You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get a great shot on an African safari. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of being in the right spot at the right time.
Ker & Downey President David Marek, an avid photographer, visited Mara Plains Camp and asked two professional photographers to share their photography tips for the Ker & Downey clients. Recently I had the opportunity to spend some quality time at Mara Plains Camp; the luxury safari property owned by Great Plains Conservation. One of the truly unique things they do for guests during their stay is provide them with a Canon 7D or 50D camera with 100-400 f4 lens and also with a wide angle lens which amounts to about $5,000 of equipment. It’s a great concept. As Lorna, the […]
At Ker & Downey, a “safari” extends well beyond the African savannahs. Our assured attention to detail, ultra-luxe accommodations, and epic wildlife encounters can be experienced everywhere from the Australian Outback to the American West. It is for this reason we are especially excited to introduce three new fully-customizable luxury tiger safaris journeying to every corner of India in search of the country’s finest offerings in wildlife, culture, and romance.
Discover what makes the African Safari so unique this month as we highlight its riches in a series of blog posts. Beginning with An African Safari: The Thrill of the Safari while on a game drive. Written by Haley Beham There is nothing that quite compares to the thrill of being on an African safari. It’s exhilarating to set out in the crisp morning air in the back of an open vehicle, armed with a camera and, depending on the season, a warm blanket. Whether it is your first time on safari or you’re seventeenth, the anticipation is always there. […]
If sun, sand, and safari are on your mind lately, Seychelles and Kenya need to be on your travel watch list. Embark on a journey across two of Africa’s contrasting landscapes – the powder-white sands of the glorious Seychelles and the rugged isolation of the vast Kenyan bush with our 13-day journey. Enjoy idyllic moments in the surf and reflective game drives through the wilderness, both offering their own brands of relaxation and wonder. Seychelles Desroches Island Resort Though Desroches Island is just under two square miles in size, the activities are endless on land and at sea. The sands […]
For the past six years, the annual Safari Awards has recognized the best properties and organizations in the business, awarding winners in 18 categories ranging from best property and best cuisine to best charitable organization in Africa. The winners are the best in the business and we are proud to partner with many of these recognized properties in providing the best experience for our clients. Taking home the top honors for the second year in a row with Best Safari Property in Africa is Zarafa Camp in Botswana’s Linyanti Game Reserve. Authenticity, luxury and simplicity define the camp, owned by […]
This is your last chance to escape to an unforgettable safari with Ker & Downey this holiday season. Trade your white Christmas for warmer climes in the northern Serengeti and Masai Mara Game Reserve where you will encounter famed wildlife and be welcomed into luxury tented accommodations. Sayari Camp | Lamai, Serengeti Sayari Camp is among just a few permanent camps in the northwestern Serengeti. Year round the concentration of wildlife is astounding, thanks both to its position near the Mara River and lack of heavy tourist traffic. Naboisho Camp | Masai Mara Game Reserve The eight safari-chic tents at […]
The end of the year is just around the corner. How do you want to finish off 2013? Maybe you want to travel to a new destination or start a new family tradition that includes a hand-crafted Ker & Downey journey. Recently we asked some of the sales team at Ker & Downey to share their travel experiences from this year with us and, to get in the holiday spirit, some of their special holiday traditions. Below Cherie talks about her journey to Botswana this year and her family’s holiday traditions. This year I had the opportunity to visit Botswana, […]
This 13-day adventure lets you travel through the Ngorongoro Crater, safari in the famed Serengeti and the Selous Reserves, and relax on Zanzibar’s sunny shores. Together, these areas comprise the most iconic areas for Tanzania’s wildlife and beauty. Gibb’s Farm Exuding rustic charm and natural beauty, Gibb’s Farm is the perfect retreat on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park. Matemwe Surrounded by some of the best white sand beaches in Zanzibar, Matemwe is known for friendly staff, excellent snorkeling and diving, tranquil surroundings, and delectable cuisine. For more information about the Icons of Tanzania itinerary or […]
In July David Marek visited Mara Plains Camp in Kenya and his guide Daniel shared a few stories from his life. The following are Daniel’s stories, as told by David and Daniel. On our recent trip to Kenya we stayed at Mara Plains and Mara Toto camps. Our guide for the 6 days was Daniel, a local Maasai of about 30 years old, who told me many stories. I asked him if he was married and he said, “Not yet, but I have a girlfriend.” In his culture it is the parents who decide who the children marry so Daniel […]