In the Press

April

Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Top Travel Specialist

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November

Fodor’s Travel

Egypt is the sort of place where you need a guide to get the most out of it. It’s perfectly possible to enter an ancient temple or an underground tomb and be overwhelmed with wonder–at the feats of engineering, architectural genius, or intricate, detailed carvings. But to elevate these sites…

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October

Forbes

Extraordinary Journeys was recently cited as a reputable tour outfitter for gorilla trekking permits by Forbes magazine. “Permits are required for gorilla trekking, and the cost is $600 per person in Uganda ($700 after July 2020), $1,500 in Rwanda, and for the DRC it’s $400. Permits must be…

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August

Forbes

As it is, we keep maddening, hectic schedules complemented by our reliance on all the latest technological gizmos, gadgets and contraptions and all connected by the manmade miracle of Wi-Fi. But what if you didn’t have Wi-Fi for a week or two? What if you just unplug and let go and allow yourself…

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August

Travel + Leisure: A-List 2019

Extraordinary Journey’s very own Elizabeth Gordon was once again featured in Travel + Leisure’s A-List for 2019. The 18th annual A-List showcases the best specialists in the business—the people who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can get you into sold-out hotels, and provide…

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December

Town & Country

Town & Country shares some of the top spots in Africa to visit in 2019. EJ Africa co-founder, Elizabeth Gordon, is mentioned and can help readers gather more information and book their next adventure at a number of exciting lodges and camps in Namibia.

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November

Travel Weekly Online

Travel Weekly Online shares why the concept of luxury travel has fundamentally changed and evolved over the years. Industry players in the know argue that the glamour associated with opulent accommodations and crystal chandeliers has once and for all made way for a very different kind of upscale…

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November

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest Online explores where you should plan a trip in 2019. They found the places celebrating major anniversaries and other cultural events, consulted travel experts about emerging destinations, and compiled the hottest new hotel openings. Extraordinary Journey’s co-founder, Elizabeth…

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October

Architectural Digest

What will the travel and hospitality space look like 20 years from now? …In addition to authenticity, designing experiences in ever more remote areas will become increasingly possible. As the worldwide population grows and physical spaces become more crowded, getting off the grid will become even…

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September

Travel + Leisure: A-List 2018

Elizabeth Gordon is once again featured in Travel + Leisure’s A-List. The 17th annual A-List showcases the best specialists in the business—the people who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can get you into sold-out hotels, and provide the best insider travel tips. Elizabeth was…

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July

Fodor’s Travel

Imagine walking on the same path that thousands of wildebeests just stampeded over. Instead of merely being an onlooker, guests on a walking safari are active participants in the world of wildlife. Very few companies are given permission to enter the Serengeti by foot. Extraordinary Journeys works…

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July

Travel + Leisure: The World’s Best Safari Outfitters 2018

“Travel trends come and go, but a safari never goes out of style. And when it comes to planning the trip of a lifetime, our readers turn to these amazing outfitters for all of their luxury safari needs. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel…

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June

The New Paper

“Ultimately, Ms Prinsloo’s life mission is to save oceans – she founded the non-profit I Am Water Ocean Conservation in 2010 – and free-diving is her tool to spread the message… Ms Prinsloo, 39, previously collaborated with travel companies such as Extraordinary Journeys from the US…”

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June

Afar Magazine

There’s a common perception among travelers that safaris are meant for honeymoons or special occasions—But a safari is actually the perfect solo trip. Unlike traveling alone in cities, which requires figuring out everything from how to get around to where it’s safe to walk alone at night, to the…

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June

Fodor’s Travel: The Complete Guide to African Safaris

Founded and operated by a mother-daughter team who have over half a century of combined safari knowledge, Extraordinary Journeys specializes in creating unique, custom safari experiences to Southern and East Africa. Itineraries mix and match safari camps, lodges, and private villas to create a true…

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May

Travel Weekly

Taking place Dec. 15, the Maasai Olympics takes center stage in Extraordinary Journeys’ newest fixed-departure itinerary, which will feature a three- or four-night stay at the intimate Great Plains Ol Donyo Lodge (Relais & Chateaux). The new limited-space itinerary is done in partnership with…

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May

Shape Magazine

“The more I felt connected to the ocean, the more I saw how deeply disconnected most people are from it. Everybody loves staring at the sea, but it’s an on-the-surface appreciation. That lack of connection has resulted in us behaving in some pretty irresponsible ways to the ocean, because we can’t…

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May

Marriott Traveler

This is where you’ll find Serengeti National Park, which, at 5,700 square miles, is so massive that the landscape changes from one part of the park to the next. Get a taste of both areas on a trip with with tour operator Extraordinary Journeys, which might start at Roving Bushtops in the Central…

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May

Aspire Design and Home

Elizabeth Gordon, the Co-Founder & CEO of the luxury travel operator Extraordinary Journeys, offers custom safaris in Africa. Explore the Anima Garden by artist André Heller. La Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech is a favorite museum with an amazing collection! Some of my top places to eat…

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May

Fathom

Kenya: Let’s start with the fact that we had never even heard of the Maasai Olympics, a biennial event that will take place this December, with sporting events like track, spear-throwing, and traditional Maasai high jump — all of which benefits wildlife and habitat conservation. We’re in! If you…

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May

Travel Pulse

Extraordinary Journeys has just announced that it is partnering with Great Plains Conservation to offer a unique and rare vacation experience that includes attending this year’s Maasai Olympics on December 15.

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May

Lonely Planet

If safaris are the stuff of dreams for many travellers, then Elizabeth Gordon has been living that dream for her entire life. Born in Kenya, she spent much of her childhood exploring Africa with her mother Marcia, who spent decades building up an encyclopaedic, first-hand knowledge of the…

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April

Fathom

This was part of a nine-day Instagram focus for Fathom Magazine, followed by a Fathom Magazine photo diary feature of writer Laura Itzkowitz’s Tanzania safari with Extraordinary Journeys.

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April

The New York Times

Several travel operators offer both private and group trips for those with disabilities. “These preset itineraries take into account exactly what your needs are so you don’t have to arrange anything yourself,” Ms. Bliss said…several companies can arrange African wildlife excursions for…

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February

Travel Pulse

WHY IT RATES: This new Australia itinerary includes a variety of unique and colorful experiences including interactions with local personalities and experts to provide optimal immersion.—Mia Taylor, TravelPulse Senior Writer. The 12-day, 11-night Australian tour takes participants…

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February

Architectural Digest

Though it’s considered low season, March is an ideal time to visit the Northern and Central Serengeti before the rainy season, which usually starts around April. Leading safari outfitter Extraordinary Journeys recommends this time of year because you can go on game drives and not encounter another…

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January

Travel + Leisure: Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Book a Safari in Tanzania

The instant the door opened and we stepped out of the plane, I took a deep breath. We had just touched down on a dirt airstrip in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, and the air around us smelled of warm wood. The sky was immense; beneath it lay a primordial landscape of chest-high elephant grass,…

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January

LuxeGetaways

Elizabeth and Marcia Gordon have recruited the best in the business for their team of creative and innovative safari specialists at Extraordinary Journeys. The team has deep roots in Africa, and decades of experience with safaris that is enhanced by frequent visits to the properties that they…

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November

Luxury Travel Advisor

Luxury Travel Advisor had the chance to speak with Elizabeth Gordon, co-founder and CEO of Extraordinary Journeys. She was born in Kenya, raised in Paris and worked in Namibia, before starting Extraordinary Journeys with her mother, Marcia. Gordon has visited over 40 countries and taken over 30…

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August

Travel + Leisure: A-List 2017

If you want a specialized safari experience—a reptile-focused trip through southern Africa, for example—call Gordon, who was born in Kenya and worked for Wilderness Safaris in Namibia. Now in her mid 30s, she’s also particularly in tune with the demands of younger, time-crunched…

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July

Travel + Leisure: The World’s Best Safari Outfitters 2017

When it comes to planning an African safari, the stakes can seem pretty high. It’s not a trip one does every day — in fact, this type of vacation may well fall into “trip of a lifetime” territory. Expectations tend to be lofty, as do budgets. There might be multiple generations traveling, or…

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February

Los Angeles Times

Cuba continues to be a hot tourist destination in 2017. Luxury outfitter Extraordinary Journeys offers a customizable trip that includes a visit with Roberto Salas, photographer for Cuba’s government newspaper for nearly half a century. Participants meet him and see his private collection of…

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January

Departures

Luxury safari specialists Extraordinary Journeys have expanded their expertise beyond Africa and with a new, carefully curated Cuba at a Crossroads itinerary… Highlights include curated art tours with visits to the homes and studios of contemporary Cuban artists, retracing Ernest Hemmingway’s…

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January

Los Angeles Times

Any trip to view Africa’s wildlife is special, but there’s a bonus involved in a trip to Kenya that’s being offered by Extraordinary Journeys. A small group will have the opportunity to help with the first-ever game census being taken at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in the northern part of the…

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August

Travel + Leisure: A-List 2016

For the third year in a row Elizabeth was chosen for Travel + Leisure®’s A List. The 15th annual A-List showcases the best specialists in the business—the people who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can get you into sold-out hotels, and provide the best insider travel tips….

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May

Travel + Leisure: How to Plan the Perfect Botswana Safari

Planning the trip of a lifetime can be overwhelming, and with so many options to choose from, you’ll likely need to enlist an expert for a truly epic itinerary. For this trip, I turned to T+L A-List agent Elizabeth Gordon of Extraordinary Journeys.

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April

The New York Times

The luxury Africa safari tour company Extraordinary Journeys has introduced a 12-day trip, Liuwa Plain: Remote & Untraveled Zambia. Showcasing top sites in Zambia, it includes one night in the capital, Lusaka; four nights in Liuwa Plain National Park; four nights in South Luangwa National Park;…

April

Departures.com

Responsible safari company Extraordinary Journeys has introduced a new nine-day itinerary that promises loads of elephant encounters in Botswana and Zimbabwe. The trip begins with four nights at Stanley’s Camp, located in a private concession in one of the most game-rich areas of the Okavango…

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July

Travel + Leisure: The World’s Best Safari Outfitters 2016

When it comes to high-end safari planners, insider knowledge and impeccable organizing skills are standard. What separates the great outfitters from the very best is the ability to listen to clients and then create a trip that aligns with their personal desires and exceeds their expectations.

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October

Departures.com

Visit Virunga National Park With Extraordinary Journeys: Riding on the heels of 2015 documentary Virunga—the story of what happens when UNESCO-designated World-Heritage site, and home to a quarter of the world’s 850 remaining mountain gorillas, gets caught in the crossfire of civil war—luxe…

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November

Forbes.com

Covering an area of over a quarter of a million acres, Tswalu Kalahari is one South Africa’s largest private game reserves. It is owned by the Oppenheimer family, who have devoted years to conservation and returning the Kalahari to its prior glory (goodbye impala ranches, hello desert black…

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October

The New York Times

Ape-watching meets the traditional African safari in Extraordinary Journeys’ new 12-day trip to central Africa. It splits its time between Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to endangered mountain gorillas, and Tanzania’s Serengeti region.

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August

Travel + Leisure: A-List 2015

For the second year in a row Elizabeth was chosen for Travel + Leisure®’s A List. The 14th annual A-List showcases the best specialists in the business—the people who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can get you into sold-out hotels, and provide the best insider travel tips….

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June

The New York Times

Extraordinary Journeys, the New York City-based safari outfitter, recently announced a new 10-day safari to Botswana and Zambia that is intended to benefit the Great Plains Foundation’s Zeros for Rhinos initiative.

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June

Los Angeles Times

Extraodinary Journeys’ latest safari has a philanthropic bent, raising funds to benefit Zeros for Rhinos. The initiative seeks to relocate 100 rhinos to Botswana’s Okavango Delta from poaching zones in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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August

Chicago Tribune

When it comes to bucket lists, viewing mountain gorillas in their native habitat scores high for a lot of people. Add cheetahs, and you get an even cooler experience. Extraordinary Journeys lives up to its name with a package that holds out the promise of checking off both species on your list.

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September

Travel + Leisure: A-List 2014

We are so thrilled that Elizabeth has made it on to 2014’s Travel + Leisure®’s A List of Best Travel Advisors in the Business! Travel + Leisure® editors evaluated hundreds of travel agents and picked their favorites for the twelfth annual A-List of Top Travel Advisors. “There’s a reason we use…

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May

National Geographic Traveler

Extraordinary Journeys’ ‘Untouched Africa: Gorillas of the Congo Basin’ trip was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2014. The selection process is very competitive and we are honored that our trip was chosen as one of the “most authentic, most…

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April

Epicurious

This year, thousands of lucky Americans will check off a bucket list item by taking an African safari. We asked Marcia Gordon, who runs Extraordinary Journeys with her daughter Elizabeth, for her tips when planning this trip of a lifetime. With 30 years experience in the African travel industry,…

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July

Robb Report

Whether you’re a first-time explorer or a seasoned safari-goer, Extraordinary Journeys’ new Million-Dollar Safari will take you on an African expedition like no other. Led by the renowned private guide Mark Homann, the 36-day excursion (priced from $809,600 for a group of four) is an immersive…

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July

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Worldwide Planning Guide: The prepaid-package route is ideal for complicated itineraries with multiple transfers, like an African safari or multistep trek through India or Asia. It’s also great if you don’t want to limit yourselves to group outings. For something more customized, work with a…

March

Wine Enthusiast

Extraordinary Journeys’ seven-day wine-focused honeymoon adventure in South Africa is featured in Wine Enthusiast’s “Honeymoon Hot Spots,” highlighting the trip’s game drives, sumptuous wine-focused dinners and wine cellar journeys alongside private tours of vineyards in the Cape Winelands, a…

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February

The Daily Meal

“We loved the personal attention we got at each of the properties,” said one customer of Extraordinary Journeys. “It is all about getting the best service and feeling like you are getting special treatments at each stop. Everyone went out of the way to figure out what we liked and offer us…

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January

Brides

So, how to even begin the planning process? I called in an expert—Elizabeth Gordon from Extraordinary Journeys a U.S.-based tour operator who specializes in safaris, and even has a honeymoon registry service. Rule #2: You need to book with an experienced tour operator, who can connect the dots of…

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October

Departures Magazine

The Who’s Who of Safari Specialists: New York-based Gordon is a former pilot who lived in Kenya for 11 years and used to head up the travel division of the outfitting company F. M. Allen. For her, a safari is a family affair. Her husband, Saul, set up Park East Tours in 1966 with his brother,…

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February

About.com

Extraordinary Journeys Africa luxury African safaris mix and match various vacation elements to come up with unique custom itineraries. Extraordinary Journeys Africa has planned over 500 private trips to Africa, each one unique. Company staffers get to know you through phone calls and email, and put…

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April

Town & Country

In this issue’s “A Trip to Remember,” Town & Country asked “four top-notch travel companies to plan the ultimate honeymoon,” and features a magical African honeymoon from Extraordinary Journeys. Beginning in the lively city of Cape Town and ending in the turquoise waters of Benguerra Island…

July

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal’s Sara Clemence recaps the highlights of her Extraordinary Journeys safari through the exotic wilderness of Southern Africa. “Knowing that it was our first visit to sub-Saharan Africa, Extraordinary Journeys, a mother-daughter company that specializes in bespoke safari…

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February

Caviar Affair

Our wildest dreams of traveling to Africa became a stunning reality thanks to the team at Extraordinary Journeys, a boutique travel company specializing in Africa travel. Owners Marcia Gordon, an African safari expert, and Elizabeth, her Kenya-born, Stanford-educated daughter, created a luxurious…

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February

Travel + Leisure

As their name implies, Marcia and Elizabeth Gordon custom craft some pretty swoon-worthy adventures – to Africa, a place they know top to bottom (and all the secret spots in between) and that easily inspires dreamy visions of exotic animals, ancient baobob trees, and untamed landscapes where…

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November

Travel Agent’s 30 Under 30 for 2010

Every year Travel Agent compiles a group of the “brightest young stars in the industry… who grasp the online universe, from social media to marketing to education and more. They’re ready to take on the world—one trip at a time.” Elizabeth Gordon, co-founder of Extraordinary Journeys, is…

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