We’re no strangers to Botswana safaris, but since we aren’t on safari every day, a chance to see it on film has us scrambling to set our DVRs. Consider us ready for the acclaimed Into The Okavango National Geographic documentary to make its small screen debut. Named an Official Selection at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, the film documents the sweeping landscapes and wild animals that are unique to the region and, sadly, increasingly threatened. To celebrate its world premiere on Nat Geo Wild, we’re taking a look at how travelers can go Into The Okavango with Ker & Downey.
As the travel industry continues to prioritize responsible tourism, it can get harder to decide where you should devote time or resources to make a bigger impact on local communities, wildlife, and environments. At Ker & Downey, our philosophy has always been to give back in ways that are more personal and powerful than just tourism dollars, so we partner with some incredible companies that make it easy for you to do good while you travel.
We love highlighting the trips our Luxury Travel Consultants take. After each journey, they come back with a wealth of knowledge they are eager to share. Today we’re taking a look at a trip Tiffany took to Botswana earlier in 2016, where she stayed in some of the best camps in Botswana. My Botswana safari started in the Makgadikgadi Pans at Jack’s Camp, an eclectic yet elegant permanent camp, co-owned by Botswana’s rock star guide Ralph Bousfield. While the camp itself is incredible for its luxury accommodations and cuisine, it really shines for the unique activities available, marking is as […]
Botswana is the ultimate safari destination. It’s a country of diverse landscapes full of natural beauty and plentiful wildlife. The country adopted a “low volume” tourism model to limit the negative effects of tourism in wildlife areas. The results are vast, untouched wildlife destinations. And because its private concessions aren’t fenced in, the wildlife can roam free. If you need a reason to travel to Botswana, we’ve got 7 of them. 1. Botswana is where it all started. Recent studies show that the KhoiSan bushmen represent an isolated population of humans from 100,000 years ago. The best place to learn […]
We catch up with Botswana’s rock star guide Ralph Bousfield for a quick chat about life and style in the bush. In safari circles, Ralph Bousfield is the ultimate influencer. The co-owner of Botswana-based Uncharted Africa Safari Co. is a fifth generation guide, known for his deep-rooted commitment to Africa’s wildlife and ecology, as well as the preservation of the native Bushmen culture in Botswana. His father, legendary crocodile hunter, adventurer and conservationist Jack Bousfield, brought wild imagination and creative vision to safari—a sense of the extraordinary that made a way of life into a lifestyle. After the senior Bousfield’s […]
Ker & Downey President David Marek reflects on the first family safari his family took to Botswana over twenty years ago. A great friend of mine is taking a family safari in Africa this summer. Murray and his wife Charlyn have been on several safaris, but none with their children. Their daughters are ages 13 and 15. As their departure date draws near I reflect on the first trip to Africa with my wife and daughters who were both 9 years old at the time. I remember the anticipation we all had; the buildup of the trip, the arrival into […]
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 […]
Our top Himba and Bushmen experiences give you an opportunity to discover unique cultural heritages throughout Africa in culturally sensitive ways. Incorporating authentic experiences into your journey really helps you discover and understand the heart a place. Engaging with the local people gives you a better understanding of their history and culture, and even the fun quirks that make a place unique. At Ker & Downey, we strive to help you connect with a place through these experiences. These are our top Himba and Bushmen experiences in Africa. Rock Art Excursions at Bushmans Kloof | The Cederberg Head to Bushmans […]
Ker & Downey’s guide to the top travel destinations for 2016, broken down month by month. Visit the top travel destinations in style and luxury in 2016. From where to go and what to do, these are our top travel destinations around the world for each month. Where are you traveling in 2016? January | Calving Season in the Serengeti Head to the famed Serengeti for calving season – an incredible spectacle where upwards of 8,000 wildebeest are born each day. With the many infants on the plains, there’s sure to be lots of predator action as well. February | […]
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 […]