Celebrity Travel & StyleInterviewsJet Set PetLuxury VoyagesSuite Dreams - The World's Best SuitesTime TravelerLuxury Travel TrendsWeekend Away
Destination WeddingsFamily Vacation PackagesSpa & Wellness PackagesRomantic & Honeymoon PackagesGirls GetawaysFall Travel PackagesWinter Getaway PackagesChristmas Travel & PackagesNew Year's Eve Packages
ArticlesThe Best Hotels, Resorts & Villas Around the World
Beach & Island Resorts5-Star City HotelsAdventure Lodges & Eco EscapesBoutique City HotelsCountry House HotelsRomantic RetreatsLuxury Guest RanchesLuxury Safari Camps & LodgesGolf Resorts & LodgesSpa Resorts & Wellness RetreatsSki Resorts & LodgesWine Country GetawaysLuxury Family Travel & ResortsNew HotelsHot Hotel Openings
Beach, Coastal & Island VillasCountry VillasGolf VillasSki VillasLuxury Villas & Vacation Rentals Around the WorldHotel Branded Residences
Luxury Cruises & YachtingLuxury Car RentalTravel Tips & AdviceAirline NewsUltimate TripsBusiness TravelFamily TravelLuxury SafarisPrivate Jet TravelRail Journeys: The World's Most Scenic Train Rides
RestaurantsBars & NightclubsAfternoon TeaCoffeeCooking ClassesCulinary TravelWine Travel
Spa & Wellness RetreatsYogaGolf GetawaysTennisSki Vacations
Gift GuideBeach and ResortwearBeauty and FragranceBooksFashionHome StyleLuggage and HandbagsLuxury Autos & Driving ExperiencesMen's StyleTravel EssentialsWatches & JewelryWine and SpiritsWorld's Most Expensive

Africa & Indian Ocean

Top 3 Exotic Christmas Experiences in Africa

December 13, 2016 -

December 25th in the Northern Hemisphere isn't Christmas without hoping for snow, layering up in coats and scarves, sitting around the fireplace sipping Glühwein and, of course, the winter solstice.

In the Southern Hemisphere, particularly in Africa, things are done a little differently. Think: exotic, adventurous experiences that encapsulate remote beaches, vast plains, and locals with an infectious exuberance for life.

Substitute the cold weather and shorter days for an enthralling, exotic adventure experience in Africa. Ker & Downey Africa, adventure specialists, present their top 3 exotic adventure experiences for a unique, warm-filled Christmas in Africa.

Spend Christmas underwater on Pemba Island

Literally. 13 feet below the ocean's surface. “The Green Island” forms part of the Zanzibar Archipelago and this largely uncharted island offers a thrilling experience that very few know about. It's not necessarily an experience for all, nor the faint-hearted.

The Mantra Resort offers adventurous travellers the very unique opportunity to sleep below the ocean's surface with the fish of a thriving coral reef.

Boasting Africa's first underwater accommodation, the underwater residence is complete with 3 decks. Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas dinner on a private deck and exclusively enjoy the African night sky before a sound sleep in the master bedroom submerged below the Indian Ocean. Spotlights below each window bring the creatures of the deep to life.

Dine amongst the Big 5 in Madikwe

For a truly magical Christmas experience, an adventure in the African bush never ceases to disappoint. For adventurous days and comfortable nights, South Africa's “lesser known” Madikwe Game Reserve is a perfect spot to spend time with loved ones in an unforgettable setting.

Exchange the snowflakes and fir trees for warm days and umbrella-shaped acacia trees. Searching for the Big 5, beating African drums throughout the evening, a daring night out in a hide and close-encounter bush walks may not be typical Christmas gift requests, but are experiences that will never be forgotten.

Gastronomic feasts, plentiful Amarula and lively celebrations await in the African bush over the festive season.

Feast with Masai Warriors

Change the playing field and try something foreign and completely unforgettable as you join a Masai tribe over the festive season. The Masai people live a semi-nomadic life throughout Kenya and parts of Tanzania. Known as tall and fierce warriors, these tribesman hold a wealth of knowledge about the land.

An adventure in its purest form. Immerse yourself in their age-old pastoral way of life as you visit and learn about the way of life in a Manyatta - a traditional, often temporary, Masai Village.

Learn how to craft and handle a bow, start a fire, and other skills that the Masai have passed down from generation to generation. Walk in the bush with the Warriors, learn the calls of nature, wear the iconic shuka and exchange stories, ideas, and values as you spend time with the Masai people.

A Christmas in Africa is definitely something to write home about. Visit www.ker-downeyafrica.com/ for more.


Featured Luxury Hotels





Private Villa Rentals - Caribbean & Mexico
In the realm of world-class luxury private villa rentals, we know that the exceptional experiences our guests deserve are about much more than just the villa itself.




Carneros Resort and Spa - Napa Valley, California
The resort features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites and nightly private luxury home rentals, each furnished with casual elegance and nestled in a lush garden courtyard with private deck.




Calala Island - Nicaragua
A luxury resort named one of "The 10 Best Private Islands in the World" is nestled in the undiscovered part of the Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua. Come experience barefoot luxury in a pristine paradise!




Carrington Italia - Amalfi Coast
Luxury Villa Accommodations and Personalized Service on Italy's celebrated Amalfi Coast. Experts in providing exclusive travel experiences and local knowledge of the Amalfi Coast.




Anse Chastanet - St. Lucia
Set amid a lush 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches and breathtaking views of St. Lucia's iconic twin Pitons mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.




Eden Roc at Cap Cana - Punta Cana
Offering exclusive luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel on the island, features 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views.




The Luxury Signature - The Finest Luxury Villas in Southeast Asia
The Luxury Signature is Southeast Asia's most exclusive collection of luxury villas rental and vacation homes, located in some of the most beautiful destinations including Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, and Bali in Indonesia.




Primland - Meadows of Dan, VA
A pristine Blue Ridge Mountain resort offering 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Primland is the ultimate getaway for world-class golf, refined dining, and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty.




Rawai VIP Villas - Phuket, Thailand
A brand new family community and kids' park that epitomizes modern Thai luxury. Each of the 40 villas boasts a private pool in terraced courtyards.



Argentario Resort Golf & Spa
The Design Golf Resort - named 'Best Luxury Hotel in Italy' by Overseas Living Magazine - offers 73 design rooms, one luxurious villa for rent and a number of sophisticated homes for sale.



Hurtigruten Cruises
Go beyond a traditional cruise line - explore the world in an authentic, unique & natural style. Hurtigruten offers voyages to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland, Greenland & more.



Mountain Shadows
The new resort features timeless modern design, 183 guestrooms, a restaurant with an exhibition kitchen, two pools, a high-tech fitness facility, a fully revamped short golf course, a golf grill and lounge as well as 37,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.



Jade Mountain - St. Lucia
Jade Mountain is an exclusive luxury 'resort within a resort' with 24 suites at St. Lucia's famed Anse Chastanet Resort, in a truly romantic and magical setting poised high overlooking St. Lucia's Piton World Heritage site and the Caribbean Sea.



Hotel Valley Ho - Scottsdale, AZ
Escape to the sun in Scottsdale! A hideaway for celebrities, this Downtown Scottsdale resort features generously sized guest rooms with all-glass walls opening onto airy patios or balconies, many with views of Camelback Mountain.



Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Set across from the Royal Palace, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is one of the landmark historic hotels of the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina. The hotel first opened its doors in 1932 but the legend lives on today after careful restoration.



A.M.A Selections
A.M.A Selections offers a portfolio of hand-picked villas on the French Riviera, Tuscany and Umbria, complemented with an exclusive range of concierge services such as private jet and yacht charter, private chef, car service, and more.



BINA - Luxury Yacht Charter 142'
Offering remarkable quantities of luxury for a yacht of her size category, nothing but unadulterated bliss awaits you on board BINA. Sleeps 10-12 in 5 cabins.