The thrill of an African safari is the opportunity to witness wild and wonderful creatures in their natural habitats, from floodplains to fantastic grasslands. And sometimes in the midst of spotting the usual suspects (like giraffes, elephants, and lions), you may catch sight of something more unique. See these bizarre animals on an African safari. It will give you something even more exciting to share with your friends back home.
Explore the Singita Grumeti Reserve on a luxury safari with Ker & Downey. Located in northern Tanzania, the 350,000 acre the Singita Grumeti Reserve is a vital part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. It was created to protect the path of the annual wildebeest migration, one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world. With its impressive set of properties that cater to different guests, it’s no wonder Singita Grumeti Reserve has won numerous awards and accolades. While the migration is certainly a highlight in Tanzania, the Singita Grumeti Reserve offers fantastic game-viewing experiences year-round. Because it’s a private park, […]
The African wild dog, also known as the Cape hunting dog or painted dog, isn’t an easy animal to spot in the bush. Perhaps that’s because only about 6,600 survive in the wild and packs can cover 900 square miles of territory. Francois van Heerden, Senior Game Ranger at Mateya Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa has been fortunate enough to encounter the African wild dog in the bush several times, and he shared his favorite experience with us.
The Pangolin is an elusive creature that has quickly become one of the world’s most trafficked mammals. They are hard to spot in the wild because of their nocturnal behavior, but we’ve rounded up five places for you to travel to increase your chances of spotting the pangolin. Leo Tolstoy said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” No words have rung truer for Gordie Owles, a third generation Kenyan and Marketing Director for Asilia Africa, our ground partner in Tanzania. He waited 30 years to catch a glimpse of the elusive pangolin and tells a story of […]
Looking for the best safari in Africa? Look no further than Zarafa Camp in Botswana, voted the ‘Best Safari Experience’ in Africa in the recent Safari Awards. The 2016 Safari Awards were held recently with Zarafa Camp in Botswana winning for Best Safari Experience, Best Safari Cuisine, Best Design, and runner up for Best Community Focused Safari Property. Great Plains Conservation’s Zarafa Camp in Botswana has long been a favorite property of Ker & Downey’s so it comes as no surprise that it won ‘Best Safari Experience’ in the recently held Safari Awards. The property is owned by award-winning National […]
Ellerman House just received an extensive refurbishment, positioning it as one of Cape Town’s top hotels. Ellerman House in Cape Town recently underwent an estate-wide refurbishment, positioning itself as one of Cape Town’s most chic boutique hotels. With just 11 rooms, two suites, and two private villas, the intimate Cape Edwardian hotel is a sophisticated, secluded oceanfront getaway. Most of the rooms have been refurbished with colors of blue and green, drawing inspiration from the sea nearby and flora of Cape Town. The bathrooms have also been updated to tie into the new contemporary look and the large private terraces are […]
Luxury tented camps, also known as glamorous camping, or “glamping” for short, offer a modern take on a classic experience. Where camping in a traditional tents allows you to escape the city and get closer to nature, luxury tented camps allow you to do just that, without sacrificing luxury or comfort. It might even make you feel more alive to hear an elephant snacking on a nearby tree with only a wall of canvas to separate you. We believe everyone should take the time to slow down and escape, but not leave behind our favorite creature comforts like luxury linens and soaking tubs! […]
The Okavango Horse Safari is one of our exciting new horseback riding adventures we’re pleased to offer our clients. A few weeks ago we introduced you to Annie and Paul, guides of our Kenya riding safaris. Today we’re taking a look at our Okavango Horse Safari and the guides that lead them. Why You Should Take an Okavango Horse Safari Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the lifeblood of the country and home to large concentrations of game and bird life. The region can be explored by game vehicles and mokoros, but a horse safari offers an up close look at all […]
African horse safaris combine the best of adventure with the thrill of searching for wild game on horseback, and luxury with beautiful and comfortable fly camps and lodges to return to in the evenings. At Ker & Downey, we’ve worked hard to handcraft high experiential horseback safaris using some of the best guides in the business. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the expert guides leading our horseback safaris, but today we’re kicking off the series with an overview of the journeys themselves. African Horse Safaris in Kenya Our African Horse Safaris in Kenya explore […]