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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Our travels started back in March of 2020. Our trip started and included a great week in Tahiti then New Zealand. Although that’s when Covid exploded while we were there in Tahiti. That’s when we found out they had closed the border into NZ. Thankfully we had Esplanade to get us back home. We finally got back on track to New Zealand this March. We had a full itinerary planned. When we arrived, we had a driver waiting for us to take us to our Glamorous hotel with a great view of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Mountains in the background. We traveled to Milford Sound by bus then traveled thru out the scenic Milford Sound. Then they flew us back to our hotel. Another trip was on a Steamboat that took us to Farm. We had a great dinner there and tour of the farm that included the sheep dogs working the sheep. We could go on and on about this trip. The people from NZ our super nice. This trip was great from start to finish. Truly a bucket list trip. Esplanade will definitely be our choice for international travel, without a doubt. <br />

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