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YOUR LUXURY AFRICAN SAFARI AND AFRICA TOURS EXPERTS

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At Journey Beyond, we have more than four decades’ experience in making people’s travel dreams come true. Our expertise is based on having been to all the destinations we recommend. The more we travel, the more passionate we become about creating tailor-made African experiences and luxury safaris.

By getting to know you and what’s important to you, we’ll be able to create your perfect African itinerary. Africa has an amazing amount to offer, and it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the very best of this intriguing, beautiful content.

Safari holidays
Over the years, we’ve developed friendships with operators and suppliers across Africa. That lets us create the kind of luxury African safari tours and experiences that are not just a holiday, but a life-changing event you’ll never forget.

And if your ideal of the perfect African holiday is more seaside than safari, our sister company Private Ocean Islands know the Indian Ocean and its secret spots better than anyone.

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Why let Journey Beyond plan your Africa experience?

At Journey Beyond, we’ll always go the extra mile to help you experience the real Africa, from unspoiled wilderness to vibrant cities.

Africa will exceed your expectations: it’s more exciting and colourful than you could ever have imagined. Whatever your passion, you’ll be able to live it in Africa. Sharing a trip here with the people who mean the most to you will create lifelong memories of breath-taking beauty, dramatic scenery and incredible wildlife encounters.

Luxury African safari tours

Travel in Africa has come a long way. Luxury lodges, world-class hotels and expert guides await you. The only challenge that remains is choosing where to go and what to include on your itinerary.

That’s where we come in. To be sure that your African travel experience is everything you could have wanted – and more – talk to one of our Africa travel experts today and begin a journey beyond your wildest dreams.

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
We’ll only ever recommend destinations that we’ve visited ourselves. Across our team of travel experts, we’ve done extensive Africa tours and we have the up to date knowledge needed to suggest the best possible hotels, lodges, reserves, islands and experiences.

INDEPENDENT ADVICE
We know everyone who’s anyone in African travel, but we’ve always fiercely maintained our independence. That lets us create custom itineraries designed to suit you. Our starting point will always be what you want to gain from your luxury African safari.

LOCAL IS LEKKER
We’re proudly African in our outlook, and we’re passionate about sharing the continent we call home. We’ve remained curious about Africa, and we all travel regularly in search of new and exciting destinations and Africa experiences.

RELATIONSHIPS
Even more than a travel company, we’re a people company. We leave no stone unturned in creating the very best Africa tour packages and we focus entirely on your needs – before and during your trip. That explains why so many of our clients return again and again.

PEACE OF MIND

Travel carefree knowing that we’re here for you. Our Africa travel experts can be reached at any time, and we’re always here to help in the unlikely event of you experiencing any difficulties during your trip. After all, you’re here to get away from stress.

We can provide a full arrival-to-departure service, from the minute you step off your flight. This can include assistance through airport immigration control all the way through to seeing you off again for your final departure.

GIVING BACK
Travel can change lives here in Africa, as well as yours. We actively support destinations and suppliers that are genuinely committed to conservation and social upliftment, so that we can recommend luxury African safaris that will make a positive, lasting contribution.

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Guest Reviews

ALL was just fantastic, and we all are still having trouble verbalizing our trip!! It truly surpassed EVERYONE’s expectations and there is nothing that possibly was a bit off on their ends!! Although I have a group trip to New Zealand on the books already not quite sure HOW it can compare. YOU truly made me a HERO and a night didn’t go by that the group didn’t toast me…everyone was SO overwhelmed!!!! Thanks again for making me a hero!!!

TeriUnited States of America

I have worked with Journey Beyond for years but only now have I had a chance to experience their product on the ground and it's safe to say I couldn't have had a better experience. All of our arrangements ran smoothly and on time with professional and engaging staff to answer any of our queries that we had along the way. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Journey Beyond to anyone.

HannaAustralia

You’re unbelievable, you’re off the cards. We went on this trip to South Africa, it was a safari. You worked relentlessly exactly around the parameters we had and made the trip extremely special. It was almost life-changing. We connected in a very special way with animals and nature… one of the top 5 highlights of my life. Great experience out there in the bush and it’s something that I’ll never forget.

ToreyUnited States of America

I wanted to say THANK YOU for coordinating an amazing adventure. Every moment of my trip was fantastic….from the minute Eric at Bidvest met me on the jetway when I landed in Jo’berg to my departing flight. As a person who does travel and logistics for TV shows for a living, I appreciate what goes into planning a complicated trip with a lot of moving parts. I also know the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry. As a tourist visiting these countries for the first time, I put my trust in you and I’m glad I did - there wasn’t a second during my trip when I wished I had done things differently. Give yourself a high 5, gold star and any other accolades. JOB WELL DONE !!!! I'm looking forward to my next African adventure…

StaceyUnited States of America

I just wanted to thank you because I talked to my and he told me had the best experience at his trip organized with Journey Beyond. Your services and attention were beyond his expectations. Thank you for everything.

MariaChile

You did a GREAT job planning this trip for us. Everything was planned well, flowed very smoothly. We all had a fantastic time and I don't think there's anything significant I would change. Thank you SO MUCH for helping us. We truly had an incredible journey, and I hope to be back someday!

GaryUnited States of America

I would like to share with you my client’s feedback. He loved his trip and said that the quality of services was “impeccable”. He loved all the hotels. So thank you for everything!

AdrianaBrazil

We can't begin to thank you enough for planning a PERFECT trip for us. You thought of every detail! We loved each of the lodges, we loved the sequence of our activities, and we greatly needed and appreciated all of the people you provided for pickups, airport support, etc. We look forward to singing your praises on social media and Trip Advisor.

LoisUnited States of America

Thank you for all your help. We are grateful to you and all the Journey Beyond team for endeavouring to help. Such service and commitment is rare these days. I shall have no hesitation in recommending your company for African adventures.

JamesUnited Kingdom

I just spoke with the client about her trip. She said the trip was absolutely flawless. They loved the combination of properties and had wonderful weather in Mozambique.

KatieUnited States of America

We have returned for our African trip and we would like to thank you for arranging a great family holiday. All the internal flights, transfers and accommodation arrangements worked out beautifully. We all had the best time! We observed all the top five and more, the guides were very knowledgeable and super friendly. Overall it was the best family holiday, the activities were great but it was the people of South Africa and Zimbabwe that made the holiday. Thanks again for organising our holiday.

TomAustralia

I would like to thank you for turning our trip to Africa into an incredible and unforgettable family adventure. We have loved every moment of our trip and every time we thought this place or lodge was the best it even got better on the next one. Well done! The logistic of our trip was flawless. All transport by car, boat or plane have been smooth and we were informed about our flight departure from each lodge the day before. Thank you for choosing these great lodges and the order of them as it has built a natural treasure hunt always trying to spot an animal in a previous camp and getting to see it in the next one. We would have never thought of seeing a lion or leopard on our African trip when we were in River Lodge in Zimbabwe! And we actually got to see 31 lions and 7 leopards in total!!! I enjoyed travelling in rainy season as we loved seeing the lush greenery, baby animals and the rain was rather welcoming cooling the temperatures down...Good piece of advice! So once more thank you for this amazing trip as it is one of our most adventurous family trips ever! Well done!

AndreaFrance

The folks at Journey Beyond were extremely helpful and professional, dealing with many changes, special dietary need issues, and coordinating with another family's travel plans. They also made great recommendations and sent us a complete printed itinerary with everything documented. I don't know how we would have done it without them!

EricUnited States of America

Memorable! Fascinating! Life changing! Thrilling! Perfection! I had the most positive experience with Mable, Lauren and Phillip of Journey Beyond! The itinerary they planned for me was flawless. This trip was everything we wanted and from the moment we arrived the entire journey including flights, transfers to the lodges and tours were well coordinated. The accommodations were luxurious, the food outstanding and the game viewing was indescribable. Our entire trip from Botswana to Zambia to South Africa was way beyond our expectations.

PamelaUnited States of America

Excellency from start to finish! I travelled with Journey Beyond twice this year and could not have been more impressed with the service and team. Attention to detail, quick replies and extensive knowledge before travel, and incredible dedication and quality of services, from hotels to transfers to guides. Journey Beyond excels from travel planning to delivery, and I would not consider a visit to Africa without their guidance.

TJBrazil

Most amazing trip ever perfectly planned by Journey Beyond. My wife and I spent 2 weeks in South Africa in February and it was one of the most, if not THE most amazing trip we have ever taken and we can thank Journey Beyond for making it happen for us. From start to finish we experienced so many different adventures while we were in South Africa from Safari to Beaches to Wine Tastings. Journey Beyond made the trip so memorable for us and by FAR helped exceed our expectations. We are so thankful that we used them to plan our vacation and would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to get the full South African experience. We hope to make it back and will certainly use them again!

PatSwitzerland

Journey Beyond made all the arrangements for us (two couples) travelling through Botswana and South Africa – it was a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was looked after professionally. We couldn't imagine better service. The itinerary was created personally for us. Journey Beyond selected exactly the kind of hotels and resorts we were interested in. We have recommended them to several other travellers who all come back raving about their trip.

Jean-PierreCanada

Thanks for everything! The trip was perfectly organized and Zimbabwe is a great place once again!!!!! Maybe the best experiences I had in 21 years of going on safari. It was really worth going there and seeing the places. I will return to Hwange and Mana Pools. Thanks again for organizing this trip!

JochenAustria

The best experience ever! If there truly is a vacation of a lifetime, our Journey Beyond safari was it. Journey Beyond was the key difference that turned our adventure into the most exciting, beautiful and unforgettable experience ever. First off, we never once had to worry about any of the travel logistics. Journey Beyond took care of everything. There was a Journey Beyond representative at the airport gate literally walking us to the front of the customs line, picking up our bags, making sure our hotel rooms were ready. We even enjoyed a beautiful dinner at the owners home. With all the VIP attention we were getting, we had other travellers wondering why we were so special.

Moving on to the safari itself, Journey Beyond made great accommodation recommendations. We chose the Singita Lodge. The lodge staff knew well in advance that we will be celebrating my wife's 50th birthday. She spent her birthday like no other. Turning 50 never felt so good. The entire lodge crew came out to sing her happy birthday. Our safari guide surprised my wife with a white linen-draped table with champagne and treats at sunset right out in the middle of the bush. Seriously, I almost thought I heard the theme song to "Out of Africa" at that moment. Returning from the afternoon trek, dinner was already set up for her in our room with decorative flowers, rose petal bubble bath...on and on. You just can't get better than that! We consider ourselves well-travelled, but Journey Beyond makes every effort to ensure your vacation goes beyond your expectations! For us, they succeeded beyond a doubt!

EdwardUnited States of America

I had a beautiful trip in South Africa. Journey Beyond took care of an amazing 10 days trip with friends going to a Safari Lodge (Royal Malewane), Cape Town (Ellerman House), in the wine region (La Residence) and in the shark coast of Hermanus (Birkenhead House). In every corner we felt their care in everything. City tour in Cape Town with wonderful local tips, wine degustation during sunset, shark diving tour with a conservation group of people, safari tour with one of the six best rangers in the world... What I can tell is that I am now on my way to South Africa again, with my daughter, with the 100% guarantee that it will the best version of another Africa experience.

ElaineBrazil

We have used Journey Beyond for all of our 'African' Adventures. They are without a doubt 'The Best in the Market'. Superlative service, attention to detail and value for money are key. We have travelled to Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Desroches in the Seychelles as well as numerous long weekends to Game Reserves. They will not disappoint.

NikkiSouth Africa

We did not have a single issue so you did an absolutely terrific job, thank you for everything. Also we do not have a single complaint and everyone in the party was absolutely gob-smacked.

DavidAustralia

I would like to thank YOU again for the organization!!!!! It is always a big pleasure to work with all of you at Journey Beyond. Always well organized, always friendly, always quick in responses and much more.

AlexAustria

I have just had James and Valerie drop in and advised me what a wonderful trip they had. They were beaming big smiles and had such joy on their faces as they described their trip. They had some upgrades and changes in accommodation along the way, that also were a very positive experience. And I thank you for having them so looked after, and any influence you had in affecting any upgraded room types etc..

And they are looking forward to going back again to visit more of Africa, and as usual the highlight is all the wildlife and scenery they experienced – as well as the wonderful Guides and local people and excellent food. So another more than satisfied African traveller returns – with their expectations exceeded . Just the way we like it.

MariaAustralia

The feedback was amazing. They could not get over the wonderful treatment and service. Out of the 21 day of safari, they never missed a game drive….could not get enough of it. They are most definitely going back. They were so cute. ..like little children with their exuberance. They said they can’t think of anything that would have made the trip better…So, well done!!!!

KarenUntied Staes of America

We certainly had an amazing holiday. Not sure where we can start! Botswana was everything we had hoped for and more. Both lodges were excellent in every way and sufficiently different from each other to give us a wide range of experiences. The guides and staff were first rate and we managed to see virtually everything on our list and plenty more besides. The only animal we have yet to see is the elusive leopard so we'll probably have to go back at some stage! I've even amazed myself by becoming a bit of a twitcher as the bird life is stunning.

Victoria Falls was so much more than I had imagined and really ought to be a must for anyone interested in natural wonders. The only falls we have seen before are Angel Falls and Canaima and I doubted any others will live up to these, I was wrong. Tongabezi was beautiful and service excellent. I seem to have run out of superlatives! Thank you so much for doing a great job.

Alison and PeterUntied Kingdom

Unfortunately, this fabulous trip came to an end (as all good things do)! It was fabulous and awesome and it all went extremely smooth - with all the connections and arrangements. South Africa is gorgeous, the people are friendly and pleasant and happy and eager to please their visitors.

You did a terrific job for us and we Thank You - it was incredible. We called this trip a "once in a lifetime experience" and now we are thinking twice about that statement - we're hoping to go back to Africa again because there is so much to see and do!!!!

ErrolUntied Kingdom

You were so right that once I got to Africa all that stress was left behind. The trip was beyond any and all expectations. Everything went exactly as you designed it and we loved it. It was far and away the best trip of our lives. The hotels (all of them) were elegant and had the best service I have ever received.

ChristineUntied Kingdom

I have safely returned from South Africa and Botswana. We had a wonderful trip in Botswana. And even if it was not the first trip it was lovely and overwhelming and mind-blowing at some moments. All was very well organized as I expected. Thanks to Journey Beyond for the perfect organization

DonaBelgium

We can't thank you enough for ALL you did to make our trip absolutely perfect! The itinerary couldn't be improved! Our dinners with you made South Africa come alive...nothing beats being with people in their beautiful home and seeing life in South Africa first-hand. Love to your wonderful family!

DeDeeUntied States of America

We have used Journey Beyond for all our travel arrangements in Africa and the Indian Ocean. Their attention to detail is superb and they have far exceeded our expectations with their service - from original enquiries to follow up on return. If you want excellent professional service, use Journey Beyond.

MeganSouth Africa

OMG....this trip is beyond amazing! We have loved every single moment so far...you guys listened to everything I said and planned perfectly.. we were the only guests in Tongabezi and Duba Plains.. we were treated incredibly...Singita and Duba were perfect choices for a thousand reasons but just what I asked for.. completely different experiences in so many ways and loved both! Christin...we did both the helicopter and Angel’s Pool in Livingstone after all that angst...both were amazing. Off to Winelands and Cape Town... thanks again!

FerneUnited States of America