Sue Gulcher has been discovering Africa for most of her life, passionate about what she considers to be God’s most breath-taking continent.
It was the years spent in UK during her 20s when she realised Africa was her home. Taking an epic overland trip sowed the seed to start her own travel operation. Returning to Johannesburg, she later set up Free Spirit Adventures in 1990.
Husband Jan-Willem joined the business in the early 2000s, bringing his own love of Southern Africa to grow the organisation. They live on a sprawling rural lifestyle farm, the headquarters of Free Spirit Adventures. The sunsets from the 8ha Wellspring Farm inspire them every day.
In 2003, already in her 40’s, Sue climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5895 metres, one of the world’s highest free-standing mountains. This set in motion a new path for both. Working as a successful inbound Tour Broker, Sue switched positions, travelling the globe as an independent agent, tackling some of the highest peaks in the world.
Since then Sue has conquered Mt Kenya and Europe’s tallest peak, Mt. Elbrus. She has hiked Aconcagua in the Andes, trekked to Everest Base Camp (4900m above sea level) and summited Island Peak in Nepal. She has returned to Kilimanjaro three more times as the lead guide in the Freedom Climb fundraiser run by Operation Mobilisation (OM).
Sue and Jan remain passionate about Africa, it’s landscape, cultures and animal life. Demand from Sue’s hiking clients has seen them revive the business focusing on high-end experiential itineraries, tailor-made for a more mature client who seeks to explore in style.
- African Safaris
- Croatia destinations
- Family Adventures
- Kenya destinations
- Machu Picchu Peru
- Mount Everest Base camp
- Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania
- Namibia destinations
- Okavango Delta Botswana
- Ornithological destinations
- South Africa game destinations
- South Africa Historical destination
- Switzerland destinations
- Zambia destinations
- Zimbabwe destinations
- Ballooning adventures
- Cultural and Historical journeys
- Encounter with Gorillas
- Golf safari destinations
- Mountain hiking and trekking
- Okavango Mokoro safaris
- Personalised meet and greet service
- Photographic safaris
- Special game lodge destinations
- Victoria Falls Experience
- Walking safari
- Whale Watching
- 61 Andries Street, Rietvallei, Muldersdrift, Mogale City, 1739
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- 083 574 3784
- Sue Gulcher