In August 2019 the Tanzanian government enacted a new visa-on-arrival handling process at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), effective immediately. The process is cumbersome, and involves standing in three different lines, adding a significant amount of time to arrivals. With this change in place, it is our recommendation that all clients entering through JRO obtain a visa prior to departure, either by applying at the embassy or consulate, or processing the visa online.
We take pride in our designers’ abilities to handcraft the perfect itinerary for each client. They find success time and again because each designer has extensive knowledge and on-the-ground destination experience. In other words, they travel! Actually going there is the best way to learn about a destination. We caught up with Ker & Downey designer Ken Hermer fresh off his trip to Tanzania for a quick Q&A about his highlights.
Tanzania’s call of nature is strong. We keep coming back to this east African gem for its superb safaris and decadent properties. While you spend your days spotting giraffes, lions, and zebras, and your evenings watching the sun set over the Serengeti, you can feel at ease knowing that these properties focus on sustainable practices. When you’re planning your safari, consider these sustainable properties in Tanzania.
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, […]
Nicky Brandon, Ker & Downey’s Director of Marketing and Sales, embarks on a journey to the country of her childhood and discovers a modern safari wonderland. As told to Rina Chandarana. I still vividly remember the road trips I enjoyed as a child. My parents would pile their three daughters and a bunch of supplies into a Land Rover and set off from our home in Dar es Salaam. My first foray took place when I was just four years old. Our family camped in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, where flamingo flocks wade and zebra herds wander. This first out-of-city excursion […]
Each safari season has its pros and cons. Travel during the high season and you’re almost guaranteed fantastic wildlife sightings, but you’ll also battle crowds at those particularly great or unique sightings. During the low season in Tanzania, you’ll get some rains, but you’ll also have lush, green landscapes creating a stunning backdrop for wildlife photography. A shoulder season safari might get hot and you’ll have some rain, but you’ll be rewarded with lower prices and a private safari experience. There really is no bad time to travel to Tanzania. Wildlife can be found year-round. You just have to think […]
Each country in Africa is unique. Kenya has the Masai Mara. Botswana has the Okavango Delta. But Tanzania has the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater – both teeming with wildlife and bucket-list destinations for African wildlife lovers. Cherie recently returned from a trip to Tanzania and shares her thoughts about three luxury classic tented camps she recommends. Entamanu Ngorongoro Entamanu Ngorongoro lies in a prime location on the less-traveled Eastern side of the Crater, just under thirty minutes from the nearest descent point. There’s just six luxury tented suites at Entamanu, each with decks that overlook the rim to the […]
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 […]
Ann Abel forgoes the bells and whistles and gets back to bush basics for a truly authentic experience at Tanzania’s Kwihala Camp. This article first appeared in Ker & Downey’s Quest Magazine. Thirty minutes into my first game drive from Kwihala Camp into Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, I’ve learned more than I’ve learned on dozens of game drives on six previous trips to East Africa: exactly why certain biological adaptations came about, how long elephants are pregnant, how it is that lions can sleep 20 hours a day, and some new details on that endlessly-amusing topic of mating. My curiosity was […]
Break out of the ordinary and start a new family tradition this holiday season with a safari in December. Travel to Africa in December to enjoy summer weather with your family and a slower pace than the normal end of year hustle.