Despite the unprecedented growth in its population, Africa remains the home of some of the world's last wildernesses. Untouched, barely explored, the likes of Ethiopia's Omo Delta see less than fifty people a year.
Sensitive, culturally aware itineraries, set up and run in conjunction with local communities, remain one of the most important sources of local rural employment, health, education and opportunity.
This blossoming of the family market has, in turn, triggered a boom in private safari houses. These houses are often run by families, and therefore understand the demands placed on parents and children when it comes to journeying in Africa.
Possibly the most exclusive safari we offer, the helicopter safari constitutes a highly private and flexible journey into just about any country on our portfolio.
It is a sad and seemingly entrenched fact that our impression of Africa – particularly sub-Saharan Africa – is of a place whose histories are somehow less stage worthy than those of Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Africa is an ideal honeymoon destination. However, while the Seychelles, Lamu, Zanzibar and the South African coastline are known for providing luxury romantic beach settings, the idea of honeymooning in Botswana, Malawi or Mozambique remains relatively unexplored. Not anymore. All the countries on our portfolio offer excellent destinations for a luxurious African honeymoon.
The malaria-free safaris on our portfolio include South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, the Waterberg and Cape Town; Kenya’s Laikipia; Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Moremi and the Kalahari; Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and NamibRand; and Ethiopia’s Omo Valley.
The private camp concept - of which a high proportion is mobile - is for many the way to travel. Specialist, distinctive, these modes of accommodation are considerable feats of the imagination - especially when one considers the logistics and facilities involved.
With all the flights, movement and deadlines to meet (unavoidable prerequisites of any itinerary), one of the best ways to escape and spend time together as a small group or family is to book a private safari or private beach house. We can help you tailor your very own private safari and exclusive accommodation.
It is our firm belief that any safari worth its salt has at its heart the quality of adventure. By this we mean that the experience of journeying into Africa is something of a quest: unusual, surprising, rare, sometimes challenging, always uplifting.
Offering itineraries centred about a single animal or habitat does not by any stretch of the imagination mean that our specialist wildlife journeys are especially reserved for botanists, wildlife experts and the like.
Mention the African walking safari to anyone in the know and your first port of call will be Zambia, where in the latter half of the twentieth century the likes of Norman Carr and Robin Pope helped (re)pioneer a method of wild travel usurped by the motor car, particularly the 4X4.
One of the most significant challenges for eco-tourist operators such as is Journeys by Design is the designing of itineraries that, as well as satisfy a desire for seeing a great deal, hold to the necessary ideal of sustainable and adventurous tourism.