Want to get the best of the bush and the beach? Book a holiday with Africa specialists, Ker Downey.

There can be few people who are not exasperatingly well-acquainted with the fact that international travel has become a vexed question over the past 18 months. For many of us, plans have been made, re-arranged, and then remade again. But whilst the world is still in a state of flux, one thing is for sure: the next holiday that we do manage to have has got to be a good one.

And for those purposes, we wholeheartedly place our faith in the travel and safari specialist, Ker Downey Africa, whose founding mission was not simply to arrange travel and accommodation but to construct holiday experiences around its clients, the memories of which will last a lifetime. As they say, ‘Ker & Downey® Africa was founded with the mission to create unique adventures that challenge, connect and build legacies… 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.’

There are tours for honeymooners, trips designed to suit multi-generational travel, those for solo travellers and others more specifically built around the natural events and habitats, from the Great Migration to gorilla safaris. Here we take our pick of four of their extraordinary tours, this time with a focus on Ker Downey Africa’s ‘Beach and Bush’ offering – from the stunning Seychelles archipelago to the palm-fringed tropical wonder of Mozambique.

The Seychelles


If, like the rest of the world, you’re craving picture-perfect beaches, there are few places that fit that bill better than the Seychelles, an archipelago of a hundred islands in the Indian Ocean. And its astonishingly azure waters are not all; travellers to this slice of heaven can also explore its dense rainforests and dive amidst its spectacular coral reefs. For something unforgettable, why not book onto Ker Downey’s Marine Safari?



They say: ‘Designed for travelers seeking a more meaningful experience, this one-of-a-kind Seychelles vacation invites you to actively participate in marine conservation initiatives alongside the marine biologists at WiseOceans and the Marine Discovery Programme by Four Seasons. From coral reef restoration projects to discovering the educational snorkelling expeditions alongside marine biologists, this responsible itinerary will help you leave a positive legacy in Africa’s oceans.’ Book it here.

Mauritius


Mark Twain once compared Mauritius to heaven – and it’s no stretch to see why. Lying off the east coast of Africa, it was formed eight million years ago by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions. Beyond its crystal-clear waters and white sands, there are mountains to trek and lush forests to explore, too. For anyone looking for the best of both worlds, do consider this 10-day trip adventuring around South Africa on safari at Madikwe Game Reserve, before unwinding completely at an idyllic Mauritian resort.



They say ‘The St. Regis Mauritius Resort is located on the south-west coast, on the idyllic shores of Le Morne lagoon and beach. Discover the island’s natural wonders from Black River Gorges National Park to Chamarel Waterfalls or explore beyond the shoreline on marine safaris, big game fishing expeditions, dolphin swimming experiences, and sunset catamaran cruises.’ Book it here.

Mozambique


For those lusting after lesser-trodden beaches, Mozambique is a wonderful option. On the east coast of South Africa, stretching all the way from South Africa to Tanzania, lies this blissful utopia, which is just as perfect for those seeking white sands and turquoise waters as it is for anyone wishing to discover the country’s coral reefs and marine life, from humpback whales and whale sharks to manta rays and dolphins. Why not book this 14-day honeymoon trip, which combines the best of the bush and the beach?



They say, ‘This honeymoon experience is elevated through a number of exclusive experiences, including a private guided city tour, Big 5 game drives, private dining experiences, sunset dhow cruise and a breathtaking helicopter flight to Benguerra Island.’ Sound good? Book it here.


Zanzibar





This tropical island is steeped in history and culture, and suffused with influences from both Arabic and African cultures. A paradise island that appeals to the culturally inclined as much as those of an adventurous persuasion (the water sports are exceptional), why not book onto this ten-day Tanzania and Zanzibar break, that combines a wildlife safari with proper care-abandoning barefoot luxury? Why not indeed. Book it here.


July 2021

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