Client Testimonials

Below is a very brief introduction to what other clients have said about Journeys by Design. If you would like to talk with a previous client please do let us know and we would be happy to introduce you. Don't take our word for it.....

Ralph Lauren

“Journeys by Design opened our eyes to a world of experiences we never could have imagined.  We loved the very personal attention paid by Will Jones to our specific needs and, as a result, had a very special family safari."

Peter and Nejma Beard 

…’a totally life-enhancing experience!’

travelled with Journeys by Design to Tanzania 

Prince and Princess d’Arenberg of Belgium

“Small planes took us right in the middle of action, without losing time and where wild life was abundant. Our local guides were interesting characters, at the same time as being extremely knowledgeable, careful and entrepreneurial minded. They took the time to show us the best of Africa. 

They really made the difference as well as the perfect organization provided personally by Will Jones from Journeys by Design. We’ll be happy to go back and explore other remote and wild places with the same ‘actors’ in the future.

Sir Brian McGrath

“Having spoken with The Duke of Edinburgh ….I am writing to say how immensely impressed we all were with what we saw and the efforts being made by Jones to preserve the forest and teach the local villagers how to farm without grazing their animals in one of the last original forests in Ethiopia.”

Sir Brian McGrath, Buckingham Palace previous First Secretary to The Duke of Edinburgh.

Mark Roosevelt

“Our Tanzanian safari brought us out of our world and into an Africa that we were afraid had disappeared forever. Will Jones took us a long way off the beaten path. We spent our days exploring savannahs and flood plains, full of wildlife but often still literally uncharted, and we slept under the stars with only a mosquito net between us and the loud African night. It was not just a "trip" or a "holiday," it was an adventure, and it will live in our memories and in our dreams for a long time to come.”

Mark Roosevelt

Brian and Claudine Gumbel 

…’Journeys by Design planned the most magical and organised trip that one could only imagine.  We didn't have to think about anything from flights to transportation to what was next.  We truly were able to enjoy each moment.   Every place they chose for us was incredible.  Journeys by Design was respected by everyone that mentioned them and they know Africa; so you are in great hands when you chose to travel with them. We are looking forward to planning our next trip. We are so excited to go back again and see what else Journeys by Design has in store for us.’

Brian and Claudine Gumbel Kenya

Cathy Cary 

….’We are missing all of you so much already.   What an outstanding job by Will Jones and co.   I cannot thank you or praise you enough.  Thank you thank you thank you.  Every aspect was absolutely perfect.  you must know what an impact you and Africa had on my children, family and friends.  Everyone continues to say it is by far the most incredible holiday ever.   For me especially true.

WELL DONE......  to  quote our incredible leader!!! …….”

…..”It was so perfect and so thrilling every day”……

Cathy Cary

Trina Overlock 

…”your team certainly have a great knowledge of Africa and have booked us in some very special places!”

Trina Overlock

Stephen and Susan Marsden 

…”Susan and I have had the holiday of a lifetime. Everything went like clockwork. The efforts you have made to make sure we were well looked after were more than evident. Everyone was so friendly and helpful…”

Stephen and Susan Marsden

Angie Cloud 

…”I wanted to thank you and congratulate you on arranging a once in a lifetime 40th birthday for me and all my friends.

The arrangements were perfect on the ground in Nairobi and on each stop of the way.  Your ground agents in Nairobi were very professional and extremely helpful to all of us -- I'm sure it wasn't always easy organizing 9 women who all seemed to be coming and going at different times.  It was especially nice having the same employee working with us at each leg while in Nairobi.

The air service was also very reassuring!  This trip saw us always on time (unfortunately, we weren't always on time ourselves) and the pilots always very courteous.

I cannot speak highly enough about Ol Malo.  Everyone was instantly enchanted as soon as we walked into "our" house.  Although the setting and design were stunning, it was actually the Francombes and their staff who made it so special.  They truly made us feel that we were in our own home for those days.  The horse riding, camel trekking, and hikes were exhilarating; the meals were fabulous (as the scales now prove); and the time spent lazing by the pool were perfect in every way.  It was absolutely delightful, and I know that I will return with my family as will several others who were with me.

Lastly, I cannot thank you enough for making my dream of a fabulous fortieth birthday celebration with my dear friends a reality.  It was so much more than I ever imagined that it would be -- I would happily shout my endorsement from the rooftop!”….

Angie Cloud

Mr and Mrs Todd

“…We can never thank you enough for planning the most wonderful adventure of our lives and believe me, we have had lots….”

Mr and Mrs Todd

Rebecca Lawson

…”Just wanted to let you know that Marcus and I had a fabulous trip.  We loved everything: River Trees was charming, the Grumeti lodges spectacular (they were all wonderful, but we liked Sabora and Sasakwa the best), the game viewing was terrific, but best of all were the people.  Everyone was so warm and welcoming.  We had so much fun with both the staff and the other guests.  It was hard to return to everyday life.  The dogs were happy to see us, though, so I guess that's some consolation.”…

Rebecca Lawson

Pat Smith

…”We especially enjoyed our stay at Willy's Camp.  Willy and Sue were wonderful hosts and Kip was a fascinating guide and source of information on the Maasai culture.  Of course, the facilities at the camp were at the top of those we've visited in Kenya. We really feel indebted to you for recommending Journeys By Design. The arrangements they made for us were perfect and Gord's attention and advice along the planning process were much appreciated.  We can certainly understand why you were so enthusiastic about dealing with them.

These photos were taken at House of Waine on the morning before we all left on safari. And the cross-over point with the Smiths. They certainly had a good time.”…

Pat Smith

Brian and Clare Jayes

….”Ignore all your preconceptions regarding Ethiopia. This is not a land of famine and war (an injustice that Ethiopians are keen to dispel) but a beautiful, peaceful country, rich in history, stunning scenery, wonderful walking, a botanists and ornithologists dream and warm, welcoming people. Go quickly before it is discovered!.....”

Brian and Clare Jayes

Caroline MacDonald

“We had a great time at Il Ngwesi. It is a truly beautiful place – so relaxed, uncommercial, friendly, well managed. We were really well looked after by everybody there - couldnt have asked for a better place to go. We saw and heard a lot of animals, had picnics, game drives, visit to Boma (you were right!), barbq, lots of swimming etc etc. They even put up with noisy children throwing each other into the swimming pool endlessly etc etc - which requires a saint-like patience!

Your co-ordination re planes, nairobi, airport pickups etc all worked perfectly too. So all in all - a rare thing - a perfect holiday. Thank you for all your patience with the arrangements etc. we will definitely contact you again and recommend you widely.

Caroline MacDonald

 

 

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