Luxury | Resourceful | Innovative
Sumendri Govender has 12+ years of experience working in Southern Africa travel. She started her career in travel just out of high school and is now passionately dedicated to facilitating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for any traveler.
Born in Durban, South Africa, she now lives in Johannesburg where she has resided for the last six years with her husband and two children. Sumendri is the link between the Extraordinary Journeys team and our travelers while they are on the ground in Africa. She’s indispensable—our eyes and ears on the ground and the person behind the scenes who truly makes the magic happen. She has been working with Extraordinary Journeys for 10 years, and over that time she has formed amazing working relationships from afar—an essential part of the EJ family who she called the most knowledgeable, amazing, and wonderful people she’s had the privilege to cross paths with. Her teammates describe her as innovative, easygoing, warm, and organized—just the kind of person we need to represent our team in Africa, our first love.
My Greatest Adventure
A trip to Sapi Concession in Mana Pools back in May 2019. It was my first time at Mana Pools, and I was filled with excitement and nervousness at the same time. I headed off to Zimbabwe for what was going to be the best, most daring experience of my life. Through my 17 years of being a part of the travel industry, I’ve had the opportunity to encounter so many wonderful experiences from sleeping under the stars, and dining in the middle of a flood plain to canoeing and so much more.
My Favorite Destinations
Singita Boulders in the Sabi Sands is my absolute favorite place I’ve ever traveled.. Getting there by private charter from the airport, landing at the lodge airstrip, then being whisked away by an open vehicle to our accommodation made me feel like royalty. Sharing this moment with my husband was the highlight as it’s the only time I have ever been able to showcase what I am so passionate about with him—luxury safari in the truest sense.