Ker & Downey Kenya
Traditional camping safaris hosted by The Original Ker & Downey Safaris
Howard Saunders is a director and guide for the legendary safari outfit, Ker & Downey Safaris (K&D). Founded over sixty years ago, its foundation is based on the concept that a safari with Ker & Downey would only use the finest equipment with the most experienced professional guides. Furthermore these safaris would be creatively and imaginatively tailored to best suit the travelling party, their profile and their interests.
In the ‘old’ days, to go on a Ker & Downey safari was to go out with the best, and to be with a Ker & Downey guide was to be in the care and company of the latest of a long heritage of great African naturalists. Nothing has really changed. Where other companies emphasize mass marketing, and only pretend to capture the magic of the traditional safari, Ker & Downey is the traditional safari, as perfectly outfitted today as it was sixty years ago.
It was among the legendary greats - like Finch Hatton, von Blixen, Hunter, Black and Anderson - that Donald Ker and Syd Downey had their grounding. They picked up codes of chivalry, courtesy, and professionalism and learned how to create luxury in the bush. They learned too, that while wildlife, great scenery and fine climate were all factors which drew clients to a safari, one vital element was needed to complete the magic - the professional guide who conducted it.
Private Mobile Camps and safaris, in which the quality of personal attention is unsurpassed, allows each safari to be both organized and spontaneous.To visit remote areas, to move on or stay put as ones mood dictates, to be free of timetables, are all factors which contribute towards making a Ker & Downey safari exceptional in every way.
A typical safari involves visiting the Masai Mara staying in a K&D camp for four nights followed by a visit to a private game ranch on the Laikipia Plateau for two or three nights.This can be done in reverse as well. Whilst exploring another part of Kenya, ‘your safari camp’ is on the move getting ready for your next stay in either the Mara, Amboseli or one of Kenya’s parks in the far north such as Meru or Shaba for another three nights. Travel between all these camps is by charter plane.
On safari and pending your group size, there would be a guide for every 4 or 5 guests. The camps come complete with your own cooks, local Masai guides and camp staff. Accommodation is in comfortable walk in tents with en-suite ‘bush’ bathroom and toilet facilities.It is bush luxury at its best.