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.
With a diversity of city life and superb safaris, South Africa is a must on any African travel bucket list. Camps and properties are taking impressive strides to ensure eco-friendly practices are common practice to preserve the gorgeous landscape. Ker & Downey shares our favorites of the top sustainable properties in South Africa.
Responsible tourism in Africa – these six luxe safari lodges offer dream vacations with purpose. – By Rina Chandarana. Lodges and camps that host conservation programs are a safari bonus, allowing guests to get up close to magnificent endangered species as part of their journey. These are our favorite places to embrace responsible tourism.
We check in with Corie Knights on the work WildAid and the WildAid conservation travel partners are accomplishing in Kenya and Tanzania. Since 2000 WildAid has made it their mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. To highlight the importance of their work and showcase some of their various conservation projects, Corie Knights leads donors’ trips around the world each year. In June she and her husband Peter, who founded WildAid, traveled to Kenya and Tanzania with Ker & Downey and 11 philanthropists to visit some of their partner conservation projects and check in on the progress their partnership is making. Corie sat down with us to […]
An update from the Nets for Africa Kenya Medical Mission – the team treated over 4,700 people and handed out 6,025 mosquito nets. In September Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana traveled to Kenya on their annual medical mission to assist doctors with blood tests, dental and eye exams, general doctor’s visits, handing out prescriptions, and distributing nets to the rural communities. This was the first year the team traveled to Kenya. In years past, the team has based their mission out of Uganda. Our medical mission this year took us near Eldoret in western Kenya […]
Celebrate Wold Lion Day with Ker & Downey. Find out how you can get involved with conservation efforts on World Lion Day to support the big cats. August 10th is World Lion Day. It’s a day to celebrate Africa’s biggest cat, but also a day to bring awareness to their declining numbers. Recent estimates state as few as 20,000 lions remain in the wild. It’s a staggering number when you realize their numbers were closer to 450,000 just 50 years ago. The biggest threat facing lions is habitat loss and degradation, and conflicts with humans. In 2009 National Geographic explorers […]
Each year, a team travels from the United States to the rural communities in Africa for a medical mission. Ker & Downey supports the team and Ker & Downey’s President David Marek and his wife Gana often make the trip each year to assist. Together, the group helps doctors and nurses check out patients and administer help where needed. They also hand out insecticide treated mosquito nets to protect against bites from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Every year, the trip is a huge success. Around 15,000 people are seen by doctors and around nine thousand mosquito nets are handed out. We’ve also […]
Philanthropy travel combines a passion for travel and conservation. You can make a difference. Partner with Ker & Downey and these worthy projects. We’ve checked in with the Nets for Africa Campaign and the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show this year, but we thought it was time to update you on some of the other philanthropy projects that we care about. It’s easy to combine a passion for travel with conservation, and these projects are a great place to start if you really want to make an impact through philanthropy travel. Bana Ba Letsatsi Bana Ba Letsatsi in Maun, Botswana, […]