Ker & Downey Announces Exclusive North American Partnership with Ernie Els African Experience

Ker & Downey teams up with Ernie Els African Experience to offer guests a bespoke luxury safari in South Africa. 

Katy, TX, April 23, 2014 – Ker & Downey, ranked amongst the world’s leading tour operators, and Ernie Els, one of the most successful and popular golfers on the world golfing stage, today announced a partnership to market, promote and sell the products of Ernie Els African Experience in North and South America.

As a native of South Africa, Ernie has a life-long appreciation for the spectacular attractions of his home. South Africa is the quintessential African experience. First time travelers and seasoned veterans of Africa agree that South Africa’s diverse offerings are what make this destination a favorite.  A bespoke luxury safari in South Africa, a visit to the famous Winelands, and rounds at some of the world’s most spectacular golf courses offer experiences difficult to match. Ernie’s passion for South Africa, his success with the creation of Ernie Els Wines, and his involvement with the growth of the golf industry in South Africa makes him uniquely qualified to partner with Ker & Downey.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Golfing in Other Countries

For golf enthusiasts, a round of golf at some of the world’s best courses is high on the bucket list. Ker & Downey’s Lee Stranathan has compiled some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received about golfing in other countries and fills you in on all you need to know for your next Journey on the Green. Do you have a question for the Ker & Downey team? Email us at or on our Facebook page

What differences will I notice when playing at a course in another country vs. a course in the United States?

Your ball and the hole you are hitting towards will be the same size everywhere. Other than that, everything is different. Different grass, different sand, wind conditions and slope ratings are some of the easy differences. Most distances are quoted in meters rather than in yards. (Hint: add 10% to the quoted meter distance to convert to yards.) We will provide you with insights and suggestions in advance of your journey, and you will be greeted and supported at each course by on-site personnel.


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Earth Day 2014: Planet-friendly Spaces to See

Treading lightly when exploring our big, beautiful world doesn’t mean sacrificing the little luxuries. Check out a few of our favorite ultra-gorgeous eco-friendly properties that have reimagined existing places and taken good care of the environment they share, with future generations of travelers in mind.


The Singular Patagonia

Torres del Paine, Chile

Housed within the walls of a former meatpacking plant, the quirky industrial feel of The Singular Patagonia has been carefully preserved. Adhering to the latest LEED certified protocols for environmentally-friendly building, the building’s historic interior became the dining room, bar, and reception area. Continue reading

Top Travel Apps

Travel smarter this year with some of these top travel apps for your smart phone. We asked the Ker & Downey employees which apps they couldn’t live without when planning their trips and while traveling. Scroll through the list and let us know which travel apps you can’t live without!

  • Currency Currency Cost: $0.99

    Compatibility: Apple iOS

    Why we love it: A simple converter that works both on and offline. Easily find the conversion rate for currency from over 180 countries, save your favorites to a list for quick access, and view historical data charts to find the best time to convert your money.
  • Instagram Instagram Cost: Free

    Compatibility: Apple iOS

    Why we love it: Share photos from your journey and get inspired by others. Be sure to tag your photos with #kerdowney so we can see photos from your Ker & Downey journey too! You can find us on Instagram at @kerdowney.
  • Pocket Universe Pocket Universe Cost: $2.99

    Compatibility: Apple iOS

    Why we love it: Explore the solar system without data roaming charges! With the app’s built in compass, hold your device to the sky to discover the names of the constellations, stars, and planets in your view.
  • Duolingo Duolingo Cost: Free

    Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android devices

    Why we love it: Brush up on a foreign language or learn a new one before taking your next journey with us. Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English are currently supported.
  • Travel List Travel List Cost: $1.99

    Compatibility: Apple iOS

    Why we love it: Prepare for your trip by creating a packing list and setting alerts to remember those camera batteries before heading out the door.
  • FlightTrack 5 FlightTrack 5 Cost: $4.99

    Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android devices

    Why we love it: Keep track of your flights, get real-time departure info, delays, and gate numbers worldwide. Airport terminal maps, aircraft seat maps, and actual flight paths are shown when available to make tracking your travels a breeze.
  • Around Me Around Me Cost: Free

    Compatibility: Apple iOS, Android devices, and Windows phone

    Why we love it: You’ll need an internet connection, but Around Me identifies where you are and allows you to quickly search for nearby restaurants, banks, gas stations, etc. in over 200 countries around the world.
  • Viber Viber Cost: Free

    Compatibility: Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia, Blackberry, Bada

    Why we love it: Stay connected to your loved ones at home while traveling abroad. Text, call, and send photos for free over Wi-Fi connections.
  • Wi-Fi Finder Wi-Fi Finder Cost: Free

    Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android devices

    Why we love it: With over 650,000 locations in 144 countries around the world, finding the closest Wi-Fi hotspot and how to get there has never been easier. Download locations before your trip to use when you’re not online.
  • City Maps 2Go Pro City Maps 2Go Pro Cost: $2.99

    Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android devices

    Why we love it: In depth maps and travel content available for thousands of worldwide destinations with or without a Wi-Fi connection and no data roaming charges.
  • iTranslate iTranslate Cost: Free

    Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android devices

    Why we love it: Break down language barriers by quickly translating words, phrases, and text in over 80 different languages. It requires an internet connection, but you can save translations to access offline.


Images via CurrencyPocket UniverseDuolingoTravel ListFlightTrack5, Around MeViber, Wi-Fi Finder, City Maps 2Go ProiTranslate.

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Exploring Northern Italy

Recently David Jones and Nicky Brandon led a familiarization trip to northern Italy to discover just what everyone has been missing out on in Milan and Lake Como.

Italy – it’s a country full of romance and grace, deep history, and incredibly influential in the areas of cuisine, art, and architecture. It’s got the heavy hitters like Rome, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast, which each bring in a large number of tourists each year. There is, however, a region that packs just as much style and elegance as the more widely known areas, yet is commonly overlooked by Americans. Northern Italy.


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Top Ten Things to Do in Rwanda

One of Ker & Downey’s Africa specialists Sara Kramer just returned from a three-week trip to Tanzania and Rwanda where she trekked gorillas and got to know some of the locals. Below are her top ten things to do on your journey to Rwanda.  

10. Visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village and try your hand at making Sorghum flour.

The Iby’lwacu Cultural Village was set up as a way to curb poaching and increase conservation efforts by providing a way for ex-poachers to make an income and support their families. A visit to the village offers a change to participate in the community’s daily activities and provide a hands-on experience while learning about their culture and traditions.


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A Day With Gorillas

Sara, one of our Africa specialists, and her husband Robert just returned from a trip to Tanzania and Rwanda where they had the opportunity to trek gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. She recounts her experience below. 

The day started fairly early with breakfast and a warm cup of Rwandan Coffee. Depending on where you stay in the Volcanoes area the procedure for the morning departure will be a bit different but at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, we were fitted with gaiters and handed a snack to pack in our backpack before setting off to the Volcanoes Park Gate, a drive of about a 20 minutes, with our guide Johnson.


The Great Outdoors: Wings and Fins

Our world is teeming with wonders to discover, and whether searching for winged wildlife by air or angling for game beneath the water, Ker & Downey encourages travelers to look beyond the land-based dwellers and expand their understanding of the wild world.


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Giving Our Best

At Ker & Downey, we get a thrill from sending curious and eager travelers to discover the corners of our big, beautiful world. Giving our best starts with that first phone call or email, manifests in our obsession over the details, and keeps up with our commitment to hand-crafting the perfect custom journey. Check out a handful of our picks for the unique experiences our world has to offer, and contact us to share your travel dreams. Let us show you how we give our best with each experiential journey.


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