Jill Potash

Director, Africa Department

Keeping it all in the family, Jill has been working with her sister, Jacky, since the early 1980s. Starting out in marketing, Jill has managed the Africa Department for more than 30 years. She and her husband travel to South Africa regularly and are looking forward to escorting a small group of friends in July 2023. Jill is often heard telling her clients, “You will not go to Africa just once” – and it usually proves to be true.

Growing up in England, traveling around Europe was easy – in fact her first travel memory is flying alone across the channel to Paris at the age of 15. From skiing in Chamonix and Zermatt to barging in France, Jill was introduced to other cultures early in life. She and her husband also enjoy cruising, whether it’s on the Zambezi, Spice Islands of Indonesia, Tahiti and the South Pacific, or the West Indies. Being on the water is always relaxing and a wonderful way to see sites often difficult to access by land.

Photos of Jill around the world

Why Jill Loves Working at Esplanade

“I am blessed to have the best colleagues. We are all so different and bring totally different ideas to our common goal – which is to insure our clients have the most memorable travel experience. Because we are enthusiastic about our areas of expertise I believe this is contagious when planning an itinerary – and it means so much when a client returns and says everything was just perfect.”

Favorite photos taken by Jill

Jill is an absolute expert in southern Africa and has had a multitude of experiences in the region. From spending time at a school in Zimbabwe to the sand dunes of Namibia. Enjoying the beautiful city of Cape Town to the game rich camps bordering Kruger National Park. There is so much diversity in Southern Africa, it is no wonder you have to return – again and again.

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Esplanade arranged a wonderful New Zealand adventure for my wife and myself in 2020…just a couple of months prior to Covid shutting down the world! During this difficult time for the planet, the staff from Esplanade continued to reach out to us on how they recommended we deal with our travel plans and the expenditures we had previously committed to. They continuously updated our travel plans and made all the necessary adjustments to our itineraries. Almost three years to the day later, we were able to enjoy our New Zealand trip. The reservations, excursions, and overall recommendations made by Esplanade were fantastic! We commented several times that their commitment to the smallest of details was very apparent. Our flights were perfectly spaced, our drivers all showed up on time, and our accommodations and excursions were beyond expectations. We now plan on trusting Esplanade for our future travels to Africa and Europe. We cannot recommend them more.

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