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Ker & Downey Africa’s Best Africa Safaris of 2022

Written by Julie Graham

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2022 was a truly epic year, where we put together some of the best Africa safaris out there. Bespoke, luxurious, and full of bucket list adventure, these one-of-a-kind itineraries show you Africa like you’ve never seen her before, while ensuring you leave a positive legacy in your wake.

From sailing along the mighty Nile and winding river channels of the Okavango, to exploring the sweeping plains of Tanzania and tracking Africa’s fastest mammal on foot, these safaris are bound to inspire!

Let’s take a look at some of 2022’s best Africa safaris designed by our talented team of experts.

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10 day Cairo + Luxury Nile Cruise | Egypt

Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, part of Ker & Downey Africa’s best Africa safaris of 2022.

The Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo

This luxurious Egypt itinerary invites travelers to discover one of the oldest civilizations in the world – famous for its astounding temples and pyramids, endless desert landscapes and the enchanting Nile River. In true Ker & Downey® Africa style, this itinerary gives you insider access to some of the most sought-after sites in the country alongside expert Egyptologisits who will enthrall history dating back 7000 years. Beginning and ending in Cairo, this journey includes a luxurious cruise down the river Nile from Luxor to Aswan, stopping off at key sites along the way. You can look forward to camel rides at the Great Pyramids of Giza, an after hours private tour of the Egyptian Museum, exclusive access between the paws of the Sphinx, visits to the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, and Saqqara – the site of some of Egypt’s most ancient ruins, as well as an excursion to an active archeological site where you can spend some time learning and assisting with excavation and restoration work alongside archeologists.

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In the press:  Forbes  |  Just Luxe

Cheetah Conservation Safari | South Africa

A yawning cheetah at Samara Karoo Reserve, part of Ker & Downey Africa’s best Africa safaris of 2022.

A yawning cheetah at Samara Karoo Reserve

A close encounter with the fastest creature on earth is truly something special – and one few travelers will have the privilege to experience unless the excellent conservation work currently being done to protect the species is supported and continues. Travel to South Africa with us on an eye-opening cheetah safari that will educate you and your loved ones on the unique role this extraordinary mammal plays in Africa’s intricate ecosystem. On the trip, you will track wild free-roaming cheetahs on foot in the Great Karoo alongside expert guides, as well as visit 2 cheetah centers in the famous Cape Winelands and Johannesburg. The journey ends at a luxury safari lodge in the famous Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – a region renowned for its big cat sightings and conservation of these amazing animals.

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In the press: Robb Report | Travel Weekly

10 day Luxury Tanzania Honeymoon LuxVenture® | Tanzania

A couple enjoy romantic sundowners at Chem Chem in Tarangire National Park, part of Ker & Downey Africa’s best Africa safaris of 2022.

Romantic sundowners at Chem Chem Lodge

Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, wish to renew your vows, or simply bond as a couple, this romantic luxury safari is all about love from start to finish. A country jam-packed with remote and exclusive wilderness destinations, Tanzania is the ideal base for a celebration of romance and adventure. Here, luxurious safari lodges in captivating locations provide guests with discreet service, bespoke safari activities and legendary wildlife encounters. On this trip, couples will be whisked away to the most romantic and secluded regions in the country, with the team at Ker & Downey® Africa lining up some once-in-a-lifetime experiences and exciting surprises along the way.

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In the press: Luxury Travel Advisor  |  Drift Travel Magazine

Million-star Treehouse LuxVenture® | Botswana

A luxury tent at Duke's Camp, part of Ker & Downey Africa’s best Africa safaris of 2022.

A luxury treehouse-inspired tent at Duke’s Camp

Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some of the planet’s most iconic natural areas, Botswana is a safari mecca. And no one does it better than the exceptional team at Natural Selection who have scoured Southern Africa in search of the very best untouched spaces in which to establish their exclusive camps. This 9 day safari in Botswana includes a ‘million-star’ experience in a luxury treehouse. The safari adventure begins (and ends) in the town of Maun – also known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. On your safari, you will be transported to 3 iconic destinations in Botswana: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Khwai Private Reserve, and the Okavango Delta. Our team has hand-picked these incredible camps that offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences in the very heart of the country’s most pristine and remote regions

*Please note: At the end of September 2022, Tuludi Sky Suite sadly burnt down in a fire. Guests will be able to swap out a night in the Sky Suite to three nights at Tuludi.

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In the press: Elevated Jetsetter Magazine (pg 152 – 159)

Out of Africa Safari | Kenya

A romantic picnic on the crest of the ‘Out of Africa’ kopje at Angama Mara, part of Ker & Downey Africa’s best Africa safaris of 2022.

A romantic picnic on the crest of the ‘Out of Africa’ kopje at Angama Mara

This luxurious safari in Kenya invites you to step back in time and relive the timeless scenes of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in “Out of Africa”. Lovers of the Hollywood film will be treated to an unforgettable adventure combined with age-old romance luxury hotels and camps in Nairobi, Ol Derkesi Community Conservancy and the Masai Mara. Here, you’ll visit the farmhouse once owned by Baroness Karen Blixen, stay at one of the oldest safari camps in existence, bathe in old-world canvas baths in the savannah, discover Kenya’s wild places in a vintage wooden-paneled safari vehicle and experience a private picnic on the Out of Africa Kopje – a nod to film’s renowned poster.

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Relais & Chateaux LuxVenture® | South Africa

Ellerman House pool and ocean views, part of Ker & Downey Africa’s best Africa safaris of 2022.

Ellerman House is a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property in Cape Town

Relais & Châteaux is synonymous with all-round exclusivity, luxury and high levels of service. There are currently only 6 boutique properties associated with this prestigious hotel brand in South Africa, and our team of experts have put together a bespoke and carefully crafted itinerary that features the cream of the crop. This exciting Relais & Châteaux South Africa LuxVenture® promises the highest standard of accommodation and excellence, whilst also committing to making the world better. Each of the featured properties are actively working towards a sustainable future, sharing cultural heritage and uplifting the local community while providing elite and treasured moments for guests.

Natural Wonders of East Africa | Tanzania

A guide and guests looking into the Ngorongoro Crater, part of Ker & Downey Africa’s best Africa safaris of 2022.

Admiring the great crater at Entamanu Ngorongoro Safari Camp

This once-in-a-lifetime bucket list East Africa tour combines culture, history and extraordinary natural Africa wonders that will leave you feeling amazed and inspired. Your journey begins in Arusha, where you will be whisked away over the snow capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Your adventure then moves on to Tarangire National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. For here, you will visit yet another of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, the great Ngorongoro Crater, where you will embark on a thrilling crater descent. After Ngorongoro, you will take a short light aircraft flight to central Serengeti National Park, for more spectacular game viewing in gorgeous surroundings. It is here that you will witness the Great Wildebeest Migration (be sure to check with your LuxVenture® designer what the best months are to ensure a sighting of this marvel of nature). This will be your third encounter with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and one that is sure to leave you spellbound.

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There you have it! The very best Africa safaris from 2022. We can’t wait to see what this year brings. If your wanderlust has been ignited, get in touch with a LuxVenture® Designer today and start planning! We’ve got your back all the way.