About Journeys Worldwide

Journeys Worldwide was founded in 1988 by Dick Cijffers, to provide small group tours to Africa, India and Borneo. The company soon branched into other tours and also became a specialist “Total Solar Eclipse Tour Operator”, having now operated solar eclipse tours to Chile, Zimbabwe, Libya, Easter Island, China, Australia and Western United States & Canada.

We have developed budget self-guided tours of Japan and South Korea for the individual traveler. For other tours of Japan, we can arrange something of your choice, but our friends at Journey to the East also have a fantastic choice of scheduled tours.

We are always working on other itineraries and new destinations, which we will be adding to the website as we feel they are ready.  Sean will be putting together some tours of Africa, which he will be leading himself. Make sure you stay up to date with our developments by subscribing to our blog or being added to our email list – we promise not to spam or give out your details to any other parties. Please see our privacy policy if you have any concerns.

The company now has a dedicated team of travel consultants in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast, who have extensively traveled themselves and are therefore well equipped to provide personal advice on traveling to foreign countries.

Meet the Journeys Worldwide Team

Our team are fully qualified to help you with all aspects of your travel, from the planning stages to arriving home safely.

  • Visas
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance (significant discounts offered with our preferred providers)
Sean Lues - Managing Director
Sean Lues was brought up on the family dairy farm in the south of Zimbabwe, which he also worked on for a couple of years after completing his time at a rural boarding school on the border of Botswana. This upbringing instilled in him a passionate interest in the wildlife and great wild places of Africa.

Sean started guiding in and then managing some highly acclaimed camps in Africa since 1991 and in 1994 Sean was awarded the ‘Guide of the Year’ trophy, presented by the Zimbabwe Professional Guides Association for the best guide out of the final examinations. He was later also an examiner at these week-long practical examinations. Sean loves leading walking safaris in some of the amazing untouched wildlife areas of Africa, interpreting the bush and the ecology around him.

With a strong interest in photography, Sean has won some competitions and had photos published in a few books and various magazines. During his travels he also spent a month in Belize, Central America. Whilst there he was tasked with photographing all of the Belizean National Parks for their promotional and advertising material.

At the beginning of 2016, after 11 years in Tanzania, Sean immigrated to Australia with his wife and two young children and joined the Journeys Worldwide team.

Wietske Hattingh - Travel Consultant
Wietske grew up in South Africa and completed her University degree there. She started travelling straight after school with her first trip to Europe and ended up living in The Netherlands for four years. Whilst there she landed a summer job guiding canoe safaris in Sweden.

Upon her return to South Africa Wietske started working for some of the top safari tour operators and travelled extensively in Southern and East Africa. The travel bug bit again and she spent a year each in Seoul and Bangkok: teaching English and travelling around parts of Asia.

Wietske returned to the travel industry in Africa, spending a year in Windhoek, enjoying the desert and wildlife of Namibia. Back again in South Africa she specialized in Group and Incentive travel and attended several International Trade Shows in Europe. In 2011 Wietske immigrated to Australia with her family.

Wietske has a passion for wildlife and culture and wants to keep exploring the World!

Ilna Ferreira - Accountant
Ilna was born in Zambia and grew up in Zimbabwe (both are southern Africa) and is very familiar with the region.

Ilna has been our accountant since 2005, so knows the business and our tours very well. As a result she will often be found helping out with our clients when the office gets too busy.

Clifton Sylk - General Manager
Our longest serving member of the team – Clifton started with the company in 1990!

Clifton has lived and travelled in India, South Africa and Australia, but he has also travelled through the United States and Europe.

Clifton’s main speciality is with southern Africa and India, but he is also a guru with air fares and is our constant ‘go-to’ in this department.

Sharon Jones - Travel Consultant
Our longest serving member of the team – Clifton started with the company in 1990!

Clifton has lived and travelled in India, South Africa and Australia, but he has also travelled through the United States and Europe.

Clifton’s main speciality is with southern Africa and India, but he is also a guru with air fares and is our constant ‘go-to’ in this department.

Margaret Freebairn - Senior Tour Manager
We can’t remember when Margaret joined the team, but we know it was before 2000 – so about 20 years ago.

Margaret has been travelling the world personally and professionally as an executive tour director for over 30 years and has led well-over 100 trips, both internationally and within Australia, having been on the Trans-Siberian railway, through Russia, Jordan, through most (all?) the -stan countries and across through all of the countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan etc.

North America has certainly not escaped her attention and she has crisscrossed this area a number of times.

A specialist in the Indian sub-continent, Margaret has led numerous bespoke luxury journeys to both popular and more remote locations including Goa, Varanasi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Kathmandu, Nepal. Margaret has an extraordinary knowledge of the country, it’s culture, history and diverse range of peoples. She has developed long term relationships with a unique and eclectic collection of local people including villagers, artisans, fashion designers, block print fabric printers, monks, spiritual healers, hoteliers, restauranteurs and performers.

Margaret will be leading a ‘ladies only’ trip through India in February 2019 and am sure there will be more scheduled soon for this popular journey.

North Africa is also a real interest for Margaret and we are looking at putting together a guided itinerary to Morocco soon.

Kirsten Wallis - Senior Travel Consultant
Kirsten started with Journeys Worldwide in 2010 after completing her Certificate 3 in Travel & Tourism.  Kirsten (like all of us) loves to travel and has so far travelled to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Jordan, North America, Europe, UK, Ireland, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Malaysia. She has also cruised Alaska, New Zealand & the Mediterranean.

So many highlights during her travels but her two favourites would be travelling on Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff and the game drives in Africa.

Philine Matzners - Travel Consultant
Philine was born in Hamburg, Germany and attended a bilingual high school. At 16 she participated in a one-year student exchange program in California, United States. Philine has always loved travelling, having travelled extensively throughout Europe, including a lot of time in Spain (her grandparents own a house on the Spanish island of Mallorca). Philine has also travelled through Tunisia, South Africa, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as having travelled around California, Utah and Arizona in a motorhome.

After finishing high school, Philine came to Australia with a friend and travelled around Australia extensively. During her “work and travel year” she met and fell in love with an Australian – and stayed. They have now moved to Brisbane, where Philine completed her Diploma of Tourism in 2012 and then started working with Journeys Worldwide.

Glen Klaasen

Glen Klaasen

Cape Town Based Guide

Glen has been a guide for more than 20 years in Cape Town and is also a licensed National guide for the whole of South Africa.

He comes highly recommended by former clients – seen here with two of our clients, Peter & Kay. Glen lives in Cape Town with his wife and two children.

Dick Cijffers

Dick Cijffers

Dick grew up and was educated in South Africa, but spent most of his life travelling the globe. Having based out of the United Kingdom for many years, he set up and ran an overland company, Capricorn Overland Tours, with destinations that included India and Morocco.

In 1988 Dick formed Journeys Worldwide and has been based out of the Brisbane CBD ever since. His antics have kept many entertained and these include having his car painted in zebra stripes and wandering the streets of Brisbane in a gorilla costume.

Dick has personally travelled to more than 100 countries, regularly leading tours back to these countries.

Dick has been a popular radio host in Australia, having had regular shows on 4QR, 4BC and BayFM.

Dick has now retired and is working on writing a book on all his adventures – sadly, at the moment it is all still locked in his head, along with a wealth of other information, but he assures us he will work on it.

Brisbane Office:
7th Floor, 333 Adelaide Street
Brisbane  Qld  4000

PO Box 10602 Adelaide St
Brisbane  Qld  4000


Ph: +61 7 3221 4788
Toll Free 1300 734 788 (within Australia)
Mobile: +61 490 382 210

Sunshine Coast Office:
Shop 6 - Buderim Mall, 86 Burnett St
Buderim  Qld  4556

PO Box 933
Buderim Qld 4556


Ph: +61 7 3554 1201
Toll Free 1300 330 232 (within Australia)
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