Tim was born in Mombasa and educated at boarding school in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania and then in Kenya before leaving Kenya for the UK to continue his education. However, his early years spent exploring the bush, whilst living in a remote area on the coast, resulted in a deep affinity with nature and Africa and he returned to Kenya in 1981.
Since his return Tim has travelled extensively throughout Africa. He has been on a plethora of safaris, including camel walks through wild and uninhabited northern areas, fishing on remote lakes such as Lake Turkana, and tracking the gorillas and chimpanzees in Rwanda and Tanzania. East Africa has been synonymous with safaris for decades and has an incredible diversity of landscapes, birds, animals and cultures. East Africa is a land of contrasts from the vast grassy savannas, to the snow capped mountain peaks, the white sandy beaches and the Great Rift Valley.
Tim is a director and shareholder of The Original Ker & Downey Safaris who outfit all of his mobile tented camps. Tim offers tailor-made itineraries designed specifically around each group, which are either luxury private camping safaris or exclusive lodge trips. On a safari with Tim there are no set departures and no set itineraries, creating a unique safari experience. Tim is also a 'fellow' of the Shackleton & Selous Society which is a global society of guides to the world's wild places.
Tim has always been actively involved in wildlife conservation and responsible tourism and today he supports community based conservation and eco-tourism initiatives. Working closely with communities in a continuing quest to enable people and wildlife to co-exist in wilderness areas, he is a founding member of the Kenya Wildlife Trust. He has become involved with projects such as providing health care, building schools, and water and conservation education. Tim is on the board of directors of "ASK" Africa Schools of Kenya, which is at the forefront of the 'Alternative Right of Passage' for young girls in the Amboseli region.
Tim's dedication, professionalism and love of the wild make him an entertaining and informative guide. The combination of his flexible and easy-going disposition and a natural affinity with children has earned him a reputation as the ideal family guide.
Tim is married to Diana and they work together running their safari business. They have two sons, Max and Angus, who have grown up in Kenya and spent much of their lives on safari.