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Awards & Accolades

Over the years, we’ve honed our passion for and knowledge of tailored safaris, and we’re delighted that the quality of our work has been recognised.

How Yellow Zebra became an award-winning safari operator

Since the company’s modest beginnings, our goal at YZ has always been simple – to design the best African safaris on the market. Over the years, we’ve honed our passion for and knowledge of tailored safaris, and we’re delighted that the quality of our work has been recognised in such accolades as “life-changing safaris”, “once-in-a-lifetime trips”, and more. We’ve won a number of awards too, both internationally and locally. And we’re very proud of all of them, as each shows that our work is appreciated, whether by our clients, our suppliers, or our industry peers. For example, our clients have voted us Europe’s Leading Safari Tour Operator at the World Travel Awards for six years in a row!

However, it isn’t just our safari designs that have won a few awards – our company model has too. Essentially, we like to take a holistic approach. We believe not only in keeping our clients satisfied with a well-tailored luxury safari, but also in making sure our office and our employees are well looked after. Featuring in-house well-being strategies, strong recycling efforts, and some pretty epic socials, our company ethos is picking up more than a few acknowledgements these days. But don’t just take our word for it! Browse our awards below:

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World Travel Awards Winner 2015-2020

The World Travel Awards (WTAs) programme was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel industry. The WTAs are now recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.
Since 2015, we’ve been voted Europe’s Leading Safari Tour Operator at the WTAs, making last year’s success a win for the sixth year running. We are so chuffed to have been awarded our very own Big Five.. plus one!

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Angels & Urchins Travel Awards

Our team might be experts in African safari, but when it comes to family life in London the undisputed authority is Angels & Urchins! Providing a guide catered towards parents and their children, A&U offers its readership advice on the full gamut of family life, from the latest toy trends to the best tour operators with which to book the holidays.

Yellow Zebra was recognised by A&U as the “Best Family Adventure Specialist” after co-founder Emily Turner travelled as a YZ client in 2018. “I was recommended Yellow Zebra. The dedicated team were both knowledgeable and incredibly patient. […] We opted for Tanzania – the less-visited south rather than the majesty of the Great Migration in the North. […] It was perfect. […] The format is standard – the experience anything but. […] It was – hands down – the best holiday we have ever had.”

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Kingston Business Awards

The Kingston Business Excellence Awards are a celebration of the achievements of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames’s vibrant business community.
Yellow Zebra entered the Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2019 and was shortlisted for three categories: Best Medium Sized Business, Best Employer, and Commitment to Customer Service. YZ was a finalist in all three categories and came second, with “Highly Commended” status, for two of the three.

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National Geographic

National Geographic needs no introduction; briefly, however, this is the world leader in geography, cartography, and exploration. The National Geographic Traveller magazine featured Yellow Zebra and commented: “A byword for luxury and adventure, [YZ] specialises in African safaris. The team has over 100 years of combined travel experience across the continent, so travellers with YZ benefit from a level of knowledge to rival that of any African specialist worldwide.”

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Trustpilot

The world’s most powerful review platform, Trustpilot is a consumer review website. Here at Yellow Zebra, we actively seek reviews from our clients to post on this independent site. And currently, with over 800 reviews and a score of 5/5 from 98 per cent of our clients, we couldn’t be happier.
Trustpilot has included YZ in the category of Tour Operator, and we are now ranked 3rd out of 106 in the category. You can read all 836 reviews here.

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First Mile

With over 27,000 businesses under its management, First Mile is shaping the future of the waste industry with hassle-free recycling solutions that help UK businesses be greener. Its mission is to help businesses recycle better, within a closed-loop, whilst sending nothing to landfill.
Since working with First Mile to become an eco-conscious and sustainable company within the local community, Yellow Zebra has been awarded “Gold” for its recycling efforts and was First Mile’s Customer of the Month in January 2020.

For more information or help in planning your safari to Africa, please don't hesitate to contact our team of award-winning experts here. Alternatively, find out more about Yellow Zebra below: