Sue Gulcher has been discovering Africa for most of her life, passionate about what she considers to be God’s most breath-taking continent.
After taking an epic Africa overland trip, the seed was sown to start her own travel operations. Free Spirit Adventures was birthed in 1990.
Husband Jan-Willem soon partnered, bringing his own love of Southern Africa to grow the organization. Besides their great passion for safari experiences, Sue discovered mountains at the age of 50(!) with her introduction being Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s highest free-standing mountains. Working as a successful inbound tour operator, Sue switched positions, traveling the globe as an independent agent, tackling some of the highest peaks in the world, while Jan took his engineering expertise to luxury yacht building. A Dutch ex-pat, sailing runs in Jan’s veins – his father was the famous inventor of the boat called ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and keen sailor from the Netherlands.
Since then Sue has conquered Mt Kenya and Europe’s tallest peak, Mt. Elbrus, Aconcagua in the Andes, Machu Picchu, Everest Base Camp and her personal mountaineering achievement, summited Island Peak in Nepal. She has returned to Kilimanjaro three more times as the lead guide in the Freedom Climb fundraiser initiative (raising funds and awareness about trafficked people!). But she’s not only a well-respected mountaineer, Sue has cycled London to Brighton, completed many marathons, jumped out of a plane over Africa, hiked through Botswana, paddled South Africa’s rivers. She has seen Africa!!
Both are avid hikers and enjoy working with their local community in voluntary roles. It says something of the Gulcher family that their youngest son Ashley is a highly qualified Nature Guide, now working for a Private Lodge in the Greater Kruger Park area.
Sue and Jan-Willem are passionate about Africa, it’s landscape, cultures and wildlife – passionate about giving their guests a compelling experience, tailor-made for those who seeks to explore in style. Let your spirit soar with Free Spirit Adventures…..your journey begins here…