It all started with a safari to Kenya. Founding S&S Fellow Howard Saunders was guiding a family along a private journey through Kenya’s most famous wildlife areas, including the Maasai Mara and Amboseli.
As the trip neared its end, after eating breakfast amongst the great migration, throwing spears with Maasai friends, watching lions and cheetahs with cubs, and enjoying sundowners at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Howard was asked where the family should go next.
Where could they travel and have the same level of service and guiding, the balance of adventure, wilderness, and luxury, and the extraordinary moments they had experienced on their safari with Howard? Having grown up in Australia, did Howard know the right person there who could create another trip of a lifetime?
He did. Howard introduced the family to Drew Kluska, and the very next year they found themselves in the ‘outback’ and on the Great Barrier Reef. Drew soon had a group of four asking him the same questions about a safari to Africa, and the idea of this society was born. Over the past few years, Fellows offering journeys to Antarctica, Burma, New Zealand, Alaska, and beyond have joined S&S, and are constantly discussing the possibilities for like-minded Fellows specializing in other destinations.
Howard is a founding Fellow and the Chairman of the Shackleton & Selous Society. Based in Kenya with The Original Ker & Downey Safaris, he operates safaris throughout East Africa. Howard manages the organization of the society and keeps it functioning. Visit his profile here.
Stephanie M. Dloniak, PhD
Stephanie is a writer and biologist. As a scientist, she has studied fish, birds, and mammals, has worked in North America and Africa, and has published research in journals such as Nature and Advances in the Study of Behaviour. As a writer, Steph tells stories about science, nature, and adventure. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, and Ensia. Steph maintains the website and society database.