Simon Gluckman2018-07-10T17:15:11+00:00

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.

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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:

  • 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... read more

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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... read more

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    Adam Shirley
    6/21/2018

    I have been to three countries in Africa, and each one has been a thoroughly remarkable, life-changing experience. Simon, the owner of Intrepid Expeditions, is the quintessential travel agent for planning your trip to Africa. He generously gave his time listening to exactly what we were looking for on a safari, and each time was truly a “grand-slam” and perfection in every single way. We feel very fortunate to have... read more

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    Thomas Phelps
    6/21/2018

    Our first trip to Africa in 2012 was flawless start to finish. Simon of Intrepid Expeditions had been referred to me by a friend whose honeymoon he'd arranged, and they were beyond pleased. What sets Simon apart from other travel agencies is his ability to REALLY listen to your personal preferences, and plan the perfect trip completely suited to you. We were totally blown away by the... read more

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    Sallie Phelps
    6/21/2018

    "Simon, On behalf of my family, I want to thank you for everything you did for us in planning and organizing our trip to Africa. I can’t even begin to explain to you how perfect our trip was. We knew the trip would be great but the places that you found for us, the arrangements you made, and the companies you used were absolutely amazing. In addition to that, every... read more

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    6/19/2018

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