Entries tagged: Africa

Cherie’s Ker & Downey Journeys and Holiday Traditions

Cherie’s Ker & Downey Journeys and Holiday Traditions

The end of the year is just around the corner. How do you want to finish off 2013? Maybe you want to travel to a new destination or start a new family tradition that includes a hand-crafted Ker & Downey journey. Recently we asked some of the sales team at Ker & Downey to share their travel experiences from this year with us and, to get in the holiday spirit, some of their special holiday traditions. Below Cherie talks about her journey to Botswana this year and her family’s holiday traditions. This year I had the opportunity to visit Botswana, […]

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Interact with the Wild

Interact with the Wild

Traveling the world opens our eyes to different places, people, and cultures and allows us to experience things outside of daily life. With Ker & Downey’s conservation journeys, interact with some of the world’s most loved but endangered species without sacrificing luxurious amenities and comfort. These journeys combine the best of both worlds with eye-opening experiences and five-star accommodations. Discover the Cheetah Conservation Fund with the Namibian Encounter The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal, but not even it can outrun the risk of endangerment. The icon for speed and highly revered among kings for thousands of years, the […]

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Warm Weather Escapes

Warm Weather Escapes

Make plans to avoid winter’s chill with an incredible journey to one of our favorite warm-weather escapes. Soak up the sun of the southern hemisphere where luxury and relaxation are in abundance, and treat yourself to an end-of-year escape. Fasano Las Piedras, Uruguay Nestled in one of Uruguay’s most extraordinary locations, Fasano Las Piedras represents tradition, quality and taste. Uxua Casas Hotel, Brazil Barefoot luxury meets rustic village life at the Uxua Casas Hotel, a tranquil retreat in the simple coastal town of Trancoso. Vamizi Island, Mozambique Located along the edge of a tropical forest, the villas overlook a white […]

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Icons of Tanzania

Icons of Tanzania

This 13-day adventure lets you travel through the Ngorongoro Crater, safari in the famed Serengeti and the Selous Reserves, and relax on Zanzibar’s sunny shores. Together, these areas comprise the most iconic areas for Tanzania’s wildlife and beauty. Gibb’s Farm Exuding rustic charm and natural beauty, Gibb’s Farm is the perfect retreat on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park. Matemwe Surrounded by some of the best white sand beaches in Zanzibar, Matemwe is known for friendly staff, excellent snorkeling and diving, tranquil surroundings, and delectable cuisine. For more information about the Icons of Tanzania itinerary or […]

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Wild World on Rubondo Island

Wild World on Rubondo Island

Katy Heerssen previews the paradise on Rubondo Island, a secret gem on Lake Victoria that proves as unpredictable as it is peaceful. The island home of Asilia Africa’s newest addition, Rubondo Island Camp, is a bit of an enigma to me. One-part relaxed waterfront retreat and one-part field day for active adventurers, I found it so different from the traditional safari, jungle or island experience. Still, all three are a part of its identity. Uninhabited and unexplored for decades, Tanzania’s Rubondo Island is the largest island national park in Africa, and Rubondo Island Camp is the only property on some […]

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Stories from the Bush

In July David Marek visited Mara Plains Camp in Kenya and his guide Daniel shared a few stories from his life. The following are Daniel’s stories, as told by David and Daniel. On our recent trip to Kenya we stayed at Mara Plains and Mara Toto camps. Our guide for the 6 days was Daniel, a local Maasai of about 30 years old, who told me many stories. I asked him if he was married and he said, “Not yet, but I have a girlfriend.” In his culture it is the parents who decide who the children marry so Daniel […]

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Fall Escapes with Ker & Downey

Fall Escapes with Ker & Downey

Dreaming of seeing the Great Migration, skiing the snowy slopes in the Caucasus Mountains, or just wanting to escape to warmer weather? With Ker & Downey’s exclusive rates on Turkish Airlines, starting your journey to these great destinations is simple. Tanzania – Witness the southern movement of the Great Migration and relax on the beaches of Zanzibar on this 12-day excursion. Israel – See the childhood town of Jesus Christ and the icons of Jerusalem on an eight-day journey Into the Holy Land. Georgia – Head to the slopes of Georgia and the stunning ski town of Gudauri, with tracks […]

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Nets for Africa Reduces the “Sting” of Mosquito Bites

Nets for Africa Reduces the “Sting” of Mosquito Bites

For the past three years, Ker & Downey employees have worked to provide mosquito nets to communities in Uganda to reduce the life-threatening effects of a mosquito bite. This year the goal is set higher than any year before; distribute 18,000 nets to the communities most in need. In a recent article in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof spoke of a hope found in the progress of the African continent and the decline of disease stating, “one of the great achievements of humanity in recent decades has been the marginalization of ancient and dreaded diseases.” Trachoma, polio, and leprosy […]

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Experience South Africa

Experience South Africa

South Africa can be considered a world all of its own. Between the diversity of ecosystems, wildlife, and five-star accommodations, there are an abundance of activities and adventures waiting to be discovered. With the South African Rand-to-US exchange rates at their lowest since 2009, now is the perfect time to travel to South Africa. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite experiences beyond the bush below. Indulge in Gourmet South Africa Indulge your gastronomical desires with a trip to some of our of favorite South African destinations to sample some of the best food in the country. From private Bedouin dinners […]

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Family Friendly Summer Travel Experiences

Family Friendly Summer Travel Experiences

Summer is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to plan the ultimate Ker & Downey journey with your family, and world travel is not out of the question. There are plenty of places where children of all ages are not only welcomed, but truly engaged. Plan a summer vacation that will create unforgettable memories and maybe even give the “travel bug” to your own little trailblazers. We’ve put together some options, sure to please everyone in your family. Cruise the Blue Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey For a truly unique and tranquil holiday, board a luxurious private gulet, a traditional Turkish wooden […]

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