Extraordinary Journeys are—Extraordinary
So you’ve dreamed about an African safari but you like your adventure “soft” and you can’t see yourself roughing it in the bush. Extraordinary Journeys can plan a safari that will meet your needs—and more.
Marcia and Elizabeth Gordon, the mother-and-daughter-team who head the company, are licensed pilots who know the countries that have been settings for the 300-plus safaris they have customized for clients. Marcia Gordon has been in the business for more than 30 years; she speaks Swahili; Elizabeth was born in Kenya and knows the business of luxury safaris.
Mother and daughter have worked in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. They have organized safaris for destination weddings, honeymoons, getaways, retreats—or for the realization of life-long dreams. All the trips have been customized to include any or all of the following: private planes, four-by-fours, elephants, horses, luxurious villas or lodges, camps, game sightseeing tours, and even personal shoppers.
For example, a family might choose a 15-day safari that begins at Ant’s Nest, a splendid private villa in Waterberg, owned by Ant and Tess Barber. They can view wildlife from open vehicles, on horseback or on foot. Children can explore alongside their parents, or they can be taken out separately. The villa has manicured gardens and an inviting pool; toys and games are available and special food and meal times can be arranged to suit every family member’s needs.
The trip moves on to Melton Manor (member of Relais & Chateaux), a new lodge with four en-suite bedrooms, as well as a private butler, private chef–and its own game ranger and vehicle for game activities. Here, the family can enjoy a variety of safari activities in Kwandwe’s superb Big Five wilderness.
A plane trip to the edge of the Kalahari Reserve takes the family to the silent grandeur of Tswalu’s 1000 square kilometers, the most extensive privately owned reserve in South Africa. Explorations of the game-rich savannah can be punctuated by a hot air balloon ride over the dunes of the Kalahari—and end with world-class spa treatments.
The family will stay in Tarkuri, the private home built for the Openheimer family, which comes with a chef, guide, and host.
Last, but decidedly not least, is a stay in one of Cape Town’s most luxurious properties, a four-bedroom villa situated above the white sands of Llandudno beach. With mountain scenery as a backdrop and uninterrupted ocean views, the villa has an equally stunning interior, decorated by fashion photographer Chris Simpson. Family activities include a full day peninsula tour with sea kayaking, a wine country expedition with cycling, mountain biking, shark watching, and helicopter rides.
When the extraordinary journey is over, the family will be transferred to the airstrip for their flight to Arusha, where a company representative will meet and accompany the group for their connecting flight home.
The cost for this 15-Day Family Villa Program runs between $12,500 and $15,000, depending on the season and the number of people in the group.