Our safaris are nothing without the incredible safari crew that make everything work. From professional guides to chefs, grooms, waiters, tent stewards and porters, our dedicated, experienced and highly skilled safari staff make it happen. Most have been with us for over a decade and some are second generation employees. Their smiles and warm spirits will make you feel instantly at home, in a truly Kenyan atmosphere.
Professional Safari Guide and Owner
Gordie was initiated into the safari world as a youngster. Born in Kenya and raised with the promise of adventure during every school holiday, he mastered the idiosyncratic skills of safari as a boy, helping the camp crew put up tents, pack trucks and saddle horses. He guided his first safari aged 18 and has over 30 years’ experience in the bush. Gordie’s formal education started at boarding school in Kenya where he was known for his mischievous ways, and continued in England ending at the Royal Agricultural College where he obtained a degree in Wildlife Management.
Today, his untamed love of all things wild and his passion and respect for Africa’s people and wildlife, make Gordie a fascinating and inspiring character. He is completely immersed in Africa. As a good friend once said, ‘a safari journey begins with a dream and ends with an extraordinary story.’
Guide & Horsewoman
Felicia’s talents encompass all aspects of safari – she’s a brilliant equestrian, an inventive chef, a qualified Bowen therapist and engaging company. Guests can’t help but be enchanted by Felicia’s romantic story – she spent her childhood cantering through the hunting-shooting verdant countryside of Leicestershire that surrounds her family’s farm where her parents bred and raced horses and her brothers both became professional polo players. Felicia is not the first female of her blood to leave horseshoe tracks in the highlands of Kenya – legends of her illustrious grandmother whisper through the hillside communities: how she won the Timau cross country race in 1939 and which intrepid white hunter returned to her delicate embrace between expeditions. Later, Felicia’s mother too raced the same trails and was the first woman to raft the Mara River. Decades on in this love affair with Kenya, Felicia is inscribing new chapters of the Collie legend on the landscape and in the hearts of the Kenyan communities. Gordie and Felicia were married in the bush in 2014.
Executive Assistant to Gordie Church
Maureen was born in Nyeri, Kenya. Her father, Joseph Larue, was employed by the Kenya National Parks as Chief Engineer for the Aberdare and Mount Kenya National Parks. This is where her love for Africa and its wildlife began. Maureen joined Safaris Unlimited in 1998 working as a Personal Assistant to Tony. She is known for her meticulous planning and takes great pride in the expert running of our safaris.
Assistant to Maureen Behr
Grace is the newest member of the Safaris Unlimited team. She joined us in March 2017 as an office assistant. Her passion for the wild started way back as a young girl, when she would accompany her mother on safari during the school holidays. Grace oversees our administrative work, assists Maureen with safari organisation and is generally a great help with the company.
Professional Safari Guide
Pete has been a professional safari guide for over 45 years. His adventures have penetrated the most remote corners of Central and Eastern Africa. He has dedicated much of his life to conservation and is very proud to have been a founder member of the Masai Mara Conservancy and an honorary warden with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Pete is a gentleman, always eager to find the next lion and with the uncanny ability to place his guests in the perfect spot for that photo of a lifetime.
Professional Safari Guide
Pierre is our gentle giant. He is a third generation Kenyan who grew up living under canvas with his father, the well-known conservationist Miles Burton. He feels most at home in the bush. Educated in Switzerland with a diploma in Tourism Management, Pierre returned to Africa and became involved in tourism and conservation. Pierre spends all of his time on safari with guests or friends. His love of the bush is contagious and his knowledge is outstanding.
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