Conservation + community


We strive to leave a positive legacy in Africa.

Responsible Travel

Leaving a positive legacy in Africa is the foundation of everything that we do at Ker & Downey Africa. We believe that making a difference starts within our company culture and that it is our responsibility to extend this mantra to our clients as well as everyone we associate ourselves with in the industry. Sustainable travel is of utmost importance to us in order to preserve Africa’s wildlife and to empower local communities, which is the driving factor behind our trips which encourages our guests to leave a positive legacy when traveling to Africa. Our Legacy Program has evolved into collaborations with many local initiatives, such as leading conservation NGO, African Parks.

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Our Legacy partners

Project Brave
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Project Brave Foundation

In support of women empowerment in Africa through the means of travel, we have partnered with Project Brave Foundation, a non-profit organization focussed on uplifting marginalized women and children in South Africa. Our purpose is to connect our clients with Project Brave during their safari in South Africa - whether this means that they actively partake in a volunteering program or provide financial support, the choice is up to the individual. Read more about Project Brave Foundation here.

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Harambee is a Cape Town-based NGO who strives to improve the unemployment challenge that many young South Africans face. They connect employers with ambitious, high-potential candidates who are disadvantaged because of a lack of financial support and networks needed to find jobs. They have helped 40 000 young people find their first job. We have partnered with Harambee and now run an internship program with their candidates at our offices in Cape Town. Read more on Harambee here.

Conservation Trips

LuxVenture® Trip

Dzangha Sangha Gorilla Trekking Safari

Take the road less traveled on a Gorilla Trekking Safari in the Central Africa Republic's leading National Park, Dzangha Sangha.

Duration 8 Days
Price from $16,580
When Dec - Mar
LuxVenture® Trip

Liuwa Plain + Kafue National Park Safari

This conservation inspired safari takes you to Zambia's off-the-grid National Parks including Liuwa Plains and Kafue National Park.

Duration 7 Days
Price from $9,193pp
When Jul - Oct
LuxVenture® Trip

Benin Safari: Wildlife + the "Venice of Africa"

Discover the birthplace of the Voodoo culture, the untamed wildlife of Pendjari National Park and visit the "Venice of Africa", the largest lakeside village in all of Africa.

Duration 8 Days
Price from $2,960
When All year round
LuxVenture® Trip

Congo Safari: Western Lowland Gorilla Trek

Discover the deep Congo forest on foot as you track Western Lowland Gorillas alongside world-class conservationists in Odzala-Kokoua National Park.

Duration 9 Days
Price from $15,366
When All year round
LuxVenture® Trip

Sahara Desert LuxVenture®

Venture into the Sahara Desert of Chad as you discover the Ennedi Massif, a landscape occupied by natural sandstone masterpieces spanning over 40,000 square kilometres. 

Duration 7 Days
Price from $11,560
When All year round

Conservation destinations

Zakouma National Park Photo Credit Stuart Slabbert Compressor
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Zakouma National Park, Chad

Situated just south of the Sahara Desert and above the fertile rainforest regions, Zakouma is positioned to be the foremost safe haven for Central and West African wildlife. Read more about Zakouma National Park.

African Parks Zambia
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Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia

Bangweulu is a community-owned park in north-eastern. Its unique floral and faunal diversity set the stage for a spectacular display of more than 433 different bird species, including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill. Read more about Bangweulu Wetlands.

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Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia

Liuwa Plain National Park is situated in the western reaches of Zambia and has the distinction of having one of the longest established conservation histories throughout the continent. Read more about Liuwa Plains.

Chinko Region
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Chinko, Central African Republic

This rough diamond of a reserve is a conservationist’s dream due to its remarkable potential and a special excitement about Chinko’s future. It’s a remote wilderness in the Central African Republic that has an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. Read more about Chinko.

African Parks Congo Compressor
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Odzala-Kokoua, Congo

This nirvana for nature-lovers is situated in the heart of the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, harbouring approximately 22,000 western lowland gorillas, elusive forest elephants and approximately 444 bird species. Read more about Odzala-Kokoua National Park.

Akagera Region
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Akagera National Park, Rwanda

The Akagera National Park is one of central Africa’s last-remaining refuges for endemic savannah wildlife in Rwanda and the largest protected wetland in the region. Read more about Akagera. Read more about Akagera.

Malawi Liwonde Region
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Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Conservation enthusiasts from around the world flock to Liwonde National Park to witness herds of elephants trampling the ground between ancient baobab trees and to retrace the steps of Prince Harry who helped African Parks relocate 500 elephants into Liwonde. Read more about Liwonde.

Nkhotakota Region African Parks
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Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

The Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi is one of the two large game areas in central Africa, with large herds of elephants being translocated into the reserve and more than 130 recorded species of vultures and birdlife calling Nkhotakota home. Read more about Nkhotakota.

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