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.
Ker & Downey designer MJ Eraci recenty took a trip to Namibia and combined it with a few days in Cape Town, South Africa. Of her stay in Namibia, she said, “Namibia is different than other destinations. You feel the wide open spaces, remoteness, and variety of landscapes like no place I have ever been. The people are warm and amazing.”
Bewitchingly beautiful, Namibia’s Damaraland region is an otherworldly landscape that needs to be witnessed. Join us on a bespoke journey to Namibia with the Desert Lion Project. This special conservation trip departs in November 2019; contact us to reserve your space, and keep reading to learn all about the trip.
Ker & Downey’s Jamie Bell shares her top Namibia travel highlights from her recent trip. Namibia is otherworldly. There are few countries on the earth that rival its raw, natural beauty: dramatic landscapes of sand seas and soaring dunes, dead-tree valleys, the Skeleton Coast, Naukluft Mountains, and the arid desert to name a few.
Before filming Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler traveled to Africa for the first time. Although the Kingdom of Wakanda is fictional, he said it was important to first experience the continent to make sure he authentically represented the film’s African setting. The influence of cultures and places from across Africa is evident on-screen. We’re taking a look at the way Africa was reimagined in Black Panther locations and characters. These sites and experiences should definitely go on your travel list.
Looking for adventure or a pristine place to unplug? Dive into the many coastal charms of Southern Africa. By Katy Heerssen Africa’s wildlife and diverse interior lands are the stuff of safari dreams, often eclipsing the allure of the shores. Along the continent’s Southern coast, you can find authentic culture, explore abandoned shipwrecks, and safely face your fears of sharks. Bounded by the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean and mighty Atlantic, Southern Africa presents a world of natural treasures beneath the waves and across dramatic, white sand beaches.
Ker & Downey’s inspiring journeys take you to the heart of a destination via completely unique experiences. Encountering fascinating cultures, going off the grid, and sharing life-changing moments with the ones you cherish: this is what it means to truly travel. Be inspired to create your own experiential adventure, and contact us now to begin turning your inspiration into reality. Practice Calligraphy | Diverse China From the “ground operas” of the Old Han to the calligraphy mastery of the Wangche Bouyei, this cultural journey to smaller villages perfectly balances China’s ancient grandeur. Meet the Himba | Experience Namibia Interact with […]
Majestic, thrilling, and powerful – the big cats of the world rule the animal kingdom and have long provided endless inspiration for art, film, and fiction. A safari graced by these beauties sparks the imaginations of travelers too, and today we’re sharing some of our favorite places to encounter big cats in Africa and beyond. Saruni Samburu, Kenya The Saruni National Reserve’s hilly landscape, with its ample trees and high craggy outcroppings, can be a leopard’s playground. Keep your eyes up near Saruni Samburu when looking to spot these cats. Little Makalolo Camp, Zimbabwe Head to Hwange National Park, a […]
Treading lightly when exploring our big, beautiful world doesn’t mean sacrificing the little luxuries. Check out a few of our favorite ultra-gorgeous eco-friendly properties that have reimagined existing places and taken good care of the environment they share, with future generations of travelers in mind. The Singular Patagonia Torres del Paine, Chile Housed within the walls of a former meatpacking plant, the quirky industrial feel of The Singular Patagonia has been carefully preserved. Adhering to the latest LEED certified protocols for environmentally-friendly building, the building’s historic interior became the dining room, bar, and reception area. Six Senses Soneva Kiri Koh […]
Traveling the world opens our eyes to different places, people, and cultures and allows us to experience things outside of daily life. With Ker & Downey’s conservation journeys, interact with some of the world’s most loved but endangered species without sacrificing luxurious amenities and comfort. These journeys combine the best of both worlds with eye-opening experiences and five-star accommodations. Discover the Cheetah Conservation Fund with the Namibian Encounter The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal, but not even it can outrun the risk of endangerment. The icon for speed and highly revered among kings for thousands of years, the […]