We like spontaneity just as much as the next person. There’s nothing more thrilling than a last minute getaway. But some trips require (and deserve!) more time to plan. Wildly popular, extremely exclusive, or difficult to get to destinations demand a little more forethought and expertise during the planning stages. Here are seven trips to book a year in advance – at least!
Africa offers so many unique choices for your next African safari. You can kick back on the beach after searching for the Big Five. Or trek through mist-laden forests to see the gorillas. No matter your choice, we have you covered in our list of African safari experiences you cannot miss.
Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas in the Mist is a four-night itinerary offering one of the rarest and most sought-after safari opportunities: a chance to visit the habituated mountain gorillas of northwestern Rwanda. Add this experience to any custom African safari with Ker & Downey.
On this 10-night Uganda gorilla safari, you will experience more than just game drives in East Africa. You also have the opportunity to see firsthand the incredible beauty of the Kibale National Park and the Queen Elizabeth National Park. From the volcanic crater lakes to the exotic Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, this is a safari that will dazzle your senses.
On a Ker & Downey-curated luxury Rwanda trek through steaming jungles, travelers John and Renata Harbison photographed gorillas up-close in the wild. They share the experience in their own words. Photography by John Harbison
Dian Fossey was one of the foremost primatologists, studying the mountain gorillas in the forests of Rwanda for 18 years before her tragic death in 1985. In celebration of her birthday (January 16), we’re taking a look at some of our favorite gorilla safaris, not only in Rwanda, but in Uganda, and the Republic of Congo too.
One of Ker & Downey’s Africa specialists Sara Kramer just returned from a three-week trip to Tanzania and Rwanda where she trekked gorillas and got to know some of the locals. Here are her top ten things to do in Rwanda. Add them to your next journey! 10. Visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village and try your hand at making Sorghum flour. The Iby’lwacu Cultural Village was set up as a way to curb poaching and increase conservation efforts by providing a way for ex-poachers to make an income and support their families. A visit to the village offers a change […]
Sara, one of our Africa specialists, and her husband Robert just returned from a trip to Tanzania and Rwanda where they had the opportunity to trek gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. She recounts her experience below. The day started fairly early with breakfast and a warm cup of Rwandan Coffee. Depending on where you stay in the Volcanoes area the procedure for the morning departure will be a bit different but at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, we were fitted with gaiters and handed a snack to pack in our backpack before setting off to the Volcanoes Park Gate, a drive of […]
Jamie Bell, one of Ker & Downey’s Ugandan experts shares her experience in Bwindi National Park. Gorilla trekking in Uganda has long been considered a highlight for most people visiting the country, and with good reason. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to roughly half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, about 350 of them. The verdant maze of trees and vines of this national park provides a perfect home for these gentle giants and an adventure in Uganda unlike any other. Our day started at 8am. Crawling out of my comfortable, full-size bed at Gorilla Forest Camp I could see […]