Stephan “Stephano” Kilevo was born in Arusha, Tanzania, in 1960. He is from the indigenous Wa-Arusha ethnic and linguistic group. After completing his primary and secondary education, Stephan underwent training as a park ranger under the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority, where he was responsible for enforcing regulations, patrolling for poachers, emergency response, firefighting, and guided walks and other informational services for visitors. His passion for wildlife and the environment led to him becoming a professional safari guide in 1994.
Stephan is fluent in English, Swahili and Maasai. His hobbies include listening to music, and playing and watching soccer and volleyball. He is married and has four sons and one daughter.