Entries tagged: Tanzania

A Surprising First Trip to Africa

A Surprising First Trip to Africa

When preparing to travel, it’s only natural to have certain expectations and even some hesitations about discovering an unfamiliar part of the big, beautiful world. Ker & Downey guests often find that preconceived notions are turned on their heads, as did Brigitte B. and Mike F. of New Jersey, who share a surprising first trip to Africa. When was your trip? September 2012 Where did you Go? Mount Kenya in Kenya and Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Carter and the Serengeti. Who did you travel with? Just the two of us. Where was your favorite place to stay? We had an amazing trip […]

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Top 10 Hidden Beaches

Top 10 Hidden Beaches

Escape the winter chill to one of our top ten favorite hidden beaches and their resorts. Everyone has that secret place they like to retreat to – the one that no one else knows about. It’s special because it is yours and yet to be discovered by the outside world. The privacy and seclusion is all you need to recharge your batteries. So when you are traveling, why head to overcrowded destinations? Seek solitude in the hidden gems of the world. We’ve gathered our top ten hidden beaches and retreats to help you get started. Song Saa, Cambodia The beaches […]

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The Unexplored Serengeti

The Unexplored Serengeti

Seeking big cats, Kelly Phillips Badal explores Tanzania’s untouched Soit Le Motonyi region—reopened after a 20-year hiatus—from Asilia Africa’s newest luxury camp. Read the full article below and in the current issue of Quest Magazine.  With the sun sinking fast, I sit transfixed. Fifty feet away, a mature male lion is stalking a younger male, his muscular body parting the eastern Serengeti grasses. He’s mythical Aslan of Narnia brought to life—majestic, confident and proud—and suddenly he’s a golden bullet, racing forward, roaring thunderously. The younger male turns and flees. The chase is on. Their sounds attract two other brawny males, presumably […]

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An Interview with Michael Matera

We’re continuing our series on the African bush this week by highlighting the incredible cuisine and the talented chefs of the bush with an interview with Michael Matera, Senior Sous Chef at Singita Sasakwa Lodge and the 2012 recent recipient of the Tanzania Chef of the Year Award. If you desire, each meal in the bush is an event and worth every indulgence. A large spread of eggs, granolas, yogurts, pastries, fruit, and fresh squeezed juices greet you upon returning from an early morning game drive while midday meals are light and fresh. Dinners involve several courses and come in the […]

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Africa’s Most Unique

Africa’s Most Unique

Ker & Downey Recommends: The 5 most unique African experiences. By Katy Heerssen Anyone who’s been there can tell you that Africa by itself is an adventure. You expect the unexpected, the exotic, and your journey delivers generously. For fearless explorers who want to push boundaries of the usual on the continent, the following five, matchless experiences are sure to blow your mind. Tanzania The Experience Climbing Kilimanjaro is a popular bucket-list item for all levels of adventurers, but for those who prefer to do things with a touch more panache and exclusivity, climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame route is […]

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The Great Outdoors: Wings and Fins

The Great Outdoors: Wings and Fins

Our world is teeming with wonders to discover, and whether searching for winged wildlife by air or angling for game beneath the water, Ker & Downey encourages travelers to look beyond the land-based dwellers and expand their understanding of the wild world. Australia, Bamurru Plains Navigate the Mary River at this uniquely wild luxury camp while fishing for the great Barramundi. An airboat ride across the swamps reveals the region’s abundant birdlife – some 236 species altogether. Tanzania, Rubondo Island Camp Fish for Lake Victoria’s record-breaking Nile perch by boat or on the shore, and head into the thick jungle […]

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The Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse

Click here to view Ker & Downey’s Horseback Adventures, handcrafted and hand-picked from around the world. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse, and with this new year come unexpected opportunities, new adventures, and long journeys. It’s a good year to travel, and Ker & Downey can help you blaze a trail to unfamiliar destinations, or revisit old treasures. Get inspired by some of our favorite horseback experiences from around the world, and contact us to start making your 2014 travel plans. Gaucho for a Day San Antonio de Areco, Argentina With suites named after […]

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Holiday on Safari

Holiday on Safari

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 […]

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Away for the Holidays

Away for the Holidays

Whether you are looking to unplug, pioneer a new family tradition or celebrate the season in style, check into a luxe destination far from the beaten path. Read the article here and in the current issue of QUEST magazine. Punta del Este, Uruguay Soak up the sun at one of South America’s most exclusive beach resorts in one of Uruguay’s most extraordinary locations. Punta del Este’s varied coast is home to countless beaches leading into the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean—making its shores perfect for sunning and swimming. From the marina, board a yacht or sailboat to explore […]

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Anne’s Ker & Downey Journeys and Holiday Traditions

Anne’s Ker & Downey Journeys and Holiday Traditions

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 Anne talks about her journey to Africa this year and her favorite holiday traditions. This year I visited Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, and […]

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