We love Botswana and sharing it with everyone we can. Recently Ker & Downey’s Evan Jones had to the opportunity to travel there for a safari in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, and the Kalahari. He is sharing the highlights from his trip with us below.
Ker & Downey’s Vanessa Niven traveled to Bali in November for a stay at COMO Shambhala Estate. The holistic health and spa retreat offers a full wellness experience, with programs crafted for each client during their stay including yoga, Ayurveda, visits with a nutritionist, refreshing hydrotherapies, and spa treatments. We recommend a three-night minimum to fully take advantage of the wellness retreat, but even then, you’ll wish you booked your stay for a little longer.
Ker & Downey’s Katy Heerssen traveled to Portugal in November and spent some time in Lisbon with a short jaunt to the Alentejo region. Despite some rain and fog during her trip, she was able to see some of Lisbon’s most colorful sites and surrounding areas, including the whimsical town of Sintra.
Ker & Downey’s Europe Product Manager Elizabeth Frels traveled to France with her husband Jason in celebration of their fifth wedding anniversary. Together, they experienced vintage French luxury in the heart of one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
There are a number of advantages to traveling during the Kenya short rains season: fewer people, lots of wildlife, and beautiful green grass against a blue sky (a photographer’s dream).
A Rwanda Trek with John Harbison On a Ker & Downey-curated luxury Rwanda trek through steaming jungles, travelers John and Renata Harbison took amazing gorilla photographs in the wild. They share the experience in their own words. Photography by John Harbison
As the travel industry continues to prioritize responsible tourism, it can get harder to decide where you should devote time or resources to make a bigger impact on local communities, wildlife, and environments. At Ker & Downey, our philosophy has always been to give back in ways that are more personal and powerful than just tourism dollars, so we partner with some incredible companies that make it easy for you to do good while you travel.
At Ker & Downey, we are firm believers that any day is a good day for a safari. We have yet to experience one that didn’t live up to (or surpass) expectations, but there are definitely some game drives that stick out as extra special. Ker & Downey’s luxury travel designer Nicole Porto had one such experience on her recent trip to Tswalu Kalahari.
Kenya’s natural diversity has always attracted safari seekers, so it makes perfect sense that luxury properties are working hard to ensure that the pristine landscape remains preserved for years to come. Ker & Downey’s luxury travel expert Michelle Nicholson recently embarked on a journey to eco-friendly Kenya and shares some of the environmentally-conscious practices she learned about at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Naboisho Camp, and Rekero Camp.
Michelle Sole, a former safari guide for Marataba Safari Lodge, is spending a year traveling the world and sharing her experiences with Ker & Downey. Today she recounts the magic of her Antarctica tour. To read about more of her travels, click here.