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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘Best Safari Spa’ award-winner Royal Malewane tops our list for best spas in South Africa. There’s no better way to relax and unwind than at the spa. Paired with the peaceful setting of the bush and cosmopolitan amenities of the city, South Africa offers some of the best spa experiences. Here are our top choices. Royal Malewane, Kruger Area You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better spa in the wilderness than at Royal Malewane, winner of the ‘Best Safari Spa’ in the 2016 Safari Awards, and world-renowned for its beautiful setting and luxurious treatments. It’s an oasis to restore mind, body, and […]
The South Africa Winelands produce some of the best wines in the world and offer some of the most scenic wine routes. Travel to the South Africa Winelands with Ker & Downey to taste the world-renowned wines in complete luxury. The South Africa Winelands have a rich history of wine production with the first local wines produced in the area dating back to 1659. Couple that history with an ideal Mediterranean climate, a mix of Indian and Atlantic Ocean air, and South African soil, and it’s easy to see why the wines have received so many accolades and awards over […]
Last minute getaways with Ker & Downey give you a chance to pack in fantastic Ker & Downey luxury experiences on short journeys. Travel between October and December to take advantage of some of these exclusive luxury last minute getaways. Summer has ended and school has just begun, but we already feel like we need a break. You too? Snag some alone time before the hustle and bustle of the holidays picks up with some of our favorite last minute getaways. These quick luxury journeys are packed with the same fantastic experiences Ker & Downey is known for with a […]
A Rhino philanthropy project with a goal of relocating 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana, Rhinos Without Borders has taken on a huge undertaking. Ker & Downey is a proud supporter of this rhino philanthropy project. Get involved and make a difference! The first time you fly over the Okavango Delta and see herds of elephant trundle over the floodplains you are left in awe. Africa is such a magnificent continent, vast with incredible wildlife. Seeing Africa for the first time instills in one the desire to preserve it for those that follow. The most pressing issue in Africa […]