There are several reasons why we love a safari in Botswana. Among them are the authentic safari experiences found at the exclusive camps and properties. Ker & Downey designers Nicole Porto and Ken Hermer made a trip there recently.
Don’t we all just want to feel like a kid again? It’s an easy wish to fulfill when you plan a stay at one of these tree houses of Africa. Being a big kid never looked so luxurious, and we’re willing to bet your backyard tree house didn’t come fitted with a clawfoot bathtub or Egyptian cotton linens.
We love Botswana and sharing it with everyone we can. Recently Ker & Downey’s Evan Jones had to the opportunity to travel there for a safari in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, and the Kalahari. He is sharing the highlights from his trip with us below.
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.
Does a safari sound like a nice way to start your September? On this itinerary, two of southern Africa’s most beautiful natural wonders are yours to explore: the Okavango Delta region and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls & Botswana Jaunt After a refreshing overnight in Johannesburg, your journey begins in Victoria Falls. From the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, enjoy a privately guided tour of the Zimbabwe side of the falls, followed by a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. It’s a magical welcome to Africa! Botswana is next, where you will spend two nights at Linyanti Bush Camp. This small, intimate tented […]
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 | […]
BESPOKE Magazine’s Special Edition highlighting the Best of Africa will be available for download later this month. Preview some of the magazine below as Ker & Downey catches up with Doug Wright, our long-standing favorite guide in Botswana. The safari business has evolved over the past half century just as all businesses have evolved. In the days of Hemingway, a safari was a several months-long production with porters, cooks, gun-bearers, and trackers with the Professional Hunter heading up the whole affair. The job of the Professional Hunter in those days was not only to locate big game for his clients, […]
It’s improbably that once country about the size of Texas could contain two of the world’s most extreme – and extremely beautiful – ecosystems. But there they are in the Kalahari Desert of northern Botswana, no more than a 90-minute plane ride apart: the Makgadigadi Pans and the Okavango Delta. Written by: Gary Walther & Scott Goetz Here’s a look at four of our favorite camps in safari country: San Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans A remote Africa experience A full moon beams with klieg light intensity onto the Makgadikgadi Pans, the largest salt pan complex in the world. It’s well after […]
Ker & Downey’s legacy began in Africa, and enchanting Botswana holds a special place in our hearts. Discover a sublime blend of stark desert, verdant marsh and unforgettable game viewing on our Botswana’s Big Five adventure. Chobe Guest Suite Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana with one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent, with the 15 air-conditioned cottages of Chobe Chilwero luxury safari lodge your accommodations. Each has en suite facilities with a free standing bath, indoor and outdoor showers, a spacious lounge, terrace and garden with a hammock. Guests […]
Botswana’s Okavango Delta is quite possibly one of the final remaining pieces of untouched wilderness in the world. A blend of pans, marshlands, reed banks, forests of giant acacia trees and mopane woodlands, the Okavango is arguably the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It is protected and preserved for the benefit of wildlife and experiential travel and achieves a delightful balance of both. Fed with trillions of gallons of water annually by the Okavango River, the Delta is a playground for Africa’s most recognized animal denizens – The Big Five, wild dog, cheetah, plains zebra, spotted hyena, warthog, dozens of […]