I could not have dreamed the African safari adventure Extraordinary Journeys planned for us. They really took the time to help us prepare, listened to our trip goals and created a trip that truly astounded. A better experience could not have been had! On a scale of one to ten, we rank our experience with Extraordinary Journeys 100!"
This was the best trip of my life, and I don't say that lightly…traveling through Africa together was more than I could ever wish for. I mean, we saw four countries in seven days, and got to experience so much beauty… Just some of the highlights were the elephants and zebras roaming free along the Zambezi river in Zambia, the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the lions and rhino babies as well as a local wedding in Botswana, the tented camps under the stars, the Table Mountain in Cape Town and the vineyards and incredible beauty of Franschhoek. Words aren't really enough. But perhaps most surprising of all are the warm, kind people everywhere, all the hugs and dancing we've experienced. It's just a very special place, actually magical.
A special thanks to Kimi at EJ Africa for your perfect planning, every detail, so thoughtful, just beyond.
Thanks, Kim and Laura for planning an exceptional trip. We loved it. Thanks for pushing us to also visit both game parks; you are right; they are very different with two great memorable experiences. We ended up seeing all the mammal and many birds across both game parks--leopard, wild dog in S Luanga and lions twice in Lower Zambezi. And plenty of giraffes in S Luanga and everything else in both parks. The guides in both parks were exceptional: deeply knowledgeable, flexible, and great fun to be with... The lodges and game parks were a great complement to the special time in the villages which gave us a deeper appreciation of Zambia and its kind, friendly, gentle people... We were awed by the stunning [Victoria] Falls (we walked all the trails on the Zambian side including down to boiling point)... [and] had a fabulous time in Cape Town... Thanks again for organizing one of our best trips.
Suffice it to say, there literally are no words to describe the adventure you planned for us. We saw everything and then some - a total of over 20 lions at every camp (except Toka Leya) of every shape, size, sex and maturity - including Kalahari lions at Jack's Camp. Three leopards at two camps, and one with an impala it dragged into a tree. Cheetah, rhinos, elephants, two packs of African wild dogs super close and with a kill...and a bull elephant sleeping on the ground and snoring right outside our tent in Little Vumbura...
We can't think of a single animal we wanted to see that we didn't and ones we couldn't dream up like Sable. The people, the food, all of it! We simply could not have dreamed that trip! After traveling to 24 countries, people always ask, "what's your favorite" and now we have a clear cut winner! Thank you!
[Our experience with EJ was] wonderful! From the first phone call to discuss ideas to the phone call upon our return to hear about the trip, everything was exceptional. It was so helpful to have input and advice from people who have experience. Without EJ, we would have been lost... It's so hard to pick a highlight. We loved everything about the entire trip! Cape Town was so fun to explore, safari was just exceptional and ending on the beach was so relaxing and beautiful. We truly felt like everyone went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and enjoying ourselves. Matt really loved the ocean safari at White Pearl and swimming with wild dolphins in the Indian Ocean. The game drives were amazing though because you never knew what that drive would bring... We saw the Big 5 on our very first game drive! We would love to do another trip in East Africa to see another area. There is just so much we still want to see and do!
We had an absolutely perfect, wonderful time. All the arrangements and information were great. [Kimi and Laura] were so available and helpful, and I really appreciated it. Sammy Tutoto deserves special mention - was the best guide you can ask for. Not only his knowledge about the wildlife but just in general he is an extremely interesting guy, so intelligent and kind. He really loves the animals and Tanzania and it really shows. He was always fully engaged and fun to be around... Thanks so much once again, the trip was fantastic and well planned. We would definitely recommend Extraordinary Journeys to anyone!!!! I spoke with so many companies, almost all of them, and I am so glad I went with EJ. In the end it was Kimi that got me with her kindness and knowledge."
This [trip] has been magical, spiritual, and humbling. Thank you...!"
The trip truly was EXTRAORDINARY! It so far exceeded my expectations... Kimi could not have been more patient or helpful with our planning. She and Laura were there for us every step of the way [and the] entire EJ team has deep knowledge of Kenya and all of Africa. They have strong personal relationships with the owners of the camps and everything related to our safari experience. Everything went off without a hitch and it was so magical... We always were met without delay and with great warmth and friendliness by all involved with our trip. It could not have been more seamless or comforting. Thank you for your hard work to create this once-in-a-lifetime trip for us!"
Eddie and I were so impressed with your services and really appreciate everything...the trip was amazing! I'm still in awe of all of the experiences...nothing compares to Africa."
The entire trip was just incredible. South Africa is simply stunning -- and we were able to do so many different things thanks to EJ's amazing planning. The safari was amazing -- I had no idea how close we'd get to the animals, and Mozambique was worth the journey! (Even in the helicopter!!) It was pure relaxation in a place that is out of this world gorgeous."
We are still coming off of cloud nine!!! What a vacation!!!! …Kim and Laura planned out the greatest itinerary one could have imagined…and we cannot say enough about our guide Ombeni James… We saw everything form the great migration to baby leopards…The [wildebeests] and zebras were from horizon to horizon, we couldn't believe our eyes. We saw lions, cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas and more. We even watched a cheetah and cubs hunting prey…and a mother [leopard] and cubs in a tree 10 feet away from the jeep… Enough cannot be said about the work both Kim and Laura did for us. Going halfway around the world, to a place where we didn't know what to expect, these two women answered all our questions and put our minds at ease… If we know anyone going to Africa, I will tell them to go through these two."
Extraordinary Journeys was incredible from start to finish. They planned an amazing honeymoon for us and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. They tailored our trip and customized our itinerary based upon our specific requests, and it was 100% seamless. They are extremely responsive and go out of their way to ensure everything is run smoothly and professionally. All the lodges, restaurants, game viewing and sights were awesome. I would highly recommend using them again."
Our trip was purely magical...a life altering experience... The Masai opened their hearts to us and then stole ours! The arduous trek to score a visit with the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda is a magical experience. Even now, back home, we cannot believe we did it except in our hearts we know how impressive the experience was! [Extraordinary Journeys] was 100% on target: destinations, experiences, timing, lodging...[they were] very willing to make changes, advise on wide issues, [and were] highly responsive...[an] Exceptional VIP experience from start to finish."
Africa was wonderful! So, so many leopard sightings. Ten individual leopards in all….multiple sightings of some of them... One day we got "trapped" in our tent by a small family of eles! Staff everywhere was top notch. Water was at the other two camps. We did a canoe ride at Selinda. Wildlife viewing was amazing. Spent the last couple days with a pride of 21 lions. Can’t imagine planning a trip abroad without your help!"
Extraordinary Journeys (EJ) did a phenomenal job making us feel special on our honeymoon. Each of our accommodations were aware of our honeymoon where they surprised us with free bottles of wine/champagne, gave us complimentary massages, messages to the two us upon our arrival, presented with a self-made poster from the children of Khayelitsha Township and multiple intimate surprise dinners. During the course of our trip we felt like VIPs. Even though we were not told by EJ, we absolutely could tell the EJ touch was there and without EJ we would have never been able to make our honeymoon this special. We have and will continue to rave to our family & friends about how phenomenal EJ made our experience. We can’t wait to work with them again for our next trip."
Beautiful settings, AMAZING camps, warm/friendly people, great food, good guides. Everything was really perfect."
I had no idea what travel could be like and how much I'd missed in my previous travels by doing the more typical tourist route. It so affected me heart, mind, and spirit that when I got back to CT I... pulled up my 20 year old stakes in Connecticut and moved to Florida. So, as I gaze out at my palm trees I realize I'm ready to start dreaming again for a trip in 2017."
I have told several friends, this trip was such a huge experience I felt like my life stopped and I have to somehow restart it! The whole experience, beginning to end, was more than I, or the girls, could have ever dreamed to have... You name it, we saw it... even two rhino's! Tons and tons of lions, zebras, elephants; Lots of giraffes. Beautiful birds. I could go on and on."
Our trip was nothing short of fantastic. EJ made the planning process not only easy, but fun! It's hugely valuable to have someone following up to make sure you are applying for the right Visas, packing the right things, and ready to go. Planning a trip through EJ is a no-brainer, even if you are the proactive type of traveler/planner that doesn't feel they need a specialist. Pearl and Rachel were a pleasure to work with. They were transparent, patient, and extremely helpful from beginning to end."
I can't say enough what an extraordinary experience we had. Having designed our past vacation itineraries, it was very different to have someone else do it. From the moment we got off the plane every detail was taken care of. We could have figured it all out on our own, however having someone lead us through every step of the way allowed us to concentrate on enjoying every aspect of this trip right from the beginning. Our lodgings were exceptional... I think you were able to hit the mark on every aspect of the trip."
The safari was so fun. We saw all of the animals that we wanted to see and the Singita lodges and staff were incredible. We had a great time--everywhere we stayed exceeded our expectations. The flights, transfers, etc were all seamless and made the experience easy and fun for us. Overall, our honeymoon was amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better trip."
We had a FABULOUS time on our trip. It really couldn’t have been better. It exceeded all my expectations! A big Thank You to John, he was helpful in every step of planning. We felt extremely well taken care of in South Africa, all transfers worked as planned and both lodges we stayed at were waiting for us in First Class style. Cape Town was icing on the cake! Thanks also for the special recognition of our 30th wedding anniversary! Wine, chocolate and roses, what else do your need! We can’t wait to plan our next trip."
From the transfers and the selection and variety of camps to the extras like arranging our wedding with one of the camps, our experience was extraordinarily seamless! Extraordinary Journeys spent a lot of time communicating with us back and forth to ensure that we had input on what kind of experience we had but also to respectfully offer expertise to ensure we weren't disappointed and we had the best experience that matched our hopes and expectations. We really appreciated the extra insight and information provided about each of the camps/destinations that we wouldn't have been able to ascertain from our own research."
Every aspect of this trip was 5 star. You really heard our wishes and made them happen."
Our adventure in Ethiopia was perfect from the beginning to the end. Our guide, Ermias Tamiru, was knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and fun! In just 12 short days we were able to see much of the country and certainly many of the highlights. We were able to enjoy historical monuments and museums as well as natural hikes and cultural markets. I would not change a thing. Lara did a spectacular job of setting up the tour, keeping us informed and helping us to be prepared.
We had an AMAZING trip. EJ customized an awesome safari holiday for us. Our guide was great, he was so knowledgeable, was a very confident driver and he knew exactly where to take us and the best place to watch animals. We saw the Big 5 as well as the Big 9. Our accommodations were top-notch. We cannot say enough good things about all the places where we stayed. The Tanzanian people are so friendly and willing to please. The hot air balloon ride was awesome as was the champagne and breakfast we had after the ride. Thanks again for providing us with our trip of a life-time!!!
There are no words to express the level of our satisfaction and joy with our trip to Africa planned by Extraordinary Journeys. We have just returned from our 14 day journey and it was pure magic! On our initial conversation, I told my specialist my approx budget and gave her my wish list of what I would like to see in Africa. I never expected I would be able to afford or accomplish all. The entire experience was a dream come true, trip of a lifetime. We travel a lot and never imagined how great this trip would turn out to be. There was not one glitch or misfire! Perfection! The variety of all our different experiences was what made it so special! Every day we would think it couldn't get better - but it did!
We had the most incredible experience working with Extraordinary Journeys. Our families and friends have been absolutely green with envy after seeing our vacation photos. We can't wait to plan our next trip with you!
"Thank you for helping us plan the most incredible trip! It truly was a life changing experience for us!"
It was such a treat to get to work with EJ to facilitate an unforgettable African adventure for me and my mother. From elephant back safaris to Victoria Falls; amazing cuisine to stunning lodging facilities; it is impossible to pick one highlight for what was an overall incredible experience. However, I must say that the seamless nature in which our entire trip was coordinated was phenomenal. I would like to thank EJ for your impeccable booking procedures which afforded my mother and I the opportunity to relax and enjoy every moment of our once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Extraordinary Journey is not only the name of the company, it is also what they provide: extraordinary journeys and unforgettable memories.
We just returned from a 3-week trip to South Africa organized by Extraordinary Journeys. We only have great comments to make. The person in charge of our file, Dania Weinstein, was incredible, professional and very nice. EJ is a very professional company. The preparation of our trip was perfect, their booklets well designed, clear and very helpful. We will recommend this company to all our friends, family and relatives. I don’t how any company can compete with such a dedicated, knowledgeable and professional travelling agency and such a good staff.
Dave and I would like to personally extend our sincere gratitude to you and the entire EJ team for organizing our extraordinary safari! Throughout the entire planning process, you were consummate professionals, delivered on every request, navigated every fork in the road, and organized a once-in-a lifetime experience. You knocked it out of the park. Although Dave and I are pretty well-traveled and organized, there is simply no way we could have ever planned a trip of as high a caliber as EJ did! EJ will come highly recommended by us to all of our friends and family. Thanks again for everything and we look forward to our next trip with EJ!
For about a week, I tried to see if I could arrange all our Southern Africa safaris and hotels and transfers on my own. But after our first call with Jenny at EJ, it was very clear that I could not have planned this on my own! Knowing the ins and outs of the lodges, hotels, transfer companies and all the other small details - what EJ does is something I could never have figured out no matter how hard I tried. I would have wasted hours and hours of time instead of just trusting Jenny to make sure our trip worked perfectly - and it did! Absolutely the trip of a life time! Thank you so much. We are so lucky we had Extraordinary Journeys to rely on.
This was the trip of a lifetime. We have traveled all over the world and every time we left a destination I cried! The people are amazing, the animals are amazing, and EJ did an amazing job in planning this trip for us!
My wife and I just returned from a 17 day adventure in Southern Africa to celebrate my 50th birthday. Jamie and the team at EJ were amazing...paying close attention to what we wanted, answering my 1000 questions, indulging my need for excitement and adventure, arranging the finest accommodations we could imagine and making sure everything worked with precision. From the stunning hotels in a Cape Town, the private helicopter transfer, the whitewater rafting, visit to the Devils Pool and bungee jumping at Victoria Falls to the absolutely incredible safari experience and private dining in the Botswana bush we had a trip with a lifetime of unbelievable memories. The next time we go to Africa, Jamie and her team will be planning our trip for sure!
Extraordinary Journeys made our trip to Africa stress-free and amazing! Jamie and Lauren were very informative and planned every last detail so that the entire vacation went smoothly from start to finish. They even arranged to have someone meet us at our transfer airports to assist with luggage and provide refreshments! The hotels and excursions surpassed our expectations and we would highly recommend using Extraordinary Journeys.
We have just returned from our safari to Kenya. It was indeed an extraordinary journey! It was life changing and we’ll never again view the world the same way after such a fabulous experience. EJAfrica played a big part in that success. Jamie Hollingsworth put together a perfect itinerary based on what we wanted to obtain from our first trip to Africa, and both she and Lauren Garcia provided timely, thorough, enthusiastic and valuable recommendations during every stage of the process. In short, your support was flawless and world class, and there were a lot of moving pieces on the journey.
We can’t wait for our next Extraordinary Journeys experience!
We just got back from our Africa trip and it was FANTASTIC!!!! Everything went off without a hitch. All the transfers, hotels, and planes went off according to schedule. We want to thank you again for all the work and the great trip you planned for us.
Thank you for an incredible itinerary! We had the trip of a lifetime! Everything was perfect! Each place we stayed was extraordinary. All ran smoothly, not a single worry or question. Flights and transfers were all expertly choreographed. The guides were fantastic, knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and buttoned up. We had three in total and we now consider them our friends. We saw it all, the Big Five and so much more. The Maasai tribe visit was fascinating, the wildebeest migration was stunning, and our hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti was incredible. I could go on and on. I have recommended you already to many people, and there is no doubt that I will someday return. I did not want to come home! Be assured I will use Extraordinary Journeys again on our next big trip to South Africa!
I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful Kenyan Safari you coordinated for us. You were so pleasant to work with and you truly matched my wishes in creating the perfect mix of lodges and experiences. Thinking back on our trip, I have to say my favorite two locations were Rekero Camp in the Maasai Mara, because we were right there with the animals and because of the sheer number of herds and predators, and Saruni Samburu Lodge, because of our up close and personal experience with our Samburu guides and the village visit. We would recommend you and EJ Africa to anyone looking to experience Africa in a very special way.
The trip was absolutely AMAZING! From the moment we arrived in the airport until our flight home, everything was perfect. The resorts were very well managed and the staff was friendly and eager to please. Every staff member knew our names and went out of their way to match our interests with appropriate activities. Thank you so much for helping us to make this trip possible. It was truly an amazing experience and we are already dreaming about our next trip to Africa.
Aptly named, Extraordinary Journeys should be your go-to travel organizer. From helping plan an amazing vacation to handling emergencies (I lost my passport!), they are top notch in every respect. The variety of safari camps and experiences they arranged were prefect and we appreciated the high level of personal service. All of our guides and transportation people were excellent and every detail was considered. We had friends and family recommend travel companies but in the end we decided on Extraordinary Journeys. They were the most responsive and created an itinerary beyond our expectations at a price we could afford. We can't wait for them to plan our next Extraordinary Journey.
The trip was wonderful and really was the trip of a lifetime. You did an incredible job putting it together and am very grateful - there is no way the trip would have been as nice without the TLC you put into the itinerary. There really were no issues - it was flawlessly executed.
We are enjoying married life in paradise! Thanks again to you, Whitney and the entire Extraordinary Journeys team.
We are back (sadly) and just wanted to thank you again for all of your time & effort in making the honeymoon such an incredible experience for us. We absolutely fell in love with South Africa – the people, the food, the landscape – and will definitely be returning. La Petite Dauphine was absolutely WONDERFUL! What a gem!! Our villa was out of this world, and the entire property was just gorgeous. Hillsnek was definitely the highlight of the trip for us. The lodge and tents were perfectly our style, as was the hospitality (which was right on point). Our guide was simply the best, the hosts and staff were so kind and the food was ridiculously good. The team at Four Rosmead took great care of us and the view was really wonderful. Thank you again for all of your expertise. We can’t wait to start planning our next trip!!!
We came back from Kenya last Friday and wanted to send you this note to thank you for an amazing experience! Both Chris and I have travelled quite extensively for work and for leisure, but we both came to the conclusion that the arrangements you made for us for this Kenya trip exceeded our expectations. All the accommodation choices were very lovely and made us feel welcomed. The transfer assistants and the local guides were very considerate and made sure we got to where we need to be on time. We enjoyed the communal lunches and dinners tremendously at both camps and made a lot of new friends. On top of all, the game viewing was spectacular! We were very lucky to be able to check off the Big Five list and saw so many more in addition to that. We have only been back for a few days, but are already missing the peace and quiet out there. We will certainly plan a return trip in the near future.Thank you for everything! I am attaching a few pictures from the trip. Hope you enjoy them as well!
THANK YOU. We had the BEST honeymoon. It was truly the best trip of our lives and we just wanted to thank you SO much for everything!!!! Cape town was SO much fun we loved the Peninsula day trip we took and had so much fun at the wineries. Mozambique was absolutely incredible – I cannot wait to go back there – it was stunning and we had the most amazing butler that we loved. He made every moment so romantic!!! Thanda was also fabulous. We saw a pride of lions eat an entire zebra, fell asleep to the sound of hyenas and elephants, and we had an awesome ranger and tracker... We cannot wait to go back!!!
Our wedding and honeymoon was magical!! We’re still on cloud 9! I have given your name to a few friends that are excited to see Africa/safari for their next big trip. Thank you so much for all your help organizing this amazing trip that we will never forget. Many many thanks."