Top Safari Outfitter honors were bestowed upon Ker & Downey as the #1 Safari Outfitter in this year’s Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards, as voted by its readers. 

We are thrilled to announce that Ker & Downey has been named to the prestigious Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards, this time with the coveted #1 spot as the World’s Best Safari Operator. Based on a perfect score of 100, Ker & Downey received an outstanding 98.44 from the combined scores of readers’ surveys taken from November 3, 2014 to March 2, 2015. To reach the Top Safari Operator spot, safari operators were judged on six categories: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and overall value.


“We are humbled and honored to be voted the best Safari Operator in the world,” says David Marek, president of Ker & Downey. “This is our sixth year being voted onto Travel + Leisure World’s Best list, but earning the top spot is thrilling.”

“We operate in over 80 countries around the world, but our roots are in Africa, and having readers declare us the World’s Best Safari Outfitter is a special honor,” says Marek. Clients of Ker & Downey experience the unique wilderness of southern and eastern Africa from luxurious camps and lodges – from the classic “under canvas” tented camps to the ultra-luxe lodges – all having the benefit of being positioned in the world’s most stunning landscapes, where a safari is an immersive 24-hour experience.

With this Top Safari Operator in the World’s Best Award, Ker & Downey continues to prove its excellence in providing truly customized, luxurious and experiential travel to destinations all over the world. “The real heart of Ker & Downey traveling lies in our dedication to signature, hand-crafted journeys,” says vice president David Jones. “Travel + Leisure sets the standard for showcasing the best of the best in travel, and to be named the world leader among such an audience validates the time and effort our staff have devoted to making each journey a life-changing experience for our clients.”

We owe our prominent place on the list as Top Safari Outfitter to a unique commitment to a flawless client experience. When crafting a Ker & Downey journey – be it an African safari, romantic honeymoon, urban adventure, or private sailing excursion – an array of destinations and properties are cherry-picked by our clients, under the trusted guidance of our expert travel professionals, to create the perfect itinerary.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award accompanies several Ker & Downey accolades including the Best Adventure Travel Company award for Luxury Tour Operators by National Geographic Adventure. Several of Ker & Downey’s itineraries have also won prestigious recognition including National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime awards for Path of the Polynesians, Uncovering Alexander’s Egypt: A Desert & Diving Expedition, Splendors of the Cape, Australian Dreamtime and Namibia Explorer.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards were announced live on NBC’s Today Show and will appear in the August issue of the magazine. It can be found online at

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