Our Story

Extraordinary Journeys was founded by Marcia & Elizabeth Gordon, a mother-daughter team with decades of experience living and working in Africa and around the world.

There are few people who know more about the safari world than Marcia Gordon. If there were a Ph.D. in African Travel, we would be referring to Marcia as “Dr. Gordon.” During eleven years in Kenya, she had three children, built a house, contributed to her family’s company (Park East Tours), earned her pilot’s license, studied traditional medicine and expanded her encyclopedic, first-hand knowledge of properties throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

After selling Park East and leading the travel division of F.M. Allen, Marcia started Extraordinary Journeys with Elizabeth. Marcia prides herself on ever-so-gently encouraging clients to venture outside their comfort zone because she believes that is where the transformational opportunities of Kenya safari travel take place.

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Our vision was to create a team of women who share our sensibility and vision. We now have members in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Cape Town, Durban and Nairobi. They are passionate about travel, conservation, nature and people. More than 60 years of combined safari experience and our many years of working on the ground in Africa are your guarantees of the Kenya safari of your dreams, with extraordinary service before, during and after your best luxury safari. Meet the whole EJ team or read more about our passion for responsible travel and authentic safari experiences around the world.

As a result of our efforts and experience we have been recognized by National Geographic Traveler, the Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Departures and many other publications. We recently received the Top Travel Specialist award from Zicasso. Read more about us in the press here.

It’s no surprise that as Marcia’s daughter, Elizabeth, inherited the travel gene. Born in Kenya and schooled in Paris, her instinct for exploration was encouraged by her parents who included her in their many visits to exceptional lodges and properties. While still in school she studied languages in Taiwan, China, Germany, Spain, Paraguay & Israel. Upon graduating from Stanford University, Elizabeth (also a pilot) worked for the prestigious Wilderness Safaris in Namibia, where she managed high-end Kenya safari camps.

Her knowledge of marketing and customer relations was honed while operating a successful vacation rental management and booking agency in Buenos Aires called International Nest. She took the company from strength to strength, building a strong team and a system to insure trouble free adventure for our clients.

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Marcia and Elizabeth in Kenya

We are born travelers

Travel is our passion and our goal is to give you the experience of a lifetime because we know firsthand the potential of your journey.

Between our team members, we travel on average 40 weeks of the year.

We are experts. We’ve been where you want to go, we’ve vetted the product, and we know what to expect. Our experience and knowledge is what allows us to curate your unique trip.

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