At Ker & Downey, we think Africa is always a good idea. We asked our staff to share their favorite Africa trip: from the safari experiences in the south and east, to the ancient history in the north, Africa certainly keeps us inspired.


“Venturing to Uganda for the first time as a single female, I was apprehensive and had no idea what to expect. Regardless, I always know I have nothing to worry about when traveling with Ker & Downey. Mahogany Springs was there for me in every way, from being picked up at the airstrip, to being looked after the whole time I was there, I never felt alone. Plus, it’s so close to the gorilla trekking which was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done. I’d highly recommend this property for the traveler who may not be looking for over-the-top luxury, but is perfect for the adventurer seeking comfort, privacy, and excellent service.” – Amy Willis, Graphic Designer & Philanthropy Manager

Ker & Downey Suggested Itinerary for this Africa trip: Uganda Primate Safari

Ker & Downey Staff Picks their Favorite Trips - Luxury Travel

South Africa

Liz Biden can do no wrong in my book. So when I had the opportunity to stay at three of her properties in South Africa, I jumped at the chance. My time at Birkenhead House, La Residence, and Royal Malewane was too short and left a longing in my heart to return for a longer stay. Since my trip, she’s added The Silo to her Royal Portfolio, and in May 2019 she opened the Farmstead at Royal Malewane, a new luxury lodge with three luxury Farm Suites and the Farmhouse, a three and a half bedroom private villa.” – Haley Beham, Assistant to the Director of Marketing

Experience the epitome of luxury in South Africa on our Royal South Africa journey. This Africa trip includes stays at The Silo, La Residence, Birkenhead House, and Royal Malewane. 

Ker & Downey Staff Picks their Favorite Trips - Luxury Travel

Africa Trip to Kenya and Rwanda

“I’ve been to Africa many times but traveling with my husband, who had never been on a safari, was one of my favorite experiences. We traveled to Rwanda and Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic when few people were traveling. As a result, we had the Masai Mara, Nyungwe Forest, and Volcanoes National Park nearly to ourselves. It felt as if we were transported back to the “old days” of safari, but all while enjoying the comforts and conveniences of today’s safaris. I don’t think that will ever happen again in our lifetime and I feel so fortunate to have experienced Africa that way. The trip was incredible.” – Tiffany Dunn, Director of Sales and Operations

We suggest customizing the Rwanda Chimpanzee and Gorilla Trek  itinerary to include stays at Giraffe Manor, Angama Mara, and Sala’s Camp in Kenya.

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“One of my many favorite destinations is Singita Pamushana in the Malilangwe Game Reserve in southeast Zimbabwe. Taking a shower at Singita Pamushana is more than just enjoying a refreshing daily ritual. The views from the shower, located within the cracks of ancient giant granite boulders, perched on the edges of cliffs in front of your suite with a sheer drop down to the Malilangwe Dam, are breathtaking. Beneath me, a fish eagle flew by, while swifts and swallows swooped past on all sides. I felt like I too was flying and thankfully, not off the cliff. This was one of the most memorable showers that I have ever enjoyed.” – Ken Hermer, Designer

We suggest customizing our Zimbabwe Luxury Safari to include Singita Pamushana.

Ker & Downey Staff Picks their Favorite Trips - Luxury Travel


“I grew up in Tanzania but had been away for 20 years. My journey back took me to the less-frequented safari circuit, beginning in the Selous Game Reserve at Roho ya Selous. It is set up less than two miles from where I used to camp as a kid with my family! The camp, far removed from crowds, represents a more raw Africa. I also traveled to Kwihala Camp in Ruaha National Park, as well as Jabali Ridge. In the days traveling with my family as a young kid, we stayed in a modest camp in the area. It was nothing like Jabali Ridge! The plunge pool at the lodge was a welcome treat after a long day on safari, and afternoon tea was a soothing wind down.

After so many years away from the country I was born in, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I was happy to see that a lot has stayed the same. The marvelous wilderness that captivated me as a child had been carefully preserved. It was all very familiar and yet new and exciting.” – Nicky Brandon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

You can read more about Nicky’s return to Tanzania here.

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“Alexandria is often overlooked but I think it’s one of the most interesting cities in Egypt; completely underrated! Anyone interested in Alexander the Great has to visit his namesake city as well as Siwa Oasis, an incredibly remote part of the country that was hugely important in shaping Alexander the Great’s future. I also love the contrast between the oases of Siwa and Fayoum. These two unique parts of the country are often overlooked, but worth the journey!” – Nicole Porto, Designer

Ker & Downey Suggested Itinerary for this Africa trip: Secrets of Egypt

Ker & Downey Staff Picks their Favorite Trips - Luxury Travel


“Morocco is an enchanting country. A few days there often feels as if you’re going back in time, walking among the old Kasbahs and meandering through the souks enveloped by the scents of cinnamon, cumin, and ginger. Its unique culture and architecture add to its charm. Additionally, the wonders of the Sahara Desert never cease to amaze me.”  – Jamie Bell, Designer

One of Jamie’s favorite Africa trips is our suggested itinerary, A Journey Back in Time.

Ker & Downey Staff Picks their Favorite Trips - Luxury Travel

Ready to plan your own Africa trip?

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