Ker & Downey is honored to be voted one of the top 5 Safari Outfitters by Travel + Leisure, marking our seventh year on the list. Whether it’s a traditional safari in the African bush, a tiger safari through Bandhavgarh National Park in India, an outback safari in Australia, or exploring America’s wild frontier, we pride ourselves in offering you the best safari in every corner of the world.

As one of the top safari outfitters, we are able to provide you with the best journey each and every time because we work with the best in the travel business. Take a look at some of this year’s award winners, and when you’re ready to plan your next journey, contact your Luxury Travel Consultant.

Travel + Leisure Award Winners - Luxury Africa Safari - Singita Grumeti - Ker Downey

Africa and the Middle East

Best Safari Lodge in Africa – Singita Grumeti, Serengeti, Tanzania

See the Grumeti Reserves and visit one of the many award-winning lodges of Singita on our Luxury Tanzania Safari.

Best Resort Hotels in Africa and the Middle East – La Residence, South Africa

Indulge in wine tastings in South Africa’s Winelands, spend time whale watching in Hermanus, then spend a few nights of luxury in the bush on one of our most requested itineraries.

Best City Hotels in Africa and the Middle East – Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa

The Saxon Hotel is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite hotels for a night in Johannesburg pre and post safari.

Travel + Leisure Award Winners - Luxury South Africa Safari - La Residence - Ker Downey


Best Hotels in Hong Kong – The Peninsula Hong Kong

It’s the “Grande Dame of the Far East” and Hong Kong’s oldest hotel, setting standards for luxury and service.

Best Hotels in Beijing – The Opposite House

Best City Hotels in Asia – The Peninsula Shanghai

Combine a stay in these two award-winning hotels on our Diverse China journey as you dive into the rich history of local peoples, starting and ending with the more modern hubs of Beijing and Shanghai.

Best Resort Hotels in India – Oberoi Hotel Udaivilas, India

The Oberoi Hotels are synonymous with award-winning. The hotel brand took home top honors as the World’s Best Hotel Brand for the second year in a row. See the beautiful hotel for yourself and explore more of the brand’s top hotels on our Luxury Tiger Safari.

Best Resort Hotels in Southeast Asia – 137 Pillars House, Thailand

Head out on our exclusive adventure tour through Thailand that combines a stay in 137 Pillars House, set in the middle of Old Chiang Mai.

Travel + Leisure Award Winners - Luxury Asia Travel - Ker Downey

Central and South America

Best Inns and Resorts in South America – Singular Patagonia, Chile

A gateway to the beautiful Patagonian fjords, the Singular Patagonia is an historic hotel in a meatpacking plant-turned-national monument that has been painstakingly preserved for a surprisingly harmonious ambiance of gritty industrial and contemporary chic.

Best City Hotels in Central and South America – Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador

Spend several nights in the Best City Hotel in South America on this 12-day journey through the Galápagos Islands, the streets of historic Quito and Otavalo, and the wild Ecuadorian jungles.

Best Resort Hotels in Central America – Nayara Springs, Costa Rica

It’s a luxurious yet low-key sophisticated jungle jewel and the perfect base from which to explore the Arenal Volcano before venturing out to explore Rio Perdido and Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast.

Travel + Leisure Award Winners - Luxury South America Travel - Ker Downey


Best Resort Hotels in United Kingdom and Ireland – Ashford Castle, Ireland

Uncover the rich history of the Ancient Gaelic Trail in Ireland over 11 days, which includes a stay at the 26,000-acre world-renown estate.

Travel + Leisure Award Winners - Luxury Europe Travel - Ker Downey

South Pacific

Best Resort Hotels in the South Pacific – The Brando, French Polynesia

It’s Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando’s private island resort and one of the most luxurious eco-resorts on the planet.

Best Resort Hotels in Australia and New Zealand – Huka Lodge, New Zealand

Spend a few days at New Zealand’s quintessential retreat on this 15-day discovery of the country’s most memorable sights and cities.

Travel + Leisure Award Winners - Luxury New Zealand Travel - Ker Downey

Congratulations to all of this year’s Travel + Leisure award winners, and thank you again to our clients for making us your leader in luxury travel.

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