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Gordie Church
Gordie Church

Gordie was initiated into the safari world as a youngster. Born in Kenya and raised with the promise of adventure during every school holiday, he mastered the idiosyncratic skills of safari as a boy helping the camp crew put up tents, pack trucks and saddle horses. He guided his first safari aged 18 and now has 25 years experience in the bush.

Gordie’s formal education started at boarding school in Kenya where he was known for his mischievous ways, and continued in England ending at the Royal Agricultural College where he obtained a degree in Wildlife Management.

Today, his untamed love of all things wild and his passion and respect for Africa’s people and wildlife, make Gordie a fascinating and inspiring character. He is completely immersed in Africa. As a good friend once said ‘a safari journey begins with a dream and ends with an extraordinary story’

Felicia Collie
Felicia Church

Felicia’s talents encompass all aspects of safari – she’s an inventive chef, a talented equestrian, a qualified Bowen therapist and engaging company. Guests can’t help but be enchanted by Felicia’s romantic story – she spent her childhood cantering through the hunting-shooting verdant countryside of Leicestershire that surrounds her family’s farm where her parents bred and raced horses and her brothers both became professional polo players. Felicia is not the first female of her blood to leave horseshoe tracks in the highlands of Kenya – legends of her illustrious grandmother whisper through the hillside communities: how she won the Timau cross country race in 1939 and which intrepid white hunter returned to her delicate embrace between expeditions. Later, Felicia’s mother too raced the same trails and was the first woman to raft the Mara River. Decades on in this love affair with Kenya, Felicia is inscribing new chapters of the Collie legend on the landscape and in the hearts of the Kenyan communities. Gordie and Felicia were married in the bush in 2014.

Pierre Burton
Pierre Burton

Pierre is our gentle giant. He is a third generation Kenyan who grew up living under canvas with his father, who was the well-known conservationist – Miles Burton. He feels most at home in the bush. Educated in Switzerland with a diploma in Tourism Management, Pierre returned to Africa and became involved in tourism and conservation. Pierre spends all of his time on safari with guests or friends. His love of the bush is contagious and his knowledge is outstanding.

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Pete Behr

Pete has been a professional safari guide for over 35 years. His adventures have penetrated into the most remote corners of Central & Eastern Africa. He has dedicated much of his life to conservation and is very proud to have been a Founder Member of the Masai Mara Conservancy and an Honorary Warden with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Pete is a gentleman, always eager to find the next lion and has the uncanny ability to place his guests in the perfect spot for that photo of a lifetime.

Maureen Behr
Maureen Behr

Maureen was born in Nyeri, Kenya. Her father, Joseph Larue, was employed by the Kenya National Parks as Chief Engineer for the Aberdare and Mt Kenya National Parks. This is where her love for Africa and its wildlife began. Maureen joined Safaris Unlimited in 1998 working as a Personal Assistant to Tony. She is known for her meticulous planning and takes great pride in the expert running of our safaris.

Michele Church
Michele Church

Gordie’s sister, Michele, has lived in Kenya all her life and during busy periods at Safaris Unlimited, her help is invaluable. She has a thorough understanding of how safaris work having spent much of her childhood on safari with Tony, and in the 1990s she helped set up one of Kenya’s original luxury lodges. Michele lives in Nairobi with her two children, Samantha & William.

Tony Church
Tony & Tusie Church

Tony has spent almost his entire life in Africa. Since he established Safaris Unlimited in 1971, he has been guiding safaris. His four decades of experience in adventurous travels have long been a legend in East Africa. Tony pioneered the concept of horseback riding safaris in big game country. He served on the committee of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators, was on the board of Campfire Conservation and is currently the Chairman of the family business. He is an avid conservationist.

Read Tony’s Story here