Category: Inspiration

Where to go in Asia 2018

Where to go in Asia 2018

Remote tropical beaches, peaceful mountain retreats, and rich culture: make Asia a getaway to top your 2018 travel list. Ker & Downey has rounded up some of our favorite destinations that still feel untouched and authentic. Cambodia Soar in a hot air balloon high above glistening golden temples hidden in lush jungles. Have breakfast near Angkor Wat, one of the most impressive temples ever built. Stay in a private countryside villa with a butler attending to your needs. Unplug from the world on a private island and take a snooze to the sounds of the soft breeze on our Intrepid […]

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Samburu Special Five

Samburu Special Five

Travel to the Samburu National Reserve to see the Samburu special five with Ker & Downey. The Samburu National Reserve is a special place. Located on the edge of Northern Kenya’s arid savannahs, it stands on its own for the rare and diverse game. There, you’ll find the typical game like lions, elephant, and cheetah, but you’ll also find the Samburu Special Five (Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope and Somali ostrich). You won’t find a more diverse concentration of wildlife anywhere else. The Reticulated Giraffe The reticulated giraffe makes its home in Somalia, southern Ethiopia, and northern […]

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Plan a Journey to the Next Total Eclipse

Plan a Journey to the Next Total Eclipse

As the total eclipse makes its way over North America today, we’re looking at the star charts to scope out the best eclipse locations for the next 10 years. Plan ahead with us and position yourself to catch this phenomenon.

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Fairytale Castles and Palaces

Fairytale Castles and Palaces

Fit for a queen, these fairytale castles and royal abodes are stunning masterpieces of architecture and history. Schloss Neuschwanstein: Bavaria, Germany The inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle is a towering structure with turrets emerging from the alpine forest. It is located high on a rugged hill above a village in Bavaria. Stunning views of the green countryside and the mountains beyond are offered from the top. This romantic castle, built in 1869, was meant to be a retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria. Pena National Palace: Sintra, Portugal Perched on a peak, this palace is a combination of onion […]

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More Luxury Treehouses Around the World

More Luxury Treehouses Around the World

Last year we highlighted some of our favorite luxury treehouses around the world. This year, we scoured the globe and found eight more treehouses you can stay in for a night of pretending you’re a kid again. Kanana | Okavango Delta, Botswana Located in the remote reaches of the Okavango Delta, but just close enough to camp for you to feel comfortable, Kanana’s sleep out tree house is the best way to experience the vast African night sky. It overlooks a waterhole that is home to hippo, crocodile, and varied bird life during the annual rains. In the dry season, […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Share Their Most Life Changing Trip

Ker & Downey Staff Share Their Most Life Changing Trip

Ker & Downey staff members share stories from their most life changing trip.  For me, I would say two trips have changed my life. The first was my very first safari to Botswana when I was just nine years old. (My mother speaks about the same trip below.) It opened my eyes to a world I hardly knew existed and sparked my enduring love affair with Africa and her people. The second life changing trip was the fall I spent in Italy in college. I was there to study architecture, but I learned so much more. In addition to the eye opening […]

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Our Top 5 Fly Camping Experiences in Africa

Our Top 5 Fly Camping Experiences in Africa

Ker & Downey’s top 5 fly camping experiences in Africa get you close to nature.  What is Fly Camping? ‘Fly Camping’ is a term that originates from the early days of safaris. Hunters wishing to travel light would pack just the outer sheet of a tent – called a fly sheet – and string it up between trees for their shelter. The minimalist camping set up was meant to protect the safari-goers from sun and rain while they slept, rested, and ate and could be easily moved to their next stop on their safari. Today the fly camping experience on […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Travel to the Galapagos in the Fall

Top 10 Reasons to Travel to the Galapagos in the Fall

When you’re taking a once in a lifetime trip to the Galapagos, you want to make sure you’re seeing it at its best. Luckily, due to the Galapagos’ idealistic island weather, there’s really no wrong time to visit. However, Fall remains one of the best times to visit the Enchanted Islands. Here’s why: Rich Displays of Marine Life Between July and November, the presence of the Humboldt Current in the Galapagos is strong. With it, the current brings nutrient-rich water to the surface providing an unparalleled feeding experience for marine life. As such, the snorkeling experience during these months is […]

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A Shoulder Season Safari in Tanzania

A Shoulder Season Safari in Tanzania

Each safari season has its pros and cons. Travel during the high season and you’re almost guaranteed fantastic wildlife sightings, but you’ll also battle crowds at those particularly great or unique sightings. During the low season in Tanzania, you’ll get some rains, but you’ll also have lush, green landscapes creating a stunning backdrop for wildlife photography. A shoulder season safari might get hot and you’ll have some rain, but you’ll be rewarded with lower prices and a private safari experience. There really is no bad time to travel to Tanzania. Wildlife can be found year-round. You just have to think […]

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The Best Hotels in Asia for Afternoon Tea

The Best Hotels in Asia for Afternoon Tea

For Afternoon Tea in England, you’ll find pastries and crustless sandwiches served on a three-tiered stand. And while some hotels in Asia have kept the English custom, others are putting their own spin on the centuries-old tradition. Here are Ker & Downey’s picks for the best hotels in Asia for Afternoon Tea. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo At the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Afternoon Tea comes with an Asian twist. Seasonal sweets and sandwiches are served on an Oriental style small shelf display and use ingredients like olive and dried tomato tart, pear puree, and Foie gras paste, and more than 20 types […]

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