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Ker & Downey® Africa - The Ultimate Africa Travel Bucket List

Award-winning responsible travel company Ker & Downey® Africa share their top bucket list experiences that showcase the very best of Africa. Africa is a continent teeming with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and unique offerings that appeal to the bold, the romantic and the discerning traveler.

The team of explorers and mindful travelers from Ker & Downey® Africa are experts on all things Africa, with first-hand knowledge on the most sought-after experiences in the most remote corners of the continent. Their exclusive LuxVenture® trips are quality expeditions, bringing together ultra-luxurious nights and adventurous days in carefully crafted experiences, designed by their team to suit your unique needs and interests.

To witness Africa like never before, the team at Ker & Downey® Africa have compiled a list of bucket list experiences to take your safari to a whole new level.

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Horseback Safari | Kenya

A horseback safari in Africa is undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating ways to explore some of the continent’s most unchartered wild spaces. This thrilling adventure sees horse and rider become one with the landscape, taking in endless horizons and sleeping under the stars together. No longer merely observers but active participants in nature’s rhythm. Kenya, the birthplace of this all-encompassing safari experience, has some of the continent’s most epic regions for riding and offers the best opportunity for truly intimate experiences with wildlife. .

Ker & Downey® Africa recommends: Ol Malo Nomad is a minimal impact mobile camp accessing some of Kenya’s most remote wild areas with a team of camels, sure-footed horses and helicopters. Riding through dramatic landscapes, valleys, jewel-like lakes, this adventure takes the conventional horseback safari to a whole new level!

Mokoro Safari | Botswana

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is deemed one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and is considered one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Each year, as the seasons change and bring rain, the landscape transforms into a lush wetland of deep pools, papyrus-lined channels and natural lagoons. The best way to explore these winding waterways is by mokoro – a traditional dugout canoe dating back to the 18th century. Reminiscent of the gondolas of Venice, with a skilled poler at the helm, a mokoro safari allows you to blend into the wild as you glide past wildlife, both in the water and along the riverbanks.

Ker & Downey® Africa recommends: Xigera Safari Lodge has revolutionized the mokoro into something truly unique. The traditional dugout canoe has been transformed into an innovative glass-bottom mokoro. Constructed with fiberglass, this creative design offers guests an entirely new perspective of the Okavango Delta with an opportunity to witness the extraordinary life that exists below the surface of the water.

Gorilla Trekking | Rwanda

The Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the oldest national park in Africa, home to more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. It was here that primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey conducted over 14 years of her research into this fascinating species, and subsequently set the scene for Gorillas in the Mist – the film that portrayed Fossey’s life on the big screen. Gorilla trekking invites you to come face-to-face with the enigmatic primates, and witness their extraordinary anthropomorphic behavior as they eat, play and groom in their natural habitat.

Ker & Downey® Africa recommends: The ultra-luxurious Bisate Lodge is located on a dramatic amphitheater formed by ancient eroded volcano cones. It lies on the border of the world famous Volcanoes National Park, making it the perfect base for a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking experience.

Hot Air Balloon Safari | Tanzania

A hot air balloon safari is the ultimate way to witness Africa’s exquisite beauty and push the limits of the traditional safari trip. Sailing high in the sky above sweeping savannah plains and rugged mountain ranges, observing animals as they go about their morning routines, is a truly otherworldly and life-changing experience. Built for connoisseurs of adventure and romantics alike, a hot air balloon safari is the ultimate mixture of thrills and tranquility.

Ker & Downey® Africa recommends: Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge lies directly in the path of the Great Wildebeest Migration in the northern Serengeti. A hot air balloon safari here gives you the unique opportunity to follow the heaving herds and witness this natural marvel from above.

Walking Safari | Zambia

Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is said to be the birthplace of walking safaris and it is here that you will experience some of Africa’s best on-foot experiences. Led by professional guides and trackers who use their intricately honed senses and vast knowledge of the bush to guide you, an adventure on foot allows you to become part of the landscape, closer and more intimately entwined with the tapestry of sights, smells, sounds. On a walking safari, you are able to explore the details often overlooked on game drives, gaining a unique perspective of nature and leaving you with a newfound respect for both the big and small inhabitants of the African wilderness.

Ker & Downey® Africa recommends: Time + Tide Chinzombo is a luxurious tented lodge in the Luangwa Valley that offers guests unforgettable encounters with the wild inhabitants of the river and neighboring plains. It is the perfect base for discerning safari travelers who want to experience one of the wildest places on the planet…on foot.

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