Category: Destinations

Top 7 Reasons to Travel to Botswana

Top 7 Reasons to Travel to Botswana

Botswana is the ultimate safari destination. It’s a country of diverse landscapes full of natural beauty and plentiful wildlife. The country adopted a “low volume” tourism model to limit the negative effects of tourism in wildlife areas. The results are vast, untouched wildlife destinations. And because its private concessions aren’t fenced in, the wildlife can roam free. If you need a reason to travel to Botswana, we’ve got 7 of them. 1. Botswana is where it all started. Recent studies show that the KhoiSan bushmen represent an isolated population of humans from 100,000 years ago. The best place to learn […]

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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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An Interview with Ignacio Masías, Designer of Atemporal, Lima's Newest Luxury Hotel

An Interview with Ignacio Masías, Designer of Atemporal, Lima’s Newest Luxury Hotel

There’s a new kid in town. Atemporal, Lima’s newest luxury hotel from the award-winning design team who brought us Hotel B and Titilaka, opened in August. The luxury hotel is a renovated 1940’s mansion in the heart of Lima’s chic Miraflores district near some of the city’s best shopping areas and restaurants. There’s just nine bedrooms in the intimate hotel. A mix of antiques and modern furnishings, artwork and photographs create an informal, relaxed atmosphere in the high-ceilinged, light-filled rooms. We caught up with designer Ignacio Masías to talk about the new luxury hotel and the impact it will have […]

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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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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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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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In the Heart of the Lone Star State

In the Heart of the Lone Star State

Sometimes the most exciting and accessible destinations manifest themselves in your own backyard. Such is currently the case with Ker & Downey and our home state of Texas. For years, we have been laying the groundwork for operations in the United States, meticulously handcrafting itineraries and experiences that effectively impart our signature experiential footprint on this place we call home. We have achieved that goal and now offer our clients a mix of both luxury and adventure in Alaska, California, and the breathtaking National Parks of the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest. It was especially important for us to […]

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Visiting Paraty - One of Brazil's Best-Kept Secrets

Visiting Paraty – One of Brazil’s Best-Kept Secrets

Ker & Downey’s Michelle Nicholson recently returned from a trip to Brazil and fills us on in on Paraty – one of Brazil’s best-kept secrets. Here are her recommendations. The UNESCO World Heritage town of Paraty in Brazil is one of Ker & Downey’s best-kept secrets. It’s a quaint, well-preserved fishing village with cobbled streets and original buildings. In its bay, you’ll find multicolored boats, with charming fishing huts and lively people going about their business. There are granite rock islands and hidden beaches for a secluded pocket of paradise. Paraty is a wonderful destination to visit for a few […]

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Where to Eat and Drink in Sydney

Where to Eat and Drink in Sydney

We’re wrapping up Kathryn Romeyn’s four part series on Australia’s ultimate adventures with where to eat and drink in Sydney. Planning your own adventure down under but don’t know where to eat and drink in Sydney? Consider this your ultimate foodie list! In the past, Melbourne claimed Oz’s most talked about food scene, but thanks to a spate of ambitious young chefs leaving legendary kitchens to start their own cool ventures, plus continued innovation at the city’s finest establishments, Sydney is now a gastronome’s paradise. With a cool, edgy feel, the intimate Bar H, opened in the fashionable suburb of […]

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The Great Barrier Reef's One&Only Hayman Island

The Great Barrier Reef’s One&Only Hayman Island

Kathryn Romeyn chooses a sampling of Australia’s greatest experiences for the ultimate adventure down under in this four part series on Australia. In Part Three, we’re taking a look at the Great Barrier Reef. Just minutes after landing on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef, I board the luxury yacht Sun Goddess, a glass of Azahara Pinot Noir bubbly in hand. Less than an hour later we dock at the recently reopened 160-room One&Only Hayman Island, the only destination on the private Whitsundays islands encircled by white sandy beaches and picturesque palm trees. As with the red rock, life […]

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