We take pride in our designers’ abilities to handcraft the perfect itinerary for each client. They find success time and again because each designer has extensive knowledge and on-the-ground destination experience. In other words, they travel! Actually going there is the best way to learn about a destination. We caught up with Ker & Downey designer Ken Hermer fresh off his trip to Tanzania for a quick Q&A about his highlights.
Where were you? In northern Tanzania visiting Arusha; Tarangire National Park; Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area; and southern, central, and northern Serengeti National Park.
Highlight of the trip? Seeing a pride of six lions all “hanging out” and fighting for branch space in one huge tree in Tarangire National Park. I also enjoyed the evening of tranquil sundowner drinks and snacks on the banks of the Mara River at Olakira Camp in northern Serengeti, watching elephant on the opposite side of the river and hippos jostling for space.
Favorite Activities? Riding on a safari vehicle, soaking up the fresh clean air and the magnificent rocky landscapes of the northern Serengeti and the ever-present animals. Enjoying the majesty of the enormous rock fig trees growing on top of the clusters of giant boulders strewn across the Serengeti landscapes. At dinner, seeing the Southern Cross glimmering above beside a log fire.
Best surprise? Dunia Camp is run completely by women which brings such a different flavor and atmosphere to the camp and sets it apart from other properties. In a male-dominated country, the all-female run camp is a nice change.
Don’t miss… A visit into the Ngorongoro Crater. It is peppered with amazing wildlife and serene lakes. A visit to the banks of the Mara River to witness the millions of migrating wildebeest and zebra crossing the treacherous crocodile-infested waters on their unstoppable quest northwards towards the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.
Anything else you want to add? The best time to see the annual migration, which is never quite the same schedule each year due to Mother Nature being in control, is from late July through early to mid-October. However, there are always animals to be seen and enjoyed. Also, it is advisable to apply for the visitor’s visa ahead of time!
Ken’s itinerary suggestion: For a honeymoon client, spend a night or two at Arusha Villa, then head to Oliver’s Camp for two nights. Next, head to the Ngorongoro Crater for two nights and stay at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, followed by two nights at Dunia Camp in the central Serengeti. Finish off with two nights at Sayari in the north before returning home.
Contact your Ker & Downey designer to start planning your own custom trip to Tanzania.