Entries tagged: South Africa

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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Jamie Returns to Africa

Jamie Returns to Africa

Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Expert Jamie Bell has been on many safaris throughout her years at Ker & Downey. She shares her latest trip and why she keeps going back with us below. I never get tired of traveling to Africa, no matter how many times I’ve been. Each time I am excited to learn about new places and experience new things. My most recent trip to Africa was in September, and it marked my 16th time to travel there. This time, I returned to South Africa. My journey began in Cape Town, at the exciting new Silo Hotel […]

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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.

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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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The Best Safari Spa in Africa

The Best Safari Spa in Africa

‘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. 

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South Africa Winelands: Our Favorite Winelands Estates

South Africa Winelands: Our Favorite Winelands Estates

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 […]

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