Category: Q&A

An Interview with Nicky Fitzgerald, Owner of Angama Mara

An Interview with Nicky Fitzgerald, Owner of 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. Welcome back for our final post in our series of top safari properties and conservation partners in Kenya. We’re concluding today […]

Read More

An Interview with Craig Millar, Head of Security at Big Life Foundation

An Interview with Craig Millar, Head of Security at Big Life Foundation

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. Big Life Foundation partners with ol Donyo Lodge and Great Plains Foundation for the Maasai Olympics. Today we’re interviewing Craig Millar, Head […]

Read More

An Interview with Mark Boyd, Community and Conservation Manager at The Safari Collection

An Interview with Mark Boyd, Community and Conservation Manager 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. If you’re just joining us in this multi-part series featuring seven of Kenya’s top properties, be sure to click here for the rest of the posts. Today we’re interviewing Mark Boyd, The Safari […]

Read More

An Interview with Mikey Carr-Hartley, Owner of The Safari Collection

An Interview with Mikey Carr-Hartley, Owner of 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. To see all of the posts from this multi-part series, click here. Yesterday, we took at look at properties that make up The Safari Collection. Today, we’re interviewing Mikey Carr-Hartley, owner of The […]

Read More

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part Two

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part Two

An interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, champion of ocean conservation. He’s teamed up with Aqua Expeditions as a special guest on board their Amazon and Mekong River Cruises where he’ll be sharing films and leading discussions on what he’s learned through his work around the world. Part two of our interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau picks up today. If you missed part one, be sure to read it here. How did your voyages about the Calypso with your father influence your work today? He took us – my late brother and myself and of course his team – wherever the next destination […]

Read More

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part One

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part One

An interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, champion of ocean conservation. He’s teamed up with Aqua Expeditions as a special guest on board their Amazon and Mekong River Cruises where he’ll be sharing films and leading discussions on what he’s learned through his work around the world. Jean-Michel Cousteau grew up on the water. The son of legendary oceanographic explorer Jacques Cousteau, he made his first dive when he was just seven years old in 1945. His life is characterized by a devotion to marine conservation and education. He’s produced over 70 films and in 1999, he founded the Ocean Futures Society to help […]

Read More

An Interview with Jiro Takeuchi, Hotelier of Kayotei Ryokan

An Interview with Jiro Takeuchi, Hotelier of Kayotei Ryokan

Asia Product Manager Lisa Sun recently returned from a trip to Japan where she had the opportunity to visit local artisans, one of the most memorable experiences in her long history of traveling. Upon her return, she spoke with Mr. Jiro Takeuchi, hotelier of Kayotei, Ker Downey’s preferred ryokan in Kanazawa, about their artisan experiences and his history in the industry. One of the most memorable and amazing experiences in my decades of travel was a one-on-one encounter with several humble, incredibly talented artisans on my recent fall visit to Kanazawa, an easy 2.5 hour journey on the speedy bullet […]

Read More

A Q&A with Travel Photographer Austin Mann

A Q&A with Travel Photographer Austin Mann

In September Travel Photographer Austin Mann traveled to Rwanda and Tanzania with Ker & Downey to test drive the new Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus. We caught up with Austin to chat about his trip with Ker & Downey and one of his favorite shots from the project. This shot comes from Volcanoes National Park, where I found myself standing with a family of gorillas in the wild. Our trackers were just around the corner and had indicated there were a bunch hanging out together ahead. I was walking toward them and just about to come around the bend when I […]

Read More

The House Called Mbabati - An Interview With Samantha Ford

The House Called Mbabati – An Interview With Samantha Ford

Ker & Downey talks with Samantha Ford, stylish globetrotter and author of The House Called Mbabati, available on Amazon now. Samantha Ford is a globetrotter in every sense of the word. Wanderlust courses through her veins. She grew up traveling the world, moving from place to place every few years. As she got older, she continued to move about, settling until restlessness crept in, then picking up and moving on. Her travels have greatly influenced her career as a writer. You can tell she’s well traveled and well-versed in the art of observing her surroundings. It’s these experiences that provide […]

Read More

Yuzana Htun | Female Guide in Yangon, Myanmar

Yuzana Htun | Female Guide in Yangon, Myanmar

Meet Yuzana Htun, guide in Yangon, Myanmar. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day all week by taking a look at some of our favorite female guides around the world. We’re concluding our series of female guide this week with Yuzana Htun, a guide in Yangon, Myanmar. Nicky Brandon had the pleasure of meeting her on her trip to Myanmar in November 2014 and raves about her. How many years have you been guiding? I have been leading tours for more than 10 yrs. What or who inspired you to get into the guiding industry? My father who used to work as […]

Read More