Joe & Gillian Charleson

Joe grew up in Kenya where he developed a love for African nature on regular family safaris during his childhood. One of East Africa’s top safari guides, Joe has a biology degree and previously worked as a professional guide in Botswana before returning to Kenya.  Joe continues to spend extensive time in the bush as a private guide sharing his passion for Kenya’s wilderness and wildlife and exploring new products.

Gillian was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She began her career working in PR and marketing for some of South Africa’s finest hotels and resorts before making her way to Tanzania in 1995, where she quickly fell in love with East Africa and its way of life.  Between running our safari company and developing Custom trips for our clients, designing and operating our Luxury Mobile Camps, life continues to be one big safari.

In addition to establishing East Africa Safari Ventures we jointly set up and managed Leleshwa Camp, an intimate camp in the Siana Conservancy on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara.  As a family we enjoy travel and safaris together, exploring new destinations and have included our son Kian in the adventures from a very young age.  He took his first safari at around 3 months of age and has been travelling with us to some of the most remote locations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda since.

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