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Gillian Charleson

Sales & Marketing Director

Born and raised surrounded by the majestic beauty and vibrancy of Cape Town was to continually colour Gillian’s passion for adventure, people and eventually lead her to a career in the safari business and secretly harbouring a strong desire to own a unique B&B Guest House one day.

In 1995, after gaining experience in PR & Marketing and cutting her teeth in some of South Africa’s finest hotels and resorts, Gillian expanded her career horizons and headed north to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to set up a new hotel. This is where her love affair with East Africa and its way of life began.

Drawing on her expansive experience in marketing and PR and her longing to stay in East Africa, Gillian took a contract in events management with the Coca-Cola Company. Back and forth across the continent running events for the company saw Gillian explore some of the very best of Africa. It was on one of many safaris in Kenya that she met private safari guide, Joe Charleson. And so it was that East Africa was where her heart remained for more than one reason. Moving to Kenya, Gillian quickly landed at one of the largest advertising companies which she enjoyed for several years before the pull of the bush and a life on safari took hold. Joining forces was a natural progression for Joe and Gillian. Having forged respected careers in professional safari guiding and luxury hospitality, this dynamic couple launched themselves into the safari business head first.

Although not a B&B Guest House in Cape Town, Gillian finally fulfilled her lifelong dream when they created and built the unique and intimate Leleshwa Camp on the edge of the Maasai Mara. So between running Leleshwa and their owner-operated safari company Natural Habitat Safaris as well as mothering their son Kian, life continues to be one big safari.

Contact Liz at: gillianc@nathabsafaris.com

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