Our People
  • Amy Waters snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • William Dalrymple Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Deborah Cook, Namibia

Deborah Cook

  • Africa

It was sending USAF personnel all over the world that started my career in travel. Following on from that, I was assisting my father with organising his local cricket team tours to the Caribbean. Of course, I diligently made sure I accompanied those three-week trips. I never saw a match though – I was far too busy checking out the hotels and beaches whilst they played. Sadly, they never won a single match against the West Indies.

Having been with Steppes since 2005, I have been fortunate enough to visit many African countries. One of my highlights has to be gorilla trekking whilst in Uganda. Seeing the silverback for the first time was thrilling. And the fact that we trekked for three hours to find the gorillas was quickly forgotten, as it was certainly worth the effort. I never get tired of a game drive and indeed seeing animals up close. Hearing lions calling as I sip my glass of wine whilst watching the sunset is Africa at its best – quite magical.

Meet the rest of the Africa team

The Africa team at Steppes Travel are considered to be the most experienced Africa experts in the travel industry. With more years of hands on African experience than they care to remember, they have run and managed safari lodges in East Africa, qualified as safari guides in Southern Africa, pioneered new expeditions in Central and West Africa and worked on conservation projects throughout the continent.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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