the founders

Simone Bishop
CEO of Alpha Embassy Travel

Simone is the founder owner of Alpha Embassy Travel, a luxury Africa inbound travel operator. Founded 26 years ago, Alpha Travel specialises in luxury safaris and travel throughout Africa - from gorillas in Rwanda, Migration in Tanzania, to safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Kenya amongst others.

Simone is not a stranger to ultra endurance distances as she has  participated in numerous 250km trail races in some of the harshest terrains in the world - including Antarctica, Iceland, Sahara Desert, Nepal and Patagonia.

Simone is also the Honorary Consul General of Costa Rica in South Africa, and in the absence of an Embassy, occupies the position as Head of Mission.

grant christie
Explorer, Conservationist, Guide, Mentor and Speaker

Grant is a former engineer turned adventurer.

After four years working as a civil engineer Grant resigned from the corporate life to pursue his dream to walk the entire coastline of South Africa.

This epic solo journey aimed to raise awareness on coastal conservation issues. The Six Million Steps project, as it was called, took over eight months, during which Grant walked over 3 500 km.


After completing this expedition in 2014 Grant went on to train and qualify as a mountain guide. He has since been freelancing as an outdoor educator, hiking guide and expedition leader; both locally and internationally.


Grant continues to develop his passion for nature, wildlife and wild spaces and is currently working towards obtaining a field guiding qualification.


This will fulfil his childhood dream of becoming a “game ranger”!

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Buckingham Avenue, Craighall Park

Johannesburg, 2196

Tel: +27 82 330 1855​​

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