Our Story

A mother & daughter run company

Extraordinary Journeys

was founded by Marcia & Elizabeth Gordon, a mother-daughter team with decades of experience living and working in Africa.

There are few people who know more about the safari world than Marcia Gordon. If there were a Ph.D. in African Travel, we would be referring to Marcia as “Dr. Gordon.” During eleven years in Kenya, she had three children, built a house, contributed to her family’s company (Park East Tours), earned her pilot’s license, studied traditional medicine and expanded her encyclopedic, first-hand knowledge of properties throughout sub-Saharan Africa. After selling Park East and leading the travel division of F.M. Allen, Marcia started Extraordinary Journeys with Elizabeth. Marcia prides herself on ever-so-gently encouraging clients to venture outside their comfort zone because she believes that is where the transformational opportunities of travel take place.

It’s no surprise that as Marcia’s daughter, Elizabeth, inherited the travel gene. Born in Kenya and schooled in Paris, her instinct for exploration was encouraged by her parents who included her in their many visits to exceptional lodges and properties. While still in school she studied languages in Taiwan, China, Germany, Spain, Paraguay & Israel. Upon graduating from Stanford University, Elizabeth (also a pilot) worked for the prestigious Wilderness Safaris in Namibia, where she managed high-end luxury safari camps. Her knowledge of marketing and customer relations was honed while operating a successful vacation rental management and booking agency in Buenos Aires called International Nest. She took the company from strength to strength, building a strong team and a system to insure trouble free adventure for our clients.

Our vision was to create a team of women who share our sensibility and vision. We now have members in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Cape Town, Durban and Nairobi. They are passionate about travel, conservation, nature and people. More than 60 years of combined safari experience and our many years of working on the ground in Africa are your guarantees of the safari of your dreams, with extraordinary service before, during and after your safari. Meet the whole EJ team or read more about our passion for Responsible Travel and authentic safari experiences around the world.

As a result of our efforts and experience we have been recognized by National Geographic Traveler, the Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Departures and many other publications. We recently received the Top Travel Specialist award from Zicasso. Read more about us in the press here.

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Have you started planning your safari on your own? Are you totally overwhelmed with all the information out there? Let us help you cut through all the conflicting information online and start planning a safari that is completely tailored to you. Get in touch with us and we can discuss your travel passions and help you begin the planning process for your dream safari.

Elizabeth Gordon