. She describes the experience below. We woke on our last morning in Queenstown to a brilliant sunrise and clear skies. With fingers crossed, we headed to breakfast – and over our first cup of coffee got the call. “The weather has cleared at Milford Sound, and we are good to go!” Excited, we jumped in the car, and headed straight over to the hangar. After a safety briefing, […]

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Congratulations Safari Awards 2017 Winners

Congratulations Safari Awards 2017 Winners

This year the Safari Awards celebrated their tenth year of recognizing the best in the safari business. Here are some of Ker & Downey’s favorite properties and winners from the Safari Awards 2017. Angama Mara, Kenya | Best New Safari Property At just over a year old, Angama Mara is making waves in the safari world. Together African tourism pioneers and owners Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald have helped establish over 60 luxury safari properties in Africa and India and Angama Mara is the culmination of their 30-year career. Ker & Downey’s President David and his wife Gana recently returned from […]

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