"In my camp I feel the tempo, the pulse and the freedom that is Africa. To live any other way is to lose that bond between myself and nature."
– John Hanning Speke
Seventy years of safari experience have taught us that the best way to get close to Africa – to experience its sights and sounds, its deep-within-you essence – is to stay in a mobile camp. When you are sleeping in the bush, the wilderness comes to you. There is nothing as exhilarating as falling asleep to the sound of a distant lion’s roar, or waking up to birdsong and a breath-taking view that belongs only to you.
When you stay in a Ker & Downey camp, you can rest assured that you’ll have the best of everything. Our custom-made tents are the largest and roomiest available, with luxurious beds, en suite bathrooms, and private verandas with carefully chosen views. Our camp crews are among the most experienced in Africa, providing unobtrusive and attentive service, and delectable cuisine that consistently draws rave reviews.
Every camp is tailored to its guests: the menus, locations, arrangements for special activities. With the support of our brilliant mechanics and state-of-the-art workshops, we can provide any equipment or furnishings to make your safari more comfortable.
Camps are established in special areas, handpicked over many years, where the wildlife is most prolific, the views most spectacular. We often choose waterside sites close to where animals come to drink and bathe; but we are equally amenable to find you a spot that answers to a personal passion about birdlife, rare flora, geography or anthropology. As most of our parents (if not grandparents) toured these same areas, we can honestly claim to know these places better than anyone.