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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  • 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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    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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    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

    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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