The mention of Africa conjures up thoughts of wildly beautiful landscapes teeming with the contrast of black and white zebra stripes against deep green savanna, the arch of an elephant’s grey trunk, and a proud lion shaking out his mane. Besides the animals, there are a wonderful array of diverse terrains—the crashing Atlantic surf in Namibia, the bizarre forests of Madagascar, and the romantic expanses of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Trust us, narrowing in on where to go in Africa is never easy. But we’ve done the hard part; now all you have to do is pack.
When the weather gets dull and dreary in January, we could recommend many places to visit to escape the doldrums. This January, we think you should consider an adventure in Africa. It’s crowd-free and wild as can be.
Some very real places played a part in the development of The Lion King, and although the pride lands you’ll see on screen are a mixture of fantasy and reality, they are sure to inspire you to see the true African wilds for yourself.
Ker & Downey designer Trista Gage traveled to Kenya in November during a period known as the “short rains” season which can extend into early December. There are a number of advantages to traveling during the Kenya short rains season including fewer people and lots of green grass against a blue sky (a photographer’s dream). But the biggest draw is the wildlife: you’ll see grazing animals with babies and animals frolicking in the rain and puddles.
Every now and then, celebrities jet off to escape being in the public eye, leaving behind their glamorous lives to enjoy a little downtime in luxurious locations around the globe. We can help you also feel like a star by planning a celebrity-style trip to one of these hot spots where the famous jetset have stayed.
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.
Environmentally conscious travelers rejoice in this selection of Kenya’s sustainable camps and lodges that pair luxury with conservation. Enjoy an eco-friendly journey to East Africa with sustainable properties in mind.
A little strange and definitely unique, these are some of the most outrageous places to spend the night. The Manta Resort Sleep under the sea in the Underwater Room off the coast of Zanzibar. This floating structure at The Manta Resort gives you an up-close look at the schools of colorful fish that swim by during the day, and the curious nocturnal creatures that glide by your windows in the inky depths. Located in the middle of a reef, the room is only accessed via boat. Three levels include a landing deck, a roof for star gazing, and an abode […]
Traveling during Africa’s green seasons – when rain is more common – nets the intrepid explorer a few surprises. Richer colors, lush landscapes, and active game are among the reasons a green season safari is coveted both by photographers and seasoned safari-goers. Plan ahead for travel this spring and summer with our picks for enjoying green season at its finest.
Every Ker & Downey itinerary is designed to leave the traveler transformed, and this special journey is no exception. Join WildAid founders Peter and Corie Knights from June 14-26, 2017, as they visit important conservation projects in Kenya and Tanzania on our exclusive WildAid safari. This private and intimate safari will bring you up close to some of the world’s most majestic and threatened wildlife. Complete with celebrated accommodations and private charters, your journey is both meaningful and magnificent. On this trip you will visit WildAid’s partner projects on the ground and participate in hands-on experiences side-by-side with Peter Knights, CEO of WildAid. Begin the 13-night […]