I was born in Tanzania and grew up in Kenya, where I developed a genuine love of the people, landscapes and wildlife of this beautiful country. As my family were involved in the hospitality business, my summer holidays were spent visiting lodges and camps around the country – somehow always ending up at a beach hotel!
My upbringing meant that travelling was a natural way of life, and after university I decided to journey to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. A career in travel was the obvious next step and since then I have worked for a number of upmarket tour operators specialising in bespoke travel to my home land, Africa.
My regular adventures to Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa allow me to re-visit my favourite places and also to discover new gems, whilst scratching the ever-present travel itch.
After decades spent travelling through Africa, my highlights are numerous, but some stand-out moments include witnessing a migration crossing on the Mara River in northern Tanzania; canoeing down the Zambezi River through Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe; and taking my local rugby team on tour to Kenya! My favourite place is Botswana: a pure, unspoilt and unique wilderness.
Ask me about Zanzibar for its incredible scuba diving, Kenya, and rugby.
I can't say enough good things about Jacada and Jonathon "Jonny" Humphries. As we planned our trip to Africa, Jonny was a fantastic listener, and incorporated our wishes into a fantastic vacation. He was knowledgeable and offered an assortment of choices and considerations. He was also very responsive. On those rare instances when he was not available, his co worker, Andrea Thomas was equally a joy to work with. They worked seamlessly together. The logistics were smooth and the accommodations were wonderful, several of them exceeded our expectations.
We chose Jacada Travel to plan our second safari trip to Africa. We wanted a private safari experience on our terms! We had two major goals: see the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and check off the rhino from our Big Five list. We put Jonny Humphries to work on the itinerary, and he knocked it out of the park. Jacada had excellent ideas about what we should do, and all their recommendations were spot-on. We were met by cheerful, helpful greeters at each airport and each transfer point. Having someone meet us at all these places really relieves the stress. Our guides in Kenya and Rwanda were top-notch. Our accommodations were all five-star. We were always wistful when we left a hotel because we were always having a good time. Then we would get to the next place and be equally impressed and excited about the new place. Everything went off without a hitch. Jacada is first-class all the way.
I throughly enjoyed. the accommodations that were provide by Jacada Tours . Ocean elevens in Hermanus was a cozy place on the water It had a fantastic view. . Table bay Hotel in Cape Town was fabulous . The Jock lodge in Krueger National park was breathtaking. It had 6000 of it leased aces that all of the big 5. The tours &tour guild were top notch. I had a weather issues that caused cancelation of some my hours. The company took care of all the rescheduling & gave me new idea for other activities
Johnnie and Jacada are truly first-rate. Johnnie helped us arrange an unforgettable experience in East Africa, exploring Samburu, Masaai Mara, Nariboi, and Lake Malawi. Each was a stunning and wonderful destination, with experienced matched to our needs and travel style. I can hardly wait for my next Jacada trip!
Great trip, excellent customer service
Just a great experience from beginning to end. It was worth every penny.
The trip to Africa was set up with consultation to be exactly what we wanted. The accommodations were excellent, the tour guides and the transportation were better than expected. JacadaTravel set up meeting us at the airports, dropping us off at the hotels daily transportation and help within the airports from customs, check in and getting through baggage and ticketing was far better than expected. Everything went smoothly which made the trip stress free! The choice of tour guides and sites were excellent.
Amazing trip. Everything went very smoothly. Everyone from top to bottom was extremely helpful. My wife and I would have to rate this as one of the best trips ever. We are definitely using Jacada Travel for all future travels.
Our entire trip was amazing start to finish. Everything from the meet and greet, to the guides, hotels, restaurant recommendations - everything was top notch. The trip planned by Jonny and Angela exceeded all our expectations. We are already planning our next vacation with Jacada.
Safari to Zimbabwe and Sabi Sands The Jacada team both in London and on the ground demonstrated a great knowledge of locations, venues, local customs and ways of operating. They looked after all the essential details, all of which went without a hitch and added a few surprise personal touches which enriched our experience. The recommended venues exceeded our expectations.
Jonny and Angela at Jacarda orchestrated the most magical trip that we ever experienced. From South Africa to Zambia, our adventure went smoothly and effortlessly...each location being unique and each one fabulous! From the moment that we arrived in Cape Town, we knew that our trip would be flawless with every detail being taken care of. Our drivers and guides were outstanding! We feel fortunate to have had Jacarda put together our trip of a lifetime. They will certainly be our go to for all of our future vacations!
Our travel designer, Jonathan, offered excellent service and created a perfectly orchestrated package to exceed my family’s expectations. Before the trip, we received professionally created materials sharing our itinerary as well as excellent tips on travel (packing, visas, vaccinations, etc). The trip itself was flawless, we were always with a guide taking care of our every need. Flights, accommodations, and meals were all set - we just got to enjoy stress free. The actual locations chosen were superb and all the staff encountered along the way were kind, effective, and responsive. We would highly recommend Jacada and look forward to booking another journey with them.
Our trip ran like clockwork. It was very well organized and recommendations were spot on. Expectations were high and they were exceeded.
Timely and responsive with inquiries, questions, and follow up. All accommodations were as promised with excellent service. Flights, connections, and escorts for African safari were well coordinated. Not cheap, but made trip stress free by really taking care of everything!!
A great team put together an amazing journey for us. Also, support during the trip was outstanding.
You are in the BEST hands with Jacada travel!! Thank you Jonny Humphries and team for booking our once in a life time trip to South Africa! They thought of every detail and then some. We had a personal note at every hotel, every hotel knew our likes and dislikes. If we had any questions day or night we just email and they responded within 5 mins. The hotels, guides, drivers, and greeters were absolutely 5 star! I can not say enough good things about our experience. I would HIGHLY recommend.
A 35 day journey through East Africa and the Indian Ocean was flawlessly planned, managed and delivered. A fantastic vacation provided by people on the ground and in the background who really cared. Leaving us to just enjoy and experience the journey without any worries.
Jonny took care of everything for our trip and all his recommendations were excellent. We will definitely book with Jacada in the future. You can't beat the staff and the personal service.
Our experience with Jacada Travel was fantastic, They are so organized and all our private tours were great and the guides also. All hotels and Jabulani Camp was beyond our expectations. Jonny Humphreys was fantastic to work with.
Jacada Travel planned and co-ordinated our recent 2-week trip to Kenya. Their lodging and touring recommendations, planning, attention to every detail and follow-up was exceptional !! In a (beautiful) Country where logistics matter, we never for a moment felt alone. We cannot overstate how happy we are with Jacada’s professionalism and service. We will use Jacada Travel again and again — we are happy to provide our HIGHEST recommendation that others travel with Jacada. Thanks to Johnny and his Team for an incredible travel experience.
We had a fantastic trip to Africa with Jacada Travel. Everything was incredibly well organized. The itinerary was perfectly suited to our group, and our lodging was outstanding. We were very impressed and would recommend Jacada Travel without hesitation. We're already planning our next trip with them!
Jonny Humphreys and the team at Jacada did an amazing job of tailor making our trip of a lifetime to Kenya. Every detail from waking up to bedtime was meticulously planned. The lodges, camps , food , guides, game drives , were perfect for us. I’m looking forward to using Jacada again for our next big adventure!!
Exceeded our expectations
Jacada is simply the best.
Our family trip to Kilimanjaro to climb, to Uganda for gorilla trekking & to Seychelles for relaxation was a trip of a lifetime. From start to finish Jacada did an excellent job. Our local reps, hotel choices and expeditions were fabulous! I would highly recommend Jacada as a travel company and Jonny as a travel agent.
This was my second time booking with Jacada and they did a wonderful job for us again. Jonny was fantastic and incredibly helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Jacada to ANYONE desiring a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you'll not be stressed by the itinerary at all. Truly a top-notch trip!
The trip was exceptional, it exceeded our expectations. They gave us the itinerary we wanted, and arranged to have us met at each destination, making us feel so welcome and special. The wonderful accommodations and food enhanced the beautiful surroundings. We loved the communal dinners, having met so many interesting people, both local and international. So many personal touches, we are already planning our next trip.
Amazing experience, my wife and I will look to the Jacada team for all our international travel. We have already recommended them to two of our friends. Do yourself a favor and give them a call.
Jonny designed a safari in Tanzania for my group and it was everything we hoped for and more! It was a seamless, painless process from start to finish and they were able to easily accommodate some last minute changes in our plans. Angela was available to answer any questions I had about the trip and even gave me some recommendations about Cape Town, which was above and beyond the call of duty since Jacada had nothing to do with our trip to Cape Town. Everything was very professional, payment was quick and easy, they sent over a very helpful and very expensive looking information package a couple weeks before (and were very patient when multiple attempts had to be made to deliver because no one happened to be home during the day). Everything went smoothly and exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend and I would definitely come to them again!
I cannot thank Jonathan and his team for putting together our South Africa experience. From the time we landed in Cape Town to our departure everything was first class. All of our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable about the areas we visited. I would recommend Jacada to anyone for a well put together travel package.
Jonny is a pleasure to work with and we cannot thank him enough. We contacted him about 4 weeks before our departure date and he planned us the most amazing trip to Southern Africa with not much time to spare! He is is extremely knowledgeable about the area and made us feel like we were in good hands from our very first conversation. From the time we landed in South Africa to our very last minutes there, he made us feel like royalty. The guides and lodges he chose were above and beyond our expectations. He was always available to chat should anything go wrong and we never felt alone. We cannot say enough good things and have already passed his name onto more than a few people interested in a similar trip. We cannot wait to use him and Jacada again!
The folks at Jacada started by asking questions of what we were looking for in our desired South African experience. They made recommendations and happily and patiently worked with us as we made our selections. They were very knowledgeable about how best to plan our sequence of destinations. As a result, our entire experience met or exceeded our expectations. We experienced some minor hiccups along the way (through no fault of Jacada), but Jacada helped resolve the situations really quickly and ensured that we were able to continue to enjoy our holiday. The folks on the ground that Jacada works with are top notch. A good deal of homework has obviously been done to ensure a positive experience. You can rely on Jacada to help you plan a top-flight holiday.
Our trip to South Africa and Zambia couldn't have gone better . We left the planning to Jacada and the entire trip was scripted in a professional and first class manner . Every detail was considered and covered . We visited capetown, the South African wine lands , went on a safari and visited Victoria falls and each and everyone of these visits created special memories thanks to the great trip plan that Jacada put together .
Totally organized, totally professional. Trip of a lifetime.
Jonny and Jacada agents in England and South Africa created a flawless experinece for us. Their attention at the beginning with a conversation to discover our travel needs/wants and while on the trip with personal notes at each lodging place was astounding. Their knowledge of unique experiences whether of lodging or activity is extensive and up-to-date. We felt supported and able to fully enter into our first time to Africa. We returned home rating this trip at the top of many wonderful trips and are already talking with them about our next trip to South America. Anne Miner-Pearson, USA
Jonny H. from Jacada took care of every detail in planning our last minute Safari to Kenya. We were greeted at each of the camps with notes from Jonny welcoming us. It was like having a knowledgeable friend traveling with us!
Jacada Travel was great to work with throughout the process. From the very beginning and listening to what experiences we wanted to have and customizing our trip to us, to helping us get reservations at a specific restaurant, and modifying our itinerary a month or so before to include shark diving all while keeping within our budget. All transfers were seamless throughout the trip and private guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The places we stayed were so unique and each place made us feel at home.
The trip was completely customized for what I wanted to do. Accommodations were all luxurious. They arranged everything including all in country plane transfers. Communication on schedule was perfect.
Our first experience with Jacada. It was flawless. Great attention to detail, perfect selection of areas to visit and camps where to stay and, most importantly, a great choice of service providers. They (Jacada) will be the first ones we call to plan our next trip.
Out trip to South Africa was fantastic. They listened to what we wanted and designed the trip that matched to those wishes. Everything went smoothly to the trip. From meeting us at the gate in the airport, the hotel choices, the restaurant choices, everything went very well. I highly recommend them.
Jonny at Jacardi Travel made my first trip to Africa easy. I traveled to Uganda, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe and every detail of the journey was handled with care by Jonny. I never had any question regarding air or ground transportation or lodging and all of the camps were first rate. I'd recommend this trip to anyone interested in experiencing Africa for the first time.
Jonny helped us plan a trip of a lifetime and the most spectacular honeymoon. We enjoyed 4 days hiking, touring and eating our way through beautiful Cape Town before heading to Sabi Sands for some rest and relaxation while on safari. It was such an incredible experience. One of the best parts of our trip was visiting Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls. We had a blast exploring the mighty Zambezi River whether it be by sunset cruise, fishing trip, or white water rafting. Jonny made sure every detail was absolutely perfect. From the transfers and tours to the accommodations, everything felt so special and like the trip was truly planned just for us, with our needs in mind. I would highly recommend Jacada Travel to anyone looking to take a trip of a lifetime.
Would definitely use Jacadatravel again, our trip was wonderful and fulfilled all our expectations.......and more.
As a result of the expert guidance and planning by Jonny at Jacaranda Travel, everything we asked for happened more or less like magic! We were met and guided throughout our South African adventure which was absolutely great, as we never had to worry if we were going to get our flights on time or be in the right place at the right time. The venues were fantastic and everything we were promised came true. I would recommend this company to anyone - actually we already have!!
Jacada did a very nice job of putting together a vacation package that my husband and I will not soon forget. The rep, Jonny, listened to what we had in mind and worked with me to arrange all the details. He and his team were quick to respond to emails and made the process quite painless! The accommodations were all brilliant (really, beyond expectations) and the local tour guides very informative and personable. My only constructive criticism is that the vendors on the ground varied in quality. Willro (the outfit in Johannesburg) was amazing: They were prompt, flexible, and the people were all super knowledgeable and helpful. Ilios, who provided drivers in the Cape Town area, was more hit or miss. But that is picking nits. Everything else was just lovely.
What an amazing trip to Africa! Jacada designed a truly amazing itinerary for us and accommodated our unique requests while also planning a few unexpected extraordinary extras for us like a surprise birthday safari dinner campout under the stars in Malawi's MVuu park for our family and travel partners. Jacada exceeded our expectations for a luxury vacation in Africa: where we visited Rwanda and experienced 2 days of gorilla Trecking , Malawi where we were awed by the elephants and hippos on a boat safari, and Kenya where we caught the start of the great migration. We were greeted at the airport at each of our destinations and at all times were in the care of wonderful guides, drivers, and staff. It was truly stress free and although we covered a lot in 2 weeks, we came back rested, charged, and with fantastic memories. The accommodations were all wonderful, the guides very knowledgable and friendly, and the seamless flow of the trip perfect. Jacada accommodated all of our unique requests, while also putting in some wonderful experiences we wouldn't have known to even ask for. They truly customize your vacation to your personal wants and needs, and provide exceptional service throughout from start to finish. Jacada's expertise in personalized travel ensured we had an extraordinary vacation that exceeded expectations, and were filled with memories of a life time. We will definitely use Jacada again for our future travel. We were truly impressed and grateful. Thanks to Jonny for the planning, and Byron for the photography advice.
Our family had a wonderful experience at every location set up for our safari trip in South Africa. We were able to customize to our desires. Londolozi Camp was fantastic and we saw all the animals we had hoped to see. Moving on to Victoria Falls was a nice change of pace and a unique wonder to behold. Lastly in Botswana, our stay in the Okavango Delta was great. Both Stanley Camp and Chief Camp offered unique viewing experiences. We learned so much about animals seeing the big five and many many more. There is nothing like the star light sky or the glorious sunsets. The people were wonderful and the food very tasty. If you want a luxury but outdoor exhilarating experience this trip will exceed your expectations. Jacada did all this to make it possible. We thank them for all their organization and follow up during the trip to make sure all was going smoothly. Thanks to Jonny for his help in making this the trip of a lifetime.
We are a family of four, -including two adults plusTeenagers from New Zealand. We are widely travelled and have been frankly disappointed with the minimal level of service we have, in the past received from travel agents/planners, who have usually offered very much "predictable packages", without any feedback/experience of the properties, and offering no information we couldn't find out for ourselves. Our experience with Jacada was totally the opposite .We travelled to South Africa on a safari, and from the pre planning to arriving back home afterwards, every detail was taken care of with close attention to our requests and preferences, uniqueness, a bespoke character, and an indescribable level of luxury at the Lodge properties we stayed at.If you are price sensitive, Jacada's costings will probably give you an initial shock, however, they do indicate price ranges on their beautiful website, and they work with luxury products and properties.Thanks to Jonny for putting the glamour back into travel- his enthusiasm is infectious, and his personal experience of these properties and of safari travel is very specialised- it is his core business, so you are dealing with someone whose total focus is on this type of travel. Jacada- highly recommended, a very positive experience- I wish they offered more destinations, as I loved the experience of being personally met, greeted and guided through the initial stages of arriving in a new country/city. We'll be back!
Jonny at Jacada helped my friend and I create the trip of a lifetime! Every detail was meticulously planned. I would recommend them in a heartbeat and can't wait to use them again for my next adventure.
This has to be the best holiday that we have ever taken. From the very beginning Jonny guided us through the booking of a spectacular itinerary to suit what we wanted to see and experience during our visit to Africa. We stayed in five different places during a two week period. Each location and accommodation were excellent, our favourite being the Lamai Serengeti Camp. The guides and accommodation staff were superb, we were made to feel very welcome and looked after. During the holiday we enjoyed day drives, night drives, a bush walk and a balloon ride then went to relax on the beach at the Breezes Beech Club in Zanzibar for four days before flying home. we would highly recommend Jacada Travel, in particular our African expert Jonny who booked everything for us, communicated with us throughout and made everything run like clockwork-thank you! Debs and Neil
This trip went above and beyond our expectations. Jacada did a fantastic job planning, implementing, and with their follow through. It is rare in life one experiences perfection - but this trip was exactly that! Thank you for helping us create a memory of a lifetime!
We would highly recommend Jacada and Jonny to anyone--and, in fact, already have recommended it to my brother! Jonny was incredibly patient and flexible during the planning stages. He listened to exactly what we wanted and was able to deliver an amazing experience that exceeded our expectations. It was so reassuring to have contacts in-country in case anything came up, but everything went like clockwork. The guides were amazing, the hotels were beautiful, the service was excellent. We would love to book with Jacada and Jonny again!
Jonny had patience and grace in dealing with our questions and lack of decision-making. On the ground, we never ever worried.
Great planning advice and insights, excellent service before and during the trip
It was an amazing experience! Johnny and his team at Jacada were most helpful, made all the arrangements that was first-class. We had a great time thanks to Jacada. I would highly recommend Jacada for all future travels, I know I will use them again for sure. Johnny was very patient with me as we made many changes to the trip. He worked very hard to make sure that everything was just right. It was amazing how everything worked like clockwork when we got there. The local guides were very good, accommodations 5 star!
Jonny and his team at Jacada turned our South African adventure into the trip of a lifetime! I grew up in South Africa and had always wanted to go back. Time and distance never allowed it. But In early March my husband and I were sitting in our living room and quite impulsively decided to take our 3 year old son and head for South Africa. One catch- we had to leave in 20 days. But who could plan a trip from Washington, D.C. to South Africa in just 20 days? We called Jacada in London, and it was one of the best decisions we've ever made. We don't know how Jonny and his team did it, but 4 days later we had an unbelievable itinerary taking us back home to Johannesburg, then up into Krueger for Safari for 5 nights, onto a remote and unbelievably gorgeous island off the coast of Mozambique (Bazaruto) and then back for one last wonderful night in South Africa. When the day came, we packed up our 3 year old son and left for what was the most luxurious trip we've ever been on. Every airport we arrived in, expediters met us at the door of the aircraft leading us through immigration, out to waiting drivers, who then whisked us off to beautiful hotels. We were paired with experienced and wonderful drivers, trackers, and rangers who frankly we fell in love with throughout our trip. The people we met along the way, we will never forget. After each destination we felt a deep sadness leaving, and once arriving at the next location, lost once again in a world of luxury and adventure. Being able to sit with my boys in the middle of the Bush and watch the sun set, was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. From nightfall in leopard territory amongst the riverbed, to sunrise on the Indian Ocean, we 2 dads and our son were treated with exemplary respect and kindness from every person we came into contact with. In what was an extremely special moment, Jacada even made it possible for me to take my boys and visit the house I grew up in. It will remain one of the most remarkable moments of my life. We will absolutely be booking our future vacations with Jacada. Jacada travel is luxury, adventure, efficiency, and kindness all rolled into one, and we are forever grateful. From two dads and one little guy who disappeared into the wild for 2 weeks and returned with the greatest sense of life- we are very grateful to you Jonny and the rest of the Jacada Team. Stellar work, you've enriched our souls.