After schooling in Kenya, Joe returned to England to attend Bristol University, graduating in 1997 with a degree in Biological Sciences that has supported his deep interest in wildlife and its conservation. Joe captured a coveted position as a resident guide at prestigious Jack’s Camp in Botswana, cutting his professional teeth in the arid, inhospitable Makgadigadi Salt Pans on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. With his family still in Kenya, he returned ‘home’ to continue a career as a professional safari guide and manager at Cottars 1920s Camp in the Maasai Mara game reserve, where he met his wife Gillian.
Soon Joe established his own company offering professional safari guiding services, and shortly thereafter, he and Gillian established Leleshwa Camp, an intimate private tented camp on the edge of the Maasai Mara. Owning a camp provided invaluable experience in developing his skills as a guide, leading trips, acting as a host and revealing the natural wonders of Africa to guests. In the process, Joe got to know the local Maasai community well, living side by side in a remote part of the Mara ecosystem untouched by tourism. Joe took an active role in working with the community leadership to establish the Siana Conservation
Joe loves to explore new areas and search out unique experiences which, when combined with a sense of fun and adventure, guarantee an amazing safari. In 2009 Joe and Gillian welcomed their son, Kian, opening up an opportunity for Joe to watch a son of his own
Praise from Nat Hab travelers:
"Joe is an elite Expedition Leader in every aspect, which was so important to our group. He loves what he does and combines that passion with a deep knowledge of the wildlife and the ecosystem in ways which created amazing
"Joe is an absolutely fantastic Expedition Leader. His wealth of knowledge was outstanding and the passion he has for what he does, the wildlife and his country was infectious. He was the best and I would want him as my Expedition Leader if I ever get a chance to go back."
"Joe was a fantastic Expedition Leader in every way. He was very patient and encouraged everyone. His knowledge of the animals and their environment was truly amazing. Fantastic choice of a GREAT leader!"
"Joe was an exceptional Expedition Leader, always willing to please and caring in every way. We could not have asked for a better person for our safari."
"Joe was a super Expedition Leader. He left nothing to chance and took care of every detail to make our safari the best. He remained on top of everything. He's the best!"
"Joe was an outstanding Expedition Leader, and we were most impressed by his local knowledge, organizational skills
"Joe was a superb Expedition Leader. He paid attention to what each guest especially wanted to see and tried his best to get them what they wanted."