SANDOR CARTER
safaris • wilderness adventures • african travel
trust in the
wonders of nature
SANDOR CARTER
safaris • wilderness adventures • african travel
iconic wildlife
SANDOR CARTER
safaris • wilderness adventures • african travel
tradition
SANDOR CARTER
safaris • wilderness adventures • african travel
conservation
SANDOR CARTER
safaris • wilderness adventures • african travel
adventure
SANDOR CARTER
safaris • wilderness adventures • african travel
travel with purpose
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Going on safari should be a great adventure, full of wonder and hope, freedom and fun. My mission is to inspire people through travel. My passion is planning and guiding safaris so that families and friends may come together as part of a community to celebrate life, the joys of travel and connect with nature in comfort and safety.

The world's wild spaces and wild life are too valuable to be lost and so precious that they should be shared

As a partner in the oldest continually operating safari company in Africa, I am privy to generations of tradition and experience. Since 1946, the Original Ker & Downey has been leading the way, pioneering photographic safaris, redefining luxury and exploring frontiers. We continue to challenge ourselves, setting standards for others to follow in conservation driven and environmentally responsible travel.

Key to this are personal relationships based on trust, shared values and shared experiences. Thoughtful travel can be many things; it must be a treasured time with those most important to us, it can be a place of learning and growth and it should be rooted in conservation, encouraging love and care for the wild places. I hope that within these pages might be the place where your journey becomes part of the ongoing story that is life on safari.

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image credits

My sincere thanks and grateful appreciation to the talented photographers and artists whose work is included within this site. It would not be possible to tell the story that I hope to convey without their skill and I trust that I have recognised everyone. If I have not, then please accept my apologies.

I hope that you enjoy these images and the stories they tell.

The Original Ker & Downey, Andreas Fox, Finlay Marrian, Max Melesi, Oliver Nicklin, Paolo Parazzi, Sam Stogdale, Sean Dundas, Shaun Mousley; Michael Lorentz, Olly Williams, Julius Strauss, David Simpson, Chege Njuguna, Nicole Honegger, Natural Selection Travel, Segera Retreat, SVS Tchad.

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walking

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horses for courses

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wonders of nature

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lemurs & evolution

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dandylion

Travel in Africa, like the continent itself, is multi layered. While it is often the iconic wildlife that first draws us, it is the human connection that makes the story real. There is another side to going on safari, one of cultures both ancient and modern. It is an important side as the fragility of Africa’s wild spaces rests significantly in the decision making of the continent’s urban centres and each individual nation’s own people. As is only to be expected, there is a creativity, dynamism and beauty of the human spirit that helps paint the true picture.

These human stories are told in many ways, including art, music, dance, architecture and clothing. From therianthrope rock art in the Matobo Hills to the contemporary art of Khartoum, Saharan rock engravings, Benin bronzes, Ghanaian trading beads and Zimbabwe stone scultpures, the continent’s art history dates back thousands of years.

Likewise, music and dance is an integral part of traditional culture and spans the gamut. The trance dance of the San in the Kalahari, the Wodaabe’s yaake dance, Samburu singing wells, Sufi mystics in the land of Sheba, the adumu dance of the Maasai, the Zulu indlamu and Senegalese mbalax musicians all tell stories that bond their communities.

Meanwhile Ethiopia’s Orthodox architectural tradition includes Axumite rock stelae, the monolithic churches of Lalibela and is believed to be the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Stories abound in what was one of the world’s last empires and are best heard over buna in the birthplace of coffee.

Of course Africa is a continent on the move and while these art forms are fundamental to their communities there are equally inspiring places to visit in modern, urban Africa. The Dakar biennale, Ghanaian kente cloth and East African kitenge markets, the Timkat epiphany festival, Cape Town café culture and grooving with the Brazzaville sapeurs; these are adventures of the heart that ring true.

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deserts & mountains

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migrations

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tigers & bears

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great apes

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elephants, rhinos & whales

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cats & dogs