Steve Turner – Tour Leader

The Turner’s have a long and established history with Africa. The very first members of the family to adventure into the continent did so more than a century ago, and in 1876 were amongst the first western explorers to discover the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. More recently, during the Mau Mau Wars of the 1950’s, Don Turner came to Nairobi, Kenya with the British Colonial Service. He stayed on in Kenya with his young family after Kenya’s independence in 1962, after a personal invitation from the new President – Jomo Kenyatta. Don’s safari business started well, his first client was the famous American author and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson – who on that very safari described the Flamingoes of Lake Nakuru as : “the finest bird spectacle in the world”.

After 25 years in the safari business, Don retired to the shores of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley and in 1987 left the business to his son Steve. Steve’s upbringing in the wildernesses of East Africa obviously fostered a very special and dedicated interest and extensive knowledge in not only natural history, but also the communities who live within these rich environments. He has travelled widely throughout the region with and without guests searching for similar experiences – including a massive 25,000 kms photographic expedition taking some 6 months across north, west and central Africa. His passion for culture, wildlife and nature has taken him and his guests throughout the African continent, and as far afield as Australia, Asia, The Amazon, The Arctic and Antarctica. He has received acclamation awards for his in depth photography of endangered Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda and Zaire, and his extensive collection of photographs of Africa’s disappearing tribal people have been published worldwide. Steve photographs are represented internationally by Getty Images.

Steve is a Trustee of the Kasigau Conservation Trust an organization dedicated to the development of community based environmental enterprises in Kenya’s largest wilderness – Tsavo. In his time Steve has been the Chairman of ” The Kenya Professional Guides Association” – an association to promote greater qualification for the tour guides. He is one of the few Gold certified guides in East Africa. As the Chairman of “Campfire Kenya” he lead a consortium of conservationists working to promote greater conservation amongst Africa’s pastoralists peoples. He has also served as vice chairman of the Ethics and Standards Committee for The Kenya Association of Tour Operators, a Board Member of The East African Natural History Society, and the African Board member of the US based Ecotourism Society. As with all our guides he has also attained a certificate in 4WD Off Road Driving skills from Glen Edmunds Performance Driving School. Steve’s first aid training does not stop at just the normal “Emergency First Responder”, but in addition he is trained and certified in “Advance Wilderness Medicine” . This is a specialist program geared towards expedition medicine in remote areas where emergency medical assistance is not always available.

When not travelling, Steve lives in a leafy suburb of Nairobi, Kenya with wife Jayne, while their now adult children study abroad.

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.


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  • 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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    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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    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.

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    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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  • 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

    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

    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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    "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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