ASSOCIATE PARTNERS > JAMES STENNER
From a young age, growing up in Northumberland in the North East of England, James dreamt about the ‘Wild Continent’ and always took great interest in African wildlife. Born into a family of English traditions with an adventurous rural upbringing, during his childhood years James was often to be found at sea, racing his family yachts in international competitions.
James has a colourful family history, descending from his Great Great Grandfather ‘Hexham Jack’ a famed bear wrestler and traveling circus legend. James takes his passion of photography from his Grandmother, who was a leading fashion and landscape photographer for Vogue Magazine in post-war Europe. James has always been a nature and wildlife fanatic and prior to arriving in Botswana lead an active and diverse life rising through the creative events industry in the UK and Australia. Due to his upbringing in a large and lively family, it is in his nature to warmly engage with people and make them feel at home straight away.
James was privately educated in England and following graduation from university spent 9 years circumnavigating the Australian continent, fundraising for a national charity in between running a weekly radio show and documenting his adventures for a well know travel website.
Since stepping foot on the African continent, he has embarked on the journey his childhood dreams were made of. James began working in Botswana for Uncharted Africa Safari Co. where he was responsible for running the company’s mobile safaris and expeditions in the Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Western Kalahari. During his time there James and his team were awarded with Best Mobile Safari in Africa award in both 2013 and 2014 at the Good Safari Guide Awards. His enthusiasm about people, as much as that of the African wilderness and its inhabitants has earned him the reputation of being one of the best hosts in Botswana today.
Together, James Stenner and John Barclay are an excellent team on safari, with John leading the guiding and James delivering the perfect camp and service.