Custom African Safari

African Safari Planning

You can leave Africa, but it doesn’t leave you.

“All I wanted to do now was get back to Africa.  We had not left it yet, but when I would wake in the night, I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.”

Ernest Hemingway


Janie Oct 2012
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Janie Bullard, owner of Distinctive Journeys, has traveled to Africa 20 times to visit camps, lodges and hotels in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Rwanda and the Mountain Gorillas. Janie can plan the perfect Safari for you! Imagine yourself in Africa’s legendary wilderness.

Janie will help you decide which African safari is right for you in addition to choosing the clothes you will wear when you are out on your first game drive. Planning is all part of the fun. What a wonderful place to take your family including ~ grandchildren! What an exotic part of the world to have your honeymoon and what a fantastic place for photographers.

The luxury facilities, superb food, gentle African people and the exceptional photography [providing both expansive landscapes and abundant wildlife] are all just a few of the reasons for your African Safari trip. We can plan a customized African tour or your safari.

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We know the ingredients to make the perfect photography safari. Janie is a passionate nature photographer and has worked with the world’s most renowned photographers, David Muench, Jack Dykinga, Thomas D Mangelsen and Jim Brandenburg, among others.

Doug Holstein Director of Sales & Marketing was President of Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association from 2002 – 2008. In 2010 he joined Distinctive Journeys. He has studied and photographed with the masters of wildlife and landscape photography – Tom Mangelsen, Jim Brandenburg, David Muench, and Art Morris. Doug has also taken workshops from renowned photographers like Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting.




Distinctive Journeys has connections with ground operators throughout Africa that provide you the very best experience. Private game reserves with each encompassing thousands of acres and with few people on the property at one time. The reserves include Phinda, South Africa, Mombo, Duma tau, Duba Plains and Xeriga in Botswana just to name a few.  Each reserve has its own unique features. This is in addition to National parks in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Rwanda, Victoria Falls, Uganda, Mozambique, Zanzibar and Zambia.




Distinctive Journeys invites you to select the Dream Safari that will be customized to your specifications. It could be a romantic celebration ~ remote and exotic; a photographic journey ~ the very finest with a multitude of photography possibilities; or, an adventure with the family ~ active and adventurous! If you can imagine it we can do it.

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We can plan and customize any tour of your interest. Fill out the form to contact us today and we will get in touch with you promptly.