This Tour Is Offered by Ker & Downey Africa
Ker & Downey Africa
- Offices In:
- 20-50 employees (Founded in 2012)
- Member Of:
- APTA, SATSA & CTT
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Ker & Downey® Africa design and operate LuxVenture® trips from our base camp in Cape Town, South Africa. LuxVenture® trips are quality expeditions, safaris and journeys that focus on unique African experiences and untouched destinations. We seek experiences that challenge us, allows us to connect with our surroundings and leave some kind of positive legacy behind. Get ready to experience Africa in a different way. Book your LuxVenture trip now! Booking with Ker & Downey Africa ensures that either a conservation project or community upliftment project are supported by giving a donation to our preferred legacy partners everytime a client books with us.
The most AMAZING vacation ever!!!
My husband and I are seasoned travelers so trust me when I say that this is the BEST vacation we've ever had! Thank you Ker & Downey and specifically, Sarah and Pippa, for putting this all together and exceeding our very high expectations! They did an outstanding job of listening to our wishes, promptly responding to our many, many questions, and offering outstanding suggestions that fit our time and budget constraints. Sarah and Pippa know Africa and the companies in operation there. You can trust their expertise. And, they did this all with a charming attitude eager to make this the vacation of our dreams. My only regret is not visiting Capetown and meeting them in person. I guess we have to save this for our next visit.
The Trip of a Lifetime
Our planned 30th wedding anniversary trip to Africa was not simple. We wanted to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro and follow that with a safari that included viewing the Great Migration. Ker-Downey delivered it ALL! From the detailed planning to the actual trip itself, Emma Perrin brought everything together. We were met at every stop by friendly and well informed drivers. They arranged excellent outfitters (Summits Africa) for our Kilimanjaro climb. Our accomodations at Arusha Coffee Lodge, Lake Dulati, Gibbs Farm (not to be missed!), Lemala Kuria Hills, and Elewana Sand River were spectacular, as were the game drives at each location. We saw many discount safari drives where people were crammed into converted mini vans with pop-up roofs and drivers that rely entirely on radio communication to locate wildlife. In contrast, our game drives were in open-sided, converted Toyota 4 Runners that could drive up the side of a cliff if need be and driven by guides that know where the wildlife is without someone telling them. The food at each location was excellent and varied. The bush breakfasts each morning during our game drives were just wonderful. Don't skip the opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti or Masai Mara Preserves. Each location went out of their way to arrange a surprise to commemorate our anniversary. Finally, at Emma's urging we flew to Zanzibar and spent three nights at the Zuri Zanzibar Resort. Emma was right. The perfect way to round out our dream vacation. Even though we spent 25 days in Africa, we barely scratched the surface. My wife and I consider ourselves addicted to Africa and are already planning a return.
Absolutely amazing from start to finish.
We could not have been happier with our trip, the guides, and the three Safaris we were on. Each reserve had its own unique style of
accommodating my daughter and I and two of our friends from Seattle joined us in Johannesburg to begin our journey. We were met the moment we arrived until we left on our plane after 17 of the most amazing days of our lives. The food, the people, the animals and a beautiful country. I would return tomorrow if given the chance.
our first stary for 3 nights was at Hlosi lodge below Port Elizabeth in the eastern cape. Two safaris a day, excellent food and a luxury tent with our tub facing a large window where wart hogs and others enjoyed a water break.
Second part was Elephant Plains in Sabi Sands, part of Krueger National Park. There are no fences and the animals come and go out of the reserve and into the park. Within 20 minutes Darren and Derrick, our guide and tracker found a leopard and her cub, it was my daughters birthday and her dream to see big cats. Ker & Downey delivered in every way with planning our trip.
Last stay was Simbavati River Lodge where large cats, lions walked through our compound and the elephants came within 10 feet of our porch to roll in the mud and teach their babies how to eat and drink.
We ended our trip in Victoria Falls, a must see if you are going to South Africa.
Thank you for reading, there really aren't enough words to describe this trip.
Phenomenal African Safari Adventure!
Sarah and Pippa were excellent! Great suggestions for everything and both were very flexible with us. It took us a while and many iterations to finalize our time in Africa. It was awesome! The whole experience was perfect. The four of us agreed this was our best vacation ever! Thank you, Sarah and Pippa!
Amazing Experience for a First Time Trip to Africa
Sarah and Pippa at Ker & Downey really took care of everything. It first started with understanding our previous experiences and level of comfort about traveling in Africa (incidentally, we've been on every continent, except Africa). They also wanted to understand what was important for us to experience and if we had any particular needs. I have to admit that I did have a panic moment when I had to wire a large sum of money to a company in Africa that I have only interacted via internet. Alas, everything was fine. As for the experience itself, Botswana was amazing and everything went smoothly. And, while there was a small glitch in Zimbabwe, it was great to know that Sarah was just a text away.
All in all, it was an amazing experience and Ker & Downey can take a lot of the credit for it.
Other Safaris & Tours30 – Offered by Ker & Downey Africa
8-Day Etosha, Swakopmund + Namib Desert Exploration
$1,936 to $2,449 pp (USD)
Mid-rangeLodge & Chalet
You Visit: Windhoek (Start), Etosha NP, Swakopmund (City), Sossusvlei (Namib-Naukluft NP), Windhoek Airport (End)
9-Day South Africa Wildlife + Winelands
$4,753 to $5,158 pp (USD)
South Africa: Private tourLuxury+Lodge & Hotel
You Visit: Cape Town (Start), Sabi Sands (Greater Kruger), Tinga Concession (Kruger NP), Kruger NP, Skukuza (End)
8-Day Cape Town & Safari Family Fun
$3,661 to $5,116 pp (USD)
South Africa: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Hotel
You Visit: Cape Town (Start), Madikwe GR, Johannesburg Airport (End)
6-Day Okavango Delta + Chobe Luxventure® Safari
$3,120 to $5,069 pp (USD)
Botswana: Private tourLuxuryTented Camp
You Visit: Maun (Start), Okavango Delta, Chobe NP, Maun Airport, Kasane (End)
8-Day Cape Town + Sanbona Luxventure® Safari
$3,696 to $5,185 pp (USD)
South Africa: Self-driveLuxuryTented Camp & Hotel
You Visit: Cape Town (Start), Sanbona WR, Cape Town (End)
9-Day Ultimate Okavango Delta Experience
$3,940 to $5,711 pp (USD)
Botswana & Zimbabwe: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Maun (Start), Moremi GR (Okavango Delta), Chobe NP, Victoria Falls (End)