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.

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  • We had the most incredible time! South Africa was such a great choice. We fell in love with the country and can’t wait to return.

    The safari experience at Sabi Sands was definitely a highlight. It was so surreal to be so close to these animals in the wild. We also didn’t realize we would be offroading to find the animals. We learned that Sabi sands allows that and...
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    4/06/2020

    I loved my experience in Africa arranged by intrepid expeditions. I had very specific requirements for my trip to Africa and this company was able to meet all my demands. Specifically, I wanted an interactive trip rather than a tourist experience and they made it as personal as possible while catering to my specific needs. I definitely would take another trip through them.

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    Joyce Garber
    2/26/2020

    I loved my experience in Africa arranged by intrepid expeditions. I had very specific requirements for my trip to Africa and this company was able to meet all my demands. Specifically, I wanted an interactive trip rather than a tourist experience and they made it as personal as possible while catering to my specific needs. I definitely would take another trip through them.

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    2/26/2020

    Top notch. Simon and his team are phenomenal at their jobs, and put together an epic safari for my wife and I to celebrate our honeymoon. They worked with our agenda, made great recommendations, and helped us coordinate travel throughout the whole trip. Fantastic service and team.

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    Gavin Anstey
    2/04/2020
  • Top notch. Simon and his team are phenomenal at their jobs, and put together an epic safari for my wife and I to celebrate our honeymoon. They worked with our agenda, made great recommendations, and helped us coordinate travel throughout the whole trip. Fantastic service and team.

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    2/04/2020

    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

    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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    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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