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Encompass Africa

Thanks for coming to the page where you can meet the team. We’re a friendly bunch, passionate, knowledgeable and excitable.

There is an easy criteria for working at Encompass Africa – super friendly and committed to good service, listening ears, creative thinking, attention to detail, zest for life and of course all things Africa. Our mantra is engrained in everybody, it’s like a DNA. It is all about trust, commitment, care, creativity and conservation.

We are all here because we love what we do each and every day – we do it the E.A Way and would love to help you get to Africa.

So scroll down and meet the team.

Jonathon Wilson

Founder | Adventurer

Africa is my birthplace and somewhere I will always return time and time again. The idea behind Encompass Africa has always been to bring to life childhood dreams of incredible journeys amongst Africa’s famous wilderness and wildlife. It’s about giving guests the opportunity to encounter inspiring, immersive experiences with Africa’s animals, tribes and people on a continent that for me, is the most exciting, rewarding and life changing destination on earth.

Growing up in Africa, living, working, guiding and continuously travelling means each journey the team and I create is based on our ongoing learning, passion for authenticity and preference for immersive style travel where you get to really see, feel, touch and smell the world around you as much or as little as you like. That’s the beauty of tailormade travel, it’s designed to fit you precisely.

Our guests value our professional expertise, personal insight gained through first hand experience and of course our commitment to service and care. A tradition of fine Africa safari holiday tailoring, we are known for handcrafting bespoke itineraries that flatter your interests and exceed your expectations.

To spend time as a couple, group of friends or a family on a safari created just for you is the luxury of the experience. Some of my fondest memories are with my family and friends in Africa.  Being able to share these incredible experiences with you on your own journey and have the trust in us to deliver your holiday of a lifetime is what Encompass Africa is all about.

African safari holiday packages offering photographic safaris with Jono Wilson
African safari holiday packages offering photographic safaris with Jono Wilson
African safari holiday packages offering boating safaris with Jono Wilson
African safari holiday packages offering private guided safaris with Jono Wilson
African safari holiday packages offering wildlife safaris with Jono Wilson
African safari holiday packages from Australia taking you to the Namibia
African safari holiday packages offering canoening safari holidays
Jonathon in Africa

Danica Wilson

GM | Specialist

I come from creative stock, I’m an outside the box thinker, a passionate and motivated person with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Marketing and International Business under my belt. It stands me in good stead for knowing the principles of ‘good service’. Since 2003 Africa has been my world. Now I’m considered one of the ‘well versed’ professionals, I can create holidays to Africa of all shapes and forms. I’ve travelled extensively – that comes with the territory and my explorations have been in the form of solo travel, honeymoon safaris and more recently family safaris as I have two young children.

I get a kick out of learning everything about my guests and what they are thinking when it comes to their dream African safari holiday. Then the challenge and my competitive streak kick into gear as I work hard to create the ultimate safari holiday itinerary that really blows expectations out of the water.

If I do my job well, you come home raving and earn the badge of ‘Ambassador for Africa’.

Danica head of Marketing and African safari specialist at Encompass Africa gorge swinging over Victoria Falls
Danica head of Marketing and African safari specialist at Encompass Africa on a Luxury Zanzibar holiday
Danica head of Marketing and African safari specialist at Encompass Africa on a Tanzania safari holiday
Danica head of Marketing and African safari specialist at Encompass Africa
Danica head of Marketing and African safari specialist at Encompass Africa on a Zambia safari
Danica head of Marketing and African safari specialist at Encompass Africa on a Zanzibar Holiday
Danica head of Marketing and African safari specialist at Encompass Africa
Danica in Africa

Gen Thurgood

Africa Specialist

South Africa was my birthplace and I lived just outside Johannesburg for the first four years of my life. We then moved to Melbourne, Australia and annually returned to South Africa for holidays with my Grandparents who owned a game reserve in the Greater Kruger region.  Nothing beats growing up with a fine appreciation for the bush and its wildlife. My cousins would take me on bush walks and I soaked up every bit of information shared. My uncle was a proud guide, so our game drives were fascinating and fun.  When an opportunity arose to work in the Africa travel industry I of course said yes. Six years later as an Africa travel specialist in Melbourne, I decided to move to the sunshine state. Work took me in a different direction for a few years and I longed to return to a job where I could give people the opportunity to live their dream of a safari holiday.  So here I am at Encompass Africa.

Some of my fondest adventures were the active safaris in remote off the beaten track locations so I could get away from the crowds. Walking in South Luangwa, falling asleep with a herd of buffalo congregating under my room on stilts on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater are two I recall with great fondness.

I look forward to sharing my experience, passion and enthusiasm for Africa and designing an itinerary that will bring your safari dream to life.

Gen African safari specialist at Encompass Africa on a Tanzania Safari
Gen African safari specialist at Encompass Africa on a Tanzania Safari
Gen African safari specialist at Encompass Africa on a Tanzania Safari
Uganda safari equator
Uganda Safari Murchison Falls
Murchison Falls
Gen in Africa

Stephanie Osorio

Africa Specialist (Sydney based)

I was born and raised in England, and during my studies for an Anthropology degree at Edinburgh University, I travelled to South Africa and got bitten by the ‘Africa bug’ as the industry calls it.

Since then I’ve spent a lot of time travelling in Africa and quickly realised it is where my heart belonged. The rest is history really. I worked for the best luxury outfit in the UK and now I’m here working for the best in Australia – it’s quite exciting.

Certainly well versed in luxury tailor-made travel, I’m excited to share my expertise and knowledge with you not to mention my passion for Africa.

Nicola Marques

Guest Services | Social Media – South Africa

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, I am passionate about Africa and feel blessed to call this beautiful continent my home. As a child my family holidays consisted of weekends away to Victoria Falls, bush breaks in Botswana and Cape Town exploring. As an adult the need for African adventure has only grown stronger.

Encompass Africa has afforded me the opportunity to now share my love of Africa with all our valued guests, and I am able to grow within an exciting and dynamic company.

As an African, conservation is close to my heart, and I am proud to work for Encompass Africa, as the fly the conservation flag oh so high working with communities and local projects to ensure the longevity of our wilderness, wildlife and people.

My role is coordinating the 24/7 Guests in Africa service. From the moment you board the plane bound for Africa, I track your movements to ensure everything is going well. Any issues or emergencies that arise, I’m your lady to help on the ground. It’s peace of mind for you and a great service we are proud of. I look forward to seeing you in Africa.

Nicola Guest in African services and Digital marketing at Encompass Africa on a Pilanesberg Bush walk
Nicola Guest in African services and Digital marketing at Encompass Africa on a South African safari
Nicola Guest in African services and Digital marketing at Encompass Africa on a South African safari Solo traveller safari africa
Nicola Guest in African services and Digital marketing at Encompass Africa on a South African safari Solo traveller safari africa
Nicola Guest in African services and Digital marketing at Encompass Africa on a South African safari
Nicola in Africa

Katie Branson

Guest Services – Australia

While not born in South Africa, I found my appreciation for the natural beauty of the land by growing up on a farm in Queensland’s Darling Downs region. With a long held love for history and culture, the travel and adventure bug was quickly ignited in me while on a school trip to the United Kingdom. This fascination for other countries, and the unique history and sights they have to offer, prompted me to attend the University of Queensland to study political science, graduating with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and History. My degree certainly furthered my interest in travel, and helped me make my way to the amazing team at here Encompass Africa in early 2016.

I work with Danica on the Guest Services side of things. I’m committed to making sure the lead up to your departure is effortless just like the actual adventure that the team has created for you.

Always here to answer questions, the team and me are just a phone call away.

 

Derek Burchell-Burger

Digital Marketing & SEO – Cape Town

I really have the best job in the world. I live and work out of Cape Town for what I think is certainly one of the most savvy safari companies in the world. With conservation and creativity at the centre of everything we do, I’m blessed to travel and create digital content that showcases just how amazing Africa is and the countries and regions in which we specialise.