Encompass Africa Team

As a collective, we are Encompass Africa and we are here to make your dream safari idea a celebrated reality and one that makes meaningful memories for you and your travelling party.

Our criteria for hiring staff is easy – highly experienced Africa travel specialist, great listening ears, creative thinking, zest for life and able to live and breathe our mantra – trust, commitment, care, creativity, conservation!

We are proud of the team we have onboard in Australia and South Africa. May we introduce them to you here.

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.

people in africa photographer
Jono african safari
Uganda safari
african sunset safari
Jono meerkats africa savanna
Boating safaris
Jonathon in Africa

Danica Wilson

GM | Specialist

I come from a creative background and began my Africa career back in 2003.  Now I’m well versed in how the safari world works after years of experience and I am determined to share this expertise with you.  I like to talk and I love to listen before creatively thinking of the best safari itinerary to satisfy your needs and exceed your expectations.

Here’s what our guests say

‘Danica is exceptional in her ability to read in between the lines. She designed such a wonderful holiday for us travelling to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and the group, all 12 of us were thrilled with every day, brilliant in every way. Well done and we will come back soon for East Africa.’

‘Danica thank you for designing the ultimate honeymoon, it was unforgettable and filled with romance and surprise. Both of us couldn’t fault it and would do it again (as a holiday not another honeymoon..). Next might have to be a family safari, just give us a few years.’

‘Thank you thank you thank you. You were recommended by friends and we are so pleased we got in contact and had Danica to design our family holiday. It truly was the best we have ever had and we are a well travelled family because of my work commitments. Danica knew what each of the children would love to do after chatting with them for just a short period of time. She got it right every time! None of us found fault with one arrangement. We’ve recommended you already to friends and hope to return one day.’

Luxury zanziba holiday
Mozambique curios
Rwanda traditional village visit
Phinda family safari South Africa
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
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.

Stephanie Osorio

Africa Specialist (Sydney based)

We are thrilled to announce Stephanie as our newest addition to the team! This is the first of our regional offices and we look forward to seeing it grow and expand to other cities in the near future. This forms our commitment to providing the personal care to all of our guests and the ultimate in safari luxury holiday service.

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.

Pilanesberg Bush walk
EA Team
EA Team
Rhino Pilanesberg safari
Couple Game drive south africa safari
Solo traveller safari africa
Solo traveller safari africa
EA Team
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. My role is in the Guest Services side of things; working closely with both our specialists and guests to help ensure your safari adventure is as great as it could possibly be!

Ehan Hendrikse

Finance & Administration

Another South African so you’ll hear my accent when you call!  I was born and raised in South Africa and later in life, met and fell in love with a Swiss lady and together we now call Australia home.

I regularly return to South Africa and love nothing more than time with family and friends in the countryside or the vibrant city of Cape Town. My job here is to ensure Encompass Africa stays organised in the office and I manage the accounts and finance! Phew… big responsibility but I love it along with a good Africa safari holiday.  

Natasha Dumbrill

Guest Services – Australia

Newcomer to Encompass Africa, I am part time and have been here now over 6 months. I love working as part of the services division to ensure our guests have an exciting time in the lead up to departure and an even more amazing holiday.

I worked with Danica to build the new website and we are mighty proud of our achievement. It’s an ever changing and moving site so always come back so you see something new.

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.