Category: Destinations

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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Australia's Northern Territory - The Australian Outback

Australia’s Northern Territory – The Australian Outback

Kathryn Romeyn chooses a sampling of Australia’s greatest experiences for the ultimate adventure down under in this four part series on Australia. For Part Two, we’re taking a look at Australia’s Northern Territory. The next day takes me from an ocean-centric city of 4.5 million to a sea of red dirt in the middle of nowhere— 460 kilometers from the closest large town, to be exact. I’m literally seeing red as the plane lands and I catch my first glimpse of Uluru, the immense, iconic rock at the heart of Australia’s outback. My eyes stay glued to Australia’s Northern Territory […]

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Sydney, The Melting Pot

Sydney, The Melting Pot

Kathryn Romeyn chooses a sampling of Australia’s greatest experiences for the ultimate adventure down under in this four part series on Australia. Today we’re taking a look at Sydney, one of Australia’s top destinations. Flying into Sydney, I catch my breath as sunlight gleams off the elegant scalloped shells of the famous Opera House and glitters over the sailboat-strewn port leading to the 134-meter-long Harbor Bridge. (The world’s largest steel arch bridge is worth a walk, if not a climb, for adrenaline junkies.) In Sydney you are never far from water. I get closer by checking into Shangri-La in The […]

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Travel to Chile with Ker & Downey - Uncover the Charm of the Unique Country

Travel to Chile with Ker & Downey – Uncover the Charm of the Unique Country

Travel to Chile with Ker & Downey to discover the unique and charming country with private tours of the fascinating cities and lesser known wine regions. Ker & Downey’s Barrett Caldwell shares his thoughts from his recent trip.  Santiago was surprising – modern and sophisticated, with a clean downtown. It’s a wonderful city for walking and biking, as it’s nestled in a valley with the soaring Andes Mountains to the East and North. It’s beautiful really to see the massive peaks that line the flat city. In the well-heeled neighborhoods like Providencia and Las Condes, you’ll find award-winning restaurants and […]

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