Entries tagged: South Africa

Where You Should Spend Next Christmas

Where You Should Spend Next Christmas

Getting tired of the holidays before they have even begun? It’s not too early to start planning where you should spend next Christmas and escaping in 2019. Picture this: a holiday on holiday, surrounded by your loved ones, enjoying amazing scenery and experiences, and all of it perfectly planned by a trusted partner. If that sounds like a Christmas dream, we think you should round up the family and head off to South Africa’s Cape region, where you’ll find timeless treasures to captivate all ages.

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'Wasted!' at the Chef's Table

‘Wasted!’ at the Chef’s Table

At the Belmond Mount Nelson, Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg is bringing awareness to food waste with his new exclusive menu and culinary experience “Wasted! at the Chef’s Table.”  Cape Town is one of the world’s top foodie destinations, with origins to its flavors and cuisines dating back to the 17th-century spice trade. This long and flavorful history has made Cape Town the gourmet capital of South Africa, giving way to famous restaurants like The Test Kitchen, Pot Luck Club, and La Colombe. For foodies, Cape Town is definitely a bucket list destination.

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Making a Splash: Unique Pools Around the Globe

Making a Splash: Unique Pools Around the Globe

There’s nothing like diving into a refreshing pool of water when the weather warms up. Summer calls for chilled cocktails, colorful swimsuits, and blazing sunsets enjoyed poolside. We’ve got a list of some of the world’s must-see unique pools that will make any journey go swimmingly.

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Black Panther Locations that Inspire Africa Travel

Black Panther Locations that Inspire Africa Travel

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.

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African Wild Dog: Francois van Heerden's Exciting Encounter

African Wild Dog: Francois van Heerden’s Exciting Encounter

The African wild dog, also known as the Cape hunting dog or painted dog, isn’t an easy animal to spot in the bush. Perhaps that’s because only about 6,600 survive in the wild and packs can cover 900 square miles of territory. Francois van Heerden, Senior Game Ranger at Mateya Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa has been fortunate enough to encounter the African wild dog in the bush several times, and he shared his favorite experience with us.

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South Africa Villas: Private Luxury in Cape Town and the Bush

South Africa Villas: Private Luxury in Cape Town and the Bush

South Africa villas provide an exclusive way to explore the diverse country in complete luxury. With Ker & Downey, you’ll experience the epitome of elegance on a 13-day journey through Cape Town, the Thornybush Game Reserve, and the Waterberg. The One Above Penthouse is the ultimate Cape Town address and the start of your journey through South Africa. The two-story penthouse is perched atop One&Only Cape Town’s Marina Rise and is the most expensive piece of residential real estate ever sold in Africa. This exclusive South Africa villa is part of the prestigious Royal Portfolio Collection by Liz Biden, so […]

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Next Great Escapes

Next Great Escapes

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.

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A Solo Safari Made Simple

A Solo Safari Made Simple

Planning a solo safari can be intimidating, but it is made easier with a trusted expert in your corner. Thinking about traveling alone? We spoke with our client who recently returned from a solo safari trip to South Africa. Starting a Solo Safari Elizabeth wanted a grand adventure, and she couldn’t think of anything more outstanding than a classic safari. A long journey to an unfamiliar country, the prospect of seeing wild animals and wild adventure… It was exciting, and a little scary, even for a seasoned international traveler. Faced with doubts about going it alone, she first researched taking a larger […]

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The Pangolin: What It Is and Where to Find It

The Pangolin: What It Is and Where to Find It

The Pangolin is an elusive creature that has quickly become one of the world’s most trafficked mammals. They are hard to spot in the wild because of their nocturnal behavior, but we’ve rounded up five places for you to travel to increase your chances of spotting the pangolin. Leo Tolstoy said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” No words have rung truer for Gordie Owles, a third generation Kenyan and Marketing Director for Asilia Africa, our ground partner in Tanzania. He waited 30 years to catch a glimpse of the elusive pangolin and tells a story of […]

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The Best Luxury Family Holidays

The Best Luxury Family Holidays

Luxury family holidays give you a chance to create memories with your children that will last a lifetime. Traveling to other parts of the world allows you to share different cultures and perspectives with your family and leave behind your busy lives for a while. Luxury family holidays with Ker & Downey take out all the stress associated with planning and coordinating a family vacation. Our Luxury Travel Consultants can handle all of your requests. All you have to do is make sure to get everyone packed and on the plane! Ker & Downey’s top Luxury Family Holidays: Venture to […]

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