About us

Welcome to the club.

Ker & Downey® Africa is a luxury safari travel company.

Our core destinations of expertise are Southern Africa, East Africa & Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda and Uganda.

We cater to discerning travellers who have a taste for adventure and the finer things in life.

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Our values

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We chase exceptional moments.

You can always rely on our consistently strong performance.

We are always mindful

We are generous with our time and our knowledge.

We make an impact

We believe in leaving a positive legacy.

We are passionate + resolute

We never give up.

We act with integrity + earn trust

We are honest and direct in all of our dealings.

Travel is personal.

Tell us more about your trip and we'll help you find the perfect LuxVenture® Experience. 

The Team At Ker Downey Africa

Our story

Ker & Downey® Africa was founded with the mission to create unique adventures that challenge, connect and build legacies. 

Our tagline Pioneering African Travel is a daily challenge to each and every member of Ker & Downey® Africa. It is one that continually inspires us to push the boundaries of African travel with a spirit of adventure and exploration. 

We are incredibly passionate about creating African experiences for people from around the globe that are nothing short of life changing. The only way we know how to do that is by creating original and thrilling adventures for our guests that challenge them, give them opportunity to connect with the people and cultures they visit, and leave their legacy.

What we do

In four simple steps, to be exact.

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We connect you with the perfect LuxVenture®. This means that we need to spend time getting to know you. Your trip planning process kicks off with a free 10 minute consultation with one of our world class Adventurists. They’ll get a good grip on what makes you tick and how to deliver on our promise of a life changing African adventure. Most importantly, they would like to know... what drink should be waiting for you in camp at the end of your adventurous day.

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We get to work. We take everything we now know about you, your adventure levels, desires and hopes for your trip and we match you with the perfect LuxVenture® trip. Nothing less will suffice. This is a collaborative process, so let’s work together to craft your perfect experience.

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Take a breath, are you ready? Once we get your go ahead we make every single booking for you. From your international flights to your walking safari, meal reservations, cultural tours, transfers - everything. You won’t have to email, phone, click, remember, schedule, post a single thing. It’s all us.

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It's time for your life changing LuxVenture® trip. Your adventure concierge will ensure that every detail of your trip is planned and executed to our world class service standards. Your adventure concierge will be one step ahead of you all the way through your trip ensuring that every transfer, flight and hotel arrival is well expected and ready. Finally, in the case of any emergency your adventure concierge is on call to immediately assist.

Meet our LuxVenture® Experts

The most adventurous travel team on the planet.

Meet Emma

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Emma is a passionate travel designer who is dedicated to detail and service. By working with Emma it will mean finding a travel partner who will give an in-depth consultation to truly get to know you and your interests.

I have a bachelor's degree in Business with a specialty in Human Resources but used all of my elective subjects to study tourism and fell in love with the subject and made it my life's passion.

Meet Sarah

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Sarah is potentially our most epic adventurer. If there’s something adrenaline pumping, she’s done it or planning to do it. Sarah’s a world travelling adventurer that’s all about the experience and the ride.

A designer of luxury travel to Africa. Sarah aims to create magic memories, adventure and once in a lifetime experiences — may you have many of them.

Meet Johanna

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Johanna is a positive and hardworking member of our German division. Being both well travelled and a people’s person Johanna puts together incredible trips for her German clients.

Meet Patrick

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Patrick is one of our most experienced LuxVenture® Designers. Working in the German division, Patrick creates and delivers five star FIT experiences to primarily South Africa.

Meet Lee

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Lee Kelsall is our CEO, although he prefers the title Chief Adventure Officer internally - the perfect illustration for the strategy and direction he is currently enabling Ker & Downey Africa to pursue and perfect in the age old safari industry.

“Lee was incredible to work with” - Mary, UK

Meet Marcelo

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The Managing Director of Ker & Downey® Africa DMC has over 15 years of experience operating as a product, operations and training manager within the luxury tour operators in São Paulo, Brazil.

"Marcelo Novais of Ker & Downey Africa organized a superb safari for us this past May/June 2017" - Peter King, USA

Meet Paulo

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Paulo is one of our most mysterious adventurists. Think of a place, and he's been there. He is the guy who takes our client's up Lion's Head in his free time and rides the streets of Cape Town on his long board.

If you’re looking for the adventure -he’s the guy to help you plan your trip!

Meet Razaan

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Head of our dedicated concierge team. Razaan has a passion for looking after our clients. As concierge she ensures that she is one step ahead of every one of our guests to make sure every LuxVenture® trip goes down without a hitch.

"With good email communication from Razaan, our personal concierge, they held our hands all they way, and we were so pleased we booked with them."

Our ambassadors

The most adventurous travel team on the planet.

Justin De Wet

Mountaineer / Operations Manager: Amazon

Meet Justin

Francois Malherbe

Co-founder of Unravelling Exploration, vocational explorer + career coach.

Meet Francois

Etienne Schoeman

Videographer, engineer + trail runner

Meet Etienne

Joe Pietersen

South African rugby player, rhino conservationist + philanthropist

Meet Joe

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