Category: Destinations

Ker & Downey’s Top Culinary Experiences in Peru

Ker & Downey’s Top Culinary Experiences in Peru

“I am very much about promoting Lima because I think Peru and the mountains and the Incas, everybody is aware of those, but Lima is something that people should discover – especially our food.” – Mario Testino, Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer The verdict is in: more people are traveling to Peru for food than for Inca ruins. It’s not just because Peruvian cuisine is delicious (which it undoubtedly is); it’s because Peru’s indigenous foods are marked by the country’s unique access to fresh fish, bold spices, and enough healthy super-foods to spark jealousy in any organic grocery store. From […]

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Angama Mara

Angama Mara

In Kenya, conservation of the natural resources and wildlife and the involvement and development of local communities go hand-in-hand with the sustainability of the camps and the ability to provide authentic experiences. Follow our journey as we explore seven properties that offer unique experiences for their travelers, are committed to conserving Kenya’s natural resources and wildlife, and are intimately involved in the development of their local communities. To see all of the posts from this multi-part series, click here. Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald have a long history in the tourism industry. Together, the African tourism pioneers helped establish over 60 […]

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The Safari Collection

The Safari Collection

Join us for a multi-part series on seven of Kenya’s top properties, including interviews with their owners and top conservation partners. In this first post, we are taking a look at The Safari Collection. In Kenya, conservation of the natural resources and wildlife and the involvement and development of local communities go hand-in-hand with the sustainability of the camps and the ability to provide authentic experiences. Follow our journey as we explore seven properties that offer unique experiences for their travelers, are committed to conserving Kenya’s natural resources and wildlife, and are intimately involved in the development of their local communities. […]

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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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