The mother-daughter team of Marcia and Elizabeth Gordon are living the dream.  They have thrown off the shackles of Western society, but have not eschewed the luxury lifestyle in the least. After working in the high-end hospitality industry, they’ve set out together to create Extraordinary Journeys – a travel firm offering ‘luxury bespoke safaris,’ to almost anywhere in Southern Africa.

This isn’t your typical canvas tent safari, though. The Gordon girls both have their pilots licenses and are willing to fly you and your travel group to any of their luxuriously appointed villas, camps and lodges in Botswana, Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia. 

Consider Joy Camp (below) – a tented home in the Samburu region of Kenya. It’s got 10 bedrooms and breathtaking views of the surrounding hills for watching Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, and the rare Beisa Oryx. And, it is remarkably affordable at only $600 a night in the high season. Also, bear in mind that there are close to 180 such lodges for you to choose from in varying regions with varying activities. And that’s just the properties on the site – they have more, unlisted properties, as well.

If that seems overwhelming – if you’re the type who likes a buttoned-down, Sandals-style vacation – then Extraordinary Journeys is, frankly, not for you. None of the packages are packages, nothing is set. You contact the Gordon girls directly, work with them to customize your experience to your exact specifications, and set out fully realizing that improvisation is possible any time you like.

Peruse the site, and when you see something you like, click the “add to inquiry” or “send us a request” button and it will be added to your potential basket. You’ll have your own, personal page of Safari options to pick, choose, and prune to your liking. 

What are some of the activities available? These:

-Horseback riding
-Canoeing
-Balloon safari
-Game drives
-Walking
-Fishing
-Camel riding
-Boating
-Biking
-Children’s activities
-Fly camping
-Elephant riding
Mokoro
-Migration
-Swimming pools
-Spa
-Quad biking
-Diving
-Snorkeling
-Gorilla trekking
-Chimpanzee trekking
-Kite surfing
-Tennis
-Kayak
-Dhow
-Cultural visit

If you’re interested in booking a safari, go to Extraordinary Journey’s site and begin building your trip today. 

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