The end of the year is just around the corner. How do you want to finish off 2013? Maybe you want to travel to a new destination or start a new family tradition that includes a hand-crafted Ker & Downey journey. Recently we asked some of the sales team at Ker & Downey to share their travel experiences from this year with us and, to get in the holiday spirit, some of their special holiday traditions. Below Cherie talks about her journey to Botswana this year and her family’s holiday traditions.

This year I had the opportunity to visit Botswana, a country I visited in 2003 on my first trip to Africa. It has always held a special place in my heart and I have always considered it to be my most favorite safari destination. After being fortunate enough to visit East and South Africa a couple of times since then, I often wondered if the reason I felt it was my favorite was because it was my first experience and when I fell in love with Africa, or if it was truly the best safari experience I have ever had. I couldn’t wait to return to Botswana, though I was a little nervous I might be disappointed and that it might change my feelings… but Botswana did not disappoint! It was just as great as I remembered – excellent game viewing, beautiful sunsets and amazing people.


Every year on my annual trip, I purchase Christmas presents for the girls in my family. I try to buy things that are unique to the area – Kikoys from Kenya, crosses from Ethiopia, or jade necklaces from New Zealand. This year I bought them painted Ostrich eggs. What a challenge it was getting them home in one piece!

Meet Cherie

Cherie Tann was raised in Cypress, Texas. She decided to work in the travel industry after spending a few amazing weeks in Ireland. In 2000, she joined Ker & Downey as a Sales and Marketing Assistant. She has since moved into reservations as a custom travel consultant. Cherie’s educational travels for Ker & Downey have included: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.


For more information about including Botswana or any other destination on your next Ker & Downey journey, please contact your Travel Professional.