Who We Are
Exeter Safari Company prides itself on creating the perfect African Safari experience with the knowledge that no two guests have the same needs, wish list or budget. As a destination, Africa offers a multitude of Safari options from ultra high-end luxury safari lodges (with private butlers attending to your every need) to intimate, affordable, well located tented camps right in the heart of the African wilderness.
At Exeter Safari Company our aim is to ensure your trip to Africa is created around your specific interests, the time you have available and the budget you are working with. Many potential travelers imagine that an African Safari must be an enormously expensive and complicated trip when really; nothing is further from the truth!
Yes, a luxury safari can quickly add up, however, having traveled and lived in Africa for over 30 years the team here at Exeter Safari Company have the local knowledge and firsthand experience to create the perfect itinerary regardless of budget.
Meet the Team
Greg’s love affair with Africa began with his very first visit in 1983. He quickly discovered the joys of an African safari and has returned almost every year since experimenting with different lodges and styles of safaris across the continent. From witnessing the great migration across the Serengeti of East Africa, to trekking with Gorillas among the volcanic mountains of Rwanda, Greg has experienced almost all Africa has to offer.
Having founded Exeter International, an award-winning luxury tour operator focusing on Eastern and Central Europe, over 25 years ago Greg decided it was time to use his wealth of travel industry experience and passion for Africa to create a similar company focusing on Africa, and so Exeter Safari Company was born. In founding Exeter Safari Company Greg wanted to demonstrate that while safaris can be an opulent affair complete with hot air balloons and luxury lodges this does not always have to be the case. With a great knowledge of Africa’s many mid-range and more down to earth safari options it is a goal of Greg’s to open the world of African Safaris to a wider audience.
As the Founder of both Exeter International and Exeter Safari Company, Greg now spends his time traveling between Europe and Africa as he continues to explore both destinations while often inviting small groups of travelers along with him as part of his signature Founders tours!
Scott SimpsonCo-Founder & General Manager
Born in South Africa in the 1980s, Scott has over the years experienced the Safari industry from every possible angle. Growing up every vacation and weekend away was spent exploring the African continent. By train, plane and Land Rover, Scott explored all that Africa has to offer from the idyllic winelands of Cape Town to the swampy expanse of the Okavango Delta.
After completing university, and following a year exploring Europe while working in the Cruise industry, Scott ended up in the UK where he began his career in luxury travel. Working as a Southern African Safari expert for a leading luxury travel company Scott helped hundreds of travelers discover the joys of an African Safari. During this time, he traveled frequently to and from the continent exploring different lodges, meeting local contacts and generally keeping abreast of all the new developments in the ever-evolving world of African Safaris.
Scott then returned to Africa where he took up the position of General Manger at one of Zambia’s top safari lodges located in the Lower Zambezi National Park. Scott then remained in the Safari industry managing different safari operations for several years before immigrating to the US with his American wife whom he had met while working on cruise ships many years previously. Having arrived in Tampa, Florida Scott and Greg quickly realized that their shared love of Africa and Safari travel made the launching of Exeter Safari Company an idea whose time had come.
Jeanie FundoraAfrica Safari Expert
Jeanie’s passion for wildlife, culture, local communities and conservation have been the cornerstone of her 20 years in the travel industry. When planning a safari, she’s who you want in your corner! Jeanie has built an incredible foundation of Africa expertise with no less than 25 trips to the continent and the creation of innumerable bespoke, custom-tailored trips for clients over the last two decades.
Jeanie often refers to Africa as her second home as she has traveled to the continent more than anywhere else on the planet. A few highlights of her travels throughout the years include meeting the iconic Masai and Samburu people of Kenya; seeing the great migration and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; visiting the Orthodox churches and the famous fossils of Lucy in the National Museum of Ethiopia and spending time with the mountain gorillas of the Virunga massif in Rwanda and the mountain gorillas in Bwindi National park. Her experience in Southern Africa is no less impressive with countless trips to such iconic destinations as South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia.
Jeanie’s passion for travel ignited over 20 years ago when she participated as an exchange student in a study abroad program to Northern Italy and the fire has not been quelled since. With a loyal following of longtime clients and partner travel advisors who have trusted her with every detail of their safari and travel planning, she offers each client a VIP experience of stress-free, door-to-door service in the many destinations where Jeanie brings her passion, first-hand experience and expertise to the process. Jeanie particularly loves planning honeymoons and family travel, especially multi-generational family travel, having many first-hand experiences traveling with her young daughter on several trips and safaris to both Africa and India.
Zach TateSales Assistant
Zach is a Florida native who grew up with an appetite for traveling. Throughout college, he spent years exploring the world for his next big adventure. It was however his continued travels to Africa where Zach fell in love with what he considers to be the true wonder of our planet. Now, he is focused on helping travelers experience all the incredible adventures this remarkable continent has to offer.
Joyce Tunely MichereAfrica Safari Expert
Originally haling from Nairobi, Kenya, Joyce Michere has travelled across Africa and the USA in search of unique and exciting experiences. Having worked extensively in Hospitality and Tourism, her passion for travel extends as much to creating service – oriented , experiential journeys for her guest as it does to personal journeys of fulfillment. Joyce comes armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Science from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
She has spent many years’ managing guests experiences for both corporate and leisure travelers at luxury hotels in the USA, while meeting and engaging with travelers from all walks of life. It’s her keen understanding of people and her love for all things Africa, that help her plan unique experiences. When she isn’t travelling herself, or helping others realize their travel dreams, Joyce enjoys working out and farming. In her free time, she is easily spotted at lively diners meeting her old friends and making new ones from various different backgrounds.
Christi GuildAfrica Safari Expert
Although she was born in Texas, Christi considers herself a citizen of the world, having already travelled to over 20 countries across the globe. Out of all of her travels, experiences from Africa have by far been her most treasured. From the people, their culture, and the warmth of their song and dance, to the wildlife and the untamed surroundings that envelop her senses with pure excitement, she loves all that Africa has to offer! In addition to the Big 5, Christi always has Biltong, Bains, and Bomas on her safari to-do list. Ask her about her memorable travel moments and she will surely tell you about her up-close encounters on safari drives, or the mesmerizing landscapes that have left unforgettable imprints on her mind.
Her love for Africa has led her to assist a wide variety of travelers in fulfilling their dream vacations to the continent, and she would be thrilled to help you in creating your perfect journey. Let Christi take the stress off of your plate, so that you can enjoy every aspect of your vacation, even before it starts!