WHO WE ARE
Simon Wilson Stephens
It’s not every day you get the chance to build a safari lodge in Africa. I was 25 and working for Merrill Lynch in London. Ever since I was a boy I’d dreamed of working outdoors in a wilderness area, living in a tent. I took the opportunity and moved to Semliki in Uganda.
Back in 1995 I had no idea how long I’d be involved with safaris in Africa, but living in the bush for four years provided the ideal foundation to become an Africa Travel Specialist. Understanding what it takes to organise bespoke safaris on the ground; working alongside dedicated conservationists and professional guides; looking after clients from all corners of the world; making those unexpected fine touches, happen.
Since returning from Uganda in 1999, I’ve been designing bespoke itineraries for people travelling throughout ‘Safari Africa’.
I travel back there regularly exploring new destinations or revisiting old favourites. That could be to a small, exclusive tented camp in the Okavango Delta. Flying up Namibia’s deserted Skeleton Coast. Or kayaking solo for a month up Lake Tanganyika, retracing Stanley’s 1874 Trans Africa Expedition.
There’s a lot of choice when it comes to choosing which countries to visit, the ideal lodges or camps to stay in and the most suitable activities to experience.
I’ve always seen it as my role, speaking one-to-one with clients, to make this process as easy and as enjoyable as the safari itself.
Juliane Wilson Stephens
It's not easy ensuring all the technical sides of a specialist travel business are designed to look great and also run smoothly - Smokesilver Travel's brochure & website, our travel blog THE SMOKESIGNAL, the bespoke itineraries & travel documents we provide all our clients.
Juliane has that special knack of making the technically challenging seem effortlessly simple. And she also has 15 years experience running and managing businesses in Europe, the Far East and the UK.