About us

Welcome to the club.

Ker & Downey® Africa is a luxury adventure 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.

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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. 

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.

The Team At Ker Downey Africa

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 the Experts

The most adventurous travel team on the planet.

Meet Kayleigh

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Kayleigh is one of our Adventurists - claiming the title without a doubt. She has ticked off some pretty epic bucket list items, read more about her adventures here.

"Thanks again Kayleigh - it was awesome dealing with you, and the contact we had with you during the trip was a real comfort. We will definitely be back in Africa"- Katrina Husclebosch

Meet Emma

Team Member Card Emma

With adventure solidly engrained in her soul Emma loves trying new things, experiencing new cultures and taking on new challenges. Emma puts together trips of a lifetime for her clients with unmatched care and professionalism.

"Your involvement in our trip and planning as if you were going on this trip really touched me. Its the personalisation you have demonstrated from the very beginning." - Anu, USA

Meet Sarah

Team Member Card Sarah

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.

"Thanks for all your help. We are looking forward to a great experience thanks to you."

Meet Johanna

Team Member Card Johanna

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 from smaller groups to very large incentive travel groups.

Meet Patrick

Team Member Card Patrick

Patrick is one of our most experienced Adventurists. 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 Rene

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In addition to being a veteran explorer and one of our most seasoned Adventurists, Rene is also at the forefront of our conservation initiatives. Her passion for the conservation of African wildlife and the environment makes her our go-to Adventurist for sustainable travel itineraries.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Meet Marcelo

Team Member Card Marcelo

Marcelo is one of our most seasoned adventurists. Having planned world class experiences for South American clients that include royalty, politicians and celebrities, if you’re looking for the best of the best, he’s your man.

"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.

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

Meet Razaan

Team Member Card Razaan

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."

Meet Zeena

Team Member Card Zeena

Zeena is one of our rockstar Customer Experience team members. With her passion for looking after our clients and attention to detail, she ensures that she is one step ahead of every one of our guests to make sure their LuxVenture® trip goes down without a hitch.

"Your little welcome pack at the airport and the smooth Merlots at the hotel rooms were most welcome and a big proof of your attention to detail."

- Fehmi Kaynak, May 2018

Our ambassadors

The most adventurous travel team on the planet.

Justin De Wet

Meet Justin

Mountaineer / Operations Manager: Amazon

Francois Malherbe

Meet Francois

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

Etienne Schoeman

Meet Etienne

Videographer, engineer + trail runner

Joe Pietersen

Meet Joe

South African rugby player, rhino conservationist + philanthropist

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