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.
“We’ve grown from a company recognized as one of the best in adventure travel to a company providing the best life experiences not only on the continent of Africa, but in over 70 countries around the world,” says David Marek, president of Ker & Downey. “We’ve planned weddings, honeymoons, family vacations, golf trips as well as cross-generational travel and philanthropic travel. We excel in making the difficult look easy. This partnership continues our commitment to provide matchless experiences to our clients in a manner that is unique and aligned with the best in the world.”
At the end of 2013 Ernie Els’ career totaled 70 professional victories including 4 Major Championships, 2 World Golf Championships, 7 World Match Play titles and he is currently ranked Number One in all-time career earnings on the European Tour. Ernie and his wife Liezl, private people by nature, have recognized the opportunities presented by their public profile and have used it as a platform to help raise funds and awareness for the causes of Autism and its possible treatments. They established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009, will soon open the Els Center of Excellence designed to show the world what should be available to children and young adults on the autism spectrum, and founded the Ernie Els Foundation in South Africa in 1999 with the purpose of identifying and assisting young talented individuals in golf.
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With over four decades of success in the travel industry, Ker & Downey is an award-winning luxury tour operator committed to crafting completely-custom experiential journeys for privileged clients. Signature Meet and Greet services, incredible private guides, bespoke experiences and fabulous properties all combine on every itinerary, flawlessly planned around each individual style, interest, and budget. Ker & Downey’s featured regions include Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, Australasia, and the Pacific, with special arrangements all over the world also possible. “White glove” service is the standard at Ker & Downey, with the goal to design the ultimate itinerary that will be memorable, unforgettable, and even life-changing.