Simon Gluckman

FOUNDER

Born in South Africa and raised in the States, my passion for Africa developed as a child, spending summers with relatives touring South Africa’s national parks and the famed Garden Route. After college, I took a 6-month, overland trip through five Southern African countries, inspiring my career to help others experience this mystic continent.

In nearly 20 years of organizing custom safaris, I’ve made multiple visits to nearly every country in East and Southern Africa, as well as Egypt, Ethiopia and numerous Indian Ocean islands.

I’ve been on countless game drives throughout Africa, visited villages from Cairo to Cape Town, tracked rhinos in Zimbabwe, fly-fished for Tiger fish on the Zambezi, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya, dived with Great White sharks, and trekked gorillas and chimpanzees. Yet I am always yearning for my next visit to Africa.

Throughout those adventures, I’ve learned not only the best locations within each country but also, just as important, when to go. Wildlife viewing changes dramatically throughout the course of a year, so selecting the right property for the time of year traveling is key in creating a once-in-a-lifetime safari.

Leadership Team

VP OF SALES & MARKETING

 

OPERATIONS & PROJECTS MANAGER

 

ACCOUNT MANAGER

 

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

 

SALES & OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

 

Featured Guides

We believe your guide is the key component to having a successful safari. Though many of the camps we support employ excellent guides, below are a few of our favorites. If interested in adding one of these guides to your safari, please ask your consultant for more details.

Testimonials

We stand by our service. To see what others have to say about Intrepid Expeditions:

  • My husband and I recently returned from a thrilling trip to Africa. This trip fulfilled a life long desire to see wild animals in their natural habitat. It truly exceeded my expectations. Simon Gluckman of Intrepid Expeditions listened to our requests and planned a fabulous 13 day adventure. We traveled to four different camps. Not only did we see many animals we also visited a village, ... read more

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    Mary Clement
    10/17/2019

    Hey Simon,

    So sorry it's been so long to get in touch.

    We're still beaming from the trip! We can't say thank you enough for the incredible tour you organized. It was 5 star from the moment we opened the conversation with you. You and your team took so much care to get the details right and it was felt every exhilarating bump of the 4X4 track through the desert! The accommodations...
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    Ryan Flynn
    6/05/2019

    I have recently returned from a safari adventure put together by Simon Gluckman and Intrepid Expeditions and could not recommend him or his company more highly. The arrangements, accommodations and even the animals totally exceeded my expectations. Simon took the time to learn about our interests, desires and budget and put together an itinerary that not only delivered but was almost flawlessly executed. When one minor... read more

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    Neil G
    5/21/2019

    We were in expert hands with Andre at Intrepid Expeditions in planning a Nairobi Explorer and Masai Mara Safari and customizing it to fit seamlessly with our group’s other commitments in Nairobi. Andre was knowledgeable of the experience he was designing and extremely attentive to detail. He inspired confidence in the care and diligence he demonstrated with each conversation and exchange. Transports, hotel, lunch destinations and excursions... read more

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    Katherine McG
    11/19/2018
  • This was absolutely the most complete and well run excursion ever. Saw everything (except Rino), tour guides were excellent and expert and most accommodating. Camp was great, food the best and great staff!
    Wonderful four, full days. Highly recommend!

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    Frederic Clifford
    10/04/2018

    We've just returned from two glorious weeks in Uganda and Rwanda. Simon Gluckman made our trip planning process fun and easy. We were looking forward to Gorilla trekking, and in "exploring" the region. Simon has significant expertise in Africa, and after carefully listening to our ideas, he came up with many wonderful suggestions.

    We experienced a Chimp Habituation Trek in the Kibale Forest National Park, game viewing by boat...
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    Jaye P
    8/17/2018

    I can’t begin to decide what made my 50th birthday trip, organized by Intrepid Expeditions, our best trip ever. Could it be the personal service? From the very beginning, Simon made sure he knew what we wanted and our expectations. He narrowed down each area we wanted to visit with three suggestions of lodging and let me research and pick. All spot on suggestions and we could not have been... read more

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    Mari Campbell
    7/18/2018

    Best. Vacation. Ever!

    My family started planning a trip to Africa with Simon (Gluckman) and Jack (Kenner) last summer. Simon helped us tailor our trip such that we found the perfect balance between safety for my pre-teen kids while truly experiencing Africa’s incredible tapestry of nature and culture. There were numerous times along the way that I called Simon and questioned...
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    Adam Shirley
    6/21/2018

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