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About Us

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Meet the Founder


Hello! Thank you for your interest to travel with us!
My name is Nickisha Johnson, and I am honored to share my journey with you..
Hailing from Cleveland, OH, I am a proud graduate of Cleveland Heights High School. I've always had a deep passion for exploring the world and connecting with diverse cultures. Heights High truly taught me the value of diversity. This passion is what led me to embark on an incredible path of discovery.

After completing my BSBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, I knew I wanted to combine my love for travel with my dedication to service and community outreach. As a proud mother of a wonderful boy, nothing brings me more joy than being a loving and caring mother.

​With a burning vision in mind, I co-founded The Elite Travel Co. with the mission to connect travelers to the rich African heritage and celebrate the remarkable contributions my culture have made throughout history. I firmly believe that by embracing our roots, we can inspire future generations and foster a stronger sense of identity and pride.

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Through my own travel experiences, relentless pursuit of knowledge, and active community engagement, I strive to create meaningful and transformative travel experiences for all. I firmly believe that by bringing the community alongside me, we can make a lasting impact.

As we look to nurture the next generation of fearless leaders, my focus lies in empowering our youth. They hold the power to shape a brighter future, and I am committed to empowering them through immersive travel experiences and meaningful connections to our cultural heritage.

My ultimate mission is to connect people to various parts of Africa, ensuring our role in returning to the continent where African people were originated, taken, and were said to never return. Today, and for generations to come, The Elite Travel Co. is dedicated to bringing Africans back home.

I extend a warm invitation to you to join The Elite Travel Co. group tours. You can embark on one of our thoughtfully pre-arranged tours or allow us the pleasure of curating a customized travel experience tailored to the unique interests of you and your group. All are welcome.

Your journey awaits!

From my heart to yours, I want to express my gratitude for considering The Elite Travel Co. as your trusted partner in exploring the world and celebrating Black history. Together, let's make unforgettable memories and embrace the power of travel to transform lives.

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Meet Co-Founder 


I am Basheer Jones, Co-founder of Elite Travel Foundation. Originally born in Brooklyn, NY, but raised in Cleveland, OH, my upbringing instilled in me the value of giving back. My passion for travel led me to establish Elite Travel Foundation, a platform founded on the belief that true education comes from experiencing the world. Despite facing challenges like homelessness in my youth, I learned the importance of community and service from my mother, who I honor in her peaceful rest.
A proud Morehouse College graduate, I earned my Master’s degree in Theology from Claremont School of Theology. Alongside being an Author, Poet, and Motivational Speaker, I proudly serve as Cleveland, OH's first Muslim City Council member. Having explored 6 out of 7 continents, I have cultivated partnerships in Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, and the Gambia.
I am excited to introduce Elite Travel Foundation, where we aim to make your travel dreams a reality. With seamless planning and affordable options, we are here to guide you on a beautiful exploration of life. Reach out to us, and let us help you embark on your next adventure!

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Services We Offer

Welcome to our travel community! We are passionate about providing young individuals with unique opportunities to explore, learn, and lead. Our mission is to create experiences that inspire personal growth and cultural understanding. Join us on our next adventure and let's explore the together!


HBCU Bus Tours

HBCU Bus Tours offers a unique opportunity to explore historically black colleges and universities across the country. Our bus tours provide an immersive experience that allows you to learn the rich history and culture of these institutions. Join us on a journey of discovery and education. Book your tour today!


Discovery Tours

Welcome to our Discovery Tours for Young Entrepreneurs! Our tours are designed to inspire and educate the next generation of business leaders. Join us on a journey of discovery as we explore the world of entrepreneurship together. With our expert guides and immersive experiences, you'll gain valuable insights and skills will help you succeed in own entrepreneurial endeavors. Reserve your tour today and let the begin!


International Tours

Embark on a journey of a lifetime with Annual Student Voyage! Our international tours of Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa offer a unique opportunity to explore the rich history, culture, and natural beauty these amazing destinations. Join us for an unforgettable experience will broaden your horizons and create memories will last a lifetime. Reserve your tour today!

Working With the Best Clients and Partners

We would like to express our gratitude to our clients and partners for their unwavering dedication to shaping the next generation of leaders. Your commitment to excellence is truly inspiring, and we are honored to work alongside you. Thank you for your continued support.

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