Entries tagged: Africa

A Romantic Getaway and a Tanzania Engagement

A Romantic Getaway and a Tanzania Engagement

A romantic getaway for Anne turned into an engagement story to remember!  This past summer, I enjoyed one of my favorite trips to Africa. Although it was my fifth trip to Tanzania and seventeenth trip to Africa as a whole, this trip may have been the most memorable of my life. I got engaged to marry the most wonderful man and here’s the bonus: he loves traveling as much as I do! We flew to Tanzania via Istanbul, arriving in the middle of the night. Fortunately we had two nights in Arusha as we really needed that first full day […]

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Time to Book Your Botswana Safaris: Botswana Tops Lonely Planet's Places to Visit in 2016

Time to Book Your Botswana Safaris: Botswana Tops Lonely Planet’s Places to Visit in 2016

Botswana safaris may be all the rage in 2016. Lonely Planet just released its list of top destinations for 2016 and Botswana tops the list. It’s not hard for us to see why. Botswana has long been one of our favorite destinations. Here’ are Ker & Downey’s top 5 reasons why you should go. Wide Open Spaces Botswana is one of the last untouched areas in Africa with over 17 percent of its land set aside for national parks. Its concessions aren’t bound up by fences, so the wildlife roams free. What makes Botswana unique is its concept of “low-volume” tourism. […]

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Mosqutio Nets for Africa: An Update from Ker & Downey

Mosqutio Nets for Africa: An Update from Ker & Downey

Mosquito Nets for Africa are life-saving. Ker & Downey President David Marek updates us on the annual Nets for Africa trip to Uganda, coming up in August. Once again, Ker & Downey is supporting a team visiting Uganda who are taking much needed mosquito nets, medications, doctors and nurses to the rural areas around Mbale. The trip is set for August 27 through September 7 and once again Ker & Downey is matching all donations that come through our website. Last year’s trip was a huge success with over 9,000 mosquito nets distributed, 15,000 people saw a doctor for diagnosis – […]

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World Travel for the Whole Family

World Travel for the Whole Family

Traveling with family takes a bit of finesse, and finding a destination that is enjoyable and offers flexibility for each family member can be a daunting task. It’s a challenge the experts at Ker & Downey regularly accept. With Spring Break on the horizon and summer vacation not far behind, get a head start on your family travel plans and contact us before the rush. Ker & Downey Family Safari | Botswana Recently honored as the Best Family Safari Experience in Africa, this Botswana family of camps is the perfect match for families ready to explore this rich, lush region. […]

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An Interview with Michael Matera

We’re continuing our series on the African bush this week by highlighting the incredible cuisine and the talented chefs of the bush with an interview with Michael Matera, Senior Sous Chef at Singita Sasakwa Lodge and the 2012 recent recipient of the Tanzania Chef of the Year Award. If you desire, each meal in the bush is an event and worth every indulgence. A large spread of eggs, granolas, yogurts, pastries, fruit, and fresh squeezed juices greet you upon returning from an early morning game drive while midday meals are light and fresh. Dinners involve several courses and come in the […]

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Visit Uganda with Ker & Downey

Uganda’s Wild Kingdoms is a life-changing journey that will take you to the mist-swathed forests and the cultural centers in the pearl of Africa. You’ll traverse through all of Uganda’s major national parks, participating in extraordinary gorilla trekking, nature walking, and even a Ker & Downey Philanthropy stop. Primate Trekking One of the iconic activities in Uganda’s national parks: set off with guides to seek out families of chimpanzees in Kibale and silverback gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Giving Back Ker & Downey’s passion for service extends to the communities of Uganda. The annual mission recap from our own David […]

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Africa’s Most Unique

Africa’s Most Unique

Ker & Downey Recommends: The 5 most unique African experiences. By Katy Heerssen Anyone who’s been there can tell you that Africa by itself is an adventure. You expect the unexpected, the exotic, and your journey delivers generously. For fearless explorers who want to push boundaries of the usual on the continent, the following five, matchless experiences are sure to blow your mind. Tanzania The Experience Climbing Kilimanjaro is a popular bucket-list item for all levels of adventurers, but for those who prefer to do things with a touch more panache and exclusivity, climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame route is […]

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Big Cats

Big Cats

Majestic, thrilling, and powerful – the big cats of the world rule the animal kingdom and have long provided endless inspiration for art, film, and fiction. A safari graced by these beauties sparks the imaginations of travelers too, and today we’re sharing some of our favorite places to encounter big cats in Africa and beyond. Saruni Samburu, Kenya The Saruni National Reserve’s hilly landscape, with its ample trees and high craggy outcroppings, can be a leopard’s playground. Keep your eyes up near Saruni Samburu when looking to spot these cats. Little Makalolo Camp, Zimbabwe Head to Hwange National Park, a […]

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The Great Outdoors: Wings and Fins

The Great Outdoors: Wings and Fins

Our world is teeming with wonders to discover, and whether searching for winged wildlife by air or angling for game beneath the water, Ker & Downey encourages travelers to look beyond the land-based dwellers and expand their understanding of the wild world. Australia, Bamurru Plains Navigate the Mary River at this uniquely wild luxury camp while fishing for the great Barramundi. An airboat ride across the swamps reveals the region’s abundant birdlife – some 236 species altogether. Tanzania, Rubondo Island Camp Fish for Lake Victoria’s record-breaking Nile perch by boat or on the shore, and head into the thick jungle […]

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Fun in the African Sun

Fun in the African Sun

If sun, sand, and safari are on your mind lately, Seychelles and Kenya need to be on your travel watch list. Embark on a journey across two of Africa’s contrasting landscapes – the powder-white sands of the glorious Seychelles and the rugged isolation of the vast Kenyan bush with our 13-day journey. Enjoy idyllic moments in the surf and reflective game drives through the wilderness, both offering their own brands of relaxation and wonder. Seychelles Desroches Island Resort Though Desroches Island is just under two square miles in size, the activities are endless on land and at sea. The sands […]

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