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.

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 their owner-operated safari company East Africa Safari Ventures and the East Africa Safari Ventures Private Mobile Camp as well as mothering their son Kian, life continues to be one big safari.

In addition to establishing East Africa Safari Ventures they jointly set up and managed Leleshwa Camp, and intimate camp in the Siana Conservancy on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara.  As a family they enjoy travel and safaris together and included their 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 them to some of the most remote locations in Kenya and Tanzania since.

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